Fishing in Central Oregon
Keith and I had a great weekend fishing in Central Oregon. We started out loading up the gear at my place at 4:30AM on Saturday. I was totally amazed how light it was at that hour, but it was mid June in the Northwest. We arrived in Madras at about 7:00AM, we did make a quick stop at Joe’s Donut in Sandy for a sugar and caffeine fix.
“Hey, There” took us a few miles east to Little Willow for a great day on the lake. I landed a few big trout and Keith fought a few more than I. It was a weird day. The fishing was best at about 2:00 and again around 5:00. Usually it is day break and twilight that yields the best results. Pack it up at 8:30 right as the mountain shadow covered the lake. We needed to make sure that we cleared out before dark incase we did not make it across the small stream in the minivan. Late dinner at the Black Bear Diner (kitsch retro diner, good food, friendly staff). Spent the night at The Inn at Cross Keys Station – very nice place, reasonable priced, included breakfast.
Up the next morning at 5:00AM to spend the morning on the Crooked River. Beautiful river, reasonable to wade across. No fish caught. We then headed down the Crooked and then down to Warm Springs to fish the Deschutes river. I landed a few small ones and Keith worked extra hard to land a red side. The temperature at the car was over 105. We worked the river few a few hours, called it a day and headed back home. The weekend was exhilarating, exhausting and a total change of pace.
Next weekend I’ll have a fly rod in my hand again on the Wilson River then the 12th I hope to head back to central Oregon with Bill for some time on the Clackamas, Lost Lake and/or Timothy Lake. More photos to come!