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Deschutes River - June 8th, 2021
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 71 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair

Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:
 
Trout fishing is fair. Mayflies and Caddis are the main hatches and will be for months to come. Fish below riffles where the water deepens and slows down. Fish BWO’s and Midges in back eddies in the morning until about 1pm. Watch for subtle rising trout keying in on BWO duns and midge pupa. If the fish are picky, add a long piece of tippet to reduce drag to give your flies a more natural look. If that isn’t working try the fast water areas with caddis pupa.

Pattern Suggestions: Pale Evening Dunns size 12 & 14, Thorax BWO 18’s, Elk hair Caddis, 16’s, 18’s, Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Soft Hackles, 16’s, 18’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’s Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s & 18’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 53 degrees.

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 - May 29th, 2021
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:
 
Trout fishing is good. Typically peak time for the Stone Fly Hatch is the last two weeks of May and the first week of June. Again, “typically”. There are some variables that can take place during that time, and weather can be the culprit for changing Stone Fly behavior. If it gets cool, or rains, Stone Fly adults will find refuge along the banks, crawling down into the grass near the ground to avoid those poor conditions. Once it dries out and warms up, they will be more active and more likely to fly out over the river to lays those precious eggs.     

It’s very important to keep in mind that you should be prepared to fish other fly patterns because Stone Flies aren’t the only bug that hatches in May. May Flies, Caddis and Midge are hatches that take place every day, and trout feed on those flies regularly.

BWO’s, Green Drakes and Pale Evening Dunns are good May Fly patterns, along with Caddis Pupa and Caddis adults in the 16 to 20 size range. You should use size 20’s to 22’s for your Midge pupa patterns. 
 
Stone fly nymphs should be fished in fast water, making sure you finish the drift. In other words, don’t just drift your pattern 2/3 or 3/4 and then make your next cast. Allow your presentation to completely finish by letting the fly line straiten all the way out. Then let it dangle below you for several seconds while at the same time slowly moving your rod tip towards the bank. This imitates the stone fly nymph crawling out of the river. You can get strong takes from trout trying to capture the nymph before it escapes onto dry ground.
 
As far as Mayflies and Caddis, fish below riffles where the water deepens and slows down. Fish BWO’s and Midges in back eddies in the morning until about 1pm. Watch for subtle rising trout keying in on BWO duns and midge pupa. If the fish are picky, add a long piece of tippet to reduce drag to give your flies a more natural look.

Other Pattern Suggestions: Thorax BWO 18’s, Elk hair Caddis, 16’s, 18’s, Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Soft Hackles, 16’s, 18’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’s Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s & 18’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 53 degrees.

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 - May 5th, 2021
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 62 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair

Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:
 
Trout fishing is fair. Now, to answer the big question that always comes up in May, are the Stone Flies hatching? Yes, it’s in it’s early stage and the cycle should continue in it’s normal manner. As I mentioned in the last report, April is the month trout spawn, and that has now come to an end. This means trout will go back to eating on a more regular basis, just in time for the Stone Flies. At this point, you will have more success fishing the nymphs, but as the hatch progresses toward the middle of the month, it will be time to break out the big adult patterns.

Typically peak time for the Stones to fly over the river and deposit their eggs is the last two weeks of May and the first week of June. Again, “typically”. There are some variables that can take place during that time, and weather can be the culprit for changing Stone Fly behavior. If it gets cool, or rains, Stone Fly adults will find refuge along the banks, crawling down into the grass near the ground to avoid those poor conditions. Once it dries out and warms up, they will be more active and more likely to fly out over the river to lays those precious eggs.     

It’s very important to keep in mind that you should be prepared to fish other fly patterns because Stone Flies aren’t the only bug that hatches in May. May Flies, Caddis and Midge are hatches that take place every day, and trout feed on those flies regularly.

BWO’s, Mahogany Duns and Pale Evening Dunns are good May Fly patterns, along with Caddis Pupa and Caddis adults in the 16 to 20 size range. You should use size 20’s to 22’s for your Midge pupa patterns.
 
Stone fly nymphs should be fished in fast water, making sure you finish the drift. In other words, don’t just drift your pattern 2/3 or 3/4 and then make your next cast. Allow your presentation to completely finish by letting the fly line straiten all the way out. Then let it dangle below you for several seconds while at the same time slowly moving your rod tip towards the bank. This imitates the stone fly nymph crawling out of the river. You can get strong takes from trout trying to capture the nymph before it escapes onto dry ground.
 
As far as Mayflies and Caddis, fish below riffles where the water deepens and slows down. Fish BWO’s and Midges in back eddies in the morning until about 1pm. Watch for subtle rising trout keying in on BWO duns and midge pupa. If the fish are picky, add a long piece of tippet to reduce drag to give your flies a more natural look.

Other Pattern Suggestions: Thorax BWO 18’s, Elk hair Caddis, 16’s, 18’s, Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Soft Hackles, 16’s, 18’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’s Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s & 18’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 53 degrees.

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 10th, 2021
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair

Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:
 
Trout fishing is spotty, and that is typical this time of year. Folks that were doing reasonably well in March, find themselves wondering why their catch ratio has diminished. That’s because April is the peak month for spawning Redband trout in this area of the Deschutes. You’ll have to put a little more effort into your game because there is a significant amount of trout not interested in feeding. So, stick to your guns, and continue to work at it. Just know that your going to experience less success in the next two to three weeks.

With that in mind, the following should at least help your odds. BWO’s, March Browns and Caddis are the current hatches. There are very few Mahogany Duns, but they are out there. The abundance of these hatches are low. This means that most of your fishing should be done with nymphs and wet flies.   

Fish below riffles where the water deepens and slows down. Try back eddies late mornings until about 1pm. Watch for subtle rising trout keying in on BWO duns and midge pupa. Add a long piece of tippet to give your flies a natural look.

if that isn’t working, Time to go deep with nymphs. Stone flies, Prince nymphs, Cased Caddis in sizes 8’s and 10’s.

Hatches are BWO’s and Caddis. I suggest using sizes 16’s to 20’s. in any stage, larva, pupa and adults.

Other Pattern Suggestions: Thorax BWO 18’s, Elk hair Caddis, 16’s, 18’s, Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Soft Hackles, 16’s, 18’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’s Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s & 18’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 3,910 CFS and the water temperature is 48 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 - October 24th, 2020
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 36 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Summer Steelhead Report
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Steelhead fishing is slow. In the Maupin area, just a couple of fish hooded per week. Last week we saw a few more fish moving over Sherars Falls. Just enough to give us a bit more hope. Keep in mind, it's pretty close to last years return numbers, so be prepared to put in many hours of effort for a grab.

White river is still milky / brown, but not as bad as it was a few days ago. The visibility in the Deschutes River below White R. is fair to poor depending on what the weather is doing on the mountain. Check it out before you try fishing the lower section.
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:
 
Trout fishing is fair, you need to put a little bit more effort into your game. BWO’s, and Caddis are the current hatches. The abundance of these hatches are low. This means that most of your fishing should be done with nymphs and wet flies.   

Fish fast water runs, pockets, riffles and the deep runs below those riffles. Try back eddies first thing in the morning. Great for spent caddis and midge patterns. During the day, if you want to brave the heat, fish those rocky steep bank deep water runs. Add a long piece of tippet to get your flies deep!

Hatches are BWO’s and Caddis. I suggest using sizes 16’s to 20’s. in any stage, larva, pupa and adults.

Pattern suggestions: Thorax BWO 18’s, Elk hair Caddis, 16’s, 18’s, Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Soft Hackles, 16’s, 18’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’s Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s & 18’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 3,670 CFS and the water temperature is 62 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.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. Again, I will do whatever I can to provide you with the best customer service I can, given the current Covid 19 circumstances.

Stay away from me,

  John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
john@flyfishingdeschutes.com

 
Deschutes River - October 3rd, 2020
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Summer Steelhead Report
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Steelhead fishing is slow, but a little bit better. And I do mean little. Steelhead counts over The Dalles Dam is very slightly higher compared to last years numbers. Last week we saw a few more fish moving over Sherars Falls. Just enough to give us a bit more hope. Keep in mind, it's not even close to what it should be, but, steelhead movement none the less.

If you are in our area and plan on doing some camping, the Deschutes river access road and campsites are open. The Deschutes River corridor fire danger is extreme. No camp fires allowed and no smoking unless you are in your vehicle. This rule is in effect until October 15th. They might extend it if we don't get any rain soon. Please be safe.

White river is still milky / brown, but not as bad as it was a few days ago. The visibility in the Deschutes River is much better and is fishable down to the mouth. Get out there and have some fun.
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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:
 
Trout fishing is fair, you need to put a little bit more effort into your game. BWO’s, and Caddis are the current hatches. The abundance of these hatches are low. This means that most of your fishing should be done with nymphs and wet flies.   

Fish fast water runs, pockets, riffles and the deep runs below those riffles. Try back eddies first thing in the morning. Great for spent caddis and midge patterns. During the day, if you want to brave the heat, fish those rocky steep bank deep water runs. Add a long piece of tippet to get your flies deep!

Hatches are BWO’s and Caddis. I suggest using sizes 16’s to 20’s. in any stage, larva, pupa and adults.

Pattern suggestions: Thorax BWO 18’s, Elk hair Caddis, 16’s, 18’s, Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 14’s & 16’s, Prince Nymphs, 10’s and 12’s, Sparkle Soft Hackles, 16’s, 18’s, CDC BH Pheasant tails, 14’s, & 16’s Double bead caddis, 14’s and 16’s. Lightening Bugs, 16’s, Rainbow Warriors, 16’s & 18’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 3,670 CFS and the water temperature is 62 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.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. Again, I will do whatever I can to provide you with the best customer service I can, given the current Covid 19 circumstances.

Stay away from me,

  John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop
599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037
(541) 395-2565
john@flyfishingdeschutes.com

 
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