Crooked River Report 1/28/2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

We have been out to the Crooked River a few times recently.   Although the bigger fish have been hard to find, fishing has been good for smaller trout.  Nymphing the small stuff remains the most consistent producer.  The fish seem to be concentrated so if you are not finding any players, look for another spot.  Small nymphs such as Zebra Midges, Pheasant Tails and the Ray Charles have been good.  Use your smallest most sensitive indicators and if you haven't tried the New Zealand Indicator stop by and pick one up.  Dry fly fishing has been sporadic but often good in areas where the wind is not too heavy.  The famous Purple Haze always seems to be the go-to for many of the Crooked regulars but there's nothing wrong with a Parachute Adams either. If you are a hatch-matcher, small midge adults (dries) and emergers are really what they are eating as we haven't seen many mayflies on the surface.   The late winter and spring blue wing olive hatches aren't too far off on the horizon. Read More

Deschutes River Report 1/12/2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Lower Deschutes River from Warm Springs to North Junction is now closed to all fishing and reopens on Sunday April 22nd.  The stretch of river near Maupin remains open all winter and can provide some solid fishing on the right day.   Read More

Crooked River Report 1/12/2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Crooked is fishing pretty well this winter for native redbands and whitefish.  Although the sun barely makes it over the canyon walls,  the warmer days have seen pretty good hatches of small blue wing olives and midges. Subsurface patterns have been producing the best as dry fly fishing has been OK but mostly smaller fish have been up and eating on top. If you are going to fish the dry, a size 18 or 20 Purple Haze can get it done.   Nymphing the Zebra Midge and Ray Charles combo is a great place to start but small and sparse mayfly nymphs will produce well also.  We like the JuJu Baetis patterns, sparse Pheasant Tails, and the Tailwater Tiny will get some nice fish to commit.  Enjoy the scenery and make a great half day of fishing one of our favorite local rivers! Read More

Metolius River Report 12/9/2017

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Bull trout fishing on the Metolius has been very good this fall and we expect it to continue into the winter.  The kokanee spawn lingered well into November this year and the bulls were really going after large flesh flies as the kokanee died off.  Move slowly as the bulls can be spotted by the observant angler that takes more time looking and hunting for fish than just blind casting.  7 and 8 wt. rods are the order of the day here. Read More

Crooked River Report 12/9/2017

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Even with the colder weather finally hitting Central Oregon, the Crooked is holding up remarkably well.  The solid improvements in fishing we saw in the fall are continuing.  Midday seems to be the best time to find active fish as the water warms up a bit.  Zebra Midges, Ray Charles, small pheasant tails and a handful of size 18 and 20 Purple Hazes will bring solid numbers to hand on most days. Small Egg patterns are also great right now with the whitefish grouped together and spawning.  Bring a hot thermos of coffee and an extra layer and enjoy winter fishing on the Crooked! Read More

Lower Deschutes River Report 11/20/2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Deschutes River from Warm Springs down to Trout Creek closes at the end of December for all fishing.  Now is a great time to get after it with some very nice redsides being caught lately as well as a decent number of summer steelhead.  Although a few trout might be up and eating in some slow water and backeddies midday, nymphing and swinging is the order of the day at this time of year.  We like to swing of course and some very nice redsides and a few steelhead have fallen for our swung flies.  Our selection of mini-intruders from Aqua Flies seems like it needs to be restocked every other day here at the shop as they continue to put fish in the net.  A good way to fish for trout but have a realistic shot at steelhead is to swing the Black Sculpzilla or nymph a stonefly such as the Jimmy Legs with a flashy dropper such as the silver or red Copper Swan off the back.  Egg patterns will also get it done as the Chinook are spawning in the area.   Read More

Crooked River Report 11/20/2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Crooked River is fishing well for native rainbows and whitefish at this time.  The best chance to run across a hatch will be midday with some fish up top eating blue wing olives or midges.  Most days using small nymphs imitating slender blue wing olive nymphs and midge larva will account for the most fish.  Size 18 and 20 Juju midges and Juju Baetis, pheasant tails, zebra midges and the two-bit hooker in tan will get the job done.  A few Ray Charles as well as some small egg patterns will make round out a good assortment of nymphs to have over the next month. The warm days here at the end of November could be a great time to get out before the cold really sets in.   Read More

Deschutes River Report 10/10/2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Our favorite river the mighty Deschutes River, is producing well for trout and steelhead.  The steelhead are now spread out all along its reach from the Columbia up to the Warm Springs area with best concentrations from the Maupin area to the mouth.  Dry line tactics have made some very happy anglers this year.  Many of our regular customers are reporting catching steelhead on dry flies this year even after gear or nymph anglers fished the run before.  In other words, have faith in the dry line approach as the next couple weeks are some of the best to run your favorite Steelhead Muddler, Berry’s Euphoric Muddler, or Gerath’s Curb Feeler.   Read More

Metolius River Report 10/10/2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The explosion of vine maples along the Metolius might be enough reason to fish the Metolius in October but add in the chance of hooking a massive bull trout or a beautifully colored Rainbow and it makes the trip always worth it. Read More

Crooked River Report 10/10/2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Crooked is fishing very well.  Flows are down to about 100 CFS and both dry fly and nymph fishing has really improved.  Fishing is good most of the day with many fish rising when hatches occur and when the shade hits in the early afternoon.  Blue Wing Olives and a few straggler PMD’s and caddis are bringing many fish to the surface. Also keep an eye out for October Caddis as they are active.  Running a small nymph off the October Caddis dry is a fun way to cover water. Read More