Fishing Reports

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Deschutes River - Lower - October 21st, 2011
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  • Fishing: Good
Steelhead:  Fish are throughout the entire system.  Warm Springs to Trout Creek seems to be picking up as more fish show up.  Bulk of the action is shifting above Maupin, as it should be this time of year.  Seems to be fishing a little better as of late, but it has been more typical work hard for your opportunities steelheading. Cover water, keep the faith and keep at it.
Trout:  Fishing has been pretty good or those not interested in the steelhead hype. Mostly nymphing, but some opportuntites for dry if the mayflies pop and some caddis. More day to day on the dry action, but the nymphing has been pretty darn good.  Trout closes Pelton dam to the Northern reservation boundary October 31.  If this is your prefered zone to harrass trout, get your last licks in before it is shut down.
 
Deschutes River - Lower - October 14th, 2011
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  • Fishing: Good
Not a whole lot of changes, trout continues to be pretty good, the upper river ( Pelton to Northern Reservation boundary) closes at the end of the month, so go hit it if you are a trout guy.  A big bug, and little trailer (pheasant tail etc) has been consistent enough to not change around too much whne nymping. Keep looking for good numbers of BWO and other mays on the cloudier days  ( some eddies have been real decent) and there are some caddis kicking around ( sparkle pupas did well) on the warmer days.

Steel.  Fishing has been midiocore. Not horrible, not red hot. Steelheading, couple shots a day, some days better, some more work.  Fishing on the upper end should continue to improve as numbers increase. Only way to catch steel is to go, always worth it, when they climb on.
 
Deschutes River - Lower - October 4th, 2011
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  • Fishing: Good
Trout:  With most of the focus on steelhead, the trout are a little off the radar. We just did a little trout fishing, and it was pretty good, and really fun. fish are fat, chunky and looking great. Mostly nymphing, a stone or October caddis pupa ( bonus steel anyone), and a size 18 pheasant tail, hares ear or other mayflysih pattern was working.  Looked like some fish still working eddies and a few scatterd risers, but we stuck to meat and potatoes nymph work.

Steelhead: Fall weather is in the air and steel are spreading out and providing opportunity through out the river.  Little light on numbers Warm Springs way, but a few around.  Lower on Trout to Maupin has been more consistent. Changing everyday. Approaching prime time river wide. Weather, good side light and some cooling and clouds should help. Swing away and enjoy.
 
Deschutes River - Lower - October 1st, 2011
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  • Fishing: Good
Trout:  Trout fishing as of late as been pretty good.  Big stones or Octber caddis pupas with a small pheasant tail drop, or the like has been decent.  Got a few to rise to adult October caddis, and found pockets of fish working caddis.  Bonus steelhead hook ups to keep it spicey as well doesn't hurt. A great time to just go fishing and see what happens.

Steelhead:  Scattered reports of a few hooked as far up as Warm Springs, but the bulk of the fish would be below and on thier way.  The Trout Creek to Maupin as fish around, but the lower you get the more consistent. Fish all through the system and with fall weather coming, fishing should continue to improve.
 
Deschutes River - Lower - September 16th, 2011
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  • Fishing: Good
Trout:  Tail end of summer and moving into fall.  Still nice weather, not a lot of trout crowds, nights getting a little cooler with a hint of fall knocking on the door.  Fishing is decent. Not red hot. Seems to be picking up compared to August conditions. At least a some what consistent "not too bad" with some "pretty good" mixed in. Mostly a Nymphing show. Decent number of bugs ( caddis, October caddis, small PMDs, some PEDs, BWO, crane flies, midges, and BWO), but have not noticed a lot of solid dry fly action.

Nymphing little bugs ( pheasant tails, Hogan Lil Bastard, Military Mays, Ice Nymphs, Zebras)  either two little guys or one one big stone or October cadddis pupa and a little buddy side kick as the drop has been the look.

Trout are in good shape. As we hit fall fishing should get even better. Most of the pressure is geared to big brother steelhead, so for trout purists enjoy the end of trout season with the river and trout to yourself.

Steelhead:  Most of the action is still on the lower. Below Maupin even. Water temps look good ( low 60s at Moody in the mornings).  Numbers are fair to average. Might be a little late.  Look to see action move up river soon. It has been more typical steelheading. Steelheading can always be a lot of work and hours to pick up your fish. You head out the door every day wondering if it will be the "big day".  There has been some good days out there, and the only way to know is to go.  We are just getting into the middle innings with a LOT of fishing ahead of us. Best to start gearing up and get after it.  Dates still available and if you chase or wait for reports you'll miss it.  If you want to steelhead......go. I almost like years that reports are mixed. Less pressure. If you get a shot at good water with less people you don't always need record numbers to have great days. The steelhead are there, and they will come, swing away.
 
Deschutes River - Lower - August 16th, 2011
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  • Fishing: Good
Did that seem like a short summer or what?  Almost staring at Labor Day, wow.  So trout fishing as of late has been so-so.  Not red hot, not horrible.  Mostly nymphing, with some limited dries when and where you find fish working ( eddies, banks).  the quantity and cocentrations of caddis is not like peak summer. Yes still hatches, yes still opportuntiy for dry, just not lights out.  As size and quantity diminish look for fish working spent caddis, midges and may spinners.  Late summer early fall means rolling with the punches and trying to adapt day to day and even hour to hour.  Crowds are low, trout are there.

Steelhead:  Things are picking up!  Counts improve and the water temps are great ( see home page, there is CFS and water temps for Upper and Lower River )  61-62 at Moody in the mornings.  That is what we need for some incentive to take a hard right off the Columbia and dog pile on in. Most of the heavy action as of now seems to be on the way lower end, but look for things to improve further up each and every day.  Time for steelhead.