Lower Deschutes Report 6/27/17

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Caddis Caddis Caddis!  The heat is on and the Lower Deschutes is in full summer swing mode.  Mornings and evenings have been providing excellent dry fly fishing.  Look for fish in backeddies and slower foam lines in the mornings.  The big trout are often looking for dead caddis and occasionally some mayfly spinners Our CDC Caddis patterns and the X2 caddis in olive and tan will produce.  We also have some pretty trick dead caddis patterns that are great on the more discriminating fish.  Evenings have been excellent also.  Some nights have been dynamite on the surface but others were somewhat perplexing.  Make sure to look at the rise forms and if you see mostly the backs/dorsals of the trout you might be well served to use the emerger forms of the caddis versus the dry.  We love the tan sparkle emerger at this time of year in size 16 or 18.  You can use a higher riding dry to help see the emerger as the eat is often slightly below the surface.  Dry fly fishing has also been good during the day in the shady spots on the warmer days and when the wind blows in the right direction. Some of the best dry fly fishing of the year will be the next several weeks   Read More

Metolius River Report 6/27/2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Green Drake hatch has a few more days left and then we will move onto the Metolius summer hatches which can vary from day to day.  Golden Stones on the upper river is just getting started and will linger for a couple months.  Caddis, PMD’s and various small stones will be encountered on a typical fishing day and can produce some localized feeding activity.  Mayfly spinners and caddis hatches in the evening can make staying late well worth it. Nymphing can produce through the day.  A cased caddis or golden stone nymph followed by a small caddis or mayfly dropper can find players.   Read More

Crooked River Report 6/27/2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Crooked has been fishing surprisingly well for small trout.   Although we have not heard how the most recent ODFW fish counts came out, it seems there are more fish around then in the spring.  Most of the trout we are seeing are quite small so a 3 or 4 weight rod would be best but every once in a while we see some trout and whitefish that put a pretty good bend in the rod.  Dry fly fishing in the evening and occasionally in the morning can produce.  Smaller mayfly patterns and midges are the most commonly used offering but an attractor pattern such as a small orange Stimulator can pick up fish also. Most fish we find are nymphing with the Zebra Midge/Ray Charles combo.  Although the Black Zebra is always the most popular, make sure to give red a try also.  It works well in the summer.  If you don’t already have one, pick up one of the lightweight fiberglass rods we sell such as the Redington Butter Stick have a ton of fun for the smaller fish that the Crooked will offer this year. Read More

East Lake Report 6/27/2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

East has been one of the most consistent Stillwater producers this summer.  Callibaetis hatches got going in a big way this past week and will continue to do so for several weeks.  We have a fantastic selection this year of Callibaetis dries and nymphs.  The Emerging Callibaetis in size 14 and 16 has been hot.  Wind-drifting  or stripping small buggers and fishing Chironomids below an indicator are also bringing many rainbows and browns to the net. Read More

Lower Deschutes Report 05/27/17

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The stonefly hatch on the Lower Deschutes is in full swing! At this point we should have another two weeks of solid action on top with your favorite big bugs. The Warm Springs to Trout Creek section and from Trout Creek to Maupin have been producing some solid days of our native redsides smashing the dry. We have had some tough days where we struggled to find more than a few players but as the hatch progresses we should see more and more fish spread across the river looking up. Most days have been good with the Chubby Chernobyl’s in Purple and our new favorite the Chubby Beaver dominating the action. Don’t hesitate to throw the bright red Chubby Cougar that we carry when you need to throw something different or bring a big fish up from the depths in the hydraulic and swirly water. We are often using 3x leaders and regularly fish shorter leaders (7.5 footers are a good choice) when throwing under the trees where the big fish often lurk. On a few occasions we have needed to pull out the legendary Norm Woods and Clark’s Stone when we have found picky fish that are totally keyed in on the smaller Golden Stones, often found slowly floating down the grassy banks and getting stuck in the foam lines. When these occasions occur you might also need to downsize your tippet choice to lighter and longer. The 4.5x tippet from Trout Hunter is a good choice when facing a discriminating Golden Stone eater. Read More

Metolius River Report 5/27/2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

We are just about to enter one of the best (and most popular) months to fish the Notorious M.E.T. Read More

Crooked River Report 5/27/17

Saturday, May 27, 2017
We are seeing some glimmers of hope out on the Crooked where the flows are down to normal summer flows and some whitefish and rainbows have been caught over the last couple weeks. Nymphing with small midge and mayfly patterns has picked up some fish and the intrepid streamer anglers have picked up some nicer fish. Even a few fish have been caught feeding on top. If you go, be flexible with your approach, cover some water and enjoy the opportunity to get back out to the Crooked. Read More

Lava Lake Report 5/27/17

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Solid reports from Lava Lake rolled in this week. Look for fish to eat slow stripped buggers or nymphs or fish a tandem chironomid rig below an indicator. We have an expanded selection of lake flies from Brian Chan and Phil Rowley this year that will surely put a bunch of fish in the net for you. Our Charlie Craven’s JuJu Chironomid in Blood Red and Zebra have been stellar producers over the last couple years. Read More

Crane Prairie Reservoir Report 5/27/17

Saturday, May 27, 2017
We got some great reports from Crane this week. Now is the time to pull out the boat and hit your favorite spots. Some Callibaetis hatches brought some fish to the surface but fishing leeches on the strip seemed to get the most fish. The Balanced Leeches we carry have been hot and used with bobber techniques or slowly stripping them in. Read More

Middle Deschutes Report 5/12/17

Friday, May 12, 2017

There are still salmonflies in the bushes along the middle Deschutes River between Bend and Lake Billy Chinook, but they are rapidly being replaced by the later hatching Golden Stones.  Fishing a big bushy dry fly only a short drive from town is a great way to cure the fly fishing fix. We have had inconsistent fishing for the most part but the couple good days more than make up for the slower days.  Chubby Chernoblys always account for many of the fish landed.  The new ‘Merican chubby that we carry has accounted for some really nice fish this past week.  Sometimes you just gotta show them something different.  Using a dropper nymph about 12-18 inches off the dry will help you catch a few more fish.  A small micro mayfly or small Copper John are dense little nymphs that sink well and allow you to effectively hit the smaller little pockets that fish tuck into.   Read More