Just a quick note. Bend, OR was recently the host site for the Team USA NW regional qualifier. Being that Scott Robertson is a team member and a friend of mine I got an invitation to compete. The competition consisted of 4 sessions at 3 venues. For me the first day was an A.M. session on Paulina Lake and an afternoon session at South Twin Lake. I did well on the lakes and placed 1st and 2nd. Then next day was on the Crooked River. My morning session was tough. Little bug activity and high flows made finding fish not easy for me and I placed 5th. The afternoon session on the Crooked went better and I found many large trout, placing 2nd. All this added up to taking 7th overall and I have qualified to go to the National Fly Fishing Championship in State College, PA in October. The other qualifiers were Alec Gerbec and Kurt Finlayson both extraordinary fisherman.
The Bend event was a super experience. I definitely enjoyed fishing amongst a large group of such accomplished fly fishers. Among the many people I meet are a few that I hope to get to fish with in a non-competitive atmosphere and a few I will see in PA this fall. I also have to say thanks to all the volunteers (Central Oregon Fly Fishers) without them this would not have happened. All involved were 100% professional and courteous. This is an amazing opportunity and I have alot of research, tying flies and fishing to do over the next several months. The limestone creeks of Central PA will be a true test of skills.