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Deschutes River - April 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report:

River Conditions have vastly decayed, warm weather last week with low level snow pack, add some “T” storms and rain to the mix, and you have the Deschutes River level from the Pelton reregulating damn at 7,140 CFS for the past 5 days. Don’t panic though, water temps are right at 50 degrees, the clairity of the water is good, and trout have settled down.
 
Very few folks are over here, the ones that are, are having some success using mostly attractor nymphs in combination with a smaller imitative pattern. Keep in mind, fishing can become very slow due to trout feeding habits during their spawn cycles. Even though the spawn cycle is nearing the end, please remember during your efforts to keep moving, and if you stumble over late spawning trout, please do not disturb. Thank you!

Hatches; March Browns, Mahogany Duns, and Bwo’s have become more noticeable in numbers of late. You’ll see most of them hatching between 1 & 4 PM. fish your March Browns in size 12 or 14. Mahogany’s are size 16. BWO’s, size 18’s, Igloo Case Building Caddis, 20’s, or Midge size 20’s and 22’s.

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 - April 13th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report:

River Conditions have vastly improved, the discharge level is at a normal range for mid April. Very few folks are over here, the ones that are, are  having some good results, mind you it can be slow due to trout feeding habits during their spawn cycles. Please keep that in mind during your efforts, and keep moving. If you stumble over spawning trout, please do not disturb. Thank you,...

The March Browns have become more noticeable in mumbers of late. You’ll see most of them between 1 & 3 PM. fish your March Browns in size 12 or 14. 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 - April 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 51 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report:

Okay, river conditions are improving as far as color, however, river levels are still at 7,500 CFS from Pelton near Madras. Water temperature is 45 degrees (F), So things are going to be tough, and its going to take a few more days, at least, to settle down to fishable conditions as far as the level of the Deschutes.

Before all this, the March Browns started hatching, not in big numbers, but enough of them to know it has begun. 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 31st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Rain
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report:

Yuck! It just seems like we can’t get out of this wet weather pattern. I do apologies to those who called yesterday and ask about river conditions. In the morning, the river was still in good shape, but by 3:30 PM, it went out. Today, High and muddy. River levels are 7,500 CFS from Pelton near Madras. Water temperature is 46 degrees (F), but because of this rain and run off induced rise in the river the water temperatures can actually drop. Anyway, this is going to take a few days, at least, to settle down to fishable conditions. I’m guessing sometime next week. Oh well, can’t stop mother nature.  

Before all this, the March Browns started hatching, not in big numbers, but enough of them to know it has begun. 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 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

 
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