Bad Weather Payback on the Columbia River

by | Apr 11, 2021 | fly fishing the Columbia River

walleyeWhen you travel, always plan as many fishing days in a row that you can.  This way if you hit some bad weather you have a chance to let it pass and enjoy some better conditions a day or two later.  Today was payback from yesterday’s brutal wind blowout.  Conditions on the Columbia River here in Washington were calm, clear and warm.  It was a beautiful day to be on the water.


walleyeFishing was good.  Mike LaSota and I put a full day in from about 8 AM till 7 PM.  Mike fished a light spin rod and jigged for walleye.  I fly fished, hoping for some walleye.  While Mike managed to put three in the boat, I once again had trouble keeping my fly deep where the walleyes are feeding.  The Columbia River looks gentle but the current is strong and keeping my fly deep in the 30 foot zone was tough.


smallmouth-bassNo walleye for me didn’t mean getting skunked however.  I picked up four beautiful smallies.  All short 12-13 inchers but fat as can be.  They’ve been stocking up on energy getting ready for their spring spawn.


Stormbreaker-BrewingAll in all, it was another enjoyably productive day of fishing here in the Northwest.  Good times with Mike and relaxing also.  I took about 45 minutes and sipped a Stormbreaker tall boy.  Just working on my tan I guess.  We have one more day and the weather looks good.


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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!