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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.
 
Deschutes River - Lower - August 4th, 2011
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  • Fishing: Good
Trout: We came off of 7 days of trout three days ago, and it has been fishing well. It feels like summer showed up, what the heck huh? At least we had a week of July in July.  Caddis where around in decent numbers, when it was still the dry fished well. In between nymphing was good.  Fun week. We will see how long it continues.  Hopefully the bugs haven't slowly sputtere out.  This first week of August or so could fish well.  Traffic has been light, minus the rafters.  Great time to kick it, slow down and enjoy the canyon and summer time troutin'!

Steel: The counts over the Dalles has picked up, good news.  Reports of a cool Columbia are not helping as there is less incentive for bonus fish and/or our fish to nose on in.  Just got back from three days down low, it was pretty slow.  Fish are around and a handful where hooked, but far from red hot at the moment.  When the sleds with the side planers weren't killing it ( did not see one other anlger bent, doesn't mean we didn't miss it), leads you to believe there might not be a ton of steel in the ditch at the moment.  That is early steel. One hold wild early fish is woth it though, and the chance to crush is always worth pushing the chips all in.
 
Deschutes River - Lower - July 25th, 2011
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  • Fishing: Good
Hitting mid summer stride. We just came off of some stable summer weather and it fished like July should fish.  The week prior was ok, but a little tougher.  Stability is what we are looking for. When the hatches are consistent and the fish can hit a steady pattern the banks will have fish up and working. Hopefully we can squeak a couple more days of summer out of this weather pattern and keep the caddis, fish and us happy.

Hearing some more rumors on the street of some steel being picked up down low, but nothing ripping as of late. Looks like the numbers are starting to catch up a bit.  It is about that time to start thinking and making plans. After this next week of trout trips, hopefully we can recon. I know I need a steelhead fix. It has been a while. That last winter fish was a long time ago.
 
Deschutes River - Lower - July 11th, 2011
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  • Fishing: Great
Heading into mid-summer. Fising has been good lately and we are diving into caddis action. Dry fly fishing has been good when steady warm, mellow wind days have come together. Still haven't had too many smoking hot days and when we get that I thing we will grabe a gear and have some great fishing. PMD's and PED's have been in the mix with the caddis as well. When it has been cooler and/ or windier we have been nymphing. Small pheasant tails and caddis pupas have been decent.  Fishing should continue to be good. Classic summer on the "D".

We are starting to keep our eyes on the steelhead heading up the Columbia. In the next week or so it is time for a recon. Before we know it, steel willl be on the radar, and we are getting ready for early season and chrome fish.  Now is the time to start gathering up your buddies and making plans for 2011 Deschutes Steelhead.
 
Deschutes River - Lower - June 27th, 2011
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  • Fishing: Good
Well it looks like bonus round on the salmon flies and stones had dried up. Lasted longer than most thought. On the plus side, fish are keying in on caddis and dry and nymphing has been good. Fishing should do nothing but get better as the weather heats up and more fish key in and more caddis pop. Summer time Deschutes fishing is getting ramped up.