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.
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
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