FISHING REPORTS

 

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


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