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

Crooked River Report 3/11/2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Crooked was fishing OK but it’s now spiked back up to over 800 CFS.  Wait till the water drops before heading out there.  We are keeping our fingers crossed about how it will fish this spring.  Read More

Metolius River Report 3/11/2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Metolius has been one of the few games in town that is fishing.   With the warmer weather expect to see a nice mix of hatches of various mayflies and caddis.  Make sure to bring all the fly boxes as you can’t always predict what you will see. On the occasion you see fish rising, the trout will often be dining on mayfly adults or emergers or caddis emergers.   Bull trout, bows, whities and even the rare brown trout are in the mix.  On a recent visit, I saw few hatches but the trout were receptive to dead-drifted nymphs.  Small nymphs that produced included the Green Copper John in #18 and #20, BH Prince Nymph in #16, Hogan’s S&M Brown in #20.  A #10 Lex’s Improved Rubber Leg Stone in Tan also picked up trout.   Although parking is still limited the snow is melting fast and walking along the banks is easier than last month. Bull trout fishing remains solid.  Streamer fishing and nymphing have been producing.  Remember to pinch your barbs and handle the fish with care.  Read More

Owyhee River Report 03/11/2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The eastern Oregon gem is a long way from our region but March is one of the most popular times for many of us to head east for the opportunity to throw dries at beautiful brown trout.  Unfortunately, the Owyhee is off the radar as heavy runoff entering the reservoir has necessitated early and substantial releases from the dam.  It’s not looking good in the near future as the river is over 900CFS and may climb.  It may be fishable at some point in April but wait until the river drops below about 400CFS before making the long drive.  Read More

Crooked River Report 2/18/2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017
The Crooked has spiked up to 1070 CFS and is unfishable. Wait until it drops below 400 CFS before venturing out there. Read More

Metolius River Report 2/15/2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Access along the Metolius has improved as some of its impressive snowpack has melted.  Easy to access spots along the road and near the fish hatchery are seeing quite a bit of pressure but the rainbow and bull trout fishing remains good.  For the gorgeously colored bows, large October Caddis style nymphs and Red Copper Johns as well as small red serendipities are always a good bet this time of year.  Dry fly fishing is day to day.  Blue wing olive patterns as the Gould’s Shuckoff and the Film Critic are great patterns as well as various CDC patterns in size 16 to 20.  Bring a mix of sizes and colors as these fish can have picky habits.  Read More