Philip’s Blog

Phil & Layne
As the owner of, I'd like to welcome you to Philip's fly fishing blog. We will be using this platform to bring you updated product information, fishing reports from our local area here in eastern Oregon, and photos and details of our recent fishing adventures. We love sharing our lives with you and we hope you'll share your adventures with us. Share your stories and photos with us by emailing me at Get out and fish! -Philip Wolfmueller

Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:21 am

First Fall Restock!

We just added over 4,500 flies in some of our most popular patterns today! View all the patterns we restocked on the Hot Off The Vise Page!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:18 pm

The newest member of the Stream Flies Team!

Aven Elizabeth Wolfmueller was born May 31, 2016! Layne and I are loving every moment of parenthood! She is such a little angel.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 3:42 pm

Just added 13 new patterns and about 1,000 flies today

We just added 13 new patterns to the website. Blue Dun Wet, Bunny Leech Ginger, Woolly Worm Purple, Woolly Worm White, Suspended Midge Pupa Black, Thorax Dun BWO, Krystal Bugger Brown, Hare's Ear Soft Hackle Olive, Woolly Bugger Purple Conehead, 3D Glass Epoxy BH Nymph Olive, American Grannom Pupa, Pheasant Tail Challenged, and 3D Glass Epoxy BH Nymph Bloodworm Marabou. Check them all out in our New Products section!

Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:16 pm

More new flies arrived!

We just added another 10,000 flies to the website, bringing our total to over 26,500 new flies added over the past 7 days!

Monday, February 24, 2014 4:17 pm

Heceta Beach

Running wild on Heceta Beach near Florence, Oregon yesterday! A light rain made the fine wet sand reflect like glass. The reflection of the sky on the sand gave the illusion that Fritz was flying through the air!

Monday, February 24, 2014 4:14 pm

Beautiful Sunday in Charleston, Oregon

Beautiful morning in Charleston, Oregon...heading home up the Oregon coast.

Monday, February 24, 2014 4:08 pm

Saturday on Kellogg Beach

The Stream Flies team enjoyed a beautiful sunny day in Northern California last Saturday on Kellogg Beach in far Northern California. Fritz goes absolutely crazy as soon as he hits the beach. He doesn't know how to walk on dry sand...he has two speeds, fast and ridiculous!

Monday, February 24, 2014 3:59 pm

Silver Falls State Park last Friday

Fritz and I enjoyed a hike at Silver Falls State Park east of Salem, Oregon while Layne spent the day listening to conference lectures in Salem! South Falls was huge, with an exorbitant amount of water crashing over the falls from the recent rains. The trail dropped 500 feet in elevation to the bottom of the falls. You could actually walk behind the falls if you didn't mind getting soaked from the rising spray off the rocks below. Follow the trail to the top of the falls and you can stand a few feet away from the edge where the water drops 177 feet to the valley below. The first shot shows the falls and the trail that goes behind the waterfall. The second shot is looking down at the trail below from the very edge of the falls. Pretty awesome spot.

Monday, February 24, 2014 3:41 pm

Morning walk last Friday

Last Friday morning Baron Wolfgang Von Snicklefritz and I left the Bird and Hat bed & breakfast where we were staying in beautiful Stayton, Oregon and discovered a great trail down the Santium River. Unfortunately the river was not fishable due to the recent rain and snow melt. Great morning walk nonetheless.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:34 am

10,500 more flies just added

We just added another 10,500 flies to the website for a total of over 16,500 added over the last two days. More flies coming next week! View all the restocked patterns in our Hot off the Vise section.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:00 pm

Over 6,000 flies just added today!

We just stocked in over 6,000 flies on our website. See all the recently restocked patterns in our Hot off the Vise section. Over 25,000 more flies should be added in waves over the next two weeks. Lots of new patterns on the way too!

Monday, February 3, 2014 1:50 pm

December Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Jeff Shepherd for winning our December Fish Pic of the Month Contest! Jeff caught this Whopper in upstate New York with an Orvis Rod and Reel and a salmon egg pattern from Stream Flies. Nice job!

Monday, February 3, 2014 1:49 pm

November Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Chris Robinson for winning our November Fish Pic of the Month Contest! Chris caught several monsters on the Betsie River in Michigan using a size 6 orange salmon egg pattern and a size 16 woolly bugger pattern from Stream Flies. Nice fish!

Thursday, January 30, 2014 1:29 pm

New Stream Flies Strike Indicators and line nippers are here!

We just received our first batch of super hi-vis orange any yellow football shaped strike indicators. These are extremely easy to use and very easy to see in all water conditions. WE also restocked our very popular economy line nippers.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:53 pm

ODFW Weekly Recreation Report

New salmon, steelhead, sturgeon endorsement Beginning Jan. 1, 2014 anglers fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries will be required to have a Columbia River Basin endorsement. See a map of the Basin and get more information. Report your tags by Jan. 31—even if you didn’t hunt or weren’t successful Hunters are required to report on every deer, elk, cougar, bear, pronghorn and turkey tag purchased. Hunters who fail to report their 2013 deer and elk tags by the deadline (Jan. 31, 2014 for most hunts) will have to pay a $25 penalty fee to purchase a 2015 hunting license. Report online or call 1-866-947-ODFW (6339). Don’t overlook winter trout fishing Oregon offers diverse winter trout fishing opportunities -- Garrison Lake and Lost Creek Reservoir in the SW Zone, Crooked and Metolius rivers in Central, Walter Wirth Lake in the Willamette and ice-fishing on Campbell Lake and Wolf Creek Reservoir in SE, to name a few. Check out the zone reports for even more winter trout opportunities. Bird hunting winds down Most remaining duck and goose seasons close Jan. 26, though goose hunting in NW Oregon and parts of the South Coast, Klamath and Malheur counties have a third hunting period later in the year (see regs). The rest of Oregon’s upland bird seasons close Jan. 31. Spring bear hunt applications due Feb. 10 Apply for a controlled hunt no later than Feb. 10, or purchase one of the SW Oregon first-come, first-serve tags, which have been selling out by about Feb. 15.

Friday, November 22, 2013 8:18 am

Why We Fish (by Tom Teague)

Why we fish: Lessons learned from fly fishing By Tom Teague Because fly fishing is such a peaceful pastime, pursued on quiet, beautiful streams and lakes, many non-anglers carry an almost mystical impression of the sport. I am frequently asked what I get out of fly fishing; I think those people really are asking, "What would I learn if I took it up?" A lot. It's a sport that combines serenity, triumph and frustration in exactly the right proportions to teach lasting lessons. Time on a stream can include a mix of wily fish, un-imitable insects and wild beasts such as bears and other anglers. Here are the first four-and-a-half things I learned from all that. One: Old trout don't rise quickly to the fly. This is how they get to be old. To the frustration of anyone who has painstakingly matched size, color and pattern to actual insects on a stream, old trout will watch flies drift overhead only to noisily gulp down a living look-alike. These fish watch for anything - a wake or ripple- that flags the fly as artificial. Aesop could draw multiple morals from this: That anglers must show the patience of old trout, that even one odd ripple in a stream full of eddies and bubbles can portend danger, or that it's sometimes wise to keep your mouth closed, lest you end up looking supremely foolish. Two: We are not always at the top of the food chain. I turned around one time in Yellowstone backcountry and saw that a grizzly bear had sauntered near and was evidently critiquing my casting technique. When I'm more than 75 feet from a road in grizzly country, I carry bear repellent mace. In fact, I carry the Papa Bear size, which is slightly larger than a home fire extinguisher. It supposedly will deter the angriest of bears. But, as one fly shop owner told me, there may be unreported cases in which it failed. I didn't ask why they were unreported. Books advise not to look a grizzly in the eyes, to speak gently, to back up slowly and to not use the mace unless they charge. Books don't mention freezing in place and begging the bear not to attack while trying to control your shaking hands long enough to disengage the safety on the can of mace, which is what I did. A ranger later told me, "It didn't maul you, so you did something right." Meanwhile, my fishing buddy hid in the tall grass and hissed a series of contradictory suggestions such as "get down" or "don't move." I didn't mace the bear. It moved along after 10 years or, as my friend called it, 30 seconds. He triangulated the bear's position, walked it off, and said that the grizzly was no more than 30 feet from me. "He could have been on you in half a second," he said. Turns out that no one has anything comforting to say about grizzly encounters. Two and a Half - A Corollary to Lesson Two: Trust but verify. This friend had told me that he also was carrying mace, 
a comforting thought during my grizzly face off. After the bear left, my friend whipped out a mace container the size of a roll of pennies. It wouldn't have discouraged a petulant child, let alone an adult grizzly. Three: Seek the truth but respect the narrative. Fly anglers tell stories about events that could - except for the lack of believability - be regarded as miracles. One cool night around a fire outside a lodge, listening to funny scotch-fueled fishing stories, I decided to pull out my digital camera and show a photo of a small but nice trout that I had caught, photographed and returned to the stream earlier in the day. The other anglers had been telling stories about their arms growing tired from catching so many fish, or hooking trout big enough to spit up Jonah. When I showed the photo the stories ended. The evening turned ruminative and quiet. The guy with the single malt turned in early and took his bottle with him. And I no longer confuse Story Hour with Show and Tell. Four: Rivers really are the perfect metaphor for life. At least once in your life, you should wade into a fast-flowing river and look upstream. All of the visible landscape - cuts, creeks, draws, hills - is a giant system to deliver water precisely to where you are standing. Waters from multiple sources - springs and small creeks, smaller rivers, distant clouds - are joined right at your feet. Turn downstream and you suddenly yearn to find out what else will add to this river as it continues on. This fits nearly any aspect of your life: Family, learning, career, politics, and money. Rivers provide the perfect reason to go fly fishing.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 1:08 pm

10,000 flies added yesterday

We added over 10,000 flies to the site yesterday. We have also added a Sale Page with flies discounted up to 50% through the 20th of this month. Layne and I will be on our long awaited honeymoon at an undisclosed location in the Caribbean until the 22nd of September. Can't wait to share stories and photos with you when we return! All orders placed between today and the 22nd will not ship until the 23rd.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:54 am

Just Added Another 6,400+ Flies Today!

We just restocked over 6,400 flies today! Use coupon code "AUGUST" for the best price on these popular patterns. View all the restocked patterns in our "Hot off the Vise" section. Our summer sale lasts through the month of August.

Monday, August 12, 2013 2:20 pm

Just Added 59 new patterns + over 9,000 flies!

We have added 59 new fly patterns and restocked our most popular patterns with almost 9,300 flies this week. Check our New Products section for all of the new patterns including a few new "Wicked Rubber Legger" Steelhead Nymph Patterns from our local custom tyer, Bill Ezell!

Monday, August 12, 2013 2:16 pm

New EZ Tie Blood Knot Tool

We are proud to announce that we are now carrying a great little tool made here is the USA that makes tying blood knots easier than ever! The EZ Tie blood knot system helps you tie the blood knot or barrel knot in six easy steps. You can find them now in our accessories section.

Monday, August 12, 2013 2:14 pm

July Fish Pic Winner!

Congratulations to 9 year old Zach Martinez for winning our pic of the month contest in July! Zach caught this 20 inch Rainbow in Red River, New Mexico on a size 16 mosquito purchased from Stream Flies. Congrats Zach for winning this month's prize, a 40 fly nymph and dry fly combo assortment. Thanks Vinny for sending in this great pic of your son and his catch. It's great to see parents passing on their love for the sport of fly fishing to their kidos! Keep up the great work!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:22 am

August Sale!

Use promo code "AUGUST" in your shopping basket to receive 15% off your entire order for the month of August.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:17 am

Over 7,500 flies just added to the site...

We just restocked over 7,500 flies and we have another 20 new patterns coming soon. We added 32 new patterns last week and we've added several new sizes for our most popular patterns. Check out our entire current stock on the Quick Order Page.

Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:38 pm

Photo Contest Winner For June!

Stephen Wozniak finally won the customer's photo contest for the month of June after entering some great photos over the past several months. I thought I'd post one of my old favorites he sent several months ago, along with the winning photo from June. Both photos are stunning examples of his signature look! Stephen caught this monster Rainbow on a Muddler Minnow he bought from Stream Flies. He caught this one along with several others at Harriet Lake in Oregon. Congrats Stephen for winning this month’s prize, a 40 fly worm and egg combo assortment! Nice pics! The float tube pic is from Trillium Lake, Oregon.

Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:38 am


Another photo of the new Stream Flies mascot

Thursday, July 18, 2013 10:30 am

Baron Wolfgang Von Schnicklefritz

Our German Shorthaired Pointer "Fritz" is seven months old and ready to start some serious bird training! This guy has been a handful, but we love him to death. Look for more pictures of Fritz on our website in the future. He is now our official Stream Flies mascot. Definitely the best looking man in the family!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 6:23 pm

Over 10,000 Flies Just Restocked + 32 New Patterns!

We just added well over 10,000 flies to the website including 32 brand new patterns! Make sure you get these before they are gone! Photos for the new patterns should be up within a week.

Friday, May 17, 2013 2:35 pm

Over 12,000 more flies just arrived!

We just added over 12,000 more flies to the website this week. Check out all the newly restocked patterns in the Hot Off The Vise section. We will be adding several new patterns over the coming week.

Friday, April 19, 2013 8:43 am

Restocked Accessories

We just restocked several of our accessories including scissors, bobbins, floatant, tippet and leader. We also added an new worm and egg combination assortment.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:33 pm

New Product From Fish Pimp

We now carry a great new productcalled Shake-N-Float from Fish Pimp. It is a mix of floatant and drying agents that dries flies and gets them floating fast. Simply place your soaked flies into the container, softly hold the lip shut and shake vigorously several times. Finally, make a few false casts to remove excess powder. Your fly will float like new!

Monday, March 25, 2013 9:37 am

New Patterns Added

We just added 10 new patterns to the website. Check out the "New Products" section to view all of our recently added products.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 1:50 pm

Almost 20,000 more flies just added to the site!

We just added almost 20,000 flies to the website, bringing our total for the past week to over 33,000 new flies. Stock up your fly boxes for Spring right away!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 11:49 am

Congratulations to Justin Hamblin!

Justin Hamblin of Utah was the winner of the February Photo Contest. Thanks to everyone who participated. We received more photos than ever and the judging was extremely difficult! Justin caught and released this 25" Splake in a high alpine lake in Utah. He was using a 9' 5wt TFO BVK and a size 6 White Zonker from Stream Flies. Nice fish Justin!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 11:05 am

Over 13,800 Flies Added Today!

We just added over 13,800 flies to the website. Several new sizes were added to some of our most popular patterns as well. Over the next several weeks we will be adding new patterns to our offerings. We should have another 20,000 flies in next week. Stock up for Spring before these flies are gone!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:59 am

Over 9,000 Flies Added Today!

We just added over 9,000 flies to the site today. We are working on stocking up all patterns for spring and summer. Many more flies are on the way!

Friday, February 8, 2013 2:45 pm

Authorized Rio Products Dealer!

We are now an authorized Rio Products dealer. We currently offer 30 different tippet and leader options and we plan on adding many new products and sizes in the near future. We just restocked all of our tippet and leader earlier this week. We also added several new accessories to our "Accessories" page. We now offer fly floatant and a few fly tying tools.

Friday, February 8, 2013 2:41 pm

4,380 Flies Just In

The first batch of our spring restock arrived today. We will have tons of flies by the end of the month. 365 dozen came in today. Mostly Hare's Ear patterns and a few Bill Ezell custom patterns.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:56 pm

Strike Indicator Trick

If you're like me, you don't want to throw away your old fly line when you replace it. Old fly line can be used for a variety of applications including indicator stoppers, indicators themselves, lanyards for all your accessories, or simply keep it for practice casting in your yard. These photos are showing how you can use old fly line as a strike indicator stopper when using a large strike indicator. Simply cut two small pieces of your old fly line and tie two nail knots (one above and one below your strike indicator). Make sure you tie the little knots tight enough to keep your indicator in the desired location while casting. The nice thing about this little trick is that you can easily slide your indicator up and down your leader without kinking up your leader in the process. For a smaller strike indicator you can just tie a single bright colored piece of floating fly line to your leader using a nail knot and slide it up and down the leader to the desired position.

Friday, December 28, 2012 12:29 pm

Recent Wallowa River Trip

Steve, Kirby, Bill and I recently traveled about three hours northeast of Hermiston to one of our favorite winter fishing spots, the Wallowa River. Lots of hiking and river crossings are required to reach the best runs on the river. This area is beautiful and produces some great fish when the water levels drop for a few days. Kirby landed this nice 30 inch 10 pounder toward the end of the day.

Friday, December 21, 2012 9:56 am

Merry Christmas!

Streamflies will be closing Saturday the 22nd through Wednesday the 26th of December for Christmas. Our website will still be taking orders. Orders placed after Friday the 21st will ship out by the end of the following week. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:43 pm

More Flies Just Arrived!

We just added another 8,500 flies to the site! Check out all the newly restocked patterns in the "Hot Off the Vise" section.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:04 pm


We just added another 8,760 flies to the website. Thousands more should be here by the weekend. Check out all the newly restocked patterns in the "Hot Off the Vise" section. View all flies currently in stock on our "Quick Order" page.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:12 am

Over 8,000 flies just in!

We just received over 8,000 flies and we have thousands more coming in soon! We will also be adding many new patterns to our line next month. Check out all the patterns that we restocked today in our "Hot off the Vise" section. To easily view everything we have in stock right now, check out our "Quick Order" page.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:06 pm

Recent Fishing Trip to Troy

Monday, October 15, 2012 8:52 am

Colorado Pronghorn Hunt

Stream Flies Pro Cody Lujan traveled to northern Colorado for a successful pronghorn hunt a little over a week ago. Here is the short version of the hunt as narrated by Mr. Lujan himself: "Headed back home to Routt County, Colorado for my second antelope hunt of the season. This was the first Colorado goat tag I've drawn and I was pretty excited to head home and hunt the high sage country with a couple of childhood friends. I've already had a good season on New Mexico's heavy-horned speedgoats and after NW Colorado's severe drought, had pretty low expectations for this hunt. I was pleased to learn that the rut was in full swing and had a short, yet successful hunt watching bucks chasing hot does all over the damned place. We looked over a few herds and passed a couple of good bucks before I glassed up this buck chasing his ladies. The stalk was on. After chasing him in circles he finally ran a doe in the right direction and I put him down at 248 yards. Spent the rest of the day glassing muleys and located a couple of absolute giants. We capped it all off with a couple of cold ones in a tack shed filled with decades worth of giant muley racks. One hell of a day to kill the absolute biggest bodied buck I've ever seen."

Monday, October 15, 2012 8:35 am

Philip Wolfmueller Photography

When I'm not working or fishing, I spend a lot of time out exploring the backwoods of Oregon with my camera. Several years ago when I lived in southern Oregon, I started a website to share my wildlife an nature photography with the world. After sitting stagnant for several years, I've decided to launch my photography website once again to share my photography with the public. This time around, I plan on keeping the photography site fresh with updated nature, wildlife and many more fishing related photographs. I hope you enjoy the site. Please feel free to contact me with your thoughts and comments on the photos. I'd love to hear from you! The website is titled "Philip Wolfmueller Photography" and the url is

Thursday, October 11, 2012 12:01 pm

1,560 flies just added to the website

We just added 1,560 flies to the website. You can view the newly added flies in the Hot Off the Vise section. We also added several new sizes for fly patterns that we already carry. We added size 8 and 10 BH Red San Juan Worms, size 14, 16 and 18 Mahogany Dun Parachute, size 10 Tan Foam Hopper, size 14 Cinnamon Ant Parachute, size 12 Black Woolly Bugger, size 10 Royal Wulff, size 12 and 14 Paradrake Gray, size 18 Hare's Ear Flashback Bead Head Dark, size 12 Dun Blue Parachute, and size 20 Chartreuse Red Dot.

Friday, October 5, 2012 11:48 pm

Philip & Layne Wolfmueller

We just wanted to share the first wedding picture with our friends and family and extended Stream Flies family! Thanks again for all your support and advice.

Thursday, October 4, 2012 2:22 pm

Thank You!!!!

As many of you already know, on September 8th I married Layne Womack, the love of my life! I want to thank all of you for your kind words of support and advice. I received lots of responses to my request for your "words of wisdom or sage advice for a long and happy marriage". Layne and I really enjoyed reading your advice and suggestions. I will be posting photos of our wedding along with your anonymous words of wisdom here over the next few weeks. Thanks again for your kind words and well wishes. -Philip

Thursday, October 4, 2012 2:19 pm

3,000 Flies Just Arrived!

We just added over 3,00 flies to our website. You can view all the restocked patterns in the "Hot off the Vise" section. These patterns include hoppers, stimulators, stoneflies and many more! Get 'em before they're gone!

Monday, September 24, 2012 1:04 pm

The Life of a Country Boy

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:07 pm

13,600 flies and assortments just added!

I just added over 13,602 flies to the site this morning, including 12 fly assortment options! I've restocked my personal favorite pattern...the rolling cased caddis as well. If you would like to easily view all of our stock in one place, try our new "Quick Order Page". This page shows only the patterns and quantities we have in stock (there are no zeros). If you would like to view only the patterns that were added today, you can find them on our "Hot off the Vise" section. New assortments will be added in the near future.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 2:44 pm

New Products!

We just got our first shipment of new leaders and tippet from Rio Products. We have more on the way, and we hope to expand to many more products like these in the near future. Might have to wait until after our wedding on September 8th though! We will also be restocking and adding to our assortment offerings in the near future. Keep checking back for new products.

Friday, July 20, 2012 10:16 am

Storm Chasing in Umatilla County Oregon

I've been trying to capture a great photo of a lightning storm for years. Lightning photography requires being in the right place at the right time...and a great deal of patience. Over the past few weeks we have had a number of evening and nighttime thunderstorms most of which are accompanied by heavy rain, making it very difficult to get a good lightning shot. Last night we had an unbelievable lightning storm a few miles to the east with no rain falling overhead. I was finally able to capture a few decent shots at about 11PM last night. I will be out chasing storms again late permitting!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:00 pm

15,000 flies just added today!

We just stocked in 15,000 flies today. Several new patterns will be added to the website in the coming weeks.

Monday, June 18, 2012 1:46 am

Over 12,000 Flies Just In!

We just got another batch of flies in over the weekend. Please check the "Hot off the Vise" section for a complete list of all patterns that have been restocked! More on the way...

Thursday, May 31, 2012 11:30 am

More Flies Just Came In!

We just got another batch of flies in yesterday. Please check the "Hot off the Vise" section for a complete list of all patterns that have been restocked!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 3:43 pm

Restocked Patterns!

We just added 4,000 flies to the website today. The patterns we restocked are Black Gnat, Blue Winged Olive, Cahill Dark, Cahill Light, Cahill Pink, Griffiths Gant, Griffiths Gnat Black, Griffiths Gnat Cream, Griffiths Gnat Olive, Midge Dry Adams, Midge Dry Black, Midge Dry Cream, Midge Dry Grey, Mosquito, Mosquito Larva, and Mosquito Parachute.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:10 pm

Camping on the Deschutes River

Layne and I packed up the truck and headed to the lower Deschutes River for Memorial Day weekend. After exploring the Deschutes River road above and below Maupin, we settled in at Macks Canyon Campground at the far end of the lower access road. The fishing was slow (possibly because of a front that blew through), but the scenery was amazing and the company was even better! I hooked three huge trout early Saturday morning on large beadhead stonefly nymphs with small copper john droppers. All three fish ran about 20 yards and snapped my 6 pound leader before I could even react! All three river-whales hit the large stonefly pattern. The wind kicked up by noon every day, limiting my fishing to the mornings. I fished with three different rod/reel combos and threw just about every pattern in the box and ended up landing one rainbow and one whitefish. Fun trip, great campground.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 12:56 pm

Last day of the 2012 Chinook season on the Umatilla

Bill, Steve and I went out on the Umatilla River one last time on Wednesday May 23, to try our luck on the last day of the Chinook season. ODF&W decided to close the river several weeks early because of the poor run this year...and the relatively high number of fish being caught. Steve caught a 27 inch hatchery male and I caught a 30 inch hatchery female. I finally have a few salmon steaks in the freezer!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 12:43 pm

Noah's Big Hunt - May 18th

This story was sent to me from a friend in Hermiston, Oregon. His son Matt and grandson Noah live in Alaska. This is the story of Noah's recent bear hunt......"It was so perfect. The sun was bright, and it was nice out. We hiked up Eagle River valley for many miles to a spot I like. We set up our tent and started glassing from the gravel bar. I spotted a big black bear up high by the mountain goats but thought it might be a little to hard for Noah's first hunt. I decided to try an area I had seen bears in before. It was a secret spot you cant see from the trail or river. After hiking through blow downs and alders we made it to a little meadow clearing. We waited about an hour glassing for black bears on the cliffs above us. It was about 6:30 we decided to head back to camp for dinner and to glass from the river. At that exact second a bear appeared and I told Noah to get down quick. I made a quick plan to circle around to one side for a better shot. On the way to that bear suddenly another bear even closer appeared. Opting for the easier of the two we went for the close bear. I ranged the bear at 434 yards and decided it was way to far for a shot. We snuck our way up a near by avalanche chute and set up an ambush. We thought the bear would feed right across the opening and we were in position. After 20 minutes of laying in the snow we decided it was cold and the bear must of heard us and left. We made one last wide circle back down and around to look up a near by draw. As we came around an alder thicket I looked up the draw and saw a black bear sitting on the hillside. I motioned for Noah to come closer to take a look. He started to get excited and giggly with the idea of being able to get a shot. We moved slowly up the draw keeping trees between us and the bear. We had leafy suit camo on to help hide us and we moved into position at 103 yards. The bear was looking in our direction slightly quartering towards us. I set my pack under the rifle and told Noah to hold 4 inches low and aim so the bullet would just barely skim the bears cheek. I made Noah wait several times so I could make sure the bullet would hit the vitals and to give him a chance to calm his nerves for the shot. When I thought the time was right I said go ahead buddy squeeze slow. BOOM! The shot went off and the bear jumped forward over a stump and rolled down the hill about 15 yards and came to a stop. It let out two quick groans and it was all over. We waited in a ready position for about 5 more minutes making sure the bear didn't need another shot since it was kind of a tough shot to the vital area. We got up and went over to check it out. I took the rifle and made Noah stay back about 50 yards while I poked it. Dead as a door nail with a perfect heart shot and time for celebration. We gave thanks to God and took a few photos. It was 8:15 when he made the shot and we had to get it all dressed out before dark. Noah got put on Grizzly look out with his rifle while I field dressed the bear. We skinned it leaving the head and paws attached. That went into Noah's pack. I took the four quarters, back straps, and loins in my pack plus the rifle. We had the bear laid out on a log cooling at camp by 11:00pm. We enjoyed a nice freeze dried dinner at 11:15 with some coffee and cocoa. We got into bed about midnight and Noah was fast asleep. To make things fun we had animals messing with the meat in the night. Several times I woke up listening for what was moving outside. The wind didnt help making it hard to hear. In the morning we had coyote tracks with both loins gone and a back strap laying in the dirt. All well I guess it made the long hike out a little lighter. My pack was about 90lbs and Noah's was about 35. All in all a magical adventure. Naoh amused us on the way out with his version of I shot the sheriff by Bob Marley. He sang "I shot the black bear, but I did not shoot the Grizz- ally, no no no no no" and on it went.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 4:04 pm

Engagement Announcement!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:33 am

Cal Ezell and friends put on a salmon clinic (5/20/2012)

Cal, Trent, Austin and Travis put on a bit of a fishing clinic two days ago on the Umatilla River just above the walking brindge in Umatilla. They only fished for few hours Sunday evening landing six and bringing home five keepers. Nice work!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:28 am

9 Foot Sturgeon (5/18/2012)

My fishing buddy Steve took his nephew Ryan sturgeon fishing on the Columbia for his birthday last Friday morning. They put in at the Irrigon marina and fished a few of the local holes right out of Irrigon. They caught two two sturgeon including the nine footer in the pic. No keepers, but always fun catching a monster fish!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:22 am

Umatilla River Salmon (5/16/2012)

Bill Ezell and I got up early last Wednesday morning and headed over to the Umatilla River for salmon fishing. Bill hooked two and landed one...I was skunked once again. Salmon fishing remains open (and quite good) on the Umatilla for the time being.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:15 am

Powder River (5/12/2012)

While Layne and I were in Bend for the planning conference, several of our friends took a day trip out to the Powder River in eastern Oregon to fish just below Thief Valley Dam. Bill Ezell, Steve, and Garret caught between 40 and 50 rainbows before noon using #14 flashback hares ear nymphs and a #10 tied down caddis. They claim all the fish were between 14 to 18 inches! Nice job!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:44 am

Crooked River Trip (5/11/2012)

Layne and I drove down to Bend on Thursday the 10th of May so she could attend a planning conference on Friday. I woke up early and drove out to Prineville Reservoir to scout out some fishing spots on the Crooked River just below the dam. I tried my luck with a few scud patterns and small beadhead nymphs at every pullout I could find along the canyon road. The early morning action was slow with only a few very small fish caught. I continued down the road to several small campground pullouts with the same results. Just before noon I pulled into the day use parking at the Lower Palisades campground and began watching a couple fly fishing just off the parking lot while I ate my lunch. I watched as the two of them caught over 30 fish in 30 minutes. As I approached the river I noticed we were in the middle of a crazy caddis fly hatch. The hatch started at noon and ended at 2PM. The fish took almost anything that floated for the first hour of the hatch and at 2PM the fish just stopped feeding. Adams and BWOs seemed to be the best patterns during the hatch. I missed fishing during the hatch because I was having such a great time watching the couple catch fish after fish after fish... Great first trip to the Crooked River. Can't wait to go back.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 8:24 pm

Good buddy David fishing in Kauai

Congrats to my buddy David Hernandez who caught a 172 pound yellowfin tuna off the coast of Kauai last week. It took almost an hour to land this monster. Nice job David!!! Good looking Dorado caught too!

Sunday, April 29, 2012 4:44 pm

Osprey Video

Monday, April 23, 2012 10:24 am

Crappie Fishing at Cold Springs Reservoir

Layne, Bill and I spent the last two evenings fishing for crappie at Cold Springs Reservoir near Hermiston, Oregon. The weather has been warming up and the crappie are starting to bite! We caught numerous fish between 10 and 16 inches and enjoyed a couple of amazing sunsets. Hope to get out on the lake again soon.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 11:43 am

Deer Hair Jigs

Old-timers and anglers in the know are not strangers to deer hair jigs. Before the advent of rubber and plastic skirts the only material used was animal hair. Squirrel, rabbit and deer hair material has long been favorites because of their availability. However; their popularity was waned drastically in the market place as rubber/plastic use increased. Many of today’s anglers are also avid deer hunters, but most fail to realize that they are throwing away almost a years supply of deer hair with each deer hide that they discard. The deer tail has usually the longest strands of hair, however; the underside of the stomach and groin area has some very fine hair that makes great jig material. Deer tails are easily removed from the skin and with a little work they can be preserved for many years. The first step is to remove the tail; it is easier to do this while working with the tail attached to the skin. Carefully take a sharp fillet knife and on the underneath side (the white side) slit the tail from the vent to about half way towards the tip of the tail. Then take the knife and work around the tail bone to free the skin that holds the skin on. Once this is achieved the tail can be removed from the tail bone by placing the tailbone between two fingers and pulling downward. If you have trouble getting the tail to pull loose, then make the split further toward the tip. Once the tail is removed from the tailbone cut it free from the rest of the skin, lay the tail on a flat surface and cover liberally with salt. Any salt will work, but regular table salt is excellent and cheap. Place the salted tail in a cool dry place and it will keep for a long period of time, however; if flies can get to it before it dries or if you do not use enough salt you will find a smelly mess that I guarantee you or anyone else will not enjoy. You can just freeze the tail and use when needed, but the salted method works best and tails can be kept in zip lock bags at your jig making area. Of course, the tails are white so if you want to have different colors they are easily changed by using dye. Choose your colors and place a dry, salted tail in the dye and then hang it a safe place to dry. Use small plastic ice cream containers and you can easily discard dye after you are through. Resalt the dyed tail so it will not spoil. The jig making process is fairly simple with the invention of modern jig making equipment. A small vice to hold bare jigs are necessary, as well as a small table or bench to hold the equipment and supplies. A collar spreading pliers that spread the rubber collars is a real time saver. Other equipment that is needed include, glue, wire (copper, red, or black), rubber collars (variety of colors), scissors, thread, and jig heads. There are many jig heads available and range from unpainted (least expensive) or painted lifelike heads (most expensive) on the market. To make the first jig, take the vice and place the eye in the vice with the hook pointing away from the vice. Then take a rubber collar and place in the spreader pliers and set aside, if you plan to keep the collar on jig you should color coordinate, but if you plan on removing it later you may use any color you have. Using a sharp pair of scissors take a small section of the tail and cut as close to the skin as possible, you can also trim later if needed. Of course, for bigger bulky jigs you will use more hair and for smaller streamlined jigs you will use less. Using the spreader carefully expand the collar and insert the hair, then relax the pliers and move the collar down the hair for a ? inch or so. This makes the “skirt” or hair bundle ready to be placed on the jig, carefully move the collar over the hook point and end up at the back of the jig head. If you want to have a hair “collar’ on the jig you will need to move the collar to middle of hair bundle. Then use either thread or fine wire to wrap hair bundle firmly onto the jig. You can use colored wire to add more flash or custom look, removal of the collar is optional, but always uses super glue to finish off wrap process. The wire or thread should be wrapped 8 to 10 times. Either tie thread with a half hitch knot or twist wire together for a few rounds and then cut off excess. Wire is more durable and is easier to tie off. Other options include tinsel for flash or round rubber may also be used to imitate crawfish, which is added to the bundle before inserting through the collar. White deer hair jigs are one wintertime weapon that bass cannot resist. The hair seems to “breathe” and this subtle action is produced at even ultra slow presentations. Use these jigs anywhere you would swim a grub or fish it vertically over schools of shad. Brown or black deer hair jigs have taken their share of bass as well and usually a small pork chunk or strip works very well. These crawfish presentations are best when fished on rocky points or bluffs. The deer hair jig making process is a great way to spend some cold winter evenings, the anticipation of future excursions makes it a lot of fun and you also utilize some more of that deer you harvested. (text by Mike Eutsler)

Thursday, April 19, 2012 10:04 am

Forest Service halts road closure plan for Wallowa-Whitman forest, plans for more public input

ENTERPRISE -- The U.S. Forest Service will "stop the clock" on a controversial road closure plan that residents of three northeastern Oregon counties complained would have locked them out of the state's biggest national forest this summer. The announcement Tuesday comes one day after U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., asked the agency to restart the public planning process and take greater account of local input. Unveiled last month, the 755-page plan had proposed a June closure of nearly 4,000 miles of roads to motorized traffic on the 2.4-million acre Wallowa-Whitman, which sprawls across Union, Wallowa and Baker counties. Forest Supervisor Monica J. Schwalbach acknowledged that she heard complaints that the plan would have caused possible access problems for firewood cutters, livestock grazing permit holders, miners and landowners. People also complained about inadequate Forest Service maps and said they needed more information on road numbers, landmarks and watershed bounaries. The plan had been under development since 2007 and triggered more than 6,000 petition signatures demanding roads be left open. -- Richard Cockle

Thursday, March 1, 2012 8:23 pm

Recent Wallowa River catches

We've taken several day trips up to the Wallowa River in northeastern Oregon over the past few months and caught quite a few Steelhead with very little photographic proof. Some trips have been better than others, and I seem to be the one who gets skunked more often than not on the Wallowa. Recent trips have yielded fewer fish because of quickly dropping water levels and extremely low water temperature. Here are a few Steelhead pics and a bull trout from our last outing. Not the biggest fish, but always a fun fight.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 7:59 pm

Props to Eric Shoemaker and friend...

Eric recently sent me these pics of the Steelhead he's been catching over near the Oregon coast. The coastal rivers in northwest Oregon have some monster Steelies and apparently Eric knows where they are. He won't share his extremely top secret fishing spots...but from the photos he sent, I'm hoping someone can help me pinpoint the exact location. I've narrowed it down to about 37 possible rivers.

Thursday, March 1, 2012 7:51 pm

Recent Umatilla River Steelhead

I haven't been very good about updating my blog lately. I've been extremely busy working...and trying to spend every spare moment of daylight on the river. These are a few pictures of Steelhead we've caught over the past several weeks on the Umatilla River near Hermiston, Oregon.

Sunday, February 5, 2012 9:58 am

Umatilla River

Bill Ezell and I spent part of the morning and early afternoon yesterday fishing the Umatilla River above Echo again. The water level has dropped a bit and there are steelhead scattered throughout the river from the recent high waters. The water color looked good and we heard reports of several fish caught between Hermiston and Pendleton over the last couple of days. Gail from Blue Mountain Anglers fly shop in Pendleton reported multiple steelhead being caught yesterday in town on small jigs with a 2" bubblegum pink plastic worm. I spent part of the morning photographing a great horned owl in a tree above me on the riverbank. He was talking to another owl across the river...probably hooting back and forth about the fact that I was using the wrong flies...wise old owls.

Monday, January 30, 2012 2:04 pm

Sunday on the Umatilla River

We spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon on the Umatilla River between Echo and Pendleton yesterday. The water level was a little high making the fishing slightly difficult. My friends Bill and Steve, the hardcore fishermen that they are, decided to try their luck. The final fish count for the day was Bill 0 and Steve 3 trout. It was the last day of duck hunting season and we could hear the hopeful hunters trying to bag their last minute ducks in the distance.

Saturday, January 28, 2012 12:06 pm

Bill Ezell sample patterns

I was over at Bill Ezell's place watching him tie a few sample patterns yesterday so I thought I'd share a couple of pics. His new shrimp patterns look amazing!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 1:52 pm

Restock Today!

I've just added over 12,400 more flies to the website!

Monday, December 12, 2011 9:13 pm

Recent Photos

I wanted to share a couple of photos I took last week on the Umatilla River. It has been very cold and foggy for the past week and the fishing has been I picked up the camera again for the first time in several months. I found this lone oak tree in a field near the mouth of the Umatilla River. The frost on the tall grass and the dense fog made for a great shot backlit shot. The next shot was a dead salmon I found further up the Umatilla last week. The crazy life-like eye caught my attention right away.

Monday, November 7, 2011 3:35 pm

Had to post this one!!!

A friend of mine sent these in an email today and I just had to post these pics... "Hey, I took this guy from Texas fishing this week on the Big Thompson outside of Estes Park. It was his first ever fly-fishing venture. A crowd gathered on the highway to take pictures, including a Denver Post guy. One of the pics is on the front page of the Denver post." - Quote from original sender. (Unknown person)

Sunday, November 6, 2011 10:20 am

Umatilla River Report

UMATILLA RIVER: coho, fall chinook jacks, steelhead. Good numbers of coho, fall chinook jacks and steelhead are arriving at Threemile Dam daily on the lower Umatilla River. For the week of October 24-30, salmon and steelhead anglers fishing downstream of Threemile Dam averaged 7.6 and 3.5 hours/per fish. Anglers should concentrate on the lower Umatilla below Threemile dam and in the Columbia River downstream of the HWY 395 Bridge. Casting spinners or fishing bobber and jig/bait combinations have produced the best results. Water conditions are good downstream of Threemile Dam, flows are averaging 250cfs and water clarity has been good. Up-river water conditions are fair to poor due to releases of turbid water from McKay Reservoir.