Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Fall River Oregon - The Perfect Place to Teach Kids
Anyone familiar with the Fall River near Sun River, OR, a spring creek tributary of the Deschutes River would, at first blush, say I'm crazy....but hear me out. This 8-mile technical fishery is know for making grown men cry, but despite this being one of the most frustrating, 15ft-leader, 7x tippet, #22 fly, perfect drift rivers, there is a section along the fish hatchery which is regularly planted with nice Crane Bows of catchable size. Though they're hatchery fish, they learn the ways of the river quick, and while they're not exactly simple to catch, there are enough of them that your bound to hook up. The terrain and stream shore is very kid friendly and the water is crystal clear so the kids can see the fish they're targeting. The river hydrology is quite conducive to roll casting with an indicator which is perfect for younger guys. These fish are real jumpers and put up a healthy fight and most are wary, requiring that you switch up leaders and flies to get the take. There is just enough action and technical skill involved to keep both child and adult engaged for hours.