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Deschutes River - August 15th, 2019
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Summer Steelhead Report
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Steelhead fishing so far on the Deschutes is slow. There are some fish in the system, and there have been a few moments of glory, but realistically, you will make many casts before getting a grab.

The following is important information pertaining to Columbia Basin Salmon and Steelhead management plans. Oregon and Washington have taken steps to protect the ESA-listed fish.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission closed the Columbia River around the mouth of the Deschutes River, along with a portion of the lower Deschutes up to Moody Rapids, this week to protect upriver wild summer steelhead. It made the call at its Commission meeting in Salem Friday, Aug. 2.

The closure that began August 12 and will be in effect through Sept. 15 is to protect wild Snake River fish that may take refuge in the Deschutes’ cool waters on their journey to the Snake River. The fish are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.

“Returns of ESA-listed wild Snake River steelhead this year are forecasted to be similar to the extremely poor returns of 2017 and there are ongoing concerns about the potential effects of angling on wild steelhead that may gather in cooler water near tributary mouths like the Deschutes,” an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife news release says.

“Perhaps the most important cold-water refuge is at the Deschutes-Columbia confluence,” the memo said. “The Deschutes will start cooling in August, just as Columbia heats up and as the up-river salmon and steelhead migration peaks.”

The Commission directed ODFW to take similar steps to close the mouth of the Deschutes River last year, as well. Based on additional discussions with the public and regional biologists, the boundary of this year’s closure has been refined to reduce the impact on chinook fishing opportunities, the Commission added.

In addition, both Oregon and Washington have begun a series of rolling steelhead recreational angling closures from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia to the Oregon/Washington state line. Those closures prohibit anglers from keeping both hatchery and wild steelhead, effectively making angling for steelhead during certain periods a catch-and-release fishery.

Aug. 1 to 31 from Buoy 10 upstream to The Dalles Dam,
Aug. 1 to Sept. 30 from The Dalles Dam upstream
to the John Day Dam
Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 from John Day to McNary Dam, and
Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 from McNary Dam upstream to the
OR/WA state line.
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Fishing overall is pretty good. Best times are mornings and evenings. Midday fishing is okay, just concentrate your efforts in fast water, such as riffles, deeper runs with a little white water chop and deep white water pockets. You will have more success by fishing smaller flies in those water types. 

PED’s and BWO’s are currently the main mayfly hatches. Not real abundant, but enough for the trout to notice.   

Caddis are hatching in good numbers, particularly in the evening. Make sure you’re fishing sizes 16’s to 20’s in any stage. Larva, pupa and adult. Aquatic moths are also hatching in fairly good numbers, and again, fish the fast water types for both caddis and aquatic moths.

 Pattern suggestions: Para PED 12’s, Thorax BWO 18’s, Elk hair Caddis, 16’s, 18’s, Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Soft Hackles, 16’s, 18’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’s Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 18’s & 20’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 3,830 CFS and the water temperature is 61 degrees.

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 - August 9th, 2019
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report

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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Fishing overall is pretty good. Best times are mornings and evenings. Midday fishing is okay, just concentrate your efforts in fast water, such as riffles, deeper runs with a little white water chop and deep white water pockets. You will have more success by fishing smaller flies in those water types. 

PED’s and BWO’s are currently the main mayfly hatches. Not real abundant, but enough for the trout to notice.   

Caddis are hatching in good numbers, particularly in the evening. Make sure you’re fishing sizes 16’s to 20’s in any stage. Larva, pupa and adult. Aquatic moths are also hatching in fairly good numbers, and again, fish the fast water types for both caddis and aquatic moths.

 Pattern suggestions: Para PED 12’s, Thorax BWO 18’s, Elk hair Caddis, 16’s, 18’s, Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Soft Hackles, 16’s, 18’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’s Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 18’s & 20’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 3,830 CFS and the water temperature is 61 degrees.

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, 2019
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Fishing overall is pretty good. Best times are mornings and evenings. Midday fishing is okay, just concentrate your efforts in fast water, such as riffles, deeper runs with a little white water chop and deep white water pockets. You will have more success by fishing smaller flies in those water types. 

PED’s and BWO’s are currently the main mayfly hatches. Not real abundant, but enough for the trout to notice.   

Caddis are hatching in good numbers, particularly in the evening. Make sure you’re fishing sizes 16’s to 20’s in any stage. Larva, pupa and adult. Aquatic moths are also hatching in fairly good numbers, and again, fish the fast water types for both caddis and aquatic moths.

 Pattern suggestions: Para PED 12’s, Thorax BWO 18’s, Elk hair Caddis, 16’s, 18’s, Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Soft Hackles, 16’s, 18’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’s Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 18’s & 20’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 3,830 CFS and the water temperature is 61 degrees.

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 15th, 2019
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Salmon Flies and Golden Stones are done, but the Little Yellow Sally Stones should continue to hatch through July.  The fishing overall has slowed slightly. You will have more success by fishing smaller flies in fast water.

The PMD’s, and PED’s are still hatching. The Green Drakes really didn’t happen this time around. 

The Caddis are hatching in fair numbers. Make sure you’re fishing sizes 16’s to 20’s. in any stage. Larva, pupa and adult. 

The Steelhead smolt have moved down through the river on their way to the Columbia. You will still encounter a few these aggressive lil guys, but for the most part, they’re gone!    

Pattern suggestions: Lil Yellow Sally’s, 16’s, Para PED, 12’s, PMD’s 16’s, Elk hair Caddis, 16’s, 18’s, Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Soft Hackles, 16’s, 18’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’s Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 18’s & 20’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 4,230 CFS and the water temperature is 56 degrees.

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 - May 28th, 2019
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 71 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Salmon Flies, Golden Stones and Little Yellow Stones are out in good numbers and trout are responding favorably! Yes, trout are looking up and taking the dries!
The majority of this wonderful activity is, of course, taking place along the shore and tree lines where the most adult stones have accumulated to preparing to fly back over the river to lay their eggs.

The other good news is the PMD’s, PED’s have been hatching for about 3 weeks and fish have been keying on those from early afternoon to early evening. Last but not least, the Green Drakes have started to hatching! If you think the trout like stone flies, wait till you see them go for the drakes when they’re hatching. Most of the time, there is no hesitation, just a very aggressive grab off the top! Sadly, the drake hatch here isn’t very abundant and only last for about two weeks. So by the middle of June, they’ll be done.

There are a few more Caddis hatching too. Make sure you use those smaller flies if the trout are not responding to the bigger Stone Flies, PED’s & Green Drakes.

There is still some Steelhead smolt moving through the river on their way to the Columbia. You will catch these little guys throughout the day between the trout.    

Pattern suggestions: Norm Wood Special, 8’s & 10’s, Clark Stone 10’s, Lil Yellow Sally’s, 16’s, Para PED, 12’s, PMD’s 16’s, Para Green Drake, 10’s, Elk hair Caddis, 14’s & 16’s, Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Soft Hackles, 16’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’s Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 18’s & 20’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 4,770 CFS and the water temperature is 53 degrees.

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 - May 16th, 2019
  • Recorded:
  • Showers
  • 63 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Todays discharge from Pelton dam is 4,380 CFS at 11:00am. Water temperature is 53 degrees. Conditions are ideal.

Salmon Flies and Golden Stones are really moving now. Nymphs are migrating out of the river in good numbers and the adults are accumulating along the shore. I would recommend fishing stone nymphs close to the bank using black or brown
sizes 6 to 10.

It's a good idea to use some stone fly patterns that aren't too heavily weighted. Even though you’re fishing in fast water, it’s shallower close to the bank. When you use a fly that has less weight, you won’t get hung up as often making it easier to complete your total personation. I would try a Golden Stone dry pattern in the afternoon just in case the trout decide to look up!

There are a few more May Flies and Caddis hatching, so make sure you use those smaller flies if the trout are not responding to the bigger Stone Fly nymphs.

The Steelhead smolt are moving through the river on their way to the Columbia. You will catch these little guys throughout the day between the trout.    

Pattern suggestions: Stone Fly Nymphs, Black and Brown, 6 to 10's. 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, Soft Hackles, 16’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.

You really need to stay on the bank, the trout are right in tight. Middle of the day is when you’ll have the best opportunity for dry fly action.

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
 
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