The Creative Power of Water

I’m looking forward to this free online presentation on July 29th, 6:30 to 7:30 PM. More info here.

“Join bestselling novelist and former Oregon fly-fishing guide John Larison for an interactive lecture on the creative power of water. John will guide you through a brief history of water’s effect on human creativity, from the salty origins of art on the African coast to the enduring role of water in contemporary literature, in his effort to explore the question: “Why do people of all cultural backgrounds feel inspired by water?” John’s talk will welcome participation. If you’re so inclined, be ready to share an example of art you love (sculpture, painting, a poem, etc.) that was inspired by water.”

2019-2020 Steelhead Season Reintroduction Final Count

“We have met the enemy, and he is us”. – Pogo

Adult steelhead start arriving in the Upper Deschutes during the summer and continue through the following April.  (Steelhead are amazing.)  Today, Portland General Electric released their April adult fish count for the Pelton Trap near the bottom of the re-regulating dam.  A total of 57 adult steelhead returned during the 2019-2020 season.  22 of them were released as fry into the upper basin and 35 were released as smolts.  There’s no denying that 10 years in, this is a disappointment.Read More »

Davis Lake Bass Electrofishing

I just heard from Brett Hodgson, ODFW district fish biologist, that they were able to capture about 600 bass in Davis Lake this week. Bass are invasive at Davis so an attempt is made annually to capture and move them to other locations. This year’s bass were mostly moved to Prineville Reservoir but also to Bend’s Pine Nursery, Prineville’s Youth Pond, and Redmond’s Fireman’s Pond.

Exotic Fly Fishing

Before the local trout fishing season gets into full swing I headed out for a little saltwater fly fishing.  After catching a bunch of bone fish like this…

Bone Fish

…I switched over to blue fin trevally for a little more excitement.

Blue Fin Trevally

This was not the biggest, but I could get my camera out of my pack for a photo.  (It swam away just fine.)  The big trigger fish and giant trevally’s were even more fun, but the most impressive was this 5′ barracuda.

Barracuda

Talk about teeth!  Wow.  A fun diversion before salmon fly season gets going.  The sad part was seeing all the coral reefs that had recently died from bleaching.