Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Owyhee River

Owyhee River...It's as good as it's going to get on the Owyhee Riverright now! There is about every kind bug imaginable hatching. Depending on what time of day you are fishing really can make a difference on what kind of fly you should be casting.

Mornings Trico's in the slower moving water, hoppers in bouncier water. There tends to be more trico's first thing in the morning so have your box of small flies with you first thing. The fish can really key in on them before the other bugs get up and moving. 

Middle of day  Mayflies, Caddis and Hoppers in riffles and where riffles tailout in to slower moving water. Bigger bugs like hoppers can be a good searching fly if you aren't seeing rising fish. 

Evening Caddis, Mayflies, Hoppers and Emergers. If you're around a riffle when the evening shade hits the water have your emergers handy. Putting them behind a big dry is a good way to go. 

Fishing should stay hot through a chunk of October.

Pretty sure the Owyhee isn't short on bugs. 

Deschutes Steel

The steelhead numbers and fishing continues to be good on the Lower Deschtues. The bulk of the Steelhead being caught are still below the town of Maupin. We have seen a few and heard of more that have been caught above town. Here in a few weeks the entire river should have steelhead from top to bottom. 
Lower River Action


Deschutes Trout
The trout season is far from over on the Deschutes River. Here soon the bulk of the fisherman on the Deschutes will be switching gears and fishing for steelhead. So if you're a trout bum this can be a great time to fish the Deschutes. With very little competition from other anglers fishing for trout your odds of having a good day of fishing greatly increases. Not long from now we will be getting some good mayfly hatches and the October Caddis will start going crazy. The October Caddis is the last big meal that the trout get until next season.
If you're not sure if you want to fish for trout or steelhead we offer trips where you can fish for both. 
 The Deschutes can be fun for all ages 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Rainbows, Browns and Steelhead

Trout Season Is Over Yet
If you haven't had time to hit the Deschutes River of late now is the time. The trout fishing is still worth heading down for. Chances are that you will have most of the river to yourself, which is always a good thing.The bulk of the trout are looking for slower water this time of season since the majority of their food is getting to be on the smaller side of things. Like always look for riffles, slower water inside of faster water and of course back eddies. Caddis flies are still the may food for the trout on the Deschutes River this time of year. 

Owyhee River Prime Time
Terrestrials early and late, little bugs in the middle. The Browns on the Owyhee are big and hungry this time of year. Right now the problem isn't finding fish that are eating it is figuring out what they are eating. You can use from big flies (and I mean big) to as small as you want to go. Sometimes it depend on the time of day of what you should be casting. Other times it depends on how fussy the fish are being. 

Steelhead Time!
If a steelhead is what you need to steady your nerves, it's time to get to the Deschutes. The steelhead fishing is already been good on the Lower part of the Deschutes. The bulk of the fish are still below Maupin but are moving up quickly. Since we've had a number of hot days in a row the steelhead should be moving up the river quicker then normal in search of colder water. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Summer Fun

Deschutes River 
The warm weather is finally here and the Salmon Flies (and the bulk of the fisherman) are gone for the season.  The caddis hatch is now in full swing and summer is flying by. With the warm weather showing up it will make the caddis/ PMD hatches come off on a more regular basis and in great numbers which can make the trout go crazy. The hot days on the Deschutes can create some of the best caddis hatches of year. During the caddis season there are many opportunities for some amazing dry fly action. Get here before another season has passed you by.

Owyhee River
Caddis have been cranking in selective areas of the river, with thick areas of yellow sallies along for the party. Lots of pmd's throughout the river, with the rouge calibaetis and assorted large duns drifting past as well. Ants and beetles have been on the scene long enough now that the fish are aware of them and willing to move to eat a really nice presentation.
Small natural nymphs always do the trick. Fish become a bit more surface oriented now that summer is settling into a bit of a groove. Cover water efficiently with nice presentation, and if fish are not rising it's worth heading to another spot as these 'block parties' always seem to be isolated and unpredictable. Next to follow is terrestrials and that's when things can get real fun.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Deschutes River

Deschutes River

The Deschutes was fishing good yesterday. Not much in the way of dry fly fishing but the nymphing was good. Stonefly nymphs and P.T.s is about all you need down there right now. The river continues to drop, and the more it drops the more spots it opens up.

Salmon Flies are just around the corner. They should start showing up in the next couple of weeks.

5370 cfs

Owyhee River

The Owyhee is fishing good right now but there has been a little dry spell in the bug hatches of late. If you enjoy nymhing and like big browns the Owyhee is the place to be.

243 cfs

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Go Time

Deschutes River
The Lower Deschutes River is up and a running for another season. The water levels started a bit high but now are dropping into great shape. We were out yesterday and the fishing was real good. It's mainly a nymphing thing right now, but we did run into a good but short lived dry fly hatch around 1:00. There were Blue Wing Olives and March Browns that were getting the fish all excited.

 There were a lot of people on the river on Saturday, it was the opening day. Every day since the amount of people on the river has been dwindling, which is great. Get down there while the getting is good. Right now the fish are dumb and a dumb fish is a good fish.

Remember the Salmon Fly Hatch is only a few weeks away. Then things get real exciting.

Water Level 5820 cfs

Friday, April 27, 2012

D Day

Lower Deschutes River
We are just hours away from the Lower Deschutes River opening up for another season. It is running big but not out of control. It has already started to drop. As of now there is 6720 cfs coming out of the dam. If you are planning to float and or fish the river below Trout Creek be ready Trout Creek is kicking in a bunch of mud into the Deschutes. It should still be plenty fishable just off color.

Middle Deschutes River
We made our way to the Middle Deschutes yesterday. It is flowing at a great level right now,  it's only flowing 149 cfs. There has been some great BWO's hatches coming off around one o'clock. There are also a few March Browns still in the mix but they are all but done for another season. We haven't been catching many big fish down there, but man are we catching a lot of fish and all on dry flies.

Owyhee River  
The Owyhee River is still fishing good. The BWO's are also coming off but starting to slow down. As the BWO's start to disappear the caddis should start to show up. The Water levels have been stable for over two weeks now so things are back to normal. If you want a shot or shots at some big brown trout head this way.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

Deschutes River Anglers

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Opening Day

Deschutes River

Good News: Opening day of fishing for the Lower Deschutes River is this coming Saturday, April 28th.

Bad News: The people in charge of water at Pelton Dam have cranked up the flows in the last few days. As of today they are releasing 7010 cfs out of the dam. This is getting to be a bit on the high side of things for fishing.

Good and Bad News: The trout will still be there and there should still be enough spots to fish, but the spots are getting fewer and smaller the high the river gets.

Regardless of what happens with the water levels and the fishing it looks like the weather is going to be great and what better place to spend a day.

Good Luck and Tight Lines
Deschutes River Anglers

Monday, April 16, 2012

Back to Normal

Owyhee River
The Owyhee is starting to fish again. It was down and out for a bit due to the dam letting out more water for the canals. It usually takes the fish a week or better to find new homes and get use to the new water level. The Skwallas are all but done for this year. There has been some good BWO hatches coming off in the middle of the day. The cloudy days the hatches generally come off better than the sunny days.

Deschutes River
The entire Lower Deschutes will be open for fishing in less then two weeks. April 28th is the magic day this year. Down by Maupin is open right now and the fishing has been pretty good. There has been some Blue Wing Olives in the middle of the day. On the sunny/ warmer days there has also been some big caddis flying around that the fish have been munching on.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chow Time

Owyhee River                                                      
The Skwallas Stone are starting to show up in good numbers on the Owyhee River right now. The hatch has by no means hit full swing yet, but should be there within the next couple of weeks. The fishing was good over the weekend, the fish were eating the skwallas a good chunk of the day. When the bite slowed up on the big bugs you just had to look around and you could find other fish eating some smaller bugs. There were a ton of midges flying around and at certain times of the day there was a great BWO hatch coming off. This is the time of year that the trout on the Owyhee River get fat and happy. Keep an eye on the flows sometime early to mid April is when they open the flood gates to get the canals up and running for the summer.

Deschutes River
Things are just starting to pick up on the Deschutes. If you enjoy nymphing the Deschutes is the place to be. The nymphing of late has been very good mainly on small flies. Around one-ish you should find a good looking eddy or riffle. If you're in the right area you will run into a good Blue Wing Olive hatch. The hatch is coming off pretty strong and should continue to get stronger with each passing week. The beauty of the Deschutes right now is that you will have it pretty much all to yourself.

Good Luck and Tight Lines

River Levels
Owyhee River: 32 cfs
Deschutes River: 5400 cfs

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Here they come

It's time to head for the Owyhee River the skwallas are starting to show up in good number. It's by no means in full swing but going plenty good. The skwallas showed up a bit earlier then normal this season due to the mild winter we are been having.

Remember this is not a real long hatch so get over there before it's to late

                                                        Good Luck and Tight Lines

Friday, March 2, 2012

Winter Love!

A buddy and I ended up near the coast a few days back and decided to swing a few flies through one of over favorite rivers. It was cold, rainy and very windy at times, and to top it off we were after the fish of a thousand casts the elusive steelhead. With the weather being so crazy I think most people decided to stay home and sit on their couch instead of going fishing. Lucky for us the fish were happy and biting and we hardly saw a sole the whole day. Just they we like it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's a love hate relationship

The Metolius River, what can I say you will love it or you will hate it. Diamond Dave and I were out there on Friday and the fishing (for the Metolius) was good. We didn't land many but the one's that we did land were big uns. The bulk of our fish came on nymphs. Around 1:30 there was a good Blue Wing Olive hatch that came off. Where we were they weren't eating the dries to much but the hatch got the fish feeding good on the nymphs.