The Aspen Ridge Ranch Newsletter
Spring, 2005
In this issue:

- Weather and Water Update
- New Openings for Weekend Trips in the Heart of the Season
- Fly Tyers Wanted - Offering Free Fishing Access in Exchange
Weather and Water Update

It's been a crazy winter for weather in the West. Most of California experienced far above average precipitation and widespread flooding, while most states in the Northwest suffered from far below average precip and are bracing for even worse drought conditions than have been plaguing the area the past few years. So how is Aspen Ridge Ranch faring water-wise, and how is it looking for this year's bug hatch and fishery? We're glad to report that things are looking good.

The current snowpack, which is critically low across most of the Northwest, is actually right at its average depth in our area. The snow-water equivalent, measured at nearby Taylor Butte on March 20, was right at 100% of average for the date. We drove in to the Ranch in late February and were surprised to find that there were still 1-2 feet of snow on the ground, and we had to ski in the last couple miles. We were back there last weekend and were barely able to drive in with our 4x4, as there was still more than a foot of snow in many places.

With all this water still being held in reserve and mid-range forecasts calling for cold temperatures and moderate rain or snow, things are looking good for this spring's water supply. The meadows are wet, the oxbows are full, and habitat's healthy for another spectacular mayfly hatch starting in May.

The Upper Williamson 2/24/04

Driving in. 3/13/04
New Openings for Weekend Trips in the Heart of the Season

Due to unforeseen family obligations, one of our guests had to cancel four reservations for the 2005 season. This has opened up two slots on the weekend of June 3-5 and two on the weekend of June 17-19. This is an awesome opportunity, as these are prime-time weekends, and they've been all booked up since last fall.

Here are fly-cam pictures from these dates last year:

Here you can read reports from guests who fished these weekends last year:

It's first-come first-served, so if you want a shot at these slots, email us at or call us at (541)318-6288 or (541)783-2138.

Here's our schedule for the 2005 season, as of 3/20/05:

Dates Available Slots
May 20 - 22 0  
May 27 - 29 0  
June 3 - 5 2  
June 10 - 12 0  
June 17 - 19 2  
June 24 - 26 3  
Fly Tyers Wanted - Offering Free Fishing Access in Exchange

Our supply of flies for the upcoming season, for ourselves and our guests, is in need of replenishment. Because the local species of black drake (a.k.a. gray drake) is found in few other places west of the Mississippi, the patterns are hard to find locally. So we are offering a day-access pass during the hatch (a $150 value) in exchange for 100 well-tied black drake flies. To take advantage of this offer, send two copies of your pattern to 1306 NE 8th st., Bend, OR 97701. We'll extend the offer to four fly tyers.

Information about our flies, including a picture of a sample pattern and links to other pertinent websites, can be found at

Good luck!

Thanks for reading. We're looking forward to seeing some of you this May and June.

Bob & Dawn