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Deschutes River - April 9th, 2019
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Yikes !!! The current level on the Deschutes river discharge from Pelton dam is 11,600 CFS at 3:07pm That is a record hign flow for this date, Tuesday, April 9th 2019. Obviously this is the result from all the rain we've had for the past several days combined with the run off of the remaining snow pack. It could take as much as a week or two for the river to drop down within it's banks.  

Trout fishing? Well,..  Poor. But when the river finally drops, it will be back to late morning to early evening fishing with nymphs and wet flies in slow deep runs with lots of structor. You will need to add weight to get your flies deep enough to help your odds.

You really need to stay on the bank at these water levels, the trout are right in tight.
Middle of the day is when you’ll have the best opportunity for dry fly action. The dominant hatch has been the BWO’s, size 16 or 18 found in the usual places. slow soft runs and back eddies. Make sure you check the foam lines, a lot of duns get trapped in those and fish are aware of that easy food source. 

Pattern suggestions: Stone fly nymphs, 8's & 10's, 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, 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.

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 - April 6th, 2019
  • Recorded:
  • Rain
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Well Shoot! The Deschutes river has jumped way up in the passed 24 hours. The current level is 6,780 CFS. We've had rain for the last 3 days and its finally doing it's deed! My apologies to those folks that called in to ask about river conditions. The river was holding pretty well intill this morning.

Trout fishing tough! From late morning to early evening, fish with nymphs and wet flies in slow deep runs with lots of structor. You will need to add weight to get your flies deep enough to help your odds.

You really need to stay on the bank at these water levels, the trout are right in tight.
Middle of the day is when you’ll have the best opportunity for dry fly action. The dominant hatch has been the BWO’s, size 16 or 18 found in the usual places. slow soft runs and back eddies. Make sure you check the foam lines, a lot of duns get trapped in those and fish are aware of that easy food source. 

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, 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 5,980 CFS and the water temperature is 48 degrees. Weather is comfortable. Just the way we like it in the fall !

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 - April 5th, 2019
  • Recorded:
  • Rain
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Trout fishing fair. From late morning to early evening, fish with nymphs and wet flies in slow deep runs with lots of structor. You will need to add weight to get your flies deep enough to help your odds.

You really need to stay on the bank at these water levels, the trout are right in tight.
Middle of the day is when you’ll have the best opportunity for dry fly action. The dominant hatch has been the BWO’s, size 16 or 18 found in the usual places. slow soft runs and back eddies. Make sure you check the foam lines, a lot of duns get trapped in those and fish are aware of that easy food source. 

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, 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 5,980 CFS and the water temperature is 48 degrees. Weather is comfortable. Just the way we like it in the fall !

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 - March 20th, 2019
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:

Happy Spring !!! Wow, what a crazy later winter we had, but it’s behind us now. Snow has melted away. The river access road is clear and so are the camp sites.

Trout fishing overall has been decent. From late morning to early evening, fish with nymphs and wet flies in slow deep runs with lots of structor. You will need to add weight to get your flies deep enough to help your odds. Middle of the day is when you’ll have the best opportunity for dry fly action. The dominant hatch has been the BWO’s, size 16 or 18 found in the usual places. slow soft runs and back eddies. Make sure you check the foam lines, a lot of duns get trapped in those and fish are aware of that easy food source. 

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, 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 4,380 CFS and the water temperature is 44 degrees. Weather is comfortable. Just the way we like it in the fall !

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 - December 5th, 2018
  • Recorded:
  • Fog
  • 38 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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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.

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.

Steelhead Report:
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Steelhead fishing is slow. Not a lot of fish around, but all it takes is one cast.

Water temperature still is in the 50’s, clarity good.

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 - November 30th, 2018
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 41 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report
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Summer Steelhead Report:

Steelhead fishing is slow, but there have been some caught above Sherars Falls up to Warm Springs. Even though the numbers of steelhead are way down, this is the time of year when they start to pod up into small groups of 4 to 8 fish. Obviously, if you happen to find one of those pods, your luck may change for the better.
Water temperature still is in the 50’s, clarity good. Again, realistically, Steelhead numbers in the river are well below average, but they seem to be active and willing to chase your fly. Lets hope it continues.

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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 4,330 CFS and the water temperature is 56 degrees. Weather is comfortable. Just the way we like it in the fall !

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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