Swinging For Big Trout with Jeff Rawlins
Photo by Lisa Rawlins
I had the privilege of swinging for Trout on the Deschutes River last Saturday with my friend, mentor, fishing buddy, and fellow Steelhead junkie Jeff Rawlins. It was a beautiful January day with fairly calm winds and warm temps. Freshly hatched dry flies with Latin names I cant pronounce were landing on our ears as we caught some serious vitamin D rays and a couple fat trout. I took the advice of friends on Speypages and took some beautiful footage doing the best I could to avoid glare.
Jeff had a pretty good tug a few casts in. Sorry about the music, I needed something to drown my commentary but couldn’t find any Taylor Swift songs two minutes long.
Fish Skull Skulpins and shooting heads. These things are heavy. They are a pain to cast. But they have produced some huge Trout for Jeff so we decided to do a little side by side comparison test. He used a Skagit head and I used my beloved Rio Scandi Versitip. The bottom line is the Skagit head made casting the weighted skull a little easier but the Scandi Short Versitip did a pretty decent job of getting it out there. Yes, heavier tips might have helped turn these little tanks over. We just we made due with what we had. Timing was a little more critical but we got the job done. I have cast these same flies using the fabled CND GPS lines, chopped of course because I cant leave well enough alone and “improved” the design by removing the long rear taper of a heavier class line and using it as a short midbelly. Its actually a pretty sweet shooting head but it was entirely too much work to chuck these heavy skull head patterns with a 32′ belly with a sinktip so I bagged that program and reserved the longer lines for ideal situations. Of course the other option is to use a lighter fly which I prefer so I ended up fishing a Wooly Bugger.
We did not catch the huge trout we were after but caught some smaller stuff.