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Deschutes River - November 1st, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Steelhead fishing on the Deschutes is very slow. Counts through the Columbia over Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day Dams have declined dramatically. In fact ODFW has closed angling and retention of salmon and steelhead for the remainder of the year in the Columbia river from Bonneville Dam upstream on Oregon/Washington borders to McNary Dam.  

Fishing for Steelhead this month should remain slow. I would recommend sticking to fly patterns you trust and fish them with confidence! Have fun, and enjoy the beautiful fall. 
 
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Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing is holding up well. Caddis is the main hatch and will remain so for the next few weeks. You’ll be lucky to see any BWO’s and the Pale Evening Duns are hatching, but not in abundance. The algae that is covering the rocks where aquatic insects live is really taking it’s toll. This of course is being caused by the Selective Water Withdraw tower in Lake Billy Chinook.

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

 River level 3,830 CFS (cubic feet per second). Water temperature is in the 61 to 66 degree range from Maupin down to Macks Canyon.

Faster water types seem to be where more fish are being caught. Riffles have turned on along with deep runs with a little white water chop to it. Also, Deep runs on those steep banks are getting it done when the other places aren’t. Small caddis larva / pupa or mayfly nymph patterns are working well in riffles and fast water pockets.


Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Caddis dries, size 16’s 18’s $ 20’s, Z Wing Caddis Pupa, 16’s & 18’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s and much more of like patterns.

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

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.

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

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 1st, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Steelhead fishing on the Deschutes is slow. Counts through the Columbia over Bonneville ,The Dalles and John Day Dams, had a slight increase last week, but overall numbers are about 40% below normal. Fish over Sherars Falls, also had a little jump for a couple of days last week, only to drop back down to a 10 to 20 daily fish count.

The steelhead in the Deschutes are as far up as South Junction. There have been fish caught throughout the lower sections, so it isn’t horribly bad fishing, you’ll
just need to spend more time to hook up.

Fishing for Steelhead this month should remain slow but at least steady. I would recommend sticking to fly patterns you trust and fish them with confidence! Have fun, and enjoy the beautiful fall.
 
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Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing is holding up well. Caddis is the main hatch and will remain so for the next few weeks. You’ll be lucky to see any BWO’s and the Pale Evening Duns are hatching, but not in abundance. The algae that is covering the rocks where aquatic insects live is really taking it’s toll. This of course is being caused by the Selective Water Withdraw tower in Lake Billy Chinook.

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

 River level 3,830 CFS (cubic feet per second). Water temperature is in the 61 to 66 degree range from Maupin down to Macks Canyon.

Faster water types seem to be where more fish are being caught. Riffles have turned on along with deep runs with a little white water chop to it. Also, Deep runs on those steep banks are getting it done when the other places aren’t. Small caddis larva / pupa or mayfly nymph patterns are working well in riffles and fast water pockets.


Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Caddis dries, size 16’s 18’s $ 20’s, Z Wing Caddis Pupa, 16’s & 18’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s and much more of like patterns.

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

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.

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

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 29th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Steelhead counts have increased in the Columbia over Bonneville dam, with a slight increase over The Dalles dam. But overall numbers are still well below normal. At least we can say it’s improving on that aspect of the situation.

The steelhead that have settled into the deeper cooler pools between Bonneville and The Dalles dams have started moving up and it should be about a week or two before we see more steelhead moving into the mouth of the Deschutes. Obviously once they get into the Deschutes, “catching” should improve.

In the mean time, it would serve you best to target the steelhead that have made their way above Macks Canyon up to about the Twin Springs Camp area. Even though the fishing is really slow, it seems to be where most of the fish have been caught.

The weather and temperatures look to be heading into a cooling trend. If it continues through the beginning of September, we should see a steady increase of steelhead movement right into Fall.  


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Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing is holding up well. Caddis is the main hatch and will remain so for the next few weeks. You’ll be lucky to see any BWO’s and the Pale Evening Duns are hatching, but not in abundance. The algae that is covering the rocks where aquatic insects live is really taking it’s toll. This of course is being caused by the Selective Water Withdraw tower in Lake Billy Chinook.

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

 River level 3,830 CFS (cubic feet per second). Water temperature is in the 61 to 66 degree range from Maupin down to Macks Canyon.

Faster water types seem to be where more fish are being caught. Riffles have turned on along with deep runs with a little white water chop to it. Also, Deep runs on those steep banks are getting it done when the other places aren’t. Small caddis larva / pupa or mayfly nymph patterns are working well in riffles and fast water pockets.


Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Caddis dries, size 16’s 18’s $ 20’s, Z Wing Caddis Pupa, 16’s & 18’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s and much more of like patterns.

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

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.

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

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 19th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 94 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Well, we’re still waiting for Steelhead counts to increase in the Columbia. So far, numbers are below normal and that is why steelhead fishing is slow in the Deschutes.

The good news is that steelhead counts have increased over Bonneville Dam, meaning there are fish settling into deeper cooler pools preparing to make their way over The Dalles Dam. After they get over The Dalles, it takes them about a week or so, to reach the mouth of the Deschutes. Obviously once they get into the Deschutes, “catching” should improve. 

In the mean time, it would serve you best to target the fish that have made their way above Macks Canyon to Jones Canyon. Seems to be more fish have been hooked in that area than any other at this time. 

The weather and temperatures look to be heading into a cooling trend. If it continues through the beginning of September, we should see a steady increase of steelhead movement right into Fall.  


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Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing is holding up well. Caddis is the main hatch and will remain so for the next few weeks. You’ll be lucky to see any BWO’s and the Pale Evening Duns are hatching, but not in abundance. The algae that is covering the rocks where aquatic insects live is really taking it’s toll. This of course is being caused by the Selective Water Withdraw tower in Lake Billy Chinook.

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

 River level 3,830 CFS (cubic feet per second). Water temperature is in the 61 to 66 degree range from Maupin down to Macks Canyon.

Faster water types seem to be where more fish are being caught. Riffles have turned on along with deep runs with a little white water chop to it. Also, Deep runs on those steep banks are getting it done when the other places aren’t. Small caddis larva / pupa or mayfly nymph patterns are working well in riffles and fast water pockets.


Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Caddis dries, size 16’s 18’s $ 20’s, Z Wing Caddis Pupa, 16’s & 18’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s and much more of like patterns.

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

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.

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

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, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Steelhead numbers have eased up. We had a good start about a week and a half ago, but this week things have slowed down a bit. The dam counts in the Columbia are fair, but fish movement is still good due to favorable water temperatures.

The Deschutes has low but fishable numbers of steelhead in the lower section. Jones Canyon toward the mouth is best at this time. Steelheaders have not been hooking as many fish as two weeks ago. Those fish have slipped up stream in a hurry and are now above the lower 30 mile area.

If the weather and temperatures continue to be what it is now through August, we should continue to see a steady movement of steelhead right into Fall.  


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Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing is holding up well. Caddis is the main hatch and will remain so for the next few weeks. Mayfly hatches have been few and far between. The PMD hatch was very weak this year, almost non existent. You’ll be lucky to see any BWO’s and the Pale Evening Duns are hatching, but not in abundance. The algae that is covering the rocks where aquatic insects live is really taking it’s toll. This of course is being caused by the Selective Water Withdraw tower in Lake Billy Chinook.

 River level 3,930CFS (cubic feet per second). Water temperature is in the 56 to 59 degree range.

Faster water types seem to be where more fish are being caught. Riffles have turned on along with deep runs with a little white water chop to it. Also, Deep runs on those steep banks are getting it done when the other places aren’t. Small caddis larva / pupa or mayfly nymph patterns are working well in riffles and fast water pockets.


Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Caddis dries, size 16’s 18’s $ 20’s, Z Wing Caddis Pupa, 16’s & 18’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s and much more of like patterns.

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

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.

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

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 16th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Well if you’re wondering what kind of steelhead run we’re going to have this season, it seems as though we have a pretty good start. Numbers in the Columbia are good and the movement is also good due to favorable water temperatures.

The Deschutes has fishable numbers of steelhead in the lower section, say from about Jones Canyon toward the mouth. Steelheaders have had success mostly during the morning hours, but there have been fish hooked in the evenings as well.

If the weather and temperatures continue to be what it is now through August, we should continue to see a steady movement of steelhead right into Fall.  


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Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing is holding up well. Caddis is the main hatch and will remain so for the next few weeks. Mayfly hatches have been few and far between. The PMD hatch was very weak this year, almost non existent. You’ll be lucky to see any BWO’s and the Pale Evening Duns are hatching, but not in abundance. The algae that is covering the rocks where aquatic insects live is really taking it’s toll. This of course is being caused by the Selective Water Withdraw tower in Lake Billy Chinook.

 River level 3,930CFS (cubic feet per second). Water temperature is in the 56 to 59 degree range.

Faster water types seem to be where more fish are being caught. Riffles have turned on along with deep runs with a little white water chop to it. Also, Deep runs on those steep banks are getting it done when the other places aren’t. Small caddis larva / pupa or mayfly nymph patterns are working well in riffles and fast water pockets.


Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Caddis dries, size 16’s 18’s $ 20’s, Z Wing Caddis Pupa, 16’s & 18’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s and much more of like patterns.

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

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.

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

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