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Deschutes River - June 10th, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 67 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Reports
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Stone Fly Hatch Summary.

Water temperature plays a big roll on when Salmon Flies & Golden Stones trigger to start migrating toward shoreline. As everyone knows, this past winter deposited a lot of snow whereby lower elevation snow pack was a lot more than recent years. Combine that snow pack with the wet cold spring we endured, and you’ve got a formula sure to keep water temperatures cooler well into late spring / early summer. Even though PGE was spilling warmer water off the top column depths of Lake Billy Chinook, the abundance of cold water from this springs large runoff event saved the day. Thank goodness for mother nature.

This season I observed stone fly adults gathering along the banks of the Deschutes right around the first week of May. This marks the first time in 7 years when the “big bugs” started at their usual time. In the past, the common time frame for this famous hatch occurs from about the middle of May through the middle of June. The peak of activity seems to always fall around the Memorial Day weekend, last week of May through the first week of June. The lower Deschutes river is 100 miles long, and because the hatch starts down stream working it’s way up stream, it can typically last 5 to 6 weeks depending on weather and river conditions.

I have hardly seen any stone flies since about the 3rd of June. To me it felt like the hatch ended abruptly. I’m disappointed because I was optimistic about the hatch starting when it should, thinking that we would have an abundant long lasting hatch like the days of old, but sadly, neither happened. Instead, the overall hatch was short lived, (about 3 weeks), and not very abundant. There simply wasn’t the large swarms of Salmon Fly or Golden Stone adults filling the sky over the river with their beloved awkward flying style, positioning themselves to deposit their eggs. Again, there was an obvious lack of abundance of this usually annoying (bouncing off your forehead, crawling down your neck, somehow getting trapped between your sun glasses), hatch that just didn’t happen!

This is another undeniable negative consequence connected to PGE’s Selective Water Withdraw Tower in Lake Billy Chinook. PGE continues to mix the warmer and very contaminated water from the upper columns of Lake Billy Chinook into the Lower Deschutes. It is distorting the eco system of the Deschutes River.

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 2nd, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Reports
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing has been pretty darn good. There are stone fly adults depositing eggs from afternoon until dark. Good top water action with mostly Golden Stone patterns.

The May fly and caddis fly activity has also increased. Make sure you are prepared with PMD's, Pale Evening Duns and Green Drakes. These hatch from about 1pm to 5pm. For caddis, Green Rock Worms and Igloo case building caddis will hatch late afternoon tip early evening.  

Patterns to use? Sone Fly Nymphs and Adults 8’s & 10’s, Lightening Bugs, 16’s,
Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 8’s and 10’s, Sparkle Pupa’s, 14’s & 16’s, Soft Hackles, 14’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’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 mind of some of those stubborn red sides.

River level is 4,600 CFS and the water temperature has reached 54 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.

(SPECIAL REPORT)

I have fished the Deschutes all my life and I have never seen black spot disease on a redside trout until the summer of 2013. Granted, at that time, there were only a few trout with BSD, but each year following, higher numbers of trout have been observed by anglers with black spot disease.

Black spot disease is also known as diplopstomiasis or fluke disease. It is a freshwater fish disease caused by flatworm larvae of the genus Neascus. It appears as tiny black spots on the skin, fins and flesh of the fish. We are seeing an alarming number of Redside Trout in the Deschutes with black spot disease, almost twice as many fish have the disease this year vs last year, and it’s only early May! Contrary to what’s been said, BSD does stress fish.

This is one of the continued negative effects from the Selective Water Withdraw Tower in Lake Billy Chinook. PGE continues to mix the warmer and very contaminated water from the upper columns of Lake Billy Chinook into the Lower Deschutes River. It is distorting the eco system of the Deschutes.

The very thick algae covering the rocks, is smothering the aquatic insects. Also caused by the Selective Water Withdraw Tower in Lake Billy Chinook. Please join and support 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 19th, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Reports
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Fishing has improved,.. a little. Stone fly nymphs continue to crawl onto the shoreline grass and tree roots along the banks. There are a lot more adults out and have started flying back over the river to lay their eggs. Trout are still a bit unaware at this stage of the hatch, but there have been fish caught on the adults in the passed two days.

River levels have dropped to 4,300 CFS and the water temperature has reached 53 degrees. Weather conditions will be warm and dry through this weekend and into next week. This should improve fishing in a big way!!

The May fly and caddis fly activity has also increased. Make sure you are prepared with BWO’s, Pale Evening Duns and Mahogany Duns. These hatch from about 1pm to 5pm. For caddis, Green Rock Worms and Igloo case building caddis will hatch late afternoon tip early evening.  

Patterns to use? Sone Fly Nymphs and Adults 8’s & 10’s, Lightening Bugs, 16’s,
Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 8’s and 10’s, Sparkle Pupa’s, 14’s & 16’s, Soft Hackles, 14’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’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 mind of some of those stubborn red sides.

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.


(SPECIAL REPORT)

I have fished the Deschutes all my life and I have never seen black spot disease on a redside trout until the summer of 2013. Granted, at that time, there were only a few trout with BSD, but each year following, higher numbers of trout have been observed by anglers with black spot disease.

Black spot disease is also known as diplopstomiasis or fluke disease. It is a freshwater fish disease caused by flatworm larvae of the genus Neascus. It appears as tiny black spots on the skin, fins and flesh of the fish. We are seeing an alarming number of Redside Trout in the Deschutes with black spot disease, almost twice as many fish have the disease this year vs last year, and it’s only early May! Contrary to what’s been said, BSD does stress fish.

This is one of the continued negative effects from the Selective Water Withdraw Tower in Lake Billy Chinook. PGE continues to mix the warmer and very contaminated water from the upper columns of Lake Billy Chinook into the Lower Deschutes River. It is distorting the eco system of the Deschutes.

The very thick algae covering the rocks, is smothering the aquatic insects. Also caused by the Selective Water Withdraw Tower in Lake Billy Chinook. Please join and support 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 12th, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 63 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Reports
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Fishing has improved. River levels have dropped to 5,200 CFS and the water temperature has reached the magical 50 degree mark. Stone flies are migrating out of the river and gathering on the banks. Some of them are flying around. It’s early in the hatch cycle, so trout haven’t yet keyed in on the adults. The stone fly nymphs are very available, and trout “are” taking those. I’m guessing toward the end of next week, stone fly adults will fly and the fish will look up!

Don’t forget, there are other hatches happening. BWO’s and Mahogany Duns hatch from about 1pm to 4pm. Free living caddis (Green Rock Worm), and Igloo case building caddis hatch late afternoon. Fish those patters below some fast water. 

Patterns to use ? Sone Fly Nymphs, 8’s & 10’s, Lightening Bugs, 16’s,
Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s San Juan Worm, 14’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.

(SPECIAL REPORT)

I have fished the Deschutes all my life and I have never seen black spot disease on a redside trout until the summer of 2013. Granted, at that time, there were only a few trout with BSD, but each year following, higher numbers of trout have been observed by anglers with black spot disease.

Black spot disease is also known as diplopstomiasis or fluke disease. It is a freshwater fish disease caused by flatworm larvae of the genus Neascus. It appears as tiny black spots on the skin, fins and flesh of the fish. We are seeing an alarming number of Redside Trout in the Deschutes with black spot disease, almost twice as many fish have the disease this year vs last year, and it’s only early May! Contrary to what’s been said, BSD does stress fish.

This is one of the continued negative effects from the Selective Water Withdraw Tower in Lake Billy Chinook. PGE continues to mix the warmer and very contaminated water from the upper columns of Lake Billy Chinook into the Lower Deschutes River. It is distorting the eco system of the Deschutes.

The very thick algae covering the rocks, is smothering the aquatic insects. Also caused by the Selective Water Withdraw Tower in Lake Billy Chinook. Please join and support 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 2nd, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 63 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Reports
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Red Side Trout Report:

Fishing is tough, but it has improved a little. River levels haven’t changed all that much, and the flow will remain high through May. There is just a lot of low level snow that has yet to run off.

The stone flies will actually hatch during their usual time this season, instead of being so ridiculously early like the past few years. Water temperatures are lower simply because the large amounts of snow (mentioned earlier), where our extra run-off is coming from, is keeping water temperatures in the mid, to high 40’s. Stone Flies migration is triggered when water temperatures reach between 50 to 53 degrees. Sure, we always get a few early birds, but we get the majority of activity in that 50 to 53 range. I’m guessing mid May is when the Salmon Flies and Golden Stones get rolling.

Patterns to use ? Sone Fly Nymphs, 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 & 16’s San Juan Worm, 14’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.

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. Please join and support 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 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 - April 25th, 2017
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Reports
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Red Side Trout Report:

How’s the fishing ? Well, be prepared to stand a little further up the bank. The Deschutes is running very high, from the Pelton reregulating dam the release level is 6,530 CFS. Water temperature is 49 degrees. In the Maupin area the flow is about 7,100 CFS, and down at Moody it's at 7,800 CFS. Obviously, the river is over its banks and currently is tough, but not impossible. 

Some trout have been caught in slack water, where the current mixes with the slack water creating a seam. Insects get sucked into those seams just long enough for the fish to intercept them. Look for rocky, ledgy spots that has a bit of a drop-off. Avoid grass tuffs that are under water and stay away from trees. You won’t catch a ton of fish, but at least it might save you from getting skunked.  

Things are starting to look up. Trout are more active and bugs are more obvious. I've seen a couple of early stone fly adults, but my guess is, we will see the stone fly hatch in May.

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