John Gross - Roaring Fork Guide Service – Newsletter – Spring/Summer - 2016 Spring Greetings Folks- Yes it's that time of year again when we recap the past season's highlights and look ahead to the 2016 fishing season. While we fishermen prefer to avoid the dreaded ”D” word, fact is, drought conditions have presented numerous challenges over the past four summer seasons, especially in the late summer months. We all know salmon, trout and steelhead thrive in water which is cool, clean and plentiful. Low river levels with warm algae-laden water has hardly been the ideal fishing scenario. Fortunately, [...]
Our Short Half-Day effort proved very successful on the McKenzie River Opener for planter trout. This is a very fun option available to us throughout the summer season. All our fish were caught on flies, so this is a great way to learn and practice fly fishing. Success like this can be a great introduction for novices and certainly helps to keep the attention span of youngsters. It's just a real fun way to enjoy the river.
As we wait for Spring Chinook to arrive in better numbers on the big coastal systems including the Rogue & Umpqua Rivers, it's fun to fill the time & coolers with a mess of chunky hatchery trout that ODFW has released in a variety of scenic lakes. The migration of Springers over Willamette Falls into the Upper Willamette System has been slow due to cool water temperatures and heavy river flow rates. This could all change drastically very soon as prevailing weather patterns trend toward milder temperatures and lower rainfall. Fish counts at Willamette Falls may be surprisingly different [...]