Thursday, February 22, 2018

Deschutes=Trout Creek=Steelhead

I just started my 14th season working on the Trout Creek project for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. We are trying to create better habitat which improves the stealheads' chances of survival and provides more areas for them to spawn. Trout Creek is the main spawn tributary of the Deschutes for summer run steelhead.

Roughly 20 percent of all the steelhead that swim up the Deschutes go up Trout Creek to spawn. Some steelhead only make it up the creek a couple hundred yards where others travel over 40 mile up it to spawn. It’s nothing short of incredible what these fish go through.

We are exactly two months away until the entire 100 miles of the Lower Deschutes opens up. April 22nd is our lucky day this year. 

Tight Lines

Deschutes River Anglers

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Bites On

All this amazing weather we've been having, hasn't just got us excited, it has also got the fish super excited. These hot February days are warming up the water temps quickly which has made the bug hatches come off like crazy for the past week. All these bugs have made for some amazing midday dry fly action. As long as the warm weather continues to be awesome, so should the fishing.

If you haven't gotten signed up with us for the Skwalla hatch this March/ April, you're going to have to wait until next season. Our calendar is all booked up for those two months. If you can't wait until 2019 to fish the Owyhee, another great option is to join us over there in August and/or September for some hopper fishing.

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Deschutes River Anglers

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Still fish to be caught

Hope everyone is having a great New Year so far!

This time of year bug hatches are definitely few and far between, but if you know where to look there are still fish to be caught. There is the occasional blue wing olive hatch during the heat of the day. If the BWO's don't show, a dry dropper combo has been very productive. You never know whats gonna be bitting on the nymphs. 

Skwalla season on the Owyhee River will start kicking off mid March thru mid April. This is an awesome time of the year as eager brown trout slurp down Skwalla Stoneflies. 

If you have any questions about the Owyhee and it's skwallas or the Deschutes feel free to contact us or check out our website.

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Deschutes River Anglers

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

So Many Options So Little Time

Happy New Year from Deschutes River Anglers

First things first, Thanks to all who fished with us last year. We look forward to fishing with you this coming year. 
2017 was a year of ups and downs, but mainly ups. We usually start our season on the Owyhee fishing it’s skwala hatch. Normally when we show up the river is flowing around 50 cfs. This year it was flowing in the realm of 3000 cfs. Needless to say the river had way, way to much water to fish last spring. 

Next came the Salmon fly hatch on the Lower Deschutes. It started a little on the late side due to the crazy winter we had. But once the big bugs showed, it fished good as always and  fished well into June.

Late June through August produced some of the best caddis hatches that the Deschutes has seen in years. This made for some of the most consistent fishing that we could ask for during the hot summer months.

In June, July and August we also spent several days on the John Day River fishing for small mouth bass. The John Day is a river where you go to catch fish, not to go fishing. The amount of fish in this river is nothing short of amazing. Come one come all, this is truly a river for all ages since you can fish from the boat. 

Come the latter part of August and September, we switched gears and headed for the Owyhee River. If you haven’t been there before, the Owyhee is a beautiful tail water fishery in far Eastern Oregon. In August and September we are primarily fishing hoppers mixed with the occasional caddis and mayfly.

To finish out our season, late September through most of November we were back on the Deschutes fishing for steelhead. The numbers were down this year but the great news is that so were the anglers, which made fishing much better than expected. Plenty of steelhead were found and for the trout fisherman the trout fishing during that time was off the charts.  

2018 should be another great year. Steelhead returns can only go up from last season. The Owyhee River should be a great early spring option if we have a normal winter. The Lower Deschutes trout season starts the last weekend of April. This is a lot to look forward too.

We look forward to fishing with you!

Tight Lines

Deschutes River Anglers


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Going Going Almost Gone

It’s late, but the season isn’t over yet. There are still plenty of steelhead around and ready to be caught. Water temps are cold, so if you prefer swinging flies for steelhead you will definitely want to use sink tips. Getting down is the name of the game, this time of year

If you prefer trout that's a great option. The trout fishing is still amazingly good. Some days we are still getting fare mayfly hatches. If the bugs do make an appearance, its during the hottest part of the day which is usually between one and two in the afternoon. Before and after the hatch the best plan of attack is nymphing or some sort of dry dropper combo.

Don’t forget a lot of the river closes at the end of the year, so get out there before it’s to late.

Happy Holidays

Deschutes River Anglers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Gobble Gobble

Swinging floating lines and fishing small flies has come to an end for another season on the Deschutes. With short days and long nights the water temps have dropped like a rock in the last couple weeks. Now that water temps are below 50 degrees the steelhead have become more lethargic, which means you need to get down more into their realm. With that being said, you can still catch plenty of fish swinging sink tips or nymphing. 

If the steelhead fishings is slow string up your favorite 5wt. and cast for some trout. The trout fishing has been really good of late! The great thing about fishing for them this time of year is that you will probably be the only doing it, which means you will get pretty much every spot to yourself. There is just over a month left in the season of the 2017 season. 
See you on the river

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Tight Lines

Deschutes River Anglers

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Steelhead Still Going Strong

Dry fly fishing isn't just for trout. When the water conditions are right and fish are grabby you can fish dry flies aka skaters for steelhead. With one exception of a week ago we have had a lot of both this season. And to make things better we've had the river pretty much to ourselves this fall. This skater fish was taken at camp just three days ago.

The Deschutes steelhead season is winding down so if you have hit the river yet better do it soon.

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