May 27, 2017- If you haven't been on the Deschutes in the last week or so, NOW is the time. Although the stoneflies showed up on time in early May, it took a while for the weather to warm up and get them flying. Last week brought some hot temps to the canyon and put the big bugs into flight mode, which finally stirred up some serious action with the fish. We are finally retiring the bobber rods for a while and even snipping the little dropper flies off of the big dry flies. Down and dirty, bow-and-arrow jungle fishing is the name of the game and we couldn't be more excited. This is when the biggest resident trout of our season show up to play. Give us a call and get down here!


May 2, 2013
Deschutes Menu
Mike Boyd

I have always been drawn to sports and activities that tie in you into the landscape and the ebb and flow of nature and the seasons. It grounds me for starters and I feel more in tune. An active participant of nature instead of passive bystander. All fluff aside, really it gives me something to look forward to, which means what seasonal outdoor activity or finned critter do we chase now.  Either way you slice it, seasonal shifts should be noted and enjoyed.


You can feel the change at hand right now. I’ve done my best to keep an eye on this years water heading to the Deschutes, aka the snowpack. It was rough duty but I tried to hit every snowstorm I could and ski around checking it out. Well the snowpack is changing. You can feel it in the spring corn snow and see it in bare ground (bummer). The sun has a lot more umphf to it. But that just means one thing, as the snow and water heads down the mountain and into the river so do we. It’s time to migrate.


What I really like about the Deschutes is that right about the time I am getting tired of one style or type of fishing, it changes as the season rolls along.  Crushing on nymphs gives way to big honking dries and big slurps. Tired of the salmon fly and the angler hatch, well here is dainty sips and less people of summertime. Tried of trout? Here comes some steel. Hot long days and ridiculously early morning’s turns into, cold early mornings, sink tips and short days. A never-ending buffet line of trout and steelhead goodies await every year.


Here’s a rough menu. Grab the rods, stock the boxes and belly up to the bar and dig in. Bon Appétit, and hope to see you down there.




Served Late Winter / Start of May


Mostly Nymphing, served with a spattering of mayfly ( BWO and March Browns), midge and micro-caddis dry fly opportunities on a day-to-day basis. Often not very crowded and the Nymphing can be dyn-o-mite, especially as the stone fly nymphs get real active.   A nice mix plate to wet your appetite and get ready for full on trout season that is quickly approaching. ( Pelton Dam to Northern Reservation opens April 27. Until then open year round from Northern Reservation boundary to the mouth)


Main Course:


 Mid-May  to Mid June


The 1/2lber Double Bacon Cheeseburger- otherwise known as the Salmon fly and Golden stonefly Hatch.  This is the signature dish that puts the Deschutes on the map.  What is not to like about throwing size 2,4,and 6 dry flies and watching fat sassy wild trout go cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs for their first big meal after a long winter.  Just don’t neglect the side dishes of PMD’s, PED’s, Caddis , and Little Yellow Sallies.


Daily Special! Green drakes, sometime they show and sometimes you hit them. Normally right place right time is the key to this one. If you see Green Drakes pop, even a few, dig in the box and put one on. If you hit this one right, it will not be forgotten. Keep a spot in the Salmon fly boxes for some green drake patterns, you’ll be glad you did if you hit this hatch.


Mid June  to August


For the Caddis lover. The hotter and stiller the more caddis blizzardy the banks and trees will be. If you like sneaking along with a dry fly looking for snouts, fins, slurps, and sips , this will be your cup of tea. Full summertime trout. The weather is awesome, the fishing has a little bit of something for everyone. Too windy for dries or nymphing is your game, go for it. Dry fly nut at heart? Hunt the banks and back eddies.  If the daytime is off, wait for shade and the evening action.  Pale Morning Duns and Evening  Duns to fill out the plate.




Trout  this time of year it is a sophisticated dish. They aren’t pushovers. It’s time for PhD fishing in the back eddies and bringing you’re “A” game when you spot one working the banks. A little less consistent than July, but it just means you need to use your thinking cap and stay on your toes. Angling crowds can thin and you can have some really pleasant summer and summer like early fall days in peace and solitude.



Early Steelhead: The lower river is where the action is. Bright, fat and when hooked, full of piss and vinegar. A classic sampling of summer steelheading not to be missed. Floating lines, classic flies, and dry fly steel opportunity.  If you have your fill of trout platters all summer, this is the time to switch gears and get a heaping spoon full of summer chrome.





Trout - October

Wrap up trout season with a mix of nymphing and a return of some nice mayfly hatches. A great time to “combo” trout and steelhead and just go fishing. Most of the other anglers will be in “full tilt” steelhead mode and the trout fishing can be all yours.  Enjoy it all you trout bums. Pelton Dam to Northern Reservation closes for Trout October 31.


October-December Steelhead


The cherry on top end of year finale.  October is prime time steelhead and fish can be through out the system. November and December is time to bust out the sink tips, polypropylene long handles and layers of fleece and get the last of your Deschutes steelhead fix.  Steelhead and Pelton Dam to Northern Reservation closes December 31.


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