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Deschutes River - May 24th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:
Who are these people that are saying the stone fly hatch is over ?! It’s far from over. In fact there are still stone fly nymphs crawling from the river. The last few trips out have been wonderful, with the occasional slow spot, the fishing, or “catching as we say”, is still GOOD! Three different stone flies are now hatching, Salmon Flies, Golden Stones and Yellow Sally’s !

The May flies are: Blue Winged Olive, Mahogany Duns, Pale Evening Dun and Green Drakes !!!
The BWO’s are a size 18 and hatch from around noon until about 2 PM. The Mahogany Duns are size 16 and hatch from about 1 until 3 PM. Pale Evening Duns are size 12, and hatch from 1 to 5PM, Green Drakes size 10, hatch anytime from noon to 4PM. 

Caddis hatches are the Free Livers size 14, Net Spinners size 16, and the Igloo Case Builders size 20. All three of these caddis typically hatch in the afternoon, anytime between 2 until 5 PM. Some folks are seeing caddis flying around in the morning, but those hatched the day before and are just flying around, landing on the trees and grasses along the bank prepping to mate. After mating, they will return to the river to lay their eggs toward the end of the day. 
 
The middle of the day is still fishing better than the mornings and evenings, but that will change later this spring. Best bet is to fish your May Fly patterns from 11AM until 3PM, and fish your Caddis patters from 2 until 5PM or later. If nothing is happening, try a variety of mid-sized nymphs, (Prince Nymph, Stone Fly Nymph,..), on a two fly grig with a small nymph or emerger with some flashy material.

If you’re getting refusals using the adult stones, trail a “dry” Yellow Sally about 15” behind the adult stone fly. Use no less than 4X tippet material.    

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, riffles, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens. Try some of the heavier water a little further out right in the seam just inside the dancing waves.

Thanks, see ya soon
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
john@flyfishingdeschutes.com
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Deschutes River - May 14th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 69 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:

Fishing is GOOD ! Three different stone flies are now hatching, Salmon Flies size 6 & 8, Golden Stones size 8, and Yellow Sally’s size 16.

The May flies are: Blue Winged Olive, Mahogany Duns, Pale Evening Dun and Green Drakes !!!
The BWO’s are a size 18 and hatch from around noon until about 2 PM. The Mahogany Duns are size 16 and hatch from about 1 until 3 PM. Pale Evening Duns are size 12, and hatch from 1 to 5PM, Green Drakes size 10, hatch anytime from noon to 4PM. 

Caddis hatches are the Free Livers size 14, Net Spinners size 16, and the Igloo Case Builders size 20. All three of these caddis typically hatch in the afternoon, anytime between 2 until 5 PM. Some folks are seeing caddis flying around in the morning, but those hatched the day before and are just flying around, landing on the trees and grasses along the bank prepping to mate. After mating, they will return to the river to lay their eggs toward the end of the day. 
 
The middle of the day is still fishing better than the mornings and evenings, but that will change later this spring. Best bet is to fish your May Fly patterns from 11AM until 3PM, and fish your Caddis patters from 2 until 5PM or later. If nothing is happening, try a variety of mid-sized nymphs, (Prince Nymph, Stone Fly Nymph,..), on a two fly grig with a small nymph or emerger with some flashy material.

If you’re getting refusals using the adult stones, trail a “dry” Yellow Sally about 15” behind the adult stone fly. Use no less than 4X tippet material.    

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, riffles, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens. Try some of the heavier water a little further out right in the seam just inside the dancing waves.

Thanks, see ya soon
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
john@flyfishingdeschutes.com
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Deschutes River - May 1st, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 73 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:

April is over, and so is the spawn cycle of the Deschutes River’s Red Band Trout. This means that as we move into May, trout should be feeding more to regain their strength from the efforts of spawning.

Of course everyone is wondering if the stone fly hatch will be early this season, and it is.
“A few” Golden Stone adults have been observed along the banks since the 22nd of April in the Maupin area. I’m sure we will be seeing the Salmon Fly’s very soon.
Even though stone fly activity is earlier than normal, it is the very beginning of this hatch, so, the amount of stone fly nymphs will be more numerous than the adults thus trout will be feeding on the nymphs more than the adults for the next week or two.

May Fly hatches occurring now are the Blue Winged Olive, Mahogany Duns, and an early arrival of the Pale Evening Dun.
The BWO’s are a size 18 and hatch from around noon until about 2 PM. The Mahogany Duns are size 16 and hatch from about 1 until 3 PM. Pale Evening Duns are size 12, and hatch from 2 to 5PM.

Caddis hatches are the Free Livers size 14, Net Spinners size 16, and the Igloo Case Builders size 20. All three of these caddis typically hatch in the afternoon, anytime between 2 until 5 PM. Some folks are seeing caddis flying around in the morning, but those hatched the day before and are just flying around, landing on the trees and grasses along the bank prepping to mate. After mating, they will return to the river to lay their eggs toward the end of the day. 
 
The middle of the day is still fishing better than the mornings and evenings, but that will change later this spring. Best bet is to fish your May Fly patterns from 11AM until 3PM, and fish your Caddis patters from 2 until 5PM or later. If nothing is happening, try a variety of mid-sized nymphs, (Prince Nymph, Stone Fly Nymph,..), on a two fly grig with a small nymph or emerger with some flashy material.   

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, riffles, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens.

Thanks, see ya soon
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
john@flyfishingdeschutes.com
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Deschutes River - April 29th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 57 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:

As the month of April ends, so does the spawn cycle of the Deschutes River’s Red Band Trout. This means that as we move into May, trout should be feeding more to regain their strength from the efforts of spawning.

Of course everyone is wondering if the stone fly hatch will be early this season, and it is.
“A few” Golden Stone adults have been observed along the banks since the 22nd of April in the Maupin area. I’m sure we will be seeing the Salmon Fly’s very soon.
Even though stone fly activity is earlier than normal, it is the very beginning of this hatch, so, the amount of stone fly nymphs will be more numerous than the adults thus trout will be feeding on the nymphs more than the adults for the next week or two.

May Fly hatches occurring now are the Blue Winged Olive, Mahogany Duns, and an early arrival of the Pale Evening Dun.
The BWO’s are a size 18 and hatch from around noon until about 2 PM. The Mahogany Duns are size 16 and hatch from about 1 until 3 PM. Pale Evening Duns are size 12, and hatch from 2 to 5PM.

Caddis hatches are the Free Livers size 14, Net Spinners size 16, and the Igloo Case Builders size 20. All three of these caddis typically hatch in the afternoon, anytime between 2 until 5 PM. Some folks are seeing caddis flying around in the morning, but those hatched the day before and are just flying around, landing on the trees and grasses along the bank prepping to mate. After mating, they will return to the river to lay their eggs toward the end of the day. 
 
The middle of the day is still fishing better than the mornings and evenings, but that will change later this spring. Best bet is to fish your May Fly patterns from 11AM until 3PM, and fish your Caddis patters from 2 until 5PM or later. If nothing is happening, try a variety of mid-sized nymphs, (Prince Nymph, Stone Fly Nymph,..), on a two fly grig with a small nymph or emerger with some flashy material.   

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, riffles, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens.

Thanks, see ya soon
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
john@flyfishingdeschutes.com
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Deschutes River - April 24th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:
The Resides trout fishing has been pretty good for April, a month that can be trying at times. Mostly due to the Redsides Spawning cycle. 

Still out there are the BWO’s, size 16, and Igloo cased building Caddis, size 20, hatching in fair to good numbers most days. The Stone fly nymphs, size 8, have been moving toward shore for a while, should start hatching a little earlier than normal. In fact, we have seen some Golden Stone adults already. 

March browns still hatching, but their almost finished for this year. The good news is that we're seeing the early stages of the Mahogany Duns, size 16. Both Free Living and Net Spining caddis are in the mix as well. 

Currently, the middle of the day is fishing better than mornings and evenings, but that is changing. The month of May will be here in a week, so the shoulder hours will become more productive.

Stone Fly Nymphs, big Prince Nymphs, & Possy Buggers, with a small trailing nymph or emerger with some flashy material has been working well. Mix it up! Use Mayfly Nymph's, Caddis pupa's, and so forth to show trout a variety of patterns. This will help you get results because every day is different.

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, riffles, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens. When fishing Stone fly nymphs, make sure you fish them very close to the bank.

Thanks, and see ya soon !
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
 
Deschutes River - March 14th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Showers
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:
The Resides trout fishing has been pretty good. We are observing our winter generation of BWO’s, size 16, and Igloo cased building Caddis, size 20, hatching in fair to good numbers most days. The Spring Stone fly nymphs (the Skwala stones, size 8 ~ 10), are starting to move toward shore and should start hatching near the end of March.

We are still seeing some Winter Stones, size 16, but that hatch cycle is at its end and isn’t a going concern. Midge hatches, (size 20 ~22’s), are usually in the late afternoon and can give you “last chance” success before calling it a day.

Of course it’s March, and a lot of folks are wondering when the March Browns get under way. This is a lil funny, not ha ha, but strange funny because the March Brown Hatch on the Deschutes happens late in the month and in most cases, occurs more in April. The other unusual thing about this May fly is that it is very light in color, a light tan on the under body. It’s size is the normal 12’s ~ 14’s, so that makes it easier to identify. So far we have not seen an early March Brown hatch, but it could happen any day soon.

I have found that if you fish a light bodied may fly pattern in the appropriate size range and in the adult or emergent stage, you will do well, of course if trout are keyed in on that hatch. The March Brown is in the category of “clingers”, so using Nymph patterns for this bug isn’t best because it’s rarely available to trout in that stage. The March Brown nymph patterns out there really do a better job of imitating a small stone fly nymph, so no wonder it works quite nicely during this change of season.

The middle of the day typically fishes better than mornings and evenings at this point, but that will change later this spring. At this point, your best bet is to fish mostly the BWO’s and Igloo Case Building Caddis. If nothing is happening, try a variety of mid-sized nymphs, (Prince Nymph, Stone Fly Nymph,..), on a two fly grig with a small nymph with some flashy material.   

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens.

Thanks, and see ya soon !
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565