I feel very fortuante to be able to live within walking distance to one of true blue ribbon trout and steelhead fisheries in Northwest. Having lived in Maupin area now for over 15 years, it sometimes seems there is nothing for me to discover in this section of Deschutes River.
I have my favortie sections of river, my favorite sections of sections even favortie rocks of favroite sections of sections. I have dissected 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 all knowledge that can be gained for this area. Or more accurately most of time I feel that way.
It is not first time I have felt that way. Before moving here, I had another stretch of 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 felt 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 along riverbank. Taking in river in great detail, slowly. Maupin is fished heavily and there are well worn trails to best fishing spots. And frankly some trails lead to spots that have never been productive for me. Anyway, waling along, I noticed from river abnk, 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 had added advatantage of being inconspicous from road, and of having no pull-outs for parking. You would have to be walking to spot it. There are plenty of pedestrians along river acces road, but very few of them are fishermen. They, like me, have become lazy.