Rediscover Home Waters

Written by Cameron Larsen

I feel very fortuante to be able to live within walking distance to one ofrepparttar true blue ribbon trout and steelhead fisheries inrepparttar 146867 Northwest. Having lived inrepparttar 146868 Maupin area now for over 15 years, it sometimes seems there is nothing for me to discover in this section ofrepparttar 146869 Deschutes River.

I have my favortie sections of river, my favorite sections of sections even favortie rocks of favroite sections of sections. I have dissectedrepparttar 146870 river down into tiny stitches of water, and know what has proven successful at what times of year, and what time of day. In short, it is esy to think that there is nothing to be learned, nothing new to try by going out and fishing this afternoon.

This is not to say that I catch a fish everytime I go out. I don't, partly becasue I ususally fish in short chunks of time. Grabbing a couple of free hours here and there. I usually pick out my primo spots for whatever season and water level, and give it a shot. But I am saying I feel that I have gained allrepparttar 146871 knowledge that can be gained for this area. Or more accurately most ofrepparttar 146872 time I feel that way.

It is notrepparttar 146873 first time I have felt that way. Before moving here, I had another stretch ofrepparttar 146874 Deschutes I called my 'home waters', much smaller and more remote. I fished it upwards of 90 days of year. Having to commute there, I spent more time there once I arrived. Of course I had much less responsibility back then, but it was nothing for me to drive 4 hours round trip to fish 4 hours on a day off. I feltrepparttar 146875 same then about that stretch that I do now about Maupin.

But it was just a couple of weeks ago, insted of driving to my fishing destination, I decided to walk. Walk alongrepparttar 146876 riverbank. Taking inrepparttar 146877 river in great detail, slowly. Maupin is fished heavily and there are well worn trails torepparttar 146878 best fishing spots. And frankly some trails lead to spots that have never been productive for me. Anyway, waling along, I noticed fromrepparttar 146879 river abnk,repparttar 146880 riverbed. I found a formation of rockbed that sub-consciously I have always liked to fish. Above that was a large rock that created a nice surface riffle, and a likely spot for fish to lie. Surprisingly there was no trail. The spot hadrepparttar 146881 added advatantage of being inconspicous fromrepparttar 146882 road, and of having no pull-outs for parking. You would have to be walking to spot it. There are plenty of pedestrians alongrepparttar 146883 river acces road, but very few of them are fishermen. They, like me, have become lazy.


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