May 27, 2017- If you haven't been on the Deschutes in the last week or so, NOW is the time. Although the stoneflies showed up on time in early May, it took a while for the weather to warm up and get them flying. Last week brought some hot temps to the canyon and put the big bugs into flight mode, which finally stirred up some serious action with the fish. We are finally retiring the bobber rods for a while and even snipping the little dropper flies off of the big dry flies. Down and dirty, bow-and-arrow jungle fishing is the name of the game and we couldn't be more excited. This is when the biggest resident trout of our season show up to play. Give us a call and get down here!


June 13, 2012
Sharks Trump Snakes
Mike Boyd
Sharks Trump Snakes
I think I seem some ducks out there
“What are those”?  A black object juts out of the water followed by another.
“Must be some diving bird like a cormorant, or a mergy.” I reply.
Nope, guess again mainland haole trout and steelhead guide.  A local buddy that we where island hopping with set me straight, “ Uhh that is a shark”.
Well color me stupid and sure enough the black tips turned into big triangles, just like TV, that cut through the water in this eerie steady tracking. As those “mergy’s” started popping up at increasingly regular intervals, the novelty of sharks wore off. That steady tracking was coming right at us, around us, pretty much all over. Looking for bones and target species became a secondary pastime.
Hawaiian staple
Snuggly cuddly sea turtles made my heart jump as flippers poked up and became “another damn shark”.
Clay keeps telling me to “relax, it’s all what you are used to.” “You are used to rattlesnakes on the Deschutes, they don’t bother you.” “Don’t worry about ‘em.”  “Relax, they are just curious.”
He guessed this area must not get fished a lot. He seemed excited about this. As the tally of close encounters grew I decided to move in closer from the deep edge of the flat.
A couple key points bro:
1.  Have you watched Shark week? They don’t have Rattlesnake week.
2. A rattlesnake bite might leave 4 pinpricks and maybe venom IF it flips its fangs out and in you. These sharks were 3 to 7 feet. Their defensive exploratory “curious” bite is my whole stinking calf dude.
Hawaii the state with no snakes
3. They are almost or are bigger than I am and a lot faster than a snake.
4. I think I cut myself on coral, something about blood?
5. His scare-them-away-method of hitting them with a super intimidating whopping size 4 bonefish fly did nothing. Only poking them with the rod, a mere 9ft away, seemed to make them at least change their course. Soon, they would start to circle. Cool.
6. Rattlesnakes will rattle, normally as they flee, and let you know they are there. The sharks either had to be big enough or shallow enough to let their dorsal poke up to let me know they are there.
7. This is the kicker; I am higher on the food chain than a rattlesnake. It is a toss up on sharks; which one of us is the apex predator?
8. If a snake really bugs me I can (from a safe distance) smash his head with a rock. I win. I don’t condone this, but a golden parachute is a golden parachute.
Bottom line is apparently I put on puce pumps and a pink skirt along with my cool Patagonia flats shirt and mandatory Buff.  Hey cupcake, just keep looking for bones and relax.

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