Crappie and bass !

Linda Hulse saying hello…goodby!
Jan McCoy, saying Thank You!

Warming water is helping provide some activity on Whistlers Pond and not a bad time to test out some chironomids on the crappie in the pre-spawn zone of spring.  Soon they will be more active and open to both floating and sub-surface patterns.  Perfect weather for some social distancing with your favorite rod and a fly box just aching to be set loose!

Tadpole Timmy

Tying video now available under Instruction, tying

Spring and early summer tadpoles start showing and fish love these little guys for an easy to catch substantial  meal.  In Whistlers Pond they are usually in the form of small and black which I believe is a toad tadpole.  Once again the crappie coming into the shallower water for warmth and the start of spawning season coincides with the tadpole arrival.  Often in just a foot of water these two collide for some good fishing for the angler.  

Fish very slowly and with complete stops between short strips.  



Local lakes… on the bite?

Boat landings are accessible in Douglas County as per latest update from county commissioners. March 29, Good news! We could use a little.

Low land lakes are the answer for anxious still water fisherman. This time of year Cooper Creek, Ben Irving and other low lying waters are going to still give you some action. The fish aren’t as aggressive with cold water but they will still worry whatever you are offering.

beautiful rainbow trout

Whistlers Pond is open year round for the UVFF membership and the same applies with cold water here. It has been slow to this point. This is a fly that I do well on especially for crappie when they begin activating as nights get warmer.

This is a pretty basic look at a stone fly nymph with a little foam carapace to help it sink more slowly. Tied on a #6 or #8 nymph hook. Black is always a good color on this water. Floating line is normally best. The crappie here want it barely moving so very small strips and pausing between seems to work well. Fish the shallows in the spring from six inches to 4 feet in depth. A very slow sink allows for a barely moving retrieve without “engaging” bottom. Good luck and go get’m…bass like this pattern as well!

Tying…art and inspiration

The Seven Feather Miwaleta.  A fly designed and tyed by Jeff Lucas of Roseburg to represent the Miwaleta Band of Cow Creek Indians who we’re known to live on the south bank of Cow Creek.  

  1. Tail: Golden Pheasant
  2. Butt: Ostrich herl, blue
  3. Thorax: Chartrusse neck hackle
  4. Under Wing: Dark brown saddle hackle
  5. Over Wing: Turkey Tail, dark brown
  6. Cheeks: Jungle Cock
  7. Collar: Natural Guinea Feather