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Deschutes Red Side Trout Report (7/02/2022):
Goodness ! It’s July already and we’re in full summer mode here on the Deschutes. Fishing is fair. It has definitely tampered off since Late May / June, but fair is fair and folks are catching trout out there if they’re willing to put forth the extra effort. It is mostly a caddis hatch situation, with a few may flies folded into the mix. And, it is certainly the time year when small fly patterns prevail. So, keep em in the 16 to 20 size range to help your odds.

Water type also has a very important roll in getting the trout to cooperate. Lean toward fast water, choppy, fast water runs and riffles will hold trout waiting for they’re next meal. These are great places to fish dries, nymphs and wet flies in the morning and evenings. If you’re willing to brave the mid day slow time, it would be best to head for the deep heavy runs along the steep rocky banks. Get your flies down with lots of additional weight, and you will find the occasional trout sneaking in an extra bite of food.     

I would recommend the following fly pattern suggestions. BWO’s, size 18’s, Caddis adults, Larva and Pupa, size 16’s & 18’s. PED’s size 12’s & 14’s. Either nymphs or adults. And those wonderful aquatic moths, size 16’s, fished just like a caddis.Fish fast riffles and below, where the water deepens and slows down. Big pocket water wholes where the water is very deep. And steep bank runs where the water is very very deep. You also might fish just a bit closer toward the middle of the river in the foam lines. Look for the swirls where the white foam lines are obvious. It can and will surprise you when a trout finds your fly in such turbulent water.

Pattern Suggestions: Thorax BWO 18’s, Elk hair Caddis, 16’s, 18’s, Hares Ear Soft Hackle, 16’s & 18’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: 3,880 CFS and the water temperature is 57 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, 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