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Deschutes River - August 22nd, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes Summer Steelhead & Redside Trout Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Steelhead have been caught from Maupin down to Mack’s Canyon. Steelhead movement is more consistent due to improving water conditions. Nice to say for a change.

White River is OUT , and so is the Deschutes.  It would be a good plan to stay above Sherars Falls until the White River settles back down again. Should only be a few days.

Water will be drawn from the bottom of Round Butte Dam for the remainder of the year, so water temperatures will be great from here on out.

Lastly, don’t get too hung up on the White River glacial color issue. It has done this for a very very long time. This really isn’t anything new, but sadly, the internet has turned this ant hill into a huge mountain. If you think of it in terms of winter steelhead water color, its a good color. Two to Three feet visibility to us, is ten to twenty for the fish. Granted, the White has had some major blow out events in the past 25 years, but again, it’s done this for a long time.

A tip on checking the clarity of the Deschutes is to get below Sherars Falls, and go down to at least Pine Tree boat launch. At this point, the Deschutes has diluted what White River has added, and you can get a much truer estimate of how the Deschutes looks. Remember, 2 to 3 feet visibility is all you need.

R E D S I D E  T R O U T:
Trout seem to be more responsive.
Best time to wet a line is 7AM to 11 AM and 5PM to dark.
Seeing some early October Caddis. Go ahead and fish some sise 8 pupa patterns, trailed with a small shiny nymph. Other typical caddis hatches will continue: Net Spinning Caddis (16's), American Grannom (16's), and Igloo Cased Caddis (20's).    
 
During summer months caddis can be, and usually are an abundant food source for trout anytime of the day. The middle of the day can be a little tough, mornings typically better, but its usually the best from 5PM 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.   

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, Fast deep runs during the day, riffles, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens. Try some of the heavier water a little further out right in the seam just inside the dancing waves.

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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Deschutes River - August 21st, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes Summer Steelhead & Redside Trout Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Steelhead have been caught from Maupin down to Mack’s Canyon. Steelhead movement is more consistent due to improving water conditions. Nice to say for a change.

White River is a non issue for Deschutes clarity.  It would be a good plan to target Steelhead below Sherars Falls more so than above. Simply because for the next two weeks, there will be greater numbers of Steelhead in that stretch of the system.

Water will be drawn from the bottom of Round Butte Dam for the remainder of the year, so water temperatures will be great from here on out.

Lastly, don’t get too hung up on the White River glacial color issue. It has done this for a very very long time. This really isn’t anything new, but sadly, the internet has turned this ant hill into a huge mountain. If you think of it in terms of winter steelhead water color, its a good color. Two to Three feet visibility to us, is ten to twenty for the fish. Granted, the White has had some major blow out events in the past 25 years, but again, it’s done this for a long time.

A tip on checking the clarity of the Deschutes is to get below Sherars Falls, and go down to at least Pine Tree boat launch. At this point, the Deschutes has diluted what White River has added, and you can get a much truer estimate of how the Deschutes looks. Remember, 2 to 3 feet visibility is all you need.

R E D S I D E  T R O U T:
Trout seem to be more responsive.
Best time to wet a line is 7AM to 11 AM and 5PM to dark.
Seeing some early October Caddis. Go ahead and fish some sise 8 pupa patterns, trailed with a small shiny nymph. Other typical caddis hatches will continue: Net Spinning Caddis (16's), American Grannom (16's), and Igloo Cased Caddis (20's).    
 
During summer months caddis can be, and usually are an abundant food source for trout anytime of the day. The middle of the day can be a little tough, mornings typically better, but its usually the best from 5PM 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.   

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, Fast deep runs during the day, riffles, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens. Try some of the heavier water a little further out right in the seam just inside the dancing waves.

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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Deschutes River - August 16th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes Summer Steelhead & Redside Trout Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

WELL !  Lots of fires in the state, and our annual one at Warm Springs has reached the Deschutes River on the West bank between Meca Flats and Trout Creek. You can still launch from both of those points, but BLM is asking you to float below White Horse to start camping. Stay out of the burn areas, the Rattlers are pissed !

Steelhead have been caught in the Maupin area, and what fish are in the Deschutes, seem to be moving freely with favorable water temperatures. We had a rain storm on Mt. Hood and so the White River is doing its usual thing. The Deschutes Should be fishable again below White R. in a couple of days.
More good news, the Columbia has finally cooled down so the Steelhead that have been patiently waiting to continue their journey have done just that. Good numbers over Bonneville and The Dalles Dams, and this year, as apposed to last year, the water in the Deschutes is colder than the water in the Columbia, which is how it normally happens.

As I mentioned earlier, in a couple of days when the White River settles down, It would be a good plan to target Steelhead below Sherars Falls more so than above. Simply because for the next two weeks, there will be greater numbers of Steelhead in that stretch of the system.

Water will be drawn from the bottom of Round Butte Dam for the remainder of the year, so water temperatures will be great from here on out.

Lastly, don’t get too hung up on the White River glacial color issue. It has done this for a very very long time. This really isn’t anything new, but sadly, the internet has turned this ant hill into a huge mountain. If you think of it in terms of winter steelhead water color, its a good color. Two to Three feet visibility to us, is ten to twenty for the fish. Granted, the White has had some major blow out events in the past 25 years, but again, it’s done this for a long time.

A tip on checking the clarity of the Deschutes is to get below Sherars Falls, and go down to at least Pine Tree boat launch. At this point, the Deschutes has diluted what White River has added, and you can get a much truer estimate of how the Deschutes looks. Remember, 2 to 3 feet visibility is all you need.

R E D S I D E  T R O U T:
Trout seem to be more responsive.
Best time to wet a line is 7AM to 11 AM and 5PM to dark.
Seeing mostly caddis, typical summer time hatches include: Net Spinning Caddis (16's), American Grannom (16's), and Igloo Cased Caddis (20's).    
 
During summer months caddis can be, and usually are an abundant food source for trout anytime of the day. The middle of the day can be a little tough, mornings typically better, but its usually the best from 5PM 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.   

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, Fast deep runs during the day, riffles, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens. Try some of the heavier water a little further out right in the seam just inside the dancing waves.

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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Deschutes River - July 20th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 94 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:
Things cooling down again ! This week the water temperatures have dropped to the low 60's and staying cool into the evening. Trout seem to be more responsive.
Best time to wet a line is 7AM to 11 AM and 5PM to dark.

Seeing mostly caddis, typical summer time hatches include: Net Spinning Caddis (16's), American Grannom (16's), and Igloo Cased Caddis (20's).    
 
During summer months caddis can be, and usually are an abundant food source for trout anytime of the day. The middle of the day can be a little tough, mornings typically better, but its usually the best from 6PM 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.

If you’re getting refusals using the adult stones, trail a “dry” Yellow Sally about 15” behind the adult stone fly. Use no less than 5X tippet material.    

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, riffles, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens. Try some of the heavier water a little further out right in the seam just inside the dancing waves.

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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Deschutes River - July 17th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:
Effective Saturday, July 18, and until further notice, all waterbodies defined as streams in the 2015 Oregon Sportfishing Regulations are closed above tidewater (where applicable) to fishing for trout, salmon, steelhead and sturgeon from 2 p.m. to one hour before sunrise.

The Deschutes River above Macks Canyon; the Metolius River; the Fall River; the Crooked River (from mouth to Bowman Dam); and Tumalo Creek. The Hood River and its tributaries and the White River and its tributaries.

We are finally out of the killer heat wave that started early and lasted almost a month, WAY too long. Morning fishing is okay, but the last 3 hours of the day is best. Midday you will hook the odd fish, but you'll have to work for it.

Seeing caddis now, typical summer time hatches include: Net Spinning Caddis (16's), American Grannom (16's), and Igloo Cased Caddis (20's).    
 
During summer months caddis can be, and usually are an abundant food source for trout anytime of the day. The middle of the day can be a little tough, mornings typically better, but its usually the best from 6PM 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.

If you’re getting refusals using the adult stones, trail a “dry” Yellow Sally about 15” behind the adult stone fly. Use no less than 5X tippet material.    

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, riffles, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens. Try some of the heavier water a little further out right in the seam just inside the dancing waves.

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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Deschutes River - July 3rd, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 98 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report
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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:
Happy 4th everyone! Redside Trout fishing has been a little tough. Most activity is in morning and evening with a few fish hooked midday with nymphs.

It's a may fly, caddis and midge game now, and will remain that for the rest of this summer into fall. For the most part, the largest size fly you'll tie on will be a PED size 12. Other than that, everything else will be a 16 down to 20.

May flies: Pale Evening Duns are size 12, hatch from 3 to 6PM. Pale Morning Duns size 16, hatch from 1 to 3PM. BWO's size 18, hatch from 11AM to 1PM.

Net Spinners size 16, and the Igloo Case Builders size 20. All three of these caddis typically hatch in the afternoon, anytime between 2 until 7 PM. Some folks are seeing caddis flying around in the morning, but those hatched the day before and are just flying around, landing on the trees and grasses along the bank prepping to mate. After mating, they will return to the river to lay their eggs toward the end of the day. 
 
The middle of the day fishes good, mornings somewhat slow and evenings showing signs of improvement. Best bet is to fish your May Fly patterns from 11AM until 4PM, and fish your Caddis patters from 3 until 8PM or later. 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 or emerger with some flashy material.

If you’re getting refusals using the adult stones, trail a “dry” Yellow Sally about 15” behind the adult stone fly. Use no less than 5X tippet material.    

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, riffles, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens. Try some of the heavier water a little further out right in the seam just inside the dancing waves.

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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