FISHING REPORTS

 

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


Lower Deschutes River Report 5/12/17

Friday, May 12, 2017

Salmonflies and Golden Stones are now hatching along the entire Lower Deschutes from Warm Springs.  The bugs are in varied abundance and show themselves much more on the warmer days.  The cold front that moved in on Thursday afternoon cooled the water temperatures which is slowing down the migration of the nymphs and the emergence of the adults.  Dry fly fishing is available but hit or miss.   We have a stretch of cooler weather for the next 5 to 7 days coming in.  We recommend having two rods strung up if you can.  Have a rod set up with your favorite dry fly (Chubby Chernobyl, Norm Woods, Clark’s Stone being 3 of our favorites).  If you haven’t seen our Fin and Fire exclusive Chubbies make sure to come check them out.  Carry a second rod dialed in with a double nymph rig of a size 4-8 stonefly nymph with a smaller dropper.  The large Jimmy Legs/ Restless Stone style nymphs in darker colors always seem to be the most productive but it’s good to have a few lighter colored options as well.  For the dropper nymph, try Red Copper Johns, Silvey’s Beadhead Caddis in olive or amber, Green Rockworms and Psycho Princes.  Caddis hatches will build as the warmer weather hits.  Make sure to have a few of your favorite small caddis dries once the warmer weather hits.  Read More


Crooked River Report 5/12/17

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Crooked has dropped to about 600 CFS.  Look for flows to drop a little more before taking the time to hit the Crooked.    Read More


Middle Deschutes River Report 4/18/2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Deschutes River north of Redmond is still high for this time of year but fishing the margins along the bank is producing some nice browns and the smaller native rainbows.  Dry fly hatches have been good especially for March Browns.  Purple and Copper Haze’s in sizes  12-16 and the Sparkle Flag Adams are picking up some nice fish for anglers on the right days.  Overcast skies really seem to help with the hatch and feeding activity.   Small streamers and nymphing with stonefly patterns will also catch fish.  We are only a week or two away from the first reports of the big bugs crawling around in the grasses.  Read More


Deschutes River Report 4/18/2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Lower Deschutes opener is this Saturday April 22. Yeah! The Warm Springs to Trout Creek area and downstream to the northern boundary of the Warm Springs Reservation is opening for the season.  We look forward to getting back on the river we love so much.  With the long, cold and snowy winter we endured the river is running quite high for this time of year but clarity is pretty good.  We expect fishing to very good for the opener with stonefly nymphs crawling around getting ready to migrate for May’s stonefly hatches.  Large black or brown Jimmy Legs style nymphs need to be a big part of everyone’s arsenal.  We also like the Lex’s Improved Stone Nymph in black or tan.  Drop a Guide’s Choice Hares Ear, Flashback Pheasant Tail or a Beadhead Prince Nymph off the back about 14 to 18 inches.   Use split shot to get the flies down in a hurry and don’t be afraid to lose a few to the bottom.  With the higher than average water, the fish often move closer into the bank to conserve energy.   Read More


Crooked River Report 4/18/2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Crooked remains above 1000 CFS and we expect it to remain a poor option for some time.  We will keep you updated on its progress over the coming months.  Read More


Metolius River Report 4/18/2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Metolius is producing a few nice rainbows and bull trout for anglers willing to put in the time.  Dry fly fishing has improved lately after a pretty slow winter. April is still a hit-or-miss month for surface activity but the warmer weather will help.  Fish can be found eating Blue Wing Olives and other mayflies such as the Cinygmula and March Brown during the midday in select spots.  Overall nymphing will continue to be to top producer for most.  Our top set-up remains the Lex’s Improved Stone nymph trailed by a Prince Nymph or Hare’s Ear in size 16 or 18.   Streamer fishing for bulls is decent, although many of the fish have moved from the areas that were pressured heavily during the winter.  With the warmer weather, quite a few assorted caddis are flying around which means it’s also a good time to swing soft hackles and caddis pupa.  We are about 4 or 5 weeks away from seeing the first of the Green Drakes.   Read More


Lower Deschutes Report 3/25/2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Lower Deschutes in the Maupin area is very high but fishable along the margins.  Big stonefly nymphs, San Juan worms and flashy nymphs will rule the day.  Keep an eye out for Skwalas and March Browns in the near future on the surface.  Be extremely cautious about wading at this level.  The fish are in close anyways.  Read More


Crooked River Report 3/25/2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Crooked River remains very high and unfishable at 2700 CFS.  Hopefully we will have decent flows in the next few weeks.  Read More


Metolius River Report 3/25/2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Although the water is a little high and off color the Metolius is fishing pretty well.  Access is now good from the Allingham Bridge all the way to Bridge 99.  Dry fly fishing has been sporadic. Cloudy and rainy days are better chances to see fish feeding on top.  Various mayfly and caddis can bring a few fish to the surface but overall most of the fish caught have been nymphing.  Top nymphs have been the Lex’s Improved Rubber Leg Stone in tan or black trailed by a Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear or Beadhead Prince Nymph.  Large October Caddis nymphs, Copper John’s and Pheasant Tails will also pick up fish.  Size up on leader if you are going to target bull trout.  Bull trout fishing remains solid.  The Strolis Ice Pick Streamer that we carry is an excellent bull trout fly.   Read More