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.
We have been finding solid trout fishing with an occasional steelhead hook-up in the Warm Springs to Trout Creek section. Hare’s ear nymphs, prince’s, and red copper johns will produce on a consistent basis below a strike indicator. We often pair them up with a larger Jimmy Legs Stonefly nymph but this is a great time of year to run a large October Caddis nymph or a Cased Caddis as your first fly. Fall colors, light river traffic and shorter days make a great outing. Make sure to stop by the shop for an up to date report on your way through Redmond!