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Deschutes River - March 14th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Showers
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:
The Resides trout fishing has been pretty good. We are observing our winter generation of BWO’s, size 16, and Igloo cased building Caddis, size 20, hatching in fair to good numbers most days. The Spring Stone fly nymphs (the Skwala stones, size 8 ~ 10), are starting to move toward shore and should start hatching near the end of March.

We are still seeing some Winter Stones, size 16, but that hatch cycle is at its end and isn’t a going concern. Midge hatches, (size 20 ~22’s), are usually in the late afternoon and can give you “last chance” success before calling it a day.

Of course it’s March, and a lot of folks are wondering when the March Browns get under way. This is a lil funny, not ha ha, but strange funny because the March Brown Hatch on the Deschutes happens late in the month and in most cases, occurs more in April. The other unusual thing about this May fly is that it is very light in color, a light tan on the under body. It’s size is the normal 12’s ~ 14’s, so that makes it easier to identify. So far we have not seen an early March Brown hatch, but it could happen any day soon.

I have found that if you fish a light bodied may fly pattern in the appropriate size range and in the adult or emergent stage, you will do well, of course if trout are keyed in on that hatch. The March Brown is in the category of “clingers”, so using Nymph patterns for this bug isn’t best because it’s rarely available to trout in that stage. The March Brown nymph patterns out there really do a better job of imitating a small stone fly nymph, so no wonder it works quite nicely during this change of season.

The middle of the day typically fishes better than mornings and evenings at this point, but that will change later this spring. At this point, your best bet is to fish mostly the BWO’s and Igloo Case Building Caddis. If nothing is happening, try a variety of mid-sized nymphs, (Prince Nymph, Stone Fly Nymph,..), on a two fly grig with a small nymph with some flashy material.   

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens.

Thanks, and see ya soon !
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
 
Deschutes River - March 9th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:
The Resides trout fishing has been pretty good. We are observing our winter generation of BWO’s, size 16, and Igloo cased building Caddis, size 20, hatching in fair to good numbers most days. The Spring Stone fly nymphs (the Skwala stones, size 8 ~ 10), are starting to move toward shore and should start hatching near the end of March.

We are still seeing some Winter Stones, size 16, but that hatch cycle is at its end and isn’t a going concern. Midge hatches, (size 20 ~22’s), are usually in the late afternoon and can give you “last chance” success before calling it a day.

Of course it’s March, and a lot of folks are wondering when the March Browns get under way. This is a lil funny, not ha ha, but strange funny because the March Brown Hatch on the Deschutes happens late in the month and in most cases, occurs more in April. The other unusual thing about this May fly is that it is very light in color, a light tan on the under body. It’s size is the normal 12’s ~ 14’s, so that makes it easier to identify.

I have found that if you fish a light bodied may fly pattern in the appropriate size range and in the adult or emergent stage, you will do well, of course if trout are keyed in on that hatch. The March Brown is in the category of “clingers”, so using Nymph patterns for this bug isn’t best because it’s rarely available to trout in that stage. The March Brown nymph patterns out there really do a better job of imitating a small stone fly nymph, so no wonder it works quite nicely during this change of season.

The middle of the day typically fishes better than mornings and evenings at this point, but that will change later this spring. At this point, your best bet is to fish mostly the BWO’s and Igloo Case Building Caddis. If nothing is happening, try a variety of mid-sized nymphs, (Prince Nymph, Stone Fly Nymph,..), on a two fly grig with a small nymph with some flashy material.   

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens.

Thanks, and see ya soon !
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
 
Deschutes River - January 15th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 41 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:

Well, if your tired of beating yourself up trying for Steelhead, give the Resides a shot. Trout fishing has been fair. We are observing our Winter generation of BWO’s, size (16's & 18's), Winter Stone Flies (18), Igloo Cased Caddis (20’s), and of course those wonderful Midge (20's & 22's).

Look for foam lines and obvious seams where adults and emerging insects struggle. Spent may flies and caddis also become trapped in this kind of water, and of course the best water types to fish are back eddies, steep bank runs, slow riffles and below riffles where the water deepens.

Dry fly fishing can be really fun in January, but you might have to get nymphs and small atrctor patterns deep to get results.
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Summer Steelhead Report:

At this point in time steelhead fishing would be nothing more than casting practice. This is the time of year where the Steelhead just sort of "mill around" drifting up and down river finding calmer water types to hang out in until they prepare to stage for spawning later this winter.

It can be a very nice time of year to fish as long as you know your odds of hooking steelhead are less than favorable. There are those days that can surprise you. Rain, snow, or shine, go ahead and fish throughout the whole day, your chances are as good anytime of day during January.

Water is clear and the flow is at a good level. Water temperatures are in the upper 30's to low 40's. A type 3 or 6 in a 10foot length should work well for covering a run.

Thanks, and see ya soon !
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
 
Deschutes River - December 29th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Rain and/or snow
  • 36 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:
With water levels high, (6,830 CFS from Pelton reregulating dam), fishing has been tough. for both Steelhead and Redside trout. Water temperatures are not helping, 44.6 degrees. We've had some winter weather, once it has passed through, things should settle down and improve again. When they do, fishing should be much like the last report.

A few steelhead are being caught, but overall fishing remains sporadic. This is the time of year where the Steelhead just sort of "mill around" drifting up and down river finding calmer water types to hang out in until they prepare to stage for spawning later this winter.

If you can get here, it can be a very nice time of year to fish as long as you know your odds of hooking steelhead are less than favorable. But there are those days that can and do surprise you. Rain, snow, or shine, go ahead and fish throughout the whole day, your chances are as good anytime of day during December.

Water is gin clear and the flow is at a very good level. Water temperatures are above 40 degrees so you won’t have to be on the bottom to get a response from resting Steelhead. Dry line, type 3 or type 6 in about 10foot length should work well for covering a run. 
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:

Well, if your tired of beating yourself up trying for steelhead, give the resides a shot. And the trout fishing has been pretty good. We are observing our third generation of BWO’s, size 20, Net Spinning Caddis (16’s), and Igloo Cased Caddis (20’s).

Use small BWO & Midge patterns (size18,  20 & 22), are very active from 11AM to around 3PM.  A couple of other really good flies to try in the late mornings are spent wing caddis and the rusty spinner. All these flies fish work well in back eddies.
we’ve done better presenting nymphs and larvae deep to get a grab.

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, and slower soft water areas inside the main current. Look for foam lines and obvious seams where adults and emerging insects struggle. Spent may flies and caddis also become trapped in this kind of water, and  of course trout instinctively find it easy to capture their daily nourishment as insects endure a rough time breaking free from those swirly seams.

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

ENJOY AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!
Thanks, see ya soon
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
 
Deschutes River - December 19th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

A few steelhead are being caught, but overall fishing remains sporadic. This is the time of year where the Steelhead just sort of "mill around" drifting up and down river finding calmer water types to hang out in until they prepare to stage for spawning later this winter.

If you can get here, it can be a very nice time of year to fish as long as you know your odds of hooking steelhead are less than favorable. But there are those days that can and do surprise you. Rain, snow, or shine, go ahead and fish throughout the whole day, your chances are as good anytime of day during December.

Water is gin clear and the flow is at a very good level. Water temperatures are above 40 degrees so you won’t have to be on the bottom to get a response from resting Steelhead. Dry line, type 3 or type 6 in about 10foot length should work well for covering a run. 
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:

Well, if your tired of beating yourself up trying for steelhead, give the resides a shot. And the trout fishing has been pretty good. We are observing our third generation of BWO’s, size 20, Net Spinning Caddis (16’s), and Igloo Cased Caddis (20’s).

Use small BWO & Midge patterns (size18,  20 & 22), are very active from 11AM to around 3PM.  A couple of other really good flies to try in the late mornings are spent wing caddis and the rusty spinner. All these flies fish work well in back eddies.
we’ve done better presenting nymphs and larvae deep to get a grab.

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, and slower soft water areas inside the main current. Look for foam lines and obvious seams where adults and emerging insects struggle. Spent may flies and caddis also become trapped in this kind of water, and  of course trout instinctively find it easy to capture their daily nourishment as insects endure a rough time breaking free from those swirly seams.

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

ENJOY AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!
Thanks, see ya soon
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
 
Deschutes River - October 30th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

A few steelhead are being caught, but overall fishing remains sporadic. All of us were anticipating it to greatly improve, but it just hasn't taken off. This has been one of the strangest steelhead seasons that can ever remember on the Deschutes.
However, if the weather and river conditions remain favorable, we could see some better steelhead fishing in November.

The numbers of Steelhead passing over Sherars Falls are consistent, even though they are below normal. Water conditions are wonderful, no problems with the White River, and the temperatures are just perfect. The weather is absolutely wonderful. Lows in the upper 40’s and high’s in the mid 60’s. A variety of fly patterns have been working, so if you have a favorite fly you have confidence in, use it.
 
During midday hours you might think about fish faster and deeper water. It’s more oxygenated and because of it’s broken white water chop, it creates a natural shade canopy making steelhead feel more comfortable. So if you have sink tips handy, put one on and give it a try.
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:

Well, if your tired of beating yourself up trying for steelhead, give the resides a shot. And the trout fishing has been pretty good. We are observing our third generation of BWO’s, size 20, Net Spinning Caddis (16’s), and Igloo Cased Caddis (20’s).

The October Caddis are out in force now. Best to fish the Pupa pattern for those big boys, but, there have been favorable reports of nice sized trout taking a few of the spent October Caddis off the surface !

The middle of the day can be a little tough, mornings typically better, but its usually the best from 4PM until dark. The reason; toward the end of each day, caddis pupa emerge quickly to the surface to become adults and rapidly escape from the the river to find refuge on stream side vegetation. At the same time, the caddis that became adults a day or two ago, are returning to the river to lay their eggs. Oh yeah, the October caddis are size 8’s, so it’s fun to fish those larger flies when you get tired of tying on size 20’s all day.
Use small Midge patterns (size 20 to 22), are very active from 7AM to around 10AM. They also hatch in the evenings. A couple of other really good flies to try in the morning are the spent wing caddis and the rusty spinner. All these flies fish work well in back eddies.
we’ve done better presenting nymphs and larvae deep to get a grab.

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs, riffles, fast water pockets, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens.

Look for foam lines and obvious seams where adults and emerging insects struggle. Spent may flies and caddis also become trapped in this kind of water, and  of course trout instinctively find it easy to capture their daily nourishment as insects endure a rough time breaking free from those swirly seams.

If fishing is slow during the day, try fishing the steep banks, fast water with pockets, and tree lines that over hang the river. Trout go to these areas to hide from bright conditions. You will need to get your fly deep.

The river is very clear. The river level from the reregulating dam is 4,080 CFS (Cubic Feet Per Second), and the average water temperature is 63 degrees.

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

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