The DRA may be in your neighborhood soon!

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We don’t just exist on the web!  Dave and I and some of our Board members will be out and about in the upcoming months sharing our findings from meetings with agencies and other stakeholders on the lower Deschutes River.  We’ll also be talking about our scientific investigation plan to figure out how aquatic insect hatches are faring in the lower river, and why we are seeing such a massive proliferation of nuisance algae.  You can find us at the following events on these dates:

Federation of Fly Fishers Expo, March 6 and 7 in Albany, OR  [Thanks to Tom Larimer and Rick Hafele for giving presentations, and thank you to all for coming by the booth!]

Clackamas River Flyfishers, March 18 at the High Rocks Steak House in Gladstone, OR

Deschutes Guides and Outfitters Briefing, March 19, Confluence Fly Shop, Bend, OR

With Damien Nurre, John Hazel and Greg McMillan.

DRA Guides and Outfitters Briefing, April 9, Best Western Hotel, Oregon City, OR

Royal Treatment Fly Shop, Saturday April 26, West Linn, OR

Flyfisher’s Club of Oregon Auction, Tuesday May 13, Portland, OR

Bend Chapter 552 of Trout Unlimited, May 14, Bend, OR

Sandy River Spey Clave, May 16 – 17 – 18, Oxbow Park on the Sandy River

If you have a club or other organization that would like to have us appear in person, please email us and if at all possible, we will accommodate you.

Thanks,

Greg McMillan

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Fish and Wade Local – by Greg McMillan

Packed and Ready to go.  Photo by David Moskowitz

Packed and Ready to go. Photo by David Moskowitz

I confess.  I’m sitting here in a small sea of self-pity.  I was supposed to be heading out in April on a bucket trip to the Florida Keys.  There are two friends of mine in the Keys who are former guides there.  I’d been invited to come spend time on each of their boats fishing for all of the usual species with big game rods and reels.

But my own river, my home river, is taking precedence.  Our DRA science plan will be kicking into gear soon, there are logistics to resolve, fundraising to be done, and someone has to be floating the lower Deschutes starting in April to keep an eye on the infamous algae as well as the aquatic insect hatches.

Excessive algae growth -Summer 2013.  Photo by Greg McMillan

Excessive algae growth -Summer 2013. Photo by Greg McMillan

It made me think though about locavores.  You know, those folks who by choice and inclination prefer to eat locally or regionally grown and prepared food.  Locavores are more intimately tied to season and geographic place by the food they eat.

A Deschutes River Locavore.  Photo by David Moskowitz

A Deschutes River Locavore. Photo by David Moskowitz

So it should be with fishing.  I believe we should always have a preference for fishing our local waters.  It makes us more aware of the passing of seasons.  By the water we fish being a constant we eliminate a lot of variables by turning unknowns into known entities and hence learn subtleties we would never learn by fishing new waters constantly.  We spend more time catching fish because we know where the fish are (sometimes) and what hatches to expect (hopefully).  We also learn to sense change in our home waters.

March Brown mayfly by David Moskowitz

March Brown mayfly by David Moskowitz

And so it is with the lower Deschutes.  Starting three years ago a number of us who spend large amounts of time on the lower river sensed and observed change.  Without the lower Deschutes being our locavore river, we wouldn’t have noticed.  If we hadn’t noticed, we wouldn’t be figuring out what has gone wrong.

As much as I love travel and exploring new places and fishing for different species, I will never complain about fishing my home river, the Deschutes. I can’t get enough of the Deschutes.  I guess that makes me kind of like a locavore.  And my sea of pity for not going to the Florida Keys seems to be greatly diminished at this moment.

Photo by David Moskowitz

Photo by David Moskowitz