A Columbia River Gorge Blowout

by | Apr 10, 2021 | fly fishing the Columbia River

flyfishingThere was no serious fishing to be done on the Columbia River today.  This is a windy area on a nice day.  Today wasn’t nice and Mike and I woke up to a steady 25 MPH with gusts up to 60.  The trees around the house bent deep and instead of fishing we went for a hike through the hardwoods from the house.  Despite the howl of wind it was a beautiful way to save a morning.


In the afternoon the need to fish took its grip.  There was no way we were launching Mike’s boat but we decided to check out the carp lake.  Unfortunately it was far to cold for them to be on the flats.  We got blown around for about three hours and neither of us found a single carp to fish to.


white-salmonThere’s good news however.  As I sit out on Mike’s deck this evening enjoying a Stormbreaker microbrew, I can see the wind dying on the Columbia a mile down the hill.  And tomorrow’s forecast is for calm conditions.  We’ll be back on the water bright and early and I suspect the walleye and smallmouth are in trouble!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!