Its early March and Ladin in Steve are fly fishing on one of the many lakes on the Justesen Ranch in Oregon, in the shadow of the magnificent, Mount Hood. They take to single man boats with electric outboards and start by drifting along the drop offs on the shore line. Steve is the first into a fish and using a 9ft 5 weight, this hefty Rainbow Trout puts up quite a fight. Not to be outdone, Ladin is soon into the action as well, landing a nice but slightly smaller fish. Steve is doing the damage with a Pumpkinhead Leech, whilst Ladin sticks with his tried and trusted Woolly Bugger and it isn't long before he hooks into something much bigger which makes some powerful runs, before Ladin finally lands it. As the day wears and warms up, so does the fishing with both anglers, filling their boots with many fish in the 2-3lb bracket on their streamer patterns. Moving into a sheltered bay, Steve notices some Chironomid coming off so switches to 2 chrironomid patterns to match the hatch, and is instantly rewarded with a lovely 20 incher, which is quickly followed by an even bigger one.
So if you're ever eastern Oregon, on this evidence, it may be worth your while to take a little trip to the Justesen Ranch for some spectacular fly fishing.
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