Sunday, December 5, 2010

Atlantic Salmon fishing in Quebec!

The Ultimate Atlantic Salmon Fishing on the Planet!

Check out Camp Bonaventure's Atlantic Salmon fishing in Quebec. For more questions and available dates please give Rachel Andras a call at Andras Outfitters 530.227.4837.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Trinity River Steelhead with Andras Outfitters

Trinity River Steelhead with Guide Brad McFall..

Wendy and Joan - happy anglers! Thanks Brad!

Andras Outfitters
Trinity River Fly Fishing Guide Service

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rogue River Steelhead

Another great Rogue Steelhead!

Fly Fishing Guide Service / Jim Andras

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fly Fishing the Klamath River Fall 2010
Fly Fishing the Klamath River
Professional guide, Jim Andras

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lower Sacramento River Rainbows with Fly Fishing Guide, Jim Andras

Sacramento River Rainbows with Andras Outfitters

Friday, November 5, 2010

Women's Fly Fishing Classes - Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters

Come join the fun!! Click on the link below for the video..

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Nature Boy Designs Pro Staff!

We are proud to be a part of the Nature Boy Designs pro-staff....

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rogue River Steelhead

Rogue River Steelhead

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Redfishing is happening!

New Orleans Redfishing with our pal, Gregg Arnold.

" The fishing has been very good and we are even having some of the bigger fish showing up now" From now through the end of January, fly anglers can cast to record redfish out of New Orleans. Check out this inspiring and exciting video about the current fishing conditions after the big spill.

And give Rachel a call 530.227.4837 to book a trip with Gregg Arnold.

Friday, April 30, 2010

April 22nd - 23rd - Lower Sacramento River

I first fished with Jerry and Ben on Oregon’s John Day River dead center in the middle of nowhere. We ate well, drank good booze, and caught wild steelhead. This year, Ben pulled his boat north and Jerry, Lincoln, and Jim all met ready to fish the lower Sac for a couple of days. Keeping with tradition, the foursome closed down the local steakhouse and everyone still felt a bit sideways at the ramp. The river fished well on Thursday, even better Friday with the big fish taped at 20”. Everyone but Jim had floated the river before and had experienced the strength and beauty of it’s rainbows. Yet, the effectiveness of a #6 brown rubberlegs came as a surprise. Recently, a good friend and State of California biologist forwarded the above photo that speaks volumes to the importance of stoneflies to Sac rainbows. Impressive!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

April 21st - Rogue River

The tone in Mark’s voice suggested that he had watched the weather this morning and, that the forecast did not call for a pleasant day. I watched it too and took notice of the advisories posted throughout Jackson County. Nonetheless, S. Oregon’s weather varies greatly over short distances and we decided to head towards the Rogue and see for ourselves. He hooked the day’s first steelhead just long enough to feel a solid headshake, watch it go airborne, and throw the fly. Fortunately, we found another fish. This time, the take came in a tailout just above a fast chute of water littered with boulders. We held our breath and the hook held fast. The wild buck finally came to net and taped just short of 30 inches. It kicked from my grasp and we reeled up-perfectly ending the day and another winter steelhead season on the Rogue.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Leland Fly Fishing Ranch

Leland Fly Fishing Ranch
Sonoma, California

This week, Rachel and I announced an exciting change in our professional lives that will allow us to grow both individually, and as a team in the fly fishing industry. Beginning May 1st, we will relocate to Sonoma, California (through mid-October) and become part of Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters.

Rachel will combine her love of teaching, product knowledge and travel expertise to create fly fishing programs that integrate proper instruction with tackle selection and expand to include hosted travel and travel sales to the world’s best angling destinations.

My role will center around creating a guide service that focuses on warmwater fisheries in Sonoma County. However, with the Pacific so close, the possibilities are endless! Andras Outfitters will continue to grow and come October, I’ll be back on N. California’s and S. Oregon’s finest trout and steelhead streams.

We feel very fortunate moving forward as a part of the Leland team and look forward to seeing familiar faces and building new relationships long into the future. Please stop by and say hello on your next visit to Sonoma. We hope to fish with you all very soon!

Monday, April 19, 2010

April 8th - Rogue River Steelhead

Despite a relatively dry winter in Southern Oregon, early April brought the season’s first snowfall to the valley floor and flakes flew again this morning. Thankfully, the sun decided to emerge from the clouds finally hinting at the arrival of spring weather as Jim and I slid the boat into the upper Rogue. It’s currents still green from recent rains, the river seemed to come alive illuminated by the sun. By mid-morning, a few March Browns came off and at noon the river simply exploded with bug life. Both mayfly and stonefly shucks drifted en masse, while adults littered the surface and filled the air. The fish responded as if they had been waiting for this for months with rainbows and cutthroat stacked in riffles and steelhead scattered in runs. With only one shot left in the camera, we spent more time with a line in the water and less time looking into a lens. We kept smiling though - just ask Jim.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

April 6th - Rogue River Steelhead

I consider Felton to be a complete steelhead fisherman. He pursues them throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, fishes a single-handed rod and nymphs with as much pleasure as a swung fly with a spey rod, and is passionate about the importance of wild fish. A supporter of several conservation organizations, Felton found his way west to attend the Native Fish Society’s benefit dinner and, with his wife Karen, decided to include a float down the upper Rogue as part of the trip. Karen’s fly fishing experience consisted of pitching dries to Snake River Cutthroat and from her first cast with a weighted fly knew she was a long way from Jackson. Always the good sport, she put up with the stories, landed her first steelhead, and hinted that hatchery fish are better table fare than breeding stock. Hats off to you, Karen.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Winter Slideshow 2010 / February -March 2010

Due to my ridiculously long silence over the past two months I intentionally waited to post this entry after April 1. After going so long without a report, I thought posting one on April Fool’s Day might be received as a joke. To everyone who enjoys this blog: I owe you an apology. I have no excuse for failing to keep current with reports and realize that my silence not only slows the momentum behind building Andras Outfitters, but also takes something from everyone who enjoys reading it. While my calendar slowed during February and March, everyday spent either guiding the Rogue and Lower Sacramento Rivers or exploring coastal systems offered something noteworthy. Given the snails pace at which I write, please accept the Winter Slideshow as a means for me to catch up while highlighting another remarkable season. Rachel’s February trip to Argentina’s Rio Grande kicks it off. Enjoy!

To view images on a larger scale click on the Winter Slideshow to the right and above our logo. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

January 15th-16th, 29th Klamath River

The Klamath River can spoil a steelhead guide. It stays in shape under all but the most severe storms and “greens-up quickly should a deluge knock it out. Both summer and winter fish extend the upper river’s season from October into March and its half-pounder component can make a day of steelheading seem more like a good day of trout fishing. From Iron Gate Reservoir to Klamathon Bridge, only Bogus Creek serves as a vital spawning tributary yet, surprisingly strong returns of wild steelhead fill its riffles and runs. Even with everything that makes the river great, it’s not always on fire. Over January 15th, 16th, and 30th, Craig Nielson (Shasta Trout) and I guided the upper beat with two groups of anglers and everyone landed fish each day; an impressive feat steelhead fishing anywhere.

January 27th-28th Klamath River

Letitia’s first steelhead bit her bad. A wild, Trinity River fish of ten pounds that cart-wheeled its way into her backing, she fishes for nothing else. Early on in her pursuit of anadromous rainbows, she picked up a spey rod and, ever since, travels the Pacific Northwest into Skeena country with a quiver of them. She’d only driven over the Klamath en route to the Rogue, Deschutes, Hoh, and Kispiox and finally decided it was time to change that. After fishing through a couple of promising runs without a nudge a bright half-pounder stopped the fly mid-swing. Letitia took three more from the run and finished the trip with a tally similar to those fishing nymphs under indicators. Despite water temperatures in the low 40’s, large flies prompted aggressive responses and hooked fish often went airborne. If only I can get her to fish big flies in BC next fall!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Nine years ago, Rachel and I took a two-month trip to Chile and Argentina to sample some of the region’s best trout waters and spectacular landscapes. Our itinerary included stops in Chile’s Lake District, Coyhaique (the country’s fishing equivalent of West Yellowstone), Torres del Paine National Park, and wrapped up after a boat ride across the Straits of Magellan and ten days on the Rio Grande. The trip was perfect. The fishing conditions on the other hand, were not. After fishing mostly high, often dirty water north to south, we hoped for a change on our final week. We caught our first glimpse of the Rio Grande shortly after the pavement gave way to dirt on the Estancia Maria Behety and confirmed the rumors: The unusually wet January shot the flows to a level that would test the skills of both guides and anglers.

We woke to bluebird skies that first morning, fished through our beat without a touch, then hooked one between us that evening. Back at the lodge, the allure of a drink and fine company quickly pulled Rachel and I towards the bar and, with ten other guests gathered, the wine and stories flowed freely. Over the course of the week, the wind howled, the sun shined, the flows dropped, and the fishing improved. Despite better conditions, it still wasn’t easy. High water meant long casts to the far slot, heavy current required serious tips to sink the fly and constant, head-on wind, stuffed sloppy presentations. On the Rio Grande though, brown trout under seven pounds are dismissed as runts, any cast could yield a twenty-pounder, and everyone landed a lifetime fish.

Tomorrow morning, Rachel will board a plane bound for Buenos Aires and then another to Rio Grande. She’s spent the last decade building relationships with outfitters south of the equator and serves as Fly Water Travel’s South American travel specialist. Ten months ago, we welcomed our son into the world. He pulls harder on our heartstrings than any fish pulls line and made the decision to pack her bags difficult. Yet, Rachel is an angler. She fished winter steelhead on the Rogue while nine months pregnant and gave a casting lesson hours before going into labor. She will see three different lodges over seven days and recent reports from guides and returning guests all suggest that she will be blown away. Go get ‘em Rachel.

January 9th-10th Coastal Trip

This past weekend, Matt and I made an annual trip to the coast in search of winter steelhead. The trip remains at the forefront of conversations throughout the year and sparks late-night tying sessions, extended weather watching and exhaustive strategizing. Finally, after one last look at river flows and the jet stream Friday night, it was on. We met at a Chevron parking lot at 4 am Saturday, drove hundreds of miles and crossed five rivers in search of water that did not mirror the color of our coffee. Experience has exposed the fragile nature of these systems due to natural and man-made causes and it is those factors that continually change the window of opportunity. The window changed again. After two fishless days, another stop at the taco stand fueled the drive home and the conversation about next year.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

January 7th, Trinity River

Thursday morning I suggested that we drive east and fish the upper beat through Lewiston. It made sense as neither Darrell nor Alan had floated the section, and as CalTrout board members, they might find the recent steam renovation work interesting. We fished through several consistent runs without a take including a particular piece of water that rarely keeps the net dry. Nonetheless, it did today and I reminded myself of a simple truth Larry Dahlberg once said, “The fish are where they are, not where you want them to be.” This morning, the first steelhead came from a shallow tailout. Darrell broke the spell and earned another dollar. Just beyond the halfway point of the drift, the river snakes its way left, right and left again, eventually straightening into a textbook steelhead riffle. Wading knee deep, Alan proved it again and again and again.

January 6th, Trinity River

One of the more appealing aspects of steelhead fishing revolves around their migratory nature. Some days, a perfect piece of water will not hold fish while a pair will rest in a knee-deep depression. This behavior not only keeps things interesting, it gets me thinking about where I will find steelhead on any given float. Will I find them scattered throughout the drift, concentrated in the first few runs, or on the last casts? Darrell and Alan, both Trinity River veterans, stood ready to answer that question. The first two runs started the morning perfectly as Darrell connected to a hen and Alan took a buck. A short time later, Darrell landed his second of the day and then, nothing. Beautiful run after beautiful run yielded only the pleasure of fishing them well until Alan hooked a fish that flashed silver then, like the setting sun, was gone.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

December 29th, Trinity River

Predicting weather and fishing conditions seem to share a common thread. While certain factors might point towards a particular outcome, ultimately things do not always unfold as previously thought. This morning, three different meteorologists forecasted anything from no precipitation, to a rain/snow mix in the late afternoon, to snow in the late evening/overnight hours. By noon it snowed hard and continuously. We opted to fish a different beat, one new to Kevin and Mike and we had some company. The bite dropped off substantially from yesterday with three adults hooked throughout the drift. At the height of the snowfall, Mike simply reeled up, relaxed, and reflected, no doubt warmed by memories of a steelhead he landed after it cleared the water ten times!

December 28th, Trinity River

Mike landed his first steelhead ever on November 13th, his son Kevin, did the same the following day. Ultimately, both fish left impressions that called them back to the Trinity for two more days on the water. Conditions seemed ideal as flows continued to drop from recent storms and overnight cloud cover kept morning temperatures warm. The river seemed renewed as steelhead rolled just above the launch and, throughout the day, dead drifts produced solid takes instead of twitches. Kevin found a buck in the first run, Mike took a hen at the take-out, with enough steelhead in between to prompt a couple of trout bums to ponder the reality of ever picking up four-weights again. On the drive out the discussion centered around the seasons of the Klamath and Rogue confirming the onset of two more cases of steelhead fever!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

December 20th, Lower Sacramento

I feel very fortunate to guide the lower Sacramento River and often marvel at the size of the native, wild, rainbows that thrive in it’s cold currents winding through a city of 90,000 people. Matt, Dan and I all hoped to find rainbows concentrated behind spawning late-fall Chinook and welcomed the heavy overcast skies as dawn broke over the horizon. The morning light revealed a touch of color in the water that only heightened our anticipation as the hum of the jet fell quiet and lines were cast. A couple of drifts into the morning and both rods bent simultaneously under the strain of redsides; a symbol of what would continue throughout the day. Mid-day rains triggered a baetis hatch so intense, we paused to witness it unfold, reveled in virtual solitude under the watchful eyes of bald eagles and pinched ourselves. What a river!