Winter Continues but Bullies Cooperate

by | Mar 12, 2023 | fly fishing for bull trout | 2 comments

bull-troutWhile I expected to post a few more fishing days by now, the weather has been no less than horrendous here in Central Oregon.  In order to fish Lake Billy Chinook, Scott Robertson and I need his boat.  But snowy icy roads prohibited us from taking the 75 mile each way trips.  Instead, we lounged around the house watching the wind and snow.


Jeff-Currier-artSaturday the weather broke, but that was the day I did my full day of seminars for the Fin & Fire Fly Shop. The event was a blast and made up for a missed day of fishing.  I gave four talks and dressed up a few Cliff Fly Boxes including this one with our elusive bull trout!


Billy-ChinookToday the clouds and cold returned but Scott and I went fishing anyhow.  We had Scott’s son Russell join us which was a blast.  Russell has a family and doesn’t get out much these days so it was fun for he and Scott to fish together.  Despite our tough fishing last week, there has been an area of Billy Chinook that’s been reliable fishing.  We went directly there and sure enough, the bull trout were on.


Russell-RobertsonI best not exaggerate.  I say the bulls were on but that’s mainly because we took an immediate run to our hot spot.  The fish were there but mostly smaller 15–17-inch bulls.  We caught a bunch on streamers and it was a blast.  Russel landed the one and only chunky one but it was indeed a beauty!


bull-troutAfter we wore out our welcome at the hot spot, we hit the open lake.  It was slow – very slow.  But as I always say, you keep your fly in the water and good things can happen.  I lucked out into one more nice one.  We’ll give it a try again tomorrow.


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  1. Jeff

    Dan, Thanks for sharing this link! Granny and I were pretty bummed not to be home for this. And with show season we may miss it every year for awhile. But, it just goes to show how cool our new hometown really is!

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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!