Are We Ready For Sunshine!!!

January 19th, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to see the sun!  According to the forecast, it might stick it’s head out here tomorrow afternoon.  Plus, temperatures will be in the mid 60s. Yes to all of the above.  Saturday, it looks like sunshine all day and again, temperatures in the mid 60s.  Unfortunately, Sunday’s forecast says light rain early.  Not so bad if we get the sun Friday and Saturday.

Generation schedule continues to be two to four generators on in the morning for three to four hours then off until late afternoon.  Wednesday had that projection, but they ran water all day except for two hours in the afternoon.  Today is the normal on for a while, off, then back on this afternoon.  Although they were supposed to only have two units on for one hour, they actually ran one or two units for four hours.  It is now off and dropping.

Jim – 1/18/17

Wednesday Jim out with Gina yesterday.  Despite the erratic generation, they had a very good day on the ruby 2 and an egg pattern.  Kind of a cloudy, misty day, but it was worth it.




Dodged The Bullet!

January 15th, 2017

Weather forecast for Friday and into the weekend really looked like we were in for a bad case of ice!  Fortunately, at least for this area, we dodged the bullet.  We even brought in more wood for our fireplace just in cast we lost power.  Yeah!  No need for a fire in the fireplace due to weather, but we did build one just enjoy the fire.  Temperatures have stayed above freezing.  It is 43 degrees right now with light rain off and on, so it has been overcast all day.  We have chances for rain again tomorrow, but temperatures will be in the low 60s!  Upper 40s Tuesday…upper 50s Wednesday and Thursday.  Slight chances for rain Thursday and Friday.  If the forecast is right, low 60s and sunshine Saturday.

Generation following pretty much the same pattern.  I was surprised they ran some water yesterday morning, but they did for about 4 hours then it was off the rest of the day and has been off all day today.  We will see about 4 hours generation tomorrow morning, then off until 6:00 p.m. when it will come on for a few hours.

Jessica – 1/12/17

Thursday, Carolyn took Jessica out for half a day.  Jessica recently moved from Missoula, Montana to the state of Washington.  Tough duty.  Fortunately, coming from this part of the country, she was dressed for the day on the water.  Hit a fish on the first cast then it went dead for a little while.  As we moved down the river, things picked up and we pulled off a good day on the ruby 2 and black copperhead midges.

Time To Get Ready For A New Fishing Season

January 8th, 2017



The weather over the next two weeks might make it difficult to stay at home and get ready for the new season.  We might hit the 60s a couple days this coming week.  Unfortunately, right now, Friday and Saturday both look like rain chances and temperatures in the mid 30s to mid 40s.  The following week we are back into the upper 40s to low 50s.  I can take that!

Somewhat of a pattern to the generation right now.  Nothing over the weekend and units running in the a.m. for four hours then nothing for 7-8 hours.

Fishers have been on the water the past three days.  Reports are fishing is pretty good on almost anything.  One fisher yesterday said the only thing he did not catch on was the white mega worm.  A couple other guys had told him that was working, but he couldn’t get a hit.  He did well on the tan scud, ruby 2, tiger tail and a soft hackle.

Back to getting ready for the new season, it’s time to check your fly lines for cuts.  Be sure to check the area around the leader loop.  Clean your line well with line cleaner or wash it in a non-grease cutting dish soap such as Ivory.  Rinse well, dry and put a good line dressing on.  Then….on to tying  up a good stock of flies for the season.  Lots of clubs holding fly-tying events right now as well as many of the fly shops are holding weekly fly tying seasons.  Something to check out.

The spey/switch rod clinic date has now been set.  We have Jim, from Michigan, coming in to do the clinic again  this year.  The date is March 25.  If interested, give us a call to sign up.

Happy New Year!

January 5th, 2017

Woke up this morning to a white deck!  I’m happy….that’s enough snow for the year.  Fortunately, I think we have had the snow for the next several days.  It will be really cold again tomorrow, but we will see a warming trend and actually be in the upper 40s by Monday and upper 50s Tuesday!!  Then 50s through the entire week and into the weekend.  Right now they are forecasting rain over the weekend but that it an entire week away.  We’re wait and see.  Yeah!….warmer weather.

Past few days we have seen three to four hours of generation in the morning.  Off around 10:00 a.m. for seven to eight hours then back on again for several hours.  Probably will continue with this schedule unless we get some major power demands.  They have followed that schedule so far today.

New Years Day was cold!!  Yes, it was in the 40s, but with no sun and lots of wind, it was downright cold.  A few of the gals from the club were on the river Sunday and fishing was pretty slow.  We caught a few fish and kept our tradition going.

Jamie – 1/1/17

There is one less think on Jamie’s bucket list….fly fishing.  She has been wanting to learn how to fly fish and New Years day was the day.  She took a half day instructional trip with Carolyn and definitely learned the basics of casting.  She got the natural drift down and caught her first trout on a fly rod using a ruby 2 midge !  Even though the day was raw, I hope she keeps it up.  Said she really liked it.

Monday, the three musketeers, Doc and Terry, from Oklahoma, spent most of the day on the water with Stan.

Terry, Stan & Doc – 1/2/17

Unfortunately, it was even slower fishing than Sunday.  They did catch a few fish, froze to death but had a great time.

Great Weather!

December 29th, 2016

This wonderful weather in December was a nice Christmas present!  We have had days in the 50s almost 60s most of the week.  Mornings have been a little cool, but if you dress for it and wait out the day, it has warmed up!  Yesterday was awesome!  Today will be nice, but they are predicting some pretty strong winds.  It’s 8:30 and already it is 40 degrees and lots of sunshine.  This will be one of the warmest New Year’s Days the gals from the River Runners Women’s Fly Fishing Club have spent on the water.  It’s supposed to b e in the mid 50s Sunday.  We’ll take it!

Generation has either been off all day and coming on for 1-2 hours late in the afternoon, or running 1-3 units for 2-03 hours in the morning around 7:00, then off the rest of the day.  Today it is off and not scheduled to come on until 5:00 p.m.

Kevin – 12/27/16

Tuesday, Stan took Kevin out for half a day.  Good day for Kevin on the Ruby 2 midge.  The water turned off just before they hit the river, so there was a drop most of the trip.  Good bite but a little cool when they got there.  Sun never came out so thank heavens for temperatures in the 50s.

Wednesday Jim and Gina finished up the year with a nice day.  Sun came out for the last part of the trip as well as the fish.  Good day for them on various

Jim’s last fish of the season – 12/28/16

colors of egg patterns, the white mega worm and the ruby 2.  It was one of those days where fishing was slow for a while then took off and back to slow then take off,….



What a way to end the year!.

Very Little Generation The Next Several Days!

December 22nd, 2016

Temperatures are going to be pretty good through the Christmas weekend, but it looks like we have3 a couple good changes for moisture.  Tomorrow they are forecasting rain most of tomorrow, but the high will be in the mid 40s.  Saturday is looking like mid 50s and Christmas day we might see mid 60S.  However, Christmas day also have very good chances for showers, thunderstorms and high winds.  Monday it will be sunny and mid 50s.  Best chances for rain show up again by Wednesday next week, but temperatures are staying in the 40s….even low 50s.

Generation this week has been two to three units in the mornings for three to four hours then off until 5:00 p.m. or so for a while then back off until the next morning.  However, the schedule through the next several days is no generation almost every day all day.

Jim on the water yesterday with David from Oklahoma.  David has been fishing with Jim a couple years now and had another fun day yesterday on the baby ruby and stripping the bug eyed bugger.  Gina out with Wednesday Jim and they too had a good day.  They were fishing the Ruby 2, root beer midge and egg pattern.  They were picking a few fish here and there most of the day but action really picked up around 4:00 p.m.  Needless to say, they

Russell - 12/21/16

Russell – 12/21/16

barely got off the water before dark!  Stan had a couple of his guys out again, Russell from Oklahoma and his

Dillen - 12/21/16

Dillen – 12/21/16

friend, Dillen from Kansas City.  They caught all their fish on the Ruby 2 midge.   Even though the temperature hit the upper 40s yesterday, it was cool on the river.

Winter Blast Coming Sunday!

December 16th, 2016

Looks like one needs to get up early Saturday if they want to enjoy the 50 degree weather.  Weatherman says the cold front will start moving in in the morning and it will be down into the 20s by tomorrow evening and worst overnight.  Good news is that most of next week looks like 40s.


50s Saturday!?!

December 14th, 2016

According to the weatherman, Saturday is supposed to reach the 50s.  That’s the good news.  Then, some kind of moisture will move in later that day and temperatures will drop to the teens!  This puts Sunday at mid 20s…..half the temperature it was the day before.  Fortunately, temperatures are going back into the low to mid 40s by the following Tuesday.

They ran a lot of water this morning for four hours.  Right now it is off and should remain off for seven hours.  Then, kick on a couple units for three hours and ramp down to the equivalent of one unit for a couple hours and off again.

Have had a few brave souls in the shop today to take advantage of the now generation today.  It really is pretty nice outside, for this time of the year.  Right now it is 38 degrees, cloudy and very little, if any, wind.  That’s a big factor….no wind.

Jim on the water Monday with Bob and Mike.  That was the day they messed with the water….a lot.  Even with the funky water, they had a good half day stripping the tiger tail or drifting the baby ruby midge.

Christmas Is Almost Here!

December 12th, 2016



Pretty nice day today.  It is supposed to be in the low 50s, but that might be pushing it.  A little overcast, but no wind.  40s the rest of the week and chances for rain by the weekend.  Next week looks like more 40s with some 30s scattered here and there.

Low generation both days this past weekend.  it was really a good level for wade fishing in many areas.  Today, however, it back to 2-3 units for a few hours in the morning then ramping it down to one +/- units.

Jon - 12/9/16

Jon – 12/9/16

Stan on the water Friday with Jon from Texas.  What a cold day!  Only good thing about the day was that it wasn’t as cold as the day before.  Good day for them fishing, however, on the ruby 2 under the big ruby.  It turned out to be a little shorter than our normal half day as both of them had frozen fingers.  The saving grace was the hot soup as the end of the trip!!

Feeling A Whole Lot Like December!

December 7th, 2016

Wow!  Lows in the teens for at least the next two mornings.  Highs not even hitting the freezing mark.  Slight chances for rain Sunday with temperatures in the low 40s.  Next week looks like 40s early in the week then mid 30s for the rest of the week.

We continue to see non-strop generation.  Most of the day it has been a low or full one unit.  However, each morning around 7:00 they run two to three units for a couple hours before they cut it back to the one.

Stan on the water Monday with Philip and George from Texas.  Pretty good day for these guys fishing wise.  The weather was not too pleasant with the wind!  They had the equivalent of two units running all day and caught fish on the big ruby with the ruby 2 dropper.