Unlike most fisherman out there, I learned how to fish from my mom. So for Mother’s Day (also her b-day), we went fishing. South Twin Lake, near my hometown of La Pine, is one of our favorite family fishing spots going back to when I was six years old.
Fishing wasn’t red hot, but we each managed to tie into several fish. Some of the trout had perfect scales and fins, while others were a little beat up looking. Presumably the latter are fairly recent off the hatchery truck, while the former were likely stocked as fingerlings and grew up in the lake. All were strong fighters and put nice bends in our 5 weights. Even had some catch some air.
I did most of my damage with a Carey Special, while mom got her fish on a Pheasant Tail variation. Deep was the theme of the day, I saw no rising fish and the fish finder marked many fish near the bottom in 25+ feet of water, with only a few shallower. Type IV full sinking lines let out all the way to the backing did the trick.
I’m in SoCal to visit family this weekend, but I can’t stop daydreaming about getting into some big stillwater brown trout this spring/summer. I’ve caught some beauties over the years but my addiction is not satisfied. Today I’m playing around with the mobile functions of WordPress, hope the pics below whet some appetites for the season ahead! I’ll write a post soon detailing some insights I’ve picked up over the years on how to catch these bad boys with consistency. I also hope to have a new fishing report soon!
I’m excited to be making my first fishing report here on The Stillwater Fly Fishing Journal!
So far this spring I’ve focused on learning a new stillwater close to my Portland area home: Hagg Lake. It certainly draws a lot of people but is not without its charm. It’s a pleasant place to plop my float tube in the water and kick around for a bit. I’ve made four trips here so far, with the original intent of getting in some cheap fun with the loads of stocked trout being dumped in the lake. I’ve caught a lot of trout on lakes in my day, but after my first two trips I had exactly one scrawny 10” rainbow to show for my efforts. On my third trip, I think the fishing gods gave me a sign that I was barking up the wrong tree:
This fattie inhaled my Carey Special. I imagine she’s inhaled her share of those elusive hatchery trout, as well.
I’ve caught bass on flies before, but my knowledge about fishing for them is pretty remedial compared to what I know about salmonids. This bass fought a lot like a big brown trout, taking short, strong runs and preferring to dive deep down straight under my tube. Despite my limited knowledge, I am fully aware that one of my favorite brown trout patterns, the Clouser Minnow, is a staple for smallmouth bass anywhere they swim. So I tied one on, and just pretended I was fishing for browns back in central OR. I found several more willing smallies, including these pretty little guys:
I went back this past Saturday and found some more (pics below). I think I’m on to something, and I can’t wait to get back out there! Tight Lines! – Dan
Thank you for checking out my new blog, The Stillwater Fly Fishing Journal! This site is still a work in progress, and I encourage you to check back often for new developments. I’m still learning how to navigate WordPress and plan to add new features as I go along.
Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Dan Coleman, I currently reside in Portland, Oregon. I grew up in the Bend, Oregon area and have lived in several different parts of the state over the past 15 years. I have 25 years of fly fishing experience, ranging from catching bluegill in small ponds to battling mighty salmon and steelhead in our coastal waters. My favorite pastime these days is fishing lakes, ponds, and reservoirs from a float tube, a skill I’ve continued to hone since I was 13 years old. I love the tranquility that comes with bobbing around on a mountain lake, with the potential to tangle with some very large trout and bass. I hope you will follow along in my adventures, share some of your own, and perhaps pick up a thing or two that will make you a better stillwater fly angler.