Fishing the Hood River
Since we now own a place in Hood River, OR it is time to get to know the river its self. I spent Saturday with Mike exploring many great fly fishing spots along the Hood River. Mike knows the river like the back of his hand so the day was focused on learning the water, key access points and unique regulations.
We started out at 5:00AM parking less than a mile out of town and hiking down to the west side of the river and walking the old 14′ diameter water pipe that carried water a mile from the dam to the power station. The power plant and dam were built in 1923 and the power plant stopped power production in 2006. The dam was finally removed in 2010. There are a few spots along the pipe where you can climb down and access the river. It was great to get an elevated view of the river for almost a full mile. We stared out shooting a roll cast in a swing pattern with a sinking line and an articulated black and red steel head fly
We then stopped at Tucker Park. There were some great riffle that had slower water to the fringe with some large boulder. I had a few hookup but did not manage to land any steelhead. The goal of the day was to learn the water and then go back to the best spots and work on my technique. Here we switched to nymphying with an inline drop set up using two egg patterns.
We coved A LOT of ground in one day stopping many times to get out of the truck and hike in and out. I’d say that we only cast a line at about half of some amazing spots. Call it research. You can check out a few of the photos I’ve uploaded.
At about noon we called it a day and headed back into town to enjoy a pint at Full Sail brewery then I walked down to the mouth of the Hood River and caught up with some friends. The Columbia River was FULL of kite boarders and wind surfers. There was a wind surfer race going on with about 25 or so colorful sails zooming from buoy to buoy. About half the kite boarders where out and the other half getting ready for the 2:00 magic hour when the wind is at it’s best. All in all I’d say that there were over 100 people on the beach and in the water. Hood River really is an amazing place.