Lower Deschutes River Report 9/4/2017

Monday, September 04, 2017

Steelhead fishing has picked up over the last couple weeks. Despite low early returns of steelhead over the dams in July and early August, the last 2 weeks has brought a nice spike in returning fish and a respectable number of fish are being caught. Best action is from Mack’s Canyon to the mouth and a few fish found in the Maupin to Mack’s road stretch. Angling traffic has been way down this summer. On several recent trips from Mack’s to the mouth we have had the choice and luxury to fish some of the river’s most hallowed runs. Scandi heads with polyleaders and hairwings or muddlers have accounted for many fish and Skagit heads matched with some T-8 or T-11 and small intruders have picked up some also. The smoky and hazy skies have made fishing higher in the water column even in the middle of the day a real possibility. Most of the fish we have seen have been hot and wild and it just takes one chance per day to get us excited. The tug is the drug! Read More

Deschutes River Report 8/15/2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Trout fishing in the Warm Springs to Trout Creek section has held up pretty well this August. Traffic has been surprisingly light for such a great stretch of trout water. Dry fly fishing is good in the mornings of dead caddis and small attractors and the evenings on caddis dries such as an X Caddis in tan. We also have seen many aquatic moths which the trout love. Light bodies elk hair caddis or X Caddis work very well. Nymphing has been pretty good in heavily oxygenated water where many of the caddis lay their eggs or get blown into the water. These choppy pieces of water also provide good cover from the osprey and other predators. If you are not finding fish, keep moving until you do, add some more split shot or downsize leader and fly choice. Read More

Metolius River Report 8/15/2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Metolius has been crowded but has fished well though the dog days of summer. Golden Stones are sputtering on the upper river but the fish have been looking for them. Norm Woods in size 10 or the Clark’s Stone in size 8 or 10 should raise a few fish. If you want to throw a dropper below, a simple Hare’s Ear or Dirty Bird will do well. Nymphing with golden stone nymphs followed by a pheasant tail or hare’s ear is a great way to cover some water if you can’t find any players on top. Read More

Crooked River Report 8/15/2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Our favorite Central Oregon tailwater continues to provide good action on most days. Although the average size remains small this year we are finding some good-sized fish from time to time. Dry fly fishing has been slow but we do get a nice surge in the afternoon when the shade hits the water. Small midge dries as well as very small mayfly patterns will get some good eats. Try a size 18 or 20 Purple Haze to cover many different situations. Dropping a simple midge emerger off the dry can really up your catch rate if you find some picky fish. Most of our fishing during the day has been with a two-fly rig below the surface. Zebra Midges or a Two-Bit Hooker with a natural colored Ray Charles hanging off the back on 6x tippet. If we are not seeing much bug activity it has been our go-to rig. If you aren’t familiar with the Ray Charles pattern make sure to stop in and pick up a few before your next trip. We do see some PMD’s on most days so sparse PMD nymphs such as the good old pheasant tail or a Split Case PMD are other good flies to have. Read More

East Lake Report 8/15/2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Every day seems to bring different reports from East this summer. Sometimes I wonder if there is more than one East Lake and I never got the memo. Overall fishing has been good and it should just get better with the cooler weather and water temperatures. Callibaetis are still important. Our Emerging Callibaetis pattern continues to find success whether its thrown as a dropper off a dry our part of a chironomid rig. Success on the chironomid rig has been consistent but make sure to try different flies and change up the size. What worked for many of our customers last year hasn’t been as good this year. The Chan’s Chironomid Bomber in Maroon or Black has been good as of late. Read More

Lower Deschutes River 8/1/2017

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Despite the triple digit temps, the Lower Deschutes remains a solid option for the trout angler in the Warm Springs to Trout Creek section. Caddis dominate the daily menu but occasional PMD hatches and spinner falls, as well as midge hatches, will keep you on your toes. Low light periods remain the safest bet to find fish eating on top but we have had surprisingly strong dry fly fishing mid-day at times. Tan caddis are most common right now and are best imitated by the X Caddis, X2 Caddis and the Swisher’s Dancing Caddis. Have some olive and darker colors just in case. Sizes 16 and 18 are best. Nymphing remains good also with fish eating emerging caddis in the late afternoon and evening. Our Silvey’s Beadhead Caddis is the top player but green rockworms, and small flashy nymphs such as a red coper john or a psycho prince always seem to find some good fish. Wet wading with your normal fishing boots paired up with a pair of Simms Guard Socks is a great way to beat the heat and catch a few nice fish in the process. 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 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