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Deschutes River - September 10th, 2020
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Summer Steelhead Report
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New update. 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. The wind has died down and it’s very calm now. The smoke is also gone, not completely, but at least the sky is blue! The camp sites along the Deschutes river remain open. For those of you visiting for the first time, no camp fires are allowed.

Steelhead fishing is slow. Steelhead counts over The Dalles Dam is very slightly higher than last years numbers. The few steelhead that have been caught are in the lower 30 miles.
 
Water temperature in the Deschutes has dropped enough to draw more steelhead in from the Columbia. You still have to put a lot of time in to find one, but the odds now are a little better. I’d say is still best to fish below Jones Canyon. 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

 
Deschutes River - September 7th, 2020
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Summer Steelhead Report
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Special update. White river has blown out the Deschutes River and it's very poor visibility all the way to the mouth. Today the wind is blowing hard and it is extremely smoky. This will continue for a couple of days. This is due to a big temperature drop from today until Wednesday. Things should settle down and become more normal by Thursday.
Steelhead fishing remains slow. Steelhead counts over The Dalles Dam is very slightly higher than last years numbers. The few steelhead that have been caught are in the lower 30 miles.
 
Water temperature in the Deschutes has dropped enough to draw more steelhead in from the Columbia. You still have to put a lot of time in to find one, but the odds now are a little better. I’d say is still best to fish below Jones Canyon. Get out there and have some fun.

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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:
 
Hot summer days, yep, we are into the morning / evening fishing scenario. Fishing is fair, you need to put a little bit more effort into your game. BWO’s, Caddis and midge are the current hatches. The abundance of all of those bugs are fair. This means that most of your fishing should be done with 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, 18’s. 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, 18’s & 20’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 3,640 CFS and the water temperature is 63 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 - September 4th, 2020
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 98 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Summer Steelhead Report
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Steelhead fishing is slow. Steelhead counts over The Dalles Dam is very slightly higher than last years numbers. The few steelhead that have been caught are in the lower 30 miles.
 
Water temperature in the Deschutes has dropped enough to draw more steelhead in from the Columbia. You still have to put a lot of time in to find one, but the odds now are a little better. I’d say is still best to fish below Jones Canyon. Get out there and have some fun.

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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:
 
Hot summer days, yep, we are into the morning / evening fishing scenario. Fishing is fair, you need to put a little bit more effort into your game. BWO’s, Caddis and midge are the current hatches. The abundance of all of those bugs are fair. This means that most of your fishing should be done with 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, 18’s. 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, 18’s & 20’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 3,640 CFS and the water temperature is 63 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 - August 22nd, 2020
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Summer Steelhead Report
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Steelhead fishing is slow. Steelhead counts over The Dalles Dam is very slightly higher than last years numbers. The few steelhead that have been caught are in the lower 30 miles.
 
Water temperature in the Deschutes has dropped enough to draw more steelhead in from the Columbia. You still have to put a lot of time in to find one, but the odds now are a little better. I’d say is still best to fish below Jones Canyon. Get out there and have some fun.

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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:
 
Hot summer days, yep, we are into the morning / evening fishing scenario. Fishing is fair, you need to put a little bit more effort into your game. BWO’s, Pale Evening Duns, Caddis and Aquatic Moth are the current hatches. The abundance of all of those bugs are low. This means that most of your fishing should be done with nymphs.  

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, 18’s. Pale Evening Duns 12’s. Caddis, I suggest using sizes 16’s to 20’s. in any stage, larva, pupa and adults. You’ll be imitating the Aquatic moth at the same time.

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. Parachute Pale Evening Duns size 14’s and 12’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 3,640 CFS and the water temperature is 63 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 - August 11th, 2020
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Summer Steelhead Report
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Steelhead fishing is slow, slow. First off, the Steelhead counts over Bonneville Dam is “not great”,.. they counted 1205 on the 10th. The Dalles Dam sthd counts were 646 on the same day. The John Day Dam counted only  94. There are about 500 steelhead milling around between those two major dams, trying to find cool water to rest in, and then continue moving up the Columbia system.

A fair amount of them are just off the mouth of the Deschutes River, but because the water temperature in the lower 10 miles of the Deschutes is in the upper 60’s and at times getting above 70 degrees, it’s safe to assume they will not come into the Deschutes because the temperature is higher than the Columbia.

Conclusion, not very many steelhead are being caught in the lower Deschutes River. 

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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:
 
Hot summer days, yep, we are into the morning / evening fishing scenario. Fishing is fair, you need to put a little bit more effort into your game. BWO’s, Pale Evening Duns, Caddis and Aquatic Moth are the current hatches. The abundance of all of those bugs are low. This means that most of your fishing should be done with nymphs.  

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, 18’s. Pale Evening Duns 12’s. Caddis, I suggest using sizes 16’s to 20’s. in any stage, larva, pupa and adults. You’ll be imitating the Aquatic moth at the same time.

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. Parachute Pale Evening Duns size 14’s and 12’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 3,640 CFS and the water temperature is 63 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 - July 23rd, 2020
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Summer Steelhead Report
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Steelhead fishing is slow, slow. First off, the Steelhead counts over Bonneville Dam is “not great”,.. they counted 1631 on the 22nd. The John Day river counts were 664 on the same day. NOW,.. We know there are about 1000 steelhead milling around between those two major dams, trying to find cool water to rest in, and then continue moving up the Columbia system.

A fair amount of them are just off the mouth of the Deschutes River, but because the water temperature in the lower 10 miles of the Deschutes is in the upper 60’s and at times getting above 70 degrees, it’s safe to assume they will not come into the Deschutes because the temperature is higher than the Columbia.

Conclusion, not very many steelhead are being caught in the lower Deschutes River. 

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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report:
 
Hot summer days, yep, we are into the morning / evening fishing scenario. Fishing is fair, you need to put a little bit more effort into your game. BWO’s, Pale Evening Duns, Caddis and Aquatic Moth are the current hatches. The abundance of all of those bugs are low. This means that most of your fishing should be done with nymphs.  

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, 18’s. Pale Evening Duns 12’s. Caddis, I suggest using sizes 16’s to 20’s. in any stage, larva, pupa and adults. You’ll be imitating the Aquatic moth at the same time.

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. Parachute Pale Evening Duns size 14’s and 12’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 3,640 CFS and the water temperature is 63 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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