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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
 
Deschutes River - June 28th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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Red Side Trout Report:

Well, summer is here and that means it’s time to fish the small stuff. Caddis is the main hatch now and will remain so for the next few weeks. Mayfly hatches have been few and far between. Hardly any BWO’s and very little PMD’s. The Pale Evening Duns have been the only mayfly hatch that has had at least some abundance at times.

 River level 3,930CFS (cubic feet per second). Water temperature is in the 54 to 57 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.


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 14th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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Red Side Trout Report:

The Stone Fly hatch came early this season and was pretty well finished by the end of May, which is when it is usually in full swing. The month of May fished well, and so far, June is doing the same. Caddis and Mayflies are the main hatches now, size 14’s to 20’s.
 River level 3,930CFS (cubic feet per second). Water temperature is in the 54 to 57 degree range.

Concentrate your fishing efforts along the bank. Riffles have turned on along with deep heavy runs on those steep banks. Small caddis larva / pupa or mayfly nymph patterns are working well in riffles and fast water pockets. Fish the deep runs when riffles aren’t producing.

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.


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 6th, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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Red Side Trout Report:

We had a crazy thunder storm move through day before yesterday. It dumped a lot of rain, more than I’ve seen in a long time. Everyone is concerned that it will have a negative impact on the Salmon Fly Golden Stone hatch. An event like that will trigger the adults stones to find a places to hide until things settle down. Well, it did and they are active again.

River levels have risen slightly from 4,280 to 4410 CFS (cubic feet per second), This
has not had any adverse affects on the fish. Water temperature is in the 53 to 55 degree range for the pasted 4 weeks, which is about 4 degrees higher than normal. This is way the stone flies are hatching early.

Concentrate your fishing efforts along the bank, make short casts with 6 to 71/2 foot leaders, using a high sticking technique to keep your presentation under control. If that doesn’t work, switch to smaller caddis larva / pupa or mayfly nymph patterns and fish those slightly further out. The afternoons are the best time to work stone fly adults along tree lines and in fast water.

Fly patterns that are doing the job are Salmon Fly or Golden Stone Dries, size 6’s, 8’s, & 10’s, Stone Fly nymphs, size 6’s, 8’s & 10’s, Possy Buggers, 8’s & 10’s, 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.

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

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.


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 2nd, 2016
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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Red Side Trout Report:

Remember in my last report when I stated that it would be a couple of weeks before the stone fly adults would start laying their eggs ?! Well,.. They’ve started ! This is about 3 to 4 weeks earlier than normal. For the most part, trout are still focused on the stone fly nymphs, but it won’t be long before their interest in the adults on the surface become tempting.

The current river level is 4,280 CFS (cubic feet per second), which is normal. The water temperature has been 53 to 55 degrees for most of April, which is about 4 degrees higher than normal. This is way the stone flies are hatching early.

So, it’s still a good idea to fish stonefly nymphs along the shore line. A good plan is to stand on the bank, make a short cast with a shorter than normal leader, using a high sticking technique to keep your presentation under control. If that doesn’t work, switch to smaller caddis larva / pupa or mayfly nymph patterns and fish those slightly further out.   

Fly patterns that are doing the job are Stone Fly nymphs, size 8’s & 10’s, Possy Buggers, 8’s & 10’s, Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Z Wing Caddis Pupa, 16’s & 18’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s.

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

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.
 
For now, you’ll probably want to spend more time fishing wets and nymphs. I recommend fish a 2 fly rig. Size 8 to 12 is a good choice for your first fly, and size 16 to 20 for your point fly. Adding a split shot or two would be a good idea. It’ll help you get the flies a little deeper in some of the heavier runs. 

April is usually the time when our beloved Redside trout spawn. Keep in mind they don’t all spawn at the same time. That means the trout that are not spawning are  you can still catch fish.
If you come across spawning trout, stop fishing, do not disturb them and move to another area to continue your fishing. 

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