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Deschutes River - November 25th, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 42 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Sadly, Steelhead fishing has really slowed down. On the odd occasion, a fish gets hooked, but other than that, not much doing. Not very many people either, so if you do find yourself over here fishing, it will be as if you have the river to yourself. There is something to be said for some peace and quiet.

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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing is alright. Mornings are slow, it picks up during the day and is best from about 1 to 4 pm. Fish those classic runs and riffles we all love to fish. Of course, if they’re not looking up, 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.

BWO’s is a safe bet. they hatch between 11am and 2pm. Keep a sharp eye cause they’re small and not always that easy to see. Check those little micro back eddies in the foam lines. They often accumulate in those small areas.

The Net Spinning Caddis are hatching in fair numbers from noon until about 3pm.
Seeing a few of the Igloo Case Builders.

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 5,670 CFS and the water temperature is 50 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
 
Deschutes River - November 4th, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Steelhead “catching” is fair,.. give or take a day here and there where no one touches a thing. However, it seems like there are those days where someone finds a pod of fish and gets some good action for a couple of hours. Yes, there are some steelhead around, you just have to spend a little extra time to find them. So there is a silver lining on that cloud.

Okay, so the fishing is a little tough, but remember, it’s fall, and it is splendid! Cool nights, warm days, and the peacefulness of being in a beautiful place.  
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing is alright. Mornings are slow, it picks up during the day and is best from about 3 to 6 pm. Fish those classic runs and riffles we all love to fish. Of course, if they’re not looking up, 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 3pm.

The Net Spinning Caddis are hatching in fair numbers from afternoon until about 5pm.
Seeing a few of the Igloo Case Builders, and the Fall Caddis are finally hatching. Not in great numbers, but enough for the trout to start paying attention. 

Pattern suggestions: Fall Caddis Pupa, 8’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, 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 4,010 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 - October 5th, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Steelhead “catching” is fair,.. give or take a day here and there where no one touches a thing. However, it seems like there are those days where someone finds a pod of fish and gets some good action for a couple of hours. Yes, there are some steelhead around, you just have to spend a little extra time to find them. So there is a silver lining on that cloud.

Okay, so the fishing is a little tough, but remember, it’s fall, and it is splendid! Cool nights, warm days, and the peacefulness of being in a beautiful place.  
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing is alright. Mornings are slow, it picks up during the day and is best from about 3 to 6 pm. Fish those classic runs and riffles we all love to fish. Of course, if they’re not looking up, 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 3pm.

The Net Spinning Caddis are hatching in fair numbers from afternoon until about 5pm.
Seeing a few of the Igloo Case Builders, and the Fall Caddis are finally hatching. Not in great numbers, but enough for the trout to start paying attention. 

Pattern suggestions: Fall Caddis Pupa, 8’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, 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 4,010 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 - September 22nd, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 67 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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 Summer Steelhead Report:

Auuhhh finally, fresh air !! We have had rain and cooler temperatures over the past week and it is wonderful! Obviously, fishing conditions have improved. Now it’s a matter of time before fish activity comes into play.

Steelhead counts over Bonneville and The Dalles Dams are the best so far this season! From September 15th to now, Bonneville counted over 9,000, and The Dalles counted close to 22,000. Now that’s more like it.

Sadly, the steelhead count through the Sherars Fall fish trap on the Deschutes is only 45 total to date for the month of September. The good news is, the water temperature is cooler, so we should see an increase of steelhead in the Deschutes in about a week or two.
 
The other good news is the Steelhead “catching” has improved even though the numbers of fish are well below normal. Please understand that by improved I mean at least there have been a few steelhead caught over the past few days.
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing has picked up. Dry flies have been working well in the mid-mornings, and during the day when it’s overcast. Evenings is a good bet in those classic runs and riffles we all love to fish. Of course, if they’re not looking up, 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 3pm.

The Net Spinning Caddis are hatching in fair numbers and usually after about 5pm. Not many Fall Caddis yet, but they will show up soon.
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 is 59 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 - September 8th, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Air quality report:

The heavy smoke in our area, at least for now, has cleared out. Last evening, some rain and wind came through, helping air quality improve. For the first time in about 2 weeks you can see blue sky.  

Summer Steelhead Report:

Steelhead fishing on the Deschutes has improved a little bit even though the numbers of fish are well below normal. By improved I mean at least there have been a few steelhead caught over the past few days. Salmon and steelhead counts through the Columbia over Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day Dams are below last years numbers at this point. Sadly, I don’t think the run numbers will be getting much better this season.

The smoke from all the fires in the west have really become thick in the Deschutes river canyon, like everywhere else. I can honestly say I have never experienced smoke this thick here for so long. 
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing has picked up. Dry flies have been working well in the mornings and evenings in those classic runs and riffles we all love to fish in late summer. 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 4,010 CFS and the water temperature has reached 65 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 - September 6th, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Smoke warning
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Steelhead fishing on the Deschutes has improved even though the numbers of fish are well below normal. By improved I mean at least there have been a few steelhead caught over the past few days. Salmon and steelhead counts through the Columbia over Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day Dams are below last years numbers at this point. Sadly, I don’t think the run numbers will be getting much better this season.

The smoke from all the fires in the west have really become thick in the Deschutes river canyon, like everywhere else. I can honestly say I have never experienced smoke this thick here for so long. 
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing has picked up. Dry flies have been working well in the mornings and evenings in those classic runs and riffles we all love to fish in late summer. 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 4,010 CFS and the water temperature has reached 65 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
 
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