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Sandy River in May

Hi everyone,

I'm heading down to Oregon in May for the Sandy River Spey Clave, first time, and will be spending a couple of days on either side of the event fishing.

Now I've got the standard west coast fly box for BC, intruders, prawns, sculpins etc but I was hoping that I might be able to pry from people a few of their favorite patterns for this river during this time of the year. We'll likely be fishing the upper river on a drift as well as some walking and wading around the Oxbow Park, which is where we are staying.

I understand that not many people like to share their secrets, and I appreciate that, but if anyone is willing I'd be more then glad to share my knowledge of our Lower Mainland Rivers in exchange.

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blue and black... but im curious to hear more as well as i have never fished the Sandy in May.
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Got this last year the day before the clave, black and blue as you can see...
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That's a hot looking fish man.

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Got this last year the day before the clave, black and blue as you can see...
Making me look good...
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"I understand that not many people like to share their secrets, and I appreciate that, but if anyone is willing I'd be more then glad to share my knowledge of our Lower Mainland Rivers in exchange.

Not to worry about that Scott. Vast majority of the folks here would even tell you what rocks to stand on. One of the best places to fish is the run just above the boat ramp. Think its called 'Last Chance.' At the end of this the river dumps into a deep long pool. That's where you'll find the Salmon. Steelhead just putt through that water so fish above same.

Fish appear to favor the far water so be ready for long casts.

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Thanks Fred!

I'll have a look for that pool when we show up on the Thursday. Hopefully we pull in with enough time for a few pre dusk casts.

I'll need to get out and work out a few bugs I've picked up in my casting lately. I seem to have picked up a nasty case of hooking my tippet and fly up stream and not having it lay out nicely. Troubles with managing my running line as well, need to sort that out.

Really appreciate the advice, will you be there this year?

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ill be around for sure. would love to meet some of you cats...
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Thanks Fred!

I'll have a look for that pool when we show up on the Thursday. Hopefully we pull in with enough time for a few pre dusk casts.

I'll need to get out and work out a few bugs I've picked up in my casting lately. I seem to have picked up a nasty case of hooking my tippet and fly up stream and not having it lay out nicely. Troubles with managing my running line as well, need to sort that out.

Really appreciate the advice, will you be there this year?

Scott.
You're most welcome. Is your anchor just getting placed too far up stream?

Or is the leader getting flipped up stream at the end of the cast? If the latter the probable cause is you have your rod canted a bit too far t the side as you come through from your 'D' loop. Rod does have to be tipped a bit so the fly's not aimed right at the back of your head. But too far over will make the leader (end of cast) flip in an upstream 'hook.'

One good thing about the drive down from BC is all but the very last bit is all freeway. That last bit is a tad convoluted if you don't know the roads. Plugging Oxbow into your GPS would be a 'good thing.' No GPS do a Google Maps and get some driving directions.




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I don't believe I'm setting my anchor too far upstream, but I'll pay closer attention to that this weekend.

I think it sounds more like the later. I smacked myself a couple times really good a while back and I may be overcompensating now and keeping the rod tip to far out to the side.

I look into both of those and see what I can sort out.

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I don't believe I'm setting my anchor too far upstream, but I'll pay closer attention to that this weekend.

I think it sounds more like the later. I smacked myself a couple times really good a while back and I may be overcompensating now and keeping the rod tip to far out to the side.

I look into both of those and see what I can sort out.

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A bit of a tip out is needed UNTIL the rod passes your ear. It's a 'form follows function' thing with the fly line. When you come out of the 'D' loop a bit of cant is a good thing as that sets up where the line/leader fly's going to be headed. If you do get smacked by the fly its a dead give-away that you rod was straight up and down on the forward cast.

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The line and the fly follow the rod tip, so you could be ending your forward cast with a slight move upstream, which causes the fly to land upstream. This would be a little like a SH curve cast, but unintentional.

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Also orange and red.

The float from Dodge to Oxbow has two bony stretches---one right below Dodge park, and the other about halfway down.

If you're a competent oarsman and have a raft, keep your eyes open; if you're other than that, then maybe consider hiring Little Cr. outfitters, Brian Silvey, or the Fly Fishing Shop to guide you down! They're great, and all you've got to do is catch the fish!
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Fred, T - Thanks for the tips. I spent a few hours on the river Monday morning. No fish but some of the casting problems came to light. I was setting the anchor too far upstream. When setting on the Snap C, I was starting with my rod tip pointing quite a ways across river. Once I adjusted that the anchor was coming down nicely. Another thing I did was give a brief pause at the end of the D Loop stroke and watched my lead and fly line up and tried to make my forward stroke paralell to that line. Seemed to really help.

Stumpy - Appreciate the tip. I'll make sure to add some orange to the box. It's a color I started to get away from for some reason. Maybe it's time to add some prawn patterns back to the mix.

Cheers everyone.

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Here's some stuff I tied up for early summer runs on the Sandy and Clackamas this spring.
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