Its been a while since my last post. There is no reason for concern though. The “self guided” adventures have been continuing and the memoirs will follow as time allows.
2014 was a “better” year for steelhead in the Columbia River system with 325,452 past Bonneville to date. For some perspective the 10-year average for the date is 350,593.
This nominal boost in the run size, and subsequent increase in fly whipping interest has finally allowed for the formal IPO of Dawn Patrol Flies on the New York Stock Exchange. Dawn Patrol provides a select line of proven and durable NW flies for most big fish situations. The company provides a reliable line of jigs and speciality flies to small list of chosen anglers only in the rarest situations. Orders are in person only and can get pricy.
If you choose to read on there will be a few shots from the product line. A bit on the history of Dawn Patrol, and an introduction to the pro staff.
It has taken me some time to understand how fly tying works. I have been at it since the 9th grade, but have just finally realized that “less is more” most of the time.
This is very true with Dawn Patrol’s latest version of the Fish Fart tube fly. You could go lighter, but the fly pictured above is about where I am at these days. Three wraps and no more than 4 strands of flash. The body is wrapped flashabou, and some palmered guinea hackle is laid in to help push the marabou out.
It can be tied regular or reverse marabou style in a long list of color and flash combos. This is a slightly poached rendition of a proven winner. So be careful who you show it to on the river. Dawn Patrol uses Pro Tube materials with the addition of a tiny bit of bling in the form of a flash body and palmered guinea. .
The annual trip on the Deschutes River from Mack’s Canyon to the mouth at Heritage Landing provided a quality testing ground for Dawn Patrol’s 2014 product line.
We added and extra day to our annual float. This allowed allowed for a more relaxing trip and of course more fishing and fly testing.
On every trip we keep track of the numbers. Shortly into the second day Russ stated after my third fish of the trip “If you catch another one. You will tell me what your doing.” “I was not doing much different.” I replied. Let him in on the step down technique which I felt works very will with the Fish Fart series of flies. I cast, mend, then step down allowing the fly to sink and pulsate through the bucket. I cover the water faster doing using this technique, but feel it will produce tugs from most players.
I addition to the Fish Fart series, Dawn Patrol is happy to report good results on the Delusion 4 series. These flies come in both weighted (with cone head) and unweighted (without). The cone head will detract from the pulsating action a bit, but allows for a quick decent in the depths were probing for the slobs can occur in proper fashion.
Russ is a fan of the unweighted Delusion 4.
Russ got in on some well deserved bonking on this trip. Hatchery fish are keepers anyway.