Thursday, June 16, 2011

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

Yesterday was the beginning of my 2011 summer smallmouth bass season on the Big K Guest Ranch (  near Elkton, Oregon.  I had a great day with first time clients, Ray, Mike (pictured above) and Maureen.  This was the third day of fishing for this group and they had a great trip to the ranch.  The 1st day they fished with Todd Hannah (, day two they fished with Todd Harrington (  and they ended their trip with me.  

Ray fly fished and was able to find bass each day, even in the higher than normal flows and cooler water temps.   

Feeding the raptors (ospreys and eagles) is an everyday occurrence for the guests and guides on the mainstem Umpqua smallmouth bass trips.

Its great to be back on the Big K.  Between the folks I get to work with, the wonderful guests who stay and fish with us and the incredible sights we enjoy everyday make it a very special place!

Imature bald eagle perched on a riverside douglas fir.

The smallmouth bass season will last through the end of September and 100 fish days per angler are very common on the ranch.  If you've ever wanted to fish for smallmouth, you'd be hard pressed to find a better location for these great fish... ANYWHERE!