- Jun 22, 2019
Fisherman's Marine usually has the best supply in Portland. If they are out, I usually order from Bass Pro Shops. Sometimes you can find them on Amazon.
Thanks for the tip, I do enjoy eating them on occasion. Would have ate trout, had I caught any. I agree I would leave them alone in warm water, unless you plan to harvest/eat.Nice! Hagg has some nice bass but they get a lot of pressure and are generally kind of difficult to catch. It is really cool that you caught such a nice fish.
I have only fished Hagg a few times in the summer for trout. I use the same setup I always do, 10lb braid on my trolling rods (super thin) and a 6lb fluorocarbon leader. The only change I made for the summer was to use 2oz of lead. With the thin line and that weight I could fish very deep. I just troll for a bit and if I did not get bit then let out 10 more feet of line. Repeat until you find the magic depth. To help get deep I do not add any kind of bling. Just a 1/24oz roostertail with 1/2 nightcrawler. I do add a trailer hook.
I stopped fishing for trout in the summer because I pretty much only C&R and bringing them up to the warm surface water seemed to hurt them. They had a hard time recovering. If you are keeping them then I recommend trying the setup I describe. If you are fishing C&R it is better to let them be until the surface temp has cooled back into the mid to low 60s.
I don't fish the East side from the bank but any place rocky is good. I know folks do well off of Elk rock island.
Hey @Casting Call , Bass Pro Shops bought Cabela's a few years back and took them private.I believe Sportsman bought out Cabel's (local franchise) Big fish eat little fish. Don't they? Tony
Yes, the second outing did have more hits near the surface. A smaller jet diver, and a floating line / bead head bugger. Fish on the bugger was by casting with slow spastic retreival. We did catch one while slowly paddling to dock.Excellent report; welcome to OFF.
Hagg is one of my favorite places. My avatar pic was taken several years ago from the parking lot, at Ramp A. The moon was setting prior to sunrise. I only wish that I would've had a better phone or camera back then.
When "trolling" Woolly Buggers, or any fly for that matter, think of sitting in a float tube and making two very slow kicks. Then drifting a bit. Then a couple of slow kicks. That's the speed you want. Slow and steady is the ticket.
Perhaps you slowed your speed down, on your second outing? Which resulted in catching fish. Also try Olive Green and/or Brown Buggers. The same colors in Teeny Nymphs are also good IMO.
Maybe also try an intermediate fly line, instead of a sinking line. The water is cooling down and the fish may now be in the top 10' of the surface. If you have more than one reel--with different lines--you could easily switch, to see what will entice a bite.
Good luck and tight lines, TD