November typically signals the end to river floating season. In the past, seeing November roll around was a bit depressing. No more floating, fishing is pretty much over and the days are really short on daylight. It seems nowadays there’s no shortage of things to get done in November, so it’s not all that depressing, but it still marks the end of river floating season. And wow, was 2017 a season for floats. I feel very lucky to be able to live in a place that I can float 7 rivers in a year (some multiple times) all within a one day drive of the doorstep. So these are my thoughts reflecting back on a year of being lucky enough to float over 360 miles on 7 rivers in Oregon in 2017. Deschutes How amazing is it to have the Deschutes as your backyard river? 1.5 hours to the put in, […]
Well, somehow summer has passed and here we are in fall. There were fewer trips and more work days than I would have preferred. It was a heck of a fire and smoke season in Oregon this year. Oh and there was this eclipse thing. Even when we got back to fishing there was plenty of smoke and fire action to be had.
The Grande Ronde was the last in the string of spring and early summer overnight floats on the calendar. Located in far northeastern Oregon it’s a bit of a drive to get to but well worth if for the scenery and great floating. The flows had been running high all spring and they didn’t come down enough to provide for any good fishing for this trip, but that was the overall theme for most of the trips this year. With high flows the trip was short each day on the water, with 2 to 3 hours being enough to get you to the next camp. As always the scenery was spectacular. The most plentiful wildlife seemed to be swallowtail butterflies which were out in droves.