FISHING REPORTS

 

Metolius River Report 11/21/2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fall hatches continue to linger on the Metolius with a smattering of various mayflies, caddis and small stones making daily appearances.  As the cold weather hits this week look for hatches to trickle down to mid-day blue wing olive hatches.  Nymphing the section of river below Allingham Bridge can bring a few nice trout to hand and maybe even a few bonus whities.  Stonefly nymphs with red copper johns, pheasant tails and lightning bugs are best. Dry fly fishing is the most common technique below the canyon and we like Sparkle Dun BWO’s, Gould’s Shuckoffs, and the Stalcup’s Winger BWO in sizes 18-20.    Read More


Crooked River Report 11/21/2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Crooked remains a reliable option for good fishing for whitefish and smallish rainbows.  Decent hatches of midges and BWO’s are bringing up some fish during the midday periods.  The black zebra midge with a natural colored Ray Charles is our every day technique but small pheasant tails, micro-eggs, Split Wing BWO nymphs, tiny copper john’s are important  change-up flies.  When you see fish eating off the surface a tiny JuJu midge hanging off a parachute-style dry fly will often increase your odds. Swinging small ruby-eyed leeches, thin mints and assorted woolly buggers in size 10-12 are a great way to finish off the day to find one of the bigger bows.  Read More


Deschutes River Report 11/21/16

Monday, November 21, 2016

We have been doing better on the Warm Springs to Trout Creek section over the last couple of weeks after a slow early fall.   A few steelhead are being picked up on the infamous Double Bead Peacock Stone as well as egg patterns and small flashy steelhead nymphs like the Silver Copper Swan .  Pressure has been pretty heavy at times so getting up early to get your favorite spot is not a bad idea.  Swinging black, black and blue and the occasional brighter colored leech or intruder can hit some fish.  Read More


Metolius River Report 11/7/16

Monday, November 07, 2016

Never a numbers river, the Metolius always seems to have some days that the river is just a little less stingy than others. On a recent day, my good friend Mike and I decided to leave the 5 weights at home and go chase the predatory bull trout. October and November are great times to look for bullies out on the Metolius as they move in close to shore and shallower water to ambush the spawning kokanee which arrive by the thousands. Although a “Huck and Hope” strategy can work, its even more fun to look for bulls where they are laying in wait to ambush the small lovestruck kokanee which have their minds on other things. We were lucky enough to spot some bulls early in the day hanging out near their buffet table and the hunt was on.   Read More


Crooked River Report 11/7/16

Monday, November 07, 2016

It’s pretty amazing how fast the Crooked River has rebounded from the huge decline in fishing we encountered this past year. On a recent guide trip to the Crooked we found many small rainbows feeding subsurface on midge emergers and other small nymphs. The hot flies were Zebra Midges in black or red, JuJu Midges, pheasant tails and one of our favorites—the Ray Charles. The Ray Charles is tied in multiple colors but we do best on the tan and grey colors. If you haven’t fished a Ray yet make sure to stop by the shop and let us get you squared away.  We also swear by the New Zealand Strike Indicator. It’s truly a game changer in your ability to detect the strikes in the low flows.  Our clients see the strikes so much faster than they would with a plastic indicator. Lastly, we say this often and we know old habits are hard to break, but small streamers fished on a tight line swing regularly produce the best fish of the day. Size 10 or 12 Woolly Buggers, Thin Mints or other small leechy critters are a great way to cover water when you have stared at your strike indicator long enough. Dry fly fishing was not particularly good on our last trip but we look forward to the next warmer overcast or rainy day which should produce an excellent hatch of Blue Wing Olives. We like small Purple Hazes, Gould’s Shuckoffs and various CDC patterns for the eager rising fish. Read More


Deschutes River Report 11/7/2016

Monday, November 07, 2016

The 2016 steelhead season on the Deschutes River has not been legendary compared to previous years, but it only takes one good tug to change your fortunes. On a recent trip on the Deschutes we found just enough fish to keep us hopeful for every run and every cast. The fish were grabby and liked small and mid-sized intruders on sink-tips in current that was “not too fast and not too slow”. Launch the fly out there with a good straight cast. Give it a good mend and let it come tight. Swing it in under tension and hold on. Although it has not been the best year in terms of numbers, the average size has been good. With water temperatures in the low 50’s surface presentations are still possible but on our most recent trip with the fellas from GLoomis all fish hooked came on intruders and mostly on black and blue colors. The mini-intruders from Aqua Flies have been one of the proven winners recently as well as Stu’s Barred Intruders and tube flies with various weights added or sink-tips to achieve the depth needed to elicit that strike you have been patiently waiting for. Read More