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Deschutes River - May 2nd, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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Red Side Trout Report:

Remember in my last report when I stated that it would be a couple of weeks before the stone fly adults would start laying their eggs ?! Well,.. They’ve started ! This is about 3 to 4 weeks earlier than normal. For the most part, trout are still focused on the stone fly nymphs, but it won’t be long before their interest in the adults on the surface become tempting.

The current river level is 4,280 CFS (cubic feet per second), which is normal. The water temperature has been 53 to 55 degrees for most of April, which is about 4 degrees higher than normal. This is way the stone flies are hatching early.

So, it’s still a good idea to fish stonefly nymphs along the shore line. A good plan is to stand on the bank, make a short cast with a shorter than normal leader, using a high sticking technique to keep your presentation under control. If that doesn’t work, switch to smaller caddis larva / pupa or mayfly nymph patterns and fish those slightly further out.   

Fly patterns that are doing the job are Stone Fly nymphs, size 8’s & 10’s, Possy Buggers, 8’s & 10’s, Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Z Wing Caddis Pupa, 16’s & 18’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s.

Other patterns that you should have on hand would be an assortment of Prince Nymphs, Sparkle Pupa’s, Soft Hackles, CDC BH Pheasant Tails and San Juan Worms.

I encourage you to click on “Monthly Hatch Chart” to see what you can expect during this month. Its also a great way to get a sneak preview of hatches in the months ahead.
 
For now, you’ll probably want to spend more time fishing wets and nymphs. I recommend fish a 2 fly rig. Size 8 to 12 is a good choice for your first fly, and size 16 to 20 for your point fly. Adding a split shot or two would be a good idea. It’ll help you get the flies a little deeper in some of the heavier runs. 

April is usually the time when our beloved Redside trout spawn. Keep in mind they don’t all spawn at the same time. That means the trout that are not spawning are  you can still catch fish.
If you come across spawning trout, stop fishing, do not disturb them and move to another area to continue your fishing. 

If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call, we will be glad to help!

Thanks, see ya soon
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
john@flyfishingdeschutes.com
 
Deschutes River - April 28th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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Red Side Trout Report:

On Sunday April 24th I saw a couple of Stone Fly adults. That’s about two weeks early. Now don’t panic, because the abundance of the nymphs are so great, trout have plenty to feed on beneath the surface. Trout are focused on the stone fly nymphs and probably won’t start looking up for the egg laying adults for two weeks.

The current river level is 4,280 CFS (cubic feet per second), which is normal. The water temperature has been 53 to 55 degrees for most of April, which is about 4 degrees higher than normal. This is way the stone flies are hatching early.

So, it’s still a good idea to fish stonefly nymphs along the shore line. A good plan is to stand on the bank, make a short cast with a shorter than normal leader, using a high sticking technique to keep your presentation under control. If that doesn’t work, switch to smaller caddis larva / pupa or mayfly nymph patterns and fish those slightly further out.   

Fly patterns that are doing the job are Stone Fly nymphs, size 8’s & 10’s, Possy Buggers, 8’s & 10’s, Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Z Wing Caddis Pupa, 16’s & 18’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s.

Other patterns that you should have on hand would be an assortment of Prince Nymphs, Sparkle Pupa’s, Soft Hackles, CDC BH Pheasant Tails and San Juan Worms.

I encourage you to click on “Monthly Hatch Chart” to see what you can expect during this month. Its also a great way to get a sneak preview of hatches in the months ahead.
 
For now, you’ll probably want to spend more time fishing wets and nymphs. I recommend fish a 2 fly rig. Size 8 to 12 is a good choice for your first fly, and size 16 to 20 for your point fly. Adding a split shot or two would be a good idea. It’ll help you get the flies a little deeper in some of the heavier runs. 

April is usually the time when our beloved Redside trout spawn. Keep in mind they don’t all spawn at the same time. That means the trout that are not spawning are  you can still catch fish.
If you come across spawning trout, stop fishing, do not disturb them and move to another area to continue your fishing. 

If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call, we will be glad to help!

Thanks, see ya soon
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
john@flyfishingdeschutes.com
 
Deschutes River - April 13th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 62 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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Red Side Trout Report:

Fishing is fair, and it's shaping up to be a typical April as trout fishing goes on the Deschutes. Keep in mind that water temperatures are approaching the range that triggers Stone Fly nymphs to migrate toward the bank. Start thinking about fishing stonefly nymphs along the shore line. A good plan is to stand on the bank, make a short cast with a shorter than normal leader, using a high sticking technique to keep your presentation under control. If that doesn’t work, switch to smaller caddis larva / pupa or mayfly nymph patterns and fish those slightly further out. 

River levels have dropped making it easier to get around. If you do wade, no need to go out very far. Trout will be close to shore, and you don’t want to scare them away. 

Fly patterns that are doing the job are Stone Fly nymphs, size 8’s & 10’s, Possy Buggers, 8’s & 10’s, Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Z Wing Caddis Pupa, 16’s & 18’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s.

Other patterns that you should have on hand would be an assortment of Prince Nymphs, Sparkle Pupa’s, Soft Hackles, CDC BH Pheasant Tails and San Juan Worms.

Current hatches right now are the small Igloo Case building Caddis, 18’s and 20’s. March Browns, 12’s / 14’s. We usually just call them the April Tans, because their body color is light tan, and they hatch more this month than in March.

I encourage you to click on “Monthly Hatch Chart” to see what you can expect during this month. Its also a great way to get a sneak preview of hatches in the months ahead.
 
For now, you’ll probably want to spend more time fishing wets and nymphs. I recommend fish a 2 fly rig. Size 8 to 12 is a good choice for your first fly, and size 16 to 20 for your point fly. Adding a split shot or two would be a good idea. It’ll help you get the flies a little deeper in some of the heavier runs. 

April is usually the time when our beloved Redside trout spawn. Keep in mind they don’t all spawn at the same time. That means the trout that are not spawning are  you can still catch fish.
If you come across spawning trout, stop fishing, do not disturb them and move to another area to continue your fishing. 

If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call, we will be glad to help!

Thanks, see ya soon
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
john@flyfishingdeschutes.com
 
Deschutes River - April 2nd, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 69 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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Red Side Trout Report:

Boy oh boy, did March fly by or what ! So here we are in April, and this month can be, well, interesting. It can be fickle and rewarding all in the same breath.

Recently, trout “catching” has improved. The river level has dropped making it a little easier to get around along the rivers edge. Fly patterns that are doing the job are Stone Fly nymphs, size 8’s & 10’s, Possy Buggers, 8’s & 10’s, Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Z Wing Caddis Pupa, 16’s & 18’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s.

Other patterns that you should have on hand would be an assortment of Prince Nymphs, Sparkle Pupa’s, Soft Hackles, CDC BH Pheasant Tails and San Juan Worms.

We are pretty much at the end of the winter hatch cycle of the Blue Wing Olive. The dominant hatch right now is the small Igloo Case building Caddis, 18’s and 20’s. Haven't seen many March Browns yet, but they will hatch this month. They are lighter in color, tan on the under side. We usually just call them the April Tans. They’re a nice size, 12’s & 14’s. I have these patterns in stock, so if you didn’t have time to tie up some flies before your trip, I’ve got you covered.

I encourage you to click on “Monthly Hatch Chart” to see what you can expect during this month. Its also a great way to get a sneak preview of hatches in the months ahead.
 
For now, you’ll probably want to spend more time fishing wets and nymphs. I recommend fish a 2 fly rig. Size 8 to 12 is a good choice for your first fly, and size 16 to 20 for your point fly. Adding a split shot or two would be a good idea. It’ll help you get the flies a little deeper in some of the heavier runs. 

April is usually the time when our beloved Redside trout spawn. Keep in mind they don’t all spawn at the same time. That means the trout that are not spawning are  you can still catch fish.
If you come across spawning trout, stop fishing, do not disturb them and move to another area to continue your fishing. 

If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call, we will be glad to help!

Thanks, see ya soon
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
john@flyfishingdeschutes.com
 
Deschutes River - March 9th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Rain
  • 46 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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Red Side Trout:

Most of the hatches take place during the middle of the day as does the feeding window for trout. Anytime from 11am to around 3 pm would be the best time to fish.
 
Typical hatches will be: Blue Wing Olives (16’s), Igloo Cased Caddis (20’s), and the Skwala Stone (10’s).
 
You’ll probably want to spend more time fishing wets and nymphs. I recommend fishing a 2 fly rig. Size 10 to 14 is a good choice for your first fly, and size 16 to 20 for your point fly. Adding a split shot or two would be a good idea. It’ll help you get the flies a little deeper in some of the heavier runs. 

From about Noon until 2pm, look for trout sipping on dries in back eddies and the slower inside currents close to the bank.

If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call, I will be glad to help!

Thanks, see ya soon
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
john@flyfishingdeschutes.com
 
Deschutes River - December 28th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 33 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

I trust everyone has had a good holiday so far ?! Well, for this time of year the odd steelhead has been caught. Obviously, at this stage in the game the fish are here just “milling around” waiting to start moving into potential spawning areas. They will spawn sometime in February through the first part of March.


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Red Side Trout Report:

Fishing for trout in December and January can be slow, but rewarding. Most of the
hatches take place during the middle of the day as does the feeding window for the trout. Anytime from 11am to around 3 pm would be the best time to cast your flies.
 
Typical hatches will be: the Lil Winter Stone (16’s), Igloo Cased Caddis (20’s) and Blue Wing Olives (20’s). Remember, the “winter cycle” of the BWO’s hatch from Late January through the middle of March. Those will be a nice size 16’s, little easier to see than the 20’s we’re dealing with now.    
 
You’ll probably want to spend more time fishing wets and nymphs. I recommend fish a 2 fly rig. Size 10 to 14 is a good choice for your first fly, and size 16 to 20 for your point fly. Adding a split shot or two would be a good idea. It’ll help you get the flies a little deeper in some of the heavier runs. 

If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call, I will be glad to help!

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