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Central Oregon Thanksgiving

by Phillip Dobson
(Butte, MT)

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I just got back from a post-Thanksgiving fishing trip with my brother David. The bulk of our time was spent on the Crooked River: a great stream for anglers of all ability levels.

This was David's first time tenkara fishing, and he picked it up with amazing speed. I find that the big challenges of short-line long-rod nymphing are strike detection and fish fighting. David lost four of the first five hookups either to poor hooksets or head-shaking jumps. After that, it was all over for the trout and whitefish. Hooksets were quick and the rod was kept low to the water to keep the fish from trying to jump. We lost track of the fish count early in the cold morning. Sign of a successful day!

David almost exclusively fished my 5.4m Sagiri with a short #2.5 level line and a beadhead nymph. I nymphed with my Mom's 4.5m Sagiri and fished small dries with the 4wt which kept getting rendered useless from frozen guides.

I couldn't ask for a better time for my first Oregon fly fishing trip.

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Nov 29, 2016
by: Dave

Very nice trip there!

Nov 30, 2016
Brought back fond memories.
by: Les A.

Thanks for the pictures and story. I keep thinking about some of the rivers I have fished and wonder what it would be like to go back and use my Tenkara rods. The Crooked is one of them. The water looks really low. I either had "many fish" days on the Crooked, or a one or two fish day. The ability with Tenkara to work the pockets and detect the subtle takes makes short line tenkara perfect for that river. Nice to see you using a long rod too!

Nov 30, 2016
by: Phillip

They now manage the dam for a constant 84cfs in the winter. I suppose someone determined that was the minimum to maintain fish stocks.

The subsurface takes were really subtle. More so than I usually expect from whitefish. I'm sure we would have caught fish by indicator fishing, just not nearly as many. Long rod, short line was just the perfect technique.

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