Vickie Loftus – Stillwater angler, guide, fly designer and writer
Vickie Loftus is the owner of Portland-based Stillwater Adventures. She spends over 200 days and logs over 10,000 miles per year seeking lakes to fly fish for trophy-size trout. Her travels take her throughout the Pacific Northwest, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nevada. She hits the water as soon as the ice thaws and fishes through the seasons until the ice returns, pausing only when waters become too warm or too cold for trout to actively feed. When first introduced to the sport, she took to it, well, like a fish to water, and has become one of the top stillwater anglers in the country.
She maintains a flyfishing blog, www.stillwateradventure.com, devoted to stillwater angling. Here, fly fishers new and old can learn about stillwater flies, tackle, presentation techniques, entomology, trophy trout locations, and more. Photos and videos, including underwater photography, accompany articles focused on educating people on the sport of stillwater fly fishing.
Vickie has developed her own line of stillwater fly patterns. Each pattern was rigorously field-tested and has evolved and improved during years of development. Her innovative fly patterns incorporate natural and UV materials and have proven exceptionally productive in catching fish. Her line of new fly patterns is expected to be released in 2019.
She guides on private lakes from Oregon to Wyoming, sharing the thrill of catching trophy size tiger, brown, cutthroat, brook and rainbow trout with experienced and new anglers alike. Vickie loves the challenge of the hunt. She is committed to sharing what she has learned and delights in seeing others experience the joy and excitement of catching and landing a big fish.
Although she remembers catching her first fish as little girl in Colorado, Vickie’s entry into fly fishing began just in 2012 with a guided fly fishing trip on the beautiful Deschutes River in Oregon. Since that fateful trip, she has fished with top anglers throughout the Western United States and Alaska. Through her travels and experiences, she has focused on stillwater angling, honing her skills as an angler, fly tyer, and guide. She now spends up to half of the year on the road, traveling the states in search of trophy size trout while camping in her truck. She loves fishing lakes for their scenic beauty and solitude, but most of all, for the large trout they contain!
As hard as she has worked, she credits her success, in no small part, to the support of many fellow anglers. She wants to pay it forward by sharing what she has learned with others. Her effort is a tribute to those people who have guided and supported her pursuit of and love for stillwater.
She loves stillwater fly fishing and thinks you will too! Welcome to her website!
Join me on my journey of discovery and adventure in lakes close to my hometown of Portland, Oregon as well as beautiful stillwater locations across the country. You will be able to follow my personal adventures and experiences, be introduced to these locations, and learn about stillwater fishing.
Why is fishing a lake so exciting?
It’s the pursuit of large fish with an attitude. While I enjoy fishing rivers and lakes, lake fishing captured my interest simply due to the size of the fish available and the peaceful solitude lakes offer. Exciting and never boring, lake fly fishing demands my best sleuthing abilities to locate the fish coupled with the technical skills needed to land them.
What is the key to stillwater fishing?
The key to effective stillwater fishing requires the ability to present the fly where the fish are feeding and at the depth they are feeding. Instinctual feeding behaviors of trout are influenced by the time of day and the time of year. Environmental and water conditions constantly change directly influencing fish feeding behavior. To catch fish consistently, it is critical to know when, where, why, and how to adapt our angling presentations relative to the fish feeding behavior.
Presentation Methods…Which one is better?
We all have preferred methods to fish including using indicators, cast and retrieve, or trolling. There is no single line, leader, tippet, retrieve, or fly that is applicable in all situations. Success is dependent upon your willingness to adjust your presentation to match the conditions. If one only uses one presentation approach and refuses to try anything new, then how many fish would you be missing?