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Deschutes River - August 13th, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 92 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Reports
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Steelhead fishing on the Deschutes is very slow. As predicted, counts through the Columbia over Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day Dams are below last years numbers at this point. ODFW has retention restrictions in certain areas on the Columbia River. Please check up-dated information before you go fishing to be clear of where you can harvest Salmon and steelhead.
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing is slow, which is typical for August. Mornings and evenings are best with caddis and midge being the main hatches. For your midday efforts, it would be best to fish Nymphs and Wet flies in fast deep runs with lots of structor. You will need to add weight to get your flies deep enough to help your odds.

We are seeing light hatches of BWO’s and Pale Evening Duns. Most of the time, you will see BWO’s hatch in the late morning hours. Look for Pale Evening Duns after 5pm.

The Net Spinning Caddis are hatching in fair numbers and usually after about 5pm.
Seeing a few of the Igloo Case Builders. Again, mostly in the afternoons / evenings.
 
Pattern suggestions: Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Pupa’s, 14’s & 16’s, Soft Hackles, 14’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’s Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. We will show you some other new patterns that have just arrived that we think will help change the minds of some of those stubborn red side trout.

River level is 4,030 CFS and the water temperature has reached 66 degrees. Weather conditions will be warm and dry through this weekend and into next week.

As you are all very aware, this is the week before the eclipse. The Infrastructure in this area is out dated by about 60 years. Even on a normal busy summer weekend, traffic can be challenging and dangerous. The prediction for this area is to expect hundreds of thousands of travelers coming here to see the eclipse. It is going to be nothing more than a “freeekn mess”! So,.. if you’re thinking about doing some camping or fishing in the next week or so, you might want to delay your plans for a more favorable time. Food for thought, and your sanity.

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.

Please join and support the Deschutes River Alliance. We are fighting very hard to preserve, protect and maintain the health and wellness of the Deschutes River.

Go to this link to find out what’s been happening and educate as many friends as you can. http://www.deschutesriveralliance.org/
 
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 - July 22nd, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 94 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Reports
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Not too much change from the last report. Most fish caught were with small flashy mayfly and caddis nymphs and emerges. Fast water areas are producing better results.
Fish also have moved out in deeper runs so adding extra spit shot to your riggings will help.

The PMD hatch last month was at least slightly better than in previous years, but still not normal by any means. Currently that hatch is done.

The Pale Evening Dun hatch is still happening but in light numbers. You see them out  from about 5 to 7pm. 

The Net Spinning Caddis are hatching in fair numbers and usually after about 5pm.
Seeing a few of the Igloo Case Builders. Again, mostly in the afternoons / evenings.
 

Patterns to use: Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Pupa’s, 14’s & 16’s, Soft Hackles, 14’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. We will show you some other new patterns that have just arrived that we think will help change the mind of some of those stubborn red sides.

River level is 4,130 CFS and the water temperature has reached 64 degrees. Weather conditions will be warm and dry through this weekend and into next week.

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.

Please join and support the Deschutes River Alliance. We are fighting very hard to preserve, protect and maintain the health and wellness of the Deschutes River.

Go to this link to find out what’s been happening and educate as many friends as you can. http://www.deschutesriveralliance.org/
 
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 - July 7th, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 92 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Reports
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Fishing slowed down the last week of June. Most fish caught were with small flashy mayfly and caddis nymphs and emerges. Fast water areas are producing better results.
Fish also have moved out in deeper runs so adding extra spit shot to your riggings will help.

The PMD hatch last month was at least slightly better than in previous years, but still not normal by any means. Currently that hatch is done.

The Pale Evening Dun hatch is still happening but in light numbers. You see them out  from about 5 to 7pm. 

The Net Spinning Caddis are hatching in fair numbers and usually after about 5pm.
Seeing a few of the Igloo Case Builders. Again, mostly in the afternoons / evenings.
 

Patterns to use: Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Pupa’s, 14’s & 16’s, Soft Hackles, 14’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. We will show you some other new patterns that have just arrived that we think will help change the mind of some of those stubborn red sides.

River level is 4,480 CFS and the water temperature has reached 58 degrees. Weather conditions will be warm and dry through this weekend and into next week.

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.

Please join and support the Deschutes River Alliance. We are fighting very hard to preserve, protect and maintain the health and wellness of the Deschutes River.

Go to this link to find out what’s been happening and educate as many friends as you can. http://www.deschutesriveralliance.org/
 
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 - June 10th, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 67 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Reports
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Stone Fly Hatch Summary.

Water temperature plays a big roll on when Salmon Flies & Golden Stones trigger to start migrating toward shoreline. As everyone knows, this past winter deposited a lot of snow whereby lower elevation snow pack was a lot more than recent years. Combine that snow pack with the wet cold spring we endured, and you’ve got a formula sure to keep water temperatures cooler well into late spring / early summer. Even though PGE was spilling warmer water off the top column depths of Lake Billy Chinook, the abundance of cold water from this springs large runoff event saved the day. Thank goodness for mother nature.

This season I observed stone fly adults gathering along the banks of the Deschutes right around the first week of May. This marks the first time in 7 years when the “big bugs” started at their usual time. In the past, the common time frame for this famous hatch occurs from about the middle of May through the middle of June. The peak of activity seems to always fall around the Memorial Day weekend, last week of May through the first week of June. The lower Deschutes river is 100 miles long, and because the hatch starts down stream working it’s way up stream, it can typically last 5 to 6 weeks depending on weather and river conditions.

I have hardly seen any stone flies since about the 3rd of June. To me it felt like the hatch ended abruptly. I’m disappointed because I was optimistic about the hatch starting when it should, thinking that we would have an abundant long lasting hatch like the days of old, but sadly, neither happened. Instead, the overall hatch was short lived, (about 3 weeks), and not very abundant. There simply wasn’t the large swarms of Salmon Fly or Golden Stone adults filling the sky over the river with their beloved awkward flying style, positioning themselves to deposit their eggs. Again, there was an obvious lack of abundance of this usually annoying (bouncing off your forehead, crawling down your neck, somehow getting trapped between your sun glasses), hatch that just didn’t happen!

This is another undeniable negative consequence connected to PGE’s Selective Water Withdraw Tower in Lake Billy Chinook. PGE continues to mix the warmer and very contaminated water from the upper columns of Lake Billy Chinook into the Lower Deschutes. It is distorting the eco system of the Deschutes River.

Please join and support the Deschutes River Alliance. We are fighting very hard to preserve, protect and maintain the health and wellness of the Deschutes River.

Go to this link to find out what’s been happening and educate as many friends as you can. http://www.deschutesriveralliance.org/
 
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 - June 2nd, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Reports
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing has been pretty darn good. There are stone fly adults depositing eggs from afternoon until dark. Good top water action with mostly Golden Stone patterns.

The May fly and caddis fly activity has also increased. Make sure you are prepared with PMD's, Pale Evening Duns and Green Drakes. These hatch from about 1pm to 5pm. For caddis, Green Rock Worms and Igloo case building caddis will hatch late afternoon tip early evening.  

Patterns to use? Sone Fly Nymphs and Adults 8’s & 10’s, Lightening Bugs, 16’s,
Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 8’s and 10’s, Sparkle Pupa’s, 14’s & 16’s, Soft Hackles, 14’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. We will show you some other new patterns that have just arrived that we think will help change the mind of some of those stubborn red sides.

River level is 4,600 CFS and the water temperature has reached 54 degrees. Weather conditions will be warm and dry through this weekend and into next week.

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.

(SPECIAL REPORT)

I have fished the Deschutes all my life and I have never seen black spot disease on a redside trout until the summer of 2013. Granted, at that time, there were only a few trout with BSD, but each year following, higher numbers of trout have been observed by anglers with black spot disease.

Black spot disease is also known as diplopstomiasis or fluke disease. It is a freshwater fish disease caused by flatworm larvae of the genus Neascus. It appears as tiny black spots on the skin, fins and flesh of the fish. We are seeing an alarming number of Redside Trout in the Deschutes with black spot disease, almost twice as many fish have the disease this year vs last year, and it’s only early May! Contrary to what’s been said, BSD does stress fish.

This is one of the continued negative effects from the Selective Water Withdraw Tower in Lake Billy Chinook. PGE continues to mix the warmer and very contaminated water from the upper columns of Lake Billy Chinook into the Lower Deschutes River. It is distorting the eco system of the Deschutes.

The very thick algae covering the rocks, is smothering the aquatic insects. Also caused by the Selective Water Withdraw Tower in Lake Billy Chinook. Please join and support Deschutes River Alliance. We are fighting very hard to preserve, protect and maintain the health and wellness of the Deschutes River.

Go to this link to find out what’s been happening and educate as many friends as you can. http://www.deschutesriveralliance.org/
 

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 - May 19th, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Reports
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Fishing has improved,.. a little. Stone fly nymphs continue to crawl onto the shoreline grass and tree roots along the banks. There are a lot more adults out and have started flying back over the river to lay their eggs. Trout are still a bit unaware at this stage of the hatch, but there have been fish caught on the adults in the passed two days.

River levels have dropped to 4,300 CFS and the water temperature has reached 53 degrees. Weather conditions will be warm and dry through this weekend and into next week. This should improve fishing in a big way!!

The May fly and caddis fly activity has also increased. Make sure you are prepared with BWO’s, Pale Evening Duns and Mahogany Duns. These hatch from about 1pm to 5pm. For caddis, Green Rock Worms and Igloo case building caddis will hatch late afternoon tip early evening.  

Patterns to use? Sone Fly Nymphs and Adults 8’s & 10’s, Lightening Bugs, 16’s,
Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 8’s and 10’s, Sparkle Pupa’s, 14’s & 16’s, Soft Hackles, 14’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. We will show you some other new patterns that have just arrived that we think will help change the mind of some of those stubborn red sides.

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.


(SPECIAL REPORT)

I have fished the Deschutes all my life and I have never seen black spot disease on a redside trout until the summer of 2013. Granted, at that time, there were only a few trout with BSD, but each year following, higher numbers of trout have been observed by anglers with black spot disease.

Black spot disease is also known as diplopstomiasis or fluke disease. It is a freshwater fish disease caused by flatworm larvae of the genus Neascus. It appears as tiny black spots on the skin, fins and flesh of the fish. We are seeing an alarming number of Redside Trout in the Deschutes with black spot disease, almost twice as many fish have the disease this year vs last year, and it’s only early May! Contrary to what’s been said, BSD does stress fish.

This is one of the continued negative effects from the Selective Water Withdraw Tower in Lake Billy Chinook. PGE continues to mix the warmer and very contaminated water from the upper columns of Lake Billy Chinook into the Lower Deschutes River. It is distorting the eco system of the Deschutes.

The very thick algae covering the rocks, is smothering the aquatic insects. Also caused by the Selective Water Withdraw Tower in Lake Billy Chinook. Please join and support Deschutes River Alliance. We are fighting very hard to preserve, protect and maintain the health and wellness of the Deschutes River.

Go to this link to find out what’s been happening and educate as many friends as you can. http://www.deschutesriveralliance.org/
 

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