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Deschutes River - August 27th, 2018
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Returning numbers of steelhead in the Columbia are still well below average. In the Deschutes I recommend fishing morning hours when the water temperatures are favorable. Most of the steelhead caught are in the lower 35 miles. Most are fishing with their favorite fly patterns, nothing special, just the good ol stuff that’s been working for years.

Anglers are calling it a day before 2:00 PM. That’s very important considering the water simply is too warm to fish during the second half of the day when water temperatures reach and or surpass 67 degrees Fahrenheit. In the past two weeks, water temps. have been recorded as high as 68 to 70 degrees. Obviously, fish become stressed and very inactive.

It goes without saying that attempting to fish for steelhead when water temperatures reach the high 60’s low 70’s your chances decrease immensely and if you are so fortunate to hook one you’ll kill that fish. It won’t be able to recover from being hooked, played and landed.

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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Mornings are fishing decent, but it does pick up in the evenings. Fish those classic runs and riffles we all love to fish. Of course, if they’re not looking up, fish Nymphs and Wet flies in fast deep runs with lots of structor. You will need to add weight to get your flies deep enough to help your odds.

Pattern suggestions: Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 18’s & 20’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Pupa’s, 16’s & 18’s, Soft Hackles, 16’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’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 minds of some of those stubborn red side trout.

River level is 3,930 CFS and the water temperature is 57 degrees. Weather is gradually cooling, September should improve our “catching” !

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.

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 - August 4th, 2018
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Well, I’m pleased to announce that the early part of our steelhead season is better than anticipated. Returning numbers of steelhead in the Columbia are still well below average. However, the fish that are in the system, seem to be fairly active and willing to take swung flies during the early morning hours when the water temperatures are favorable. Most of the steelhead caught have been in the lower 20 miles (or so), of the Deschutes. Most folks are fishing with their favorite fly patterns, nothing special, just the good ol stuff that’s been working for years and years.

This time of year, fisherman are calling it a day before 1:00 PM. That’s very important considering the water simply is too warm to fish during the second half of the day when water temperatures reach and surpass 67 degrees Fahrenheit. In the past two weeks, water temps. have been recorded as high as 70 to 72 degrees. Obviously, fish become stressed and very inactive.

It goes without saying that attempting to fish for steelhead when water temperatures reach the high 60’s low 70’s your chances decrease immensely and if you are so fortunate to hook one you’ll kill that fish. It won’t be able to recover from being hooked, played and landed.

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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Mornings are fishing a little better, but it does pick up in the evenings. Fish those classic runs and riffles we all love to fish. Of course, if they’re not looking up, fish Nymphs and Wet flies in fast deep runs with lots of structor. You will need to add weight to get your flies deep enough to help your odds.

Pattern suggestions: Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 18’s & 20’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Pupa’s, 16’s & 18’s, Soft Hackles, 14’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’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 minds of some of those stubborn red side trout.

River level is 3,830 CFS and the water temperature is 56 degrees. Weather is supposed to be in the 80’s 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.

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 - July 30th, 2018
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 98 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Update on Long Hollow Fire:
Dear Everyone,
Long Hollow Fire - 7/30/18 Update

Long Hollow Fire: 34,550

Although temperatures have been high and relative humidity low, there has not been a significant growth in fire acres over the last two days. On Sunday, firefighters continued to improve fire perimeter lines. The estimated containment is 85% and 34,550 acres.

Temperatures Monday are forecast to be 98 to 103 degrees, minimum humidity 13 to 17%. Wind is expected to be up to 5 mph from the northwest in the morning, increasing to 8 mph from the north/ northwest in the afternoon. Hot and dry conditions will continue through Tuesday.

On Monday, firefighters will continue to patrol, hold and improve existing hand and dozer line along all divisions of the fire. Fire personnel resources are slowly being released as the fire activity decreases.

The Deschutes River access road and Highway 216 are open. The Deschutes River evacuation level in Segment 3 (Buckhollow to Mack’s Canyon) is Level 1 (Ready). The Deschutes River is open for recreational activities. Fire personnel will still be using routes along the river and Highway 216. Use caution traveling in these areas. Roads are narrow and winding and will have increased traffic from fire activity.

Evacuations notifications will continue to be monitored and disseminated from Wasco and Sherman County Sheriff Departments.

Visitors, as well as locals, should always be aware of potential hazards when moving through recently burned areas. Burned area hillsides can become unstable due to loss of vegetation. Burn scar areas are susceptible to rapid soil and debris movement when precipitation occurs.
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Fishing is pretty good, Mornings are fishing a little better. Mid day until about 5pm is a nymphing game. After about 6pm it will pick up. Fish those classic runs and riffles we all love to fish. Of course, if they’re not looking up, fish Nymphs and Wet flies in fast deep runs with lots of structor. You will need to add weight to get your flies deep enough to help your odds.

PED’s are hatching from 5 to 7 pm. Very few BWO’s. They hatch between 9am and 1pm. Caddis is the most abundant, make certain you have some in sizes 16's to 20's. Keep a sharp eye cause they’re small and not always that easy to see. Check those little micro back eddies in the foam lines. They often accumulate in those small areas.

Pattern suggestions: Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Pupa’s, 14’s & 16’s, Soft Hackles, 14’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’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 minds of some of those stubborn red side trout.

River level is 3,890 CFS and the water temperature is 59 degrees.

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.

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 - July 28th, 2018
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 98 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Update on Long Hollow Fire:
Dear Everyone,
Long Hollow Fire - 7/27/18 Update

As many of you know we have a fire on and adjacent to the Lower Deschutes, burning in Segment 3 and impacting access into Segments 3 & 4.  The Long Hollow Fire was almost 17,000 acres as of this evening.  It started SE of Dufur and burned to the southeast toward the Lower Deschutes.  Attached is the current update from the Public Information Officers from the Incident Command Team managing the fire.  In addition to the updates provided by the team I wanted to provide some further specific information:
 
Location of Fire In Regard to the River and Impacts in Corridor:  As of around 4:00 to 5:00pm this afternoon the fire jumped the river in segment 3 around the Jones Canyon area and possibly in at least one other place.  The fire was burning most of the day on the west side of the river between river miles 30 to 26 including Ferry Canyon.  No recreation sites had been impacted/damaged as of 5:00pm.  Unfortunately, as the fire continues to grow and new information comes in the information I share may be outdated.  The House and Historical structures at the base of  Ferry Canyon were impacted by the fire and the latest reports indicate the house and outbuildings were lost.  As we know more about this I will share with everyone.  Our office will be working in conjunction with our partners to assess the damage to facilities and recreation sites throughout Segments 3 when it is safe to do so.
 
Access & Evacuation Levels:  The River Access road and access to all launches from Buckhollow to Macks Canyon are closed and under an Evacuation Level 3 (Go).  This is due to continued concerns for human life and property as the fire burns actively in the river canyon.  Our Sherriff’s Departments and I understand that this is not only an inconvenience to recreationists, but also an economic impact to local businesses and communities.  As soon as it is safe to do so the road and area will be open.  Please understand that dangers of the fire in this area are very real.  Having traveled through much of Segment 4 on Wednesday and seeing first-hand the impacts of the Substation Fire, it is critical to keep everyone but emergency personnel out of the area while it is burning and we have fire on both sides of the river.  Again, as soon as it is safe to do so, the evacuation levels will be lifted and access restored.  Heritage Landing as well as all of Segment 4, except for access to the Macks Canyon Boat Launch, are open.  Anyone recreating near Segments 3 & 4 is asked to please follow the directions of all emergency personnel.

If you wish to get up-to-date information on this or other incidents in Central Oregon please visit the following sites:
·         https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6040/  (you can navigate to any large incident in the United States using this site)
·         https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/districts/COIDC/ (Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch site that offers a ton of great info regarding wildland fire operations and related information).

Jeff Kitchens
Deschutes Field Manager
Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:
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Fishing is pretty good, Mornings are fishing a little better. Mid day until about 5pm is a nymphing game. After about 6pm it will pick up. Fish those classic runs and riffles we all love to fish. Of course, if they’re not looking up, fish Nymphs and Wet flies in fast deep runs with lots of structor. You will need to add weight to get your flies deep enough to help your odds.

PED’s are hatching from 5 to 7 pm. Very few BWO’s. They hatch between 9am and 1pm. Caddis is the most abundant, make certain you have some in sizes 16's to 20's. Keep a sharp eye cause they’re small and not always that easy to see. Check those little micro back eddies in the foam lines. They often accumulate in those small areas.

Pattern suggestions: Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Pupa’s, 14’s & 16’s, Soft Hackles, 14’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’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 minds of some of those stubborn red side trout.

River level is 3,890 CFS and the water temperature is 59 degrees.

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.

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 - July 16th, 2018
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Fishing is pretty good, Mornings are fishing a little better. Mid day until about 5pm is a nymphing game. After about 6pm it will pick up. Fish those classic runs and riffles we all love to fish. Of course, if they’re not looking up, fish Nymphs and Wet flies in fast deep runs with lots of structor. You will need to add weight to get your flies deep enough to help your odds.

PED’s are hatching from 5 to 7 pm. Very few BWO’s. They hatch between 9am and 1pm. Caddis is the most abundant, make certain you have some in sizes 16's to 20's. Keep a sharp eye cause they’re small and not always that easy to see. Check those little micro back eddies in the foam lines. They often accumulate in those small areas.

Pattern suggestions: Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Pupa’s, 14’s & 16’s, Soft Hackles, 14’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’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 minds of some of those stubborn red side trout.

River level is 3,710 CFS and the water temperature is 59 degrees.

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.

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 21st, 2018
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Fishing is pretty good, Mornings are fishing a little better, but it does pick up in the afternoons. Fish those classic runs and riffles we all love to fish. Of course, if they’re not looking up, fish Nymphs and Wet flies in fast deep runs with lots of structor. You will need to add weight to get your flies deep enough to help your odds.

Yesterday we saw a PMD’s hatch around 1 pm, and trout fed on the dries for a good 30 minutes. PED’s are hatching from 2 to 4 pm.  
BWO’s are hanging in there. they hatch between 11am and 3pm. Keep a sharp eye cause they’re small and not always that easy to see. Check those little micro back eddies in the foam lines. They often accumulate in those small areas.

Pattern suggestions: Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s &18’s. Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Pupa’s, 14’s & 16’s, Soft Hackles, 14’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’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 minds of some of those stubborn red side trout.

River level is 3,930 CFS and the water temperature is 55 degrees.

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.

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

 
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