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!
 

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Deschutes River - Lower - October 2nd, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
  Steelhead are present all the way up to Warm Springs.  Bulk of the numbers and more consistent action would be towards the middle ( below White Horse/Maupin) and lower.  The White River was acting up a little bit a couple days ago.  It looks like it is calming back down, check it out.    When the White is muddy, the pressure around Maupin is silly.  The Fishing all through the system ( have not heard as much from below Macks,  but last I heard it was similar to maybe a little better), has been "fair".   Average steelhead numbers 1-2 fish a day, punching the clock and putting your time in.  It seems like that fish that are willing to move to a swung fly are getting plucked , and there are not the numbers like list year to fill in.  Keep at it, they are around. On the upside, the average size seems to be on the slightly bigger side.  The payoff has been worth it. We are just now getting into peak season, so get out and fish.  In this game things can turn on fast and it doesn't take much to go from zero to hero.  An extra fish or two a day can be the difference between average and great. One way to find out...go fish!

I have not actively pursued trout in awhile.  Sorry. The non-target catch on the swung fly has been very good lately and there are a ton of caddis.  There are more kicking around now than when they should've been.  The big October caddis are making their presence known.  Pupas and adult patterns can be good.  A dry and drop with an orange stimulator or Morrish's October Caddis Adult.  Mayflies (BWO and Mahogany duns) are starting to show as well.  I imagine the trout fishing was really good if they where going cuckcoo for cocoa puffs for silly leeches and tube flies.
 Steelhead are present all the way up to Warm Springs.  Bulk of the numbers and more consistent action would be towards the middle ( below White Horse/Maupin) and lower.  The White River was acting up a little bit a couple days ago.  It looks like it is calming back down, check it out.    When the White is muddy, the pressure around Maupin is silly.  The Fishing all through the system ( have not heard as much from below Macks,  but last I heard it was similar to maybe a little better), has been "fair".   Average steelhead numbers 1-2 fish a day, punching the clock and putting your time in.  It seems like that fish that are willing to move to a swung fly are getting plucked , and there are not the numbers like list year to fill in.  Keep at it, they are around. On the upside, the average size seems to be on the slightly bigger side.  The payoff has been worth it. We are just now getting into peak season, so get out and fish.  In this game things can turn on fast and it doesn't take much to go from zero to hero.  An extra fish or two a day can be the difference between average and great. One way to find out...go fish!

I have not actively pursued trout in awhile.  Sorry. The non-target catch on the swung fly has been very good lately and there are a ton of caddis.  There are more kicking around now than when they should've been.  The big October caddis are making their presence known.  Pupas and adult patterns can be good.  A dry and drop with an orange stimulator or Morrish's October Caddis Adult.  Mayflies (BWO and Mahogany duns) are starting to show as well.  I imagine the trout fishing was really good if they where going cuckcoo for cocoa puffs for silly leeches and tube flies.

 
Deschutes River - Lower - September 24th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
 Well the last five days has been a little bit of a battle.  We had a bunch of rain ( felt like the valley), the river was bumped from releases from the dam, and the White River was dumping color (rain).  These desert fish do not take well to big changes.  I am sure it moved fish around ( check out counts over the falls during it - moving fish not grabbing), but rising rivers and areas with poor visibility and fluctuating water levels did not make for happy grabby fish on the swing.  Some fish where stuck, but a lot of work for those fish.  

Good news is that it looks like it is improving. The weather looks decent and the White is trying to settle down, and dam release looks a little better. Conditions and catching over fishing should get better.

Have not been trout fishing lately, but they where grabby on Sat/Sun and some mayflies and caddis where out and  about with some fish looking.  My guess was that it was fishing better than the steelheading.



 
Deschutes River - Lower - September 16th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Steelhead: Fall is in the air, the nights are a little cooler and there have actually been some clouds.  That can get any steelheader drooling.  Numbers look like they are going to be closer to the ten year average as opposed to last year.  Not all bad news, our average years are still a blast.  Most of the consitent action has been focused on the lower sections ( Maupin and down).  Some fish have been hooked above, and it will just get better everywhere as the days go by. 

Trout fishing has picked up a little bit as of late.  It is still day to day, but the flury of action last week was nice to see. Matt even had a couple days of good dry fly ( caddis) fishing. It had been on the tougher side.  Good time to start thinking about a trout fix before fall turns to winter. Great time of year for combo trout- steelhead Deschutes adventure.
 
Deschutes River - Lower - August 27th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 Pretty crazy last week or so with the fires on the river.  For full report check out the blog.  Closures have been lifted and the bulk of the fires are out or contained.

Steelheading down low ( Sheras down mostly), has been slow to typical work for your chances steelheading.  Which is not all bad, but not just wide open red hot.  Step into the right run and find a few, but a lot of casts, and covering water to hit those runs.  Water temps are pretty good.  I had 60 above Maupin and 62-64 around Macks.  Numbers on the Columbia have taken a big dip and we are right at to a little below the ten year average.  From here on out are when the bulk of the fish are supposed to show up to the party.   Evrybody is ready to get the party started and turned up a notch, at least I know I am.

Trout fishing seems to have picked up a little this last week.  Still dog days of summer and working for them, but a little more forgiving and willing to co-operate.  Caddis numbers are a far cry from July.  Dry fly fishing and finding fish up has been a little tougher.  All you have to do is look at the lanterns in the morning. Now there are mostly fried midges with a side of caddis topped with aquatic moths.  July the lanterns and EVERYTHING near by are FULL of Blackened Cajun Caddis a la' Coleman.  Most consistent nymphing rig has been a bigger stone type pattern with a little midge or small (18-20#) mayfly pattern.  Trout fisherman have plenty of empty river and room to roam and enjoy.
 
Deschutes River - Lower - August 22nd, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
 Fires!  Lots of them and changing fast.  I'd call the BLM for updates (541-395-2778)

I guess the fire at LockIt and the one by the Hatchery are contained or out.  But the Juniper Flat fire ran down Eagle Creek and Nena (last night?) and Johnson Flats and around Caretaker burnt and is still burning?  Bummer, I believe the Johnson Homestead cabin (Dr. Dixx) is burnt.  That is sad to say the least.  We came out the day before and I guess I got one last look at unknowingly. We put in at Trout Creek on the 19th and took out on the 21st. When we left it was smokey, but we floated by the cabin and fished across from the Caretakers and all was well.

Not sure about closures and things are changing fast( for better and maybe worse), I'd make a call or too before making plans until things simmer down.  The fires and the canyon burn fast and burn out fast.




Aheaded out the door to go to Pine tree I got the call about the fires and then called the BLM.  We mission aborted going Pinetree down ( Gramma/Mom and little guy).  Instead we headed TC to Harpham ( 19th to the 21st).  Took off yesterday, and apparantly I saw Dr Dixx’s cabin for the last time.  Talked to BLM and I guess LockIt fire is out. The one from Juniper flats ran down Eagle and Neena Creek last night ( since we floated by yesterday afternoon and all was honky dory). Said it burned around Caretakers and Johnson Flat’s (Dr. Dixx) and took out the cabin ( SUCKS) and the outhouse. Sounds like they shut down WS and TC and we where lucky we got out.  Sounds like it is worth checking with BLM at 541-395-2778 (visitor center) for updates.  

Sorry the buddy in Maupin was pretty laid back about the Lockit and fire by the Hatchery the night before I left and he made it sound like it was going to contained and out.  Those desert fires go fast and I didn’t want to sound like chicken little and after I sent it I got the Paul Harvey.

Mike
 
Deschutes River - Lower - August 18th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 Trout Report:  Trout fishing as of late has been a little tougher.  Caddis numbers are not what they where a week or so ago. Finding fish up on dries ( back eddies, trees etc) is taking a little work and the fish you are finding require A game.  Nymphing has been so-so, and day to day.  Basically dog days of summer. Angling pressure has been light and it is nice to spend the day on the river, just have to work for them a little.  Don't be afraid to think out of the box and keep mixing up patterns ( nymph big stuff, little midges, etc).  Mornings and evenings have been the best.  A plus side is we have hooked and landed some real beauties, so what we lacked in quantity made up for in quality.

Steelhead!!  More water is being pulled from the bottom ( heard 30%?), and temps have dropped a little.  Fishing has been decent.  A fair amount of pressure for the time of year. Fished Pine Tree to Mouth recently and found fish.  Not red hot, but still good numbers hooked all things considered.  Typical steelheading, and that is about as good as one can expect and when you hit the "magic pod" and epic day count your lucky stars and enjoy.  Next couple weeks should really get going. Now is the time to make plans for you steelhead season!!!  Fish are around and we are ready to go!

Keep tabs on numbers of fish coming over the dam. Enter the dam you want to see ( Bonneville, the Dalles, John Day etc) and then steelhead on species  and submit.  Looks like things have mellowed, we need to see the graph start to climb again,...this is the start of when our fish are supposed to show up.  

 
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