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 - August 10th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 With the new water management plan at the dam they where supposed to start pulling more cold water from the bottom the first of August. Good news to everyone watching the steelhead counts on the Columbia. But, from what I heard it was going to go from 15% from the bottom to 30%.  Not much of a change, and it shows with water temps out of the dam at 57 instead of 59ish.  A little is better than nothing.  Reports from down low sound encouraging. We'll see, a recon is planned for a couple days from now.  Still looks like a great year in the making.  This will be a year to be steelheading the Deschutes (aren't they all).  Dates are filling fast.

Trout fishing has slowed a little bit.  A week ago there where great numbers of caddis and some fantastic dry fly action to be had. Juicey banks and trees had fish lined up and sipping.  Caddis numbers have dwindle and looking for fish working on top has proven a lot harder.  The ones you do find are far from push overs.  The nymphing has been fair to good though.  Cover lots of water.  August can make you work a little, and thinking out of the box and trying a little bit of everything will pay off. The beauty with August is there are normally more rafters than anglers and you can have a great day as far as solitude, great weather, and time on a fantastic river.  Get out enjoy it and keep your fingers crossed that those steelhead will start pouring in! Fishing along the road above Mack's was starting to get a little busy on Sunday, FYI.


 
Deschutes River - Lower - July 30th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 Trout fishing remains pretty steady.  Last weekend and beginning of the the week saw warm days and lots of caddis.  Pressure has been light, mostly rafters. It has been really nice.  Besides caddis there are a lot of aquatic moths, some PMDs, midges in the morning, and crane flies.  Caddis is far and away the most prevalent and the focus.  Start checking back eddies, it is getting to be that time of summer.  We have another month or so of trout fishing, not too late to get yourself a Deschutes fix.

On to Steelhead!  The numbers over Bonneville and the Dalles look beyond promising.  Above last years.  One can only hope it continues.  Temps are warm down below and fishing has been spotty.  Fish are around, but finding fish willing to move to a fly is work.  If temps decrease or when if they start pulling from the bottom of the reservoir (check blog article) if could get real good real fast.

August and September could be fantastic down low again this year.  After last year do not delay reserving dates if you are AT ALL interested in a Deschutes Steelhead trip.  We have limited availability already for October and November.  

Fingers crossed and starting the Steelhead rally dance to insure a great run.



 
Deschutes River - Lower - July 23rd, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
 Traffic has been M-E-L-L-O-W and fishing has been pretty darn good.  When we have had the warmer temps and little wind, the dry fly fishing headhunting has been good.  When it has been cooler or windy, dry fly fishing has been slow.  Nymphing will fill in the gaps from there.  Evenings have been good, and worth sticking around for.

Numbers of steelhead in the Columbia are causing a stir, looks like we could have another banner return this year.  Right now, water temps down low are on the warm side and fishing is a bite tough. It is early so stay tuned.  If you missed last years epic return, you might have a second chance.  I wouldn't miss this one.
 
Deschutes River - Lower - July 16th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 Fishing slowed a little as temperatures cooled slightly and the wind decided to come out a blow all day.  Some mid-day dry fly action, but much slower than last week.  Afternoon/ evening fished well and was a cherry on top for fun July days.

The hotter and calmer ( wind blows the bugs off and puts them down) the better dry action.  Nymphing was so-so.  Pretty much standard July patterns.  Caddis with some PMD, PED's and midges mixed in.  Day to Day, week to week now.  Boat traffic was light.

Big news are the Steelhead numbers on the Columbia!  Ahead of last year....say what!  I hope that trend continues.  Fish being picked up down low, not going bonkers, but a few around.  They are pulling water off the top at the dam and we have a slight thermal block at the time being( word on the street).  As soon as they start dumping some colder water it could turn on BIG time.  August - November it is on. NOW is the time to make plans for steelhead.  Our fall is booking incredibly FAST.  August-September should be good down low.  We are heading down in a couple days and will have a report.  We don't want to do it, but somebody needs to get a fresh update.  


 
Deschutes River - Lower - July 9th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
 That is the kinda weather we need to get the dry fly fishing really going.  Classic July conditions and fun dry fly fishing stalking heads poking up behind trees.  As long as this weather keeps up the dry fly fishing ( x-caddis, ec caddis, elk hairs 16-18#). should, could hopefully be good.  Did better looking for fish tucked in behind and under the balls of caddis that dry and drop or nymphing the riffles.  Some fish moving into the back eddies to sip away but not full throttle just yet, or at least what I saw. Soon enough. July on the D is perfect, a multi-day trip is the way to do it.  Enjoy the summer and hopefully the fishing remains good, or what the heck, gets even better.
 
Deschutes River - Lower - July 3rd, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • 0 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 We are rolling out the carpet for summer time action. First and foremost  on the red carpet...Caddis.  The king of summer.  Hot days with little breeze will produce the best dry action.  Evenings can be great.  Watching in anticipation as the afternoon shade creeps across the river and the trout start working is magical.

When things are popping a dry (e/c caddis, elk hair, or x-caddis) with a pupa type drop or other little nymph right up in the shallows can be great.

When in doubt bust the nymphs out. Think caddis pupa and general patterns( zebra midge, serendipites, pheasant tails, etc).  That is the beauty of July there is a fishing style for everyone that can produce. From indicator nymphing, stalking the banks with dries, or head hunting in the eddies for Phd fish.

July is hands down a great month. To check availability click on a "book on line" button or contact us.  We be happy to share the Deschutes with you.
 
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