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Deschutes River - March 25th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report:

After all of the crazy weather we had last week things have finally settled down. looks like it will be better conditions than last week. Good timing, just in time for Spring Break! The Trout fishing is fair. River levels have dropped back down and visibility is much better. the level is around 5,360 CFS from Pelton near Madras. Water temperature is 43. degrees (F), I don’t anticipate any change in water temperatures until late March, weather pending of course.

Could see some March Browns here very soon, beings the water temp has reached 47 degrees. Still good hatches of BWO’s, Igloo Case Building Caddis, or Midge during midday hours. Again, very normal situation  for this time of year, so bring your fly boxes with plenty of the patterns I just named in sizes 16 down to 22.

Best time to fish dries will be from 1 until 4 pm. Trout shouldn't be leader shy with this water color, so use tippets, (3X 4X & 5X ), depending on fly sizes of course.

Use your Caddis dries and pupa, Blue Wing Olive dries and emergers, & Midge pupa, in Back Eddies, Slack water to the inside of current edges, and slow swirly white foam lines on those rocky steep bank runs.

Before noon, and after about 3 PM, try some midsize attractor patterns, (10’s down to 14’s), on a two fly rig and an indicator to maybe pick up a fish or two before and after the “hopeful” midday hatch.

Switch flies often, unless of course your having success, and don’t forget to extend your tippet lengths to keep the fly drifting as long as you can, it will pay off.

Good weather is expected for this weekend, maybe see you out here!

If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call,
             We’d be glad to help!
                         (541) 395-2565,    
 
See you later,
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop

 
Deschutes River - March 20th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Steelhead:
Deschutes Steelhaed:

Deschutes Steelhead are in full spawn mode now. Not many folks are targeting then, the people who are, have found some stray Steelhead in the lower river toward the Mouth. If you do decide to try your luck, please be mindful of the spawning areas, (redds), and please kindly fish elsewhere.


Trout: 
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report:

Sort of a crappy day over here this first day of spring. The Trout fishing is still decent. River levels are around 5,400 CFS from Pelton near Madras. Water temperature is 45. degrees (F), I don’t anticipate any change in water temperatures until late March, weather pending of course.

Could see some March Browns here very soon, beings the water temp has reached 45 degrees. Still good hatches of BWO’s, Igloo Case Building Caddis, or Midge during midday hours. Again, very normal situation  for this time of year, so bring your fly boxes with plenty of the patterns I just named in sizes 16 down to 22.

Best time to fish dries will be from 1 until 4 pm. Trout shouldn't be leader shy with this water color, so use tippets, (3X 4X & 5X ), depending on fly sizes of course.

Use your Caddis dries and pupa, Blue Wing Olive dries and emergers, & Midge pupa, in Back Eddies, Slack water to the inside of current edges, and slow swirly white foam lines on those rocky steep bank runs.

Before noon, and after about 3 PM, try some midsize attractor patterns, (10’s down to 14’s), on a two fly rig and an indicator to maybe pick up a fish or two before and after the “hopeful” midday hatch.

Switch flies often, unless of course your having success, and don’t forget to extend your tippet lengths to keep the fly drifting as long as you can, it will pay off.

Good weather is expected for this weekend, maybe see you out here!

If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call,
             We’d be glad to help!
                         (541) 395-2565,    
 
See you later,
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop

 
Deschutes River - March 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 42 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Steelhead:
Deschutes Steelhaed:

Deschutes Steelhead are in full spawn mode now. Not many folks are targeting then, the people who are, have found some stray Steelhead in the lower river toward the Mouth. If you do decide to try your luck, please be mindful of the spawning areas, (redds), and please kindly fish elsewhere.


Trout: 
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report:

Trout fishing is decent. River levels are normal, around 5,210 CFS from Pelton near Madras. Water temperature is 43.1 degrees (F), I don’t anticipate any change in water temperatures until late March, weather pending of course.

Still seeing good hatches of BWO’s, Igloo Case Building Caddis, or Midge during midday hours. Again, very normal situation  for this time of year, so bring your fly boxes with plenty of the patterns I just named in sizes 16 down to 22.

Best time to fish dries will be from 1 until 4 pm. Trout shouldn't be leader shy with this water color, so use tippets, (3X 4X & 5X ), depending on fly sizes of course.

Use your Caddis dries and pupa, Blue Wing Olive dries and emergers, & Midge pupa, in Back Eddies, Slack water to the inside of current edges, and slow swirly white foam lines on those rocky steep bank runs.

Before noon, and after about 3 PM, try some midsize attractor patterns, (10’s down to 14’s), on a two fly rig and an indicator to maybe pick up a fish or two before and after the “hopeful” midday hatch.

Switch flies often, unless of course your having success, and don’t forget to extend your tippet lengths to keep the fly drifting as long as you can, it will pay off.

Good weather is expected for this weekend, maybe see you out here!

If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call,
             We’d be glad to help!
                         (541) 395-2565,    
 
See you later,
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop

 
Deschutes River - January 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 36 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Check out Nate's latest blog entry at natesflyfishing.com.

Steelhead:
Deschutes Summer Steelhaed:

The Deschutes Steelhead are steadily moving into the tributaries from the main stem of the entire lower 100 miles of the river system. Not many folks are targeting then now, for obvious reasons, very low activity due to the Steelhead staging to spawn. If you do decide to try your luck, please be mindful of the spawning (redds) areas, and kindly fish elsewhere.

River conditions are fair. Slightly colored but very fishable. Visibility is about 6 feet with a nice olive tone. White River also has an olive color, and is not effecting the Deschutes below it.
Water temperature is 43 degrees, and shouldn’t change much for the next few weeks.

Trout: 
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report:

Fishing for Trout is improving since the big winter storm that came through last week. Water is running high, around 6,000 CFS from Pelton near Madras. It probably wont drop much for a while, but that's okay, the trout have settled into this level and are feeding regularly once again.

Still seeing good hatches of BWO’s, Igloo Case Building Caddis, or Midge during midday hours. Again, very normal situation  for this time of year, so bring your fly boxes with plenty of the patterns I just named in sizes 16 down to 22.

Best time to fish dries will be from 1 until 3 pm. Trout shouldn't be leader shy with this water color, so use tippets 3X 4X & 5X, depending on fly sizes of course.

Use your Caddis dries and pupa, Blue Wing Olive dries and emergers, & Midge pupa, in Back Eddies, Slack water to the inside of current edges, and slow swirly white foam lines on those rocky steep bank runs.

Before noon, and after about 3 PM, try some midsize attractor patterns, (10’s down to 14’s), on a two fly rig and an indicator to maybe pick up a fish or two before and after the “hopeful” midday hatch.

Switch flies often, unless of course your having success, and don’t forget to extend your tippet lengths to keep the fly drifting as long as you can, it will pay off.
If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call,
             We’d be glad to help!
                         (541) 395-2565,    
 
See you later,
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop


 
Deschutes River - January 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 34 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Check out Nate's latest blog entry at natesflyfishing.com.

Trout: 
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report:

Happy New Year! Hope the holidays went well for all of you.
At times, Trout fishing with dry flies can be great in January when a good hatch of BWO’s, Igloo Case Building Caddis, or Midge come off during midday hours. That’s usually the normal situation this time of year, so bring your fly boxes with plenty of the patterns I just named in sizes 16 down to 22.

Best time to fish dries will be from 1 until 3 PM. The river is very clear, use small tippets, (5X & 6X ), and if necessary, a couple feet of Fluorocarbon for those real fussy trout.

Use your Caddis dries and pupa, Blue Wing Olive dries and emergers, & Midge pupa, in Back Eddies, Slack water to the inside of current edges, and slow swirly white foam lines on those rocky steep bank runs.

Before noon, and after about 3 PM, try some midsize attractor patterns, (10’s down to 14’s), on a two fly rig and an indicator to maybe pick up a fish or two before and after the “hopeful” midday hatch.

Switch flies often, unless of course your having success, and don’t forget to extend your tippet lengths to keep the fly drifting as long as you can, it will pay off.

The river level is average, (4850 CFS), water temperature is where is should be, 43 degrees F* Locally, the roads are clear and the weather dry.
From Portland, take I 84, its better traffic flow, and more times than not, less snow and Ice to deal with.

Deschutes Summer Steelhaed Report:

The Steelhead in the Deschutes are now starting to find their  way into some of the tributaries from the main stem. As a result, they are far less interested in our flies as the next phase of their life cycle engages. Obviously because of this, catching these big beauties has slowed down, but not completely stopped. There are a few winter fly fishing enthusiasts that have hooked one here and there, but that's about it. 

Granted, not all of the steelhead spawn in these tributaries, large numbers of them do spawn in the main stem, and we need to be especially careful not to disturb them if one happens to be fishing and spots a pod of them pairing up. Its great to watch them Spawn for a short while before we move on to the next place.  

River conditions are excellent, clarity is “very clear”, water temperature is 43 degrees. White River is also clear and will probably remain that way for the rest of this winter.


If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call,
             We’d be glad to help!
                         (541) 395-2565,    

See you later,
John Smeraglio
Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop


 




 
Deschutes River - November 5th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 43 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Check out Nate's latest blog entry at natesflyfishing.com.

Deschutes Summer Steelhaed:
 
At this point steelhead “catching” is fair. The (larger than normal) push of Chinook Salmon are nearing the end of their spawn cycle and the steelhead are settling down. As I mentioned in the last report, any migratory fish, such as salmon or steelhead, will be less likely to bite if they are unsettled and or not resting comfortably in one spot. So, if you don’t mind stepping over a few decaying salmon carcasses as you wade your way down a run, you might find a willing steelhead waiting to grab your fly.

Water conditions are excellent, clarity is very clear and temperatures are ranging from 48 to 50 degrees. White River is also clear and will probably remain that way for the rest of this fall and winter.

A wide variety of Steelhead fly patterns have been used to take fish,
everything from size 2 down to 10. In the low light hours of the morning and evening, black, blue, and purple are the best color choices.
During the day, you can change to Bright Red, Hot Pink, and Orange. I would also recommend sparsely tied natural colored flies. As clear as the water is, subdued flies sometimes will do the trick.

At these water temperatures, dry line and sink tip techniques both work well, given the water depth and time of day. Its very important to keep moving through the run you’re fishing, remember, when water is clear, fish can see very well, in most cases, easily 30 to 40 feet. Your not helping your odds by taking 1 or 2 small steps after each cast & swing. You should be taking 3 to 5 steps after each presentation.

Okay, you’re all set. Get in your rig, get over here, and enjoy these beautiful days of fall!
    Thanks,
          John Smeraglio

We have open dates for guided trips for this month.
Give us a call and see what date works best for you!   
(541) 395-2565

Trout: 
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report:

Now that fall is here, trout fshing has changed for the better. Mornings and evenings are the better times to fish, but as the light is now lower in the sky and with the new cycles of hatches getting under way, midday fishing should not be over looked. 
     
Stick mostly with Caddis dries and wets, Blue Wing Olives dries and wets, Mohagany dun emergers and dries, and October Caddis Pupa. Concentrate your efforts in the riffles, fast water pockets and steep bank runs. In the mornings, back eddies can be a lot of fun with some small midge pupa patterns. Extend your tippet lengths and keep the fly drifting as long as you can, it will pay off.

Make sure you have: Igloo Case Building Caddis, (20’s) Net Spinning Caddis Adults, Larva, and pupa, (16’s) BWO’S Size (20) October Caddis Pups, (8). Fish midge in sizes (18’s) (20’s) (22’s) in the slow water, fishing these can sometimes save the day.

Take a few moments in the mornings to study and look for rising or sipping trout in back eddies and slack water, just inside a current edge that forms a food gathering seam.  The fish will key on certain bug behavior, try a natural drift with no drag, a drift with a little bit of movement added to your presentation, and then swing wets, emergers, and caddis pupas. Use a shock loop for this down stream presentation so you don’t get broken off on the take.  Have fun !!! 

If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call, John Smeraglio, Nate Morris, or Joe Ringo, ...             We’d be glad to help!
                         (541) 395-2565,   
 
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