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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report (5/19/2022):
Trout fishing at times has been fair but inconsistent, much like the weather so far this month.On May 15th, the river level went from 3,810 up to 4,660 CFS, in one day, and of course trashed the fishing for a couple of days. It has slowly dropped down since then, and fishing has recovered.We are basically in the middle of the Salmon Fly / Golden Stones hatch. You will see them along the bank in groups, some of which are in mating clusters. At this point, I encourage you to resist the temptation of grabbing a cluster of stone flies, throw them into the river and watching to see if the trout respond to them. It’s best to leave them alone and let mother nature take it’s course. Anyway, I’m sure you’re wondering if the trout have started taking the adults off the surface, and they have. It would be safe to say that for the next two weeks, stone fly adults, with good weather conditions, will be depositing their eggs, becoming an available food source for the trout. Best time to use your adult stone fly patterns would be in the afternoons when the day is the warmest.     

On May 14th, Rick Hafele and myself conducted another entomology class here on the Deschutes. It was a fun filled day of sampling and identifying aquatic insects. There were better numbers of Caddis and May Flies compared to the class we held in April, but still not the usual abundance. There were a few more stone flies, but, again, we had to go much further out into the river to gather them. This declining trend has been going on for several years. We used to just pick up a football sized rock close to shore and see stone fly nymphs cover at least half of it.   

I would recommend the following fly pattern suggestions. BWO’s, size 18’s, Stonefly Nymphs size 8, Caddis Larva and Pupa, size 14’s, & 16’s. I’ve observed very few adults of the PMD’s and PED’s. 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.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.River level from Pelton Reregulating Dam: 3,800 CFS and the water temperature is 54 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/

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, I will be more than happy to help!

Thank you for your time,

John Smeraglio

Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop Guiding Services

P.O. Box 334, Maupin, OR. 97037

(541) 395-2565

john@flyfishingdeschutes.com