Thursday, December 4, 2014

Coming to and end


Well 2014 is about over and done with, and it's been a great season.  
It was nice to wrap it up with a quality steelhead season. There where  
some really strong, chunky, two salt fish that flat pulled and kicked  
some butt. That is why we endure the mental roller coaster that is  
steelheading, a fish with heart and will make that reel sing. It was  
more consistent than the last two seasons and that is a trend that we  
hope continues. All in all it was a solid steelhead season and we hope  
you had a chance to get in on it.
Fortunately there is some time left to stick some Deschutes steel, but unfortunately it is coming to a close fast. Trout fishing has been closed from Pelton Dam to the Northern Tribal boundary since October 31st ( see ya next spring "redsides", pack on some fat this winter.). Steelhead closes in that same section ( Pelton to the Boundary) on December 31st. Clock is ticking. The tribal permit section ( Dry Creek to Trout Creek) has been closed since October 31st. Below the Northern Reservation Boundary ( Maupin) to the mouth is open year round for both trout and steelhead. We tend to ease off these summer steelhead late in the season and give em a chance to winter over and spawn. When the calendar turns to January and February it's hard to chase dark fish when our coastal rivers are receiving hot, big, bright winter runs. With that said our Deschutes season has wound down, boats are tipped up and plugs pulled. Time to chase steel on other rivers and a change of scenery.
Next up on our itinerary is late winter and spring trout on the Deschutes. The Owyhee River is the spring highlight if you like dry flies and alligator jawed browns. The "O" is an amazing spring fishery. Good dry fly opportunity and really big willing browns. Come hit the Skwalla ( stonefly) hatch ( mid to late March through April) on the Owyhee with us. Start your season off in this desert hog pen, it does not disappoint.
Thanks to a great season and letting us share our home waters with you. 

Happy Holidays

Cory Godell 
Deschutes River Anglers

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Things are winding down for 2014

Deschutes River

The season is coming to an end in a fast way on the Deschutes. With winter showing up much earlier than normal in Central Oregon it has all but shut us down for the past week. Prior to the arctic blast hitting and snow flying, water levels had stabilized and the fishing had been good. If you're one of those people who enjoys colder weather, now’s a great time to hit the Deschutes. There’s hardly a soul fishing right now and with the weather warming up the fish should be on the bite.
 

Lunchtime on the last day of our last trip. It was a cold sucker!







Two trips to go, weather permitting.

Cory Godell
Deschutes River Anglers
541-771-2288




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Trout season is winding up, Steelhead season is cranking up!

Deschutes River

Steelhead
The steelhead fishing is as good and consistent as we've had so far this season on the upper half of the river. Not only has the fishing been good and consistent, but we've been running into some bigger than average fish. The steelhead are shooting up the river like bullets right now. The number of fish that have been jumped the falls in the past few days has been great. There are definitely more than enough fish from Warm Springs to Trout Creek to start targeting them on that stretch. Steelhead fishing should remain good right on through November and even a good part of December.



Rainbow Trout
Trout fishing of late has been through the roof. Almost everyone on the Deschutes right now is steelhead fishing and missing out on some of the best trout fishing of the season. On the sunny days we are still getting some very good caddis hatches. On the Cloudy days the Blue Wing Olives have been coming out in force.  If you are heading down to do some trout fishing you will want to bring some October caddis patterns, P.T.'s and some Parachute Adams in a few different sizes. If you have these flies in your box you should be in good shape for about anything that is hatching now.

*Remember a chunk of the Lower Deschutes shuts down for trout fishing at the end of the month.





Owyhee River

Brown Trout
Even though the Owyhee river level is running low it can still fish good. With the lower water levels the bulk of the fish are kegged up in fewer pools. Most of the fish are looking for big meals right now, trying to get big and fat for the winter. Even though the Owyhee is open year round, we've only got a few weeks left of good fishing. Usually starting somewhere around early to mid November the Browns start their spawn and it's time to give them a break for a while.


Tight Lines

Cory


Deschutes River Anglers

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Deschutes River

The Steelhead season is now firing on all cylinders. We've been catching steelhead from the month of the river all the way up the Warm Springs. This means there isn't a bad place on the Lower 100 miles of the Deschutes to chase steel around. The lower river, below Maupin still has a good chunk of the fish. But the upper 40 miles hardly has anyone fishing it yet so your odds of catching some steelhead are as good or better then going down river.

We're back at it again tomorrow for three more days. I will try and shoot another report on Saturday.

If anyones gets a wild hair and needs a steelhead fix we have a week window open right in the middle of october.

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Steelhead

Deschutes River

Steelhead
The steelhead are charging up the Deschutes River as we speak. A chunk of them are still down river of Sherars Falls. But in the past week a big slug of steelhead have jumped the falls and are making their way to the upper part of the river. Sooner than later there entire lower 100 miles of the Deschutes will have steelhead in it.

The conditions couldn't be better for the steelhead or for fishermen right now.  The water temps are all but perfect, the White River is as clear as a bell, the days are cooling and cloudy and the rainy weather is knocking on our doorstep.


The Rainbows aren't the only fish that eat dry flies on the Deschutes this time of season. This steelhead ate a skater aka dry fly on one of our most recent trips.

Redside Trout
With the summer dole drums behind us and fall setting in, the trout fishing continues to get better with each passing day. The riffles are still a good bet, but if it's dry fly fishing you are after, the back eddies are the place to be. Not only are there fish in a good chunk of the eddies right now some are stacked with fish.


Regardless if you are a steelheader or a trout bum, you better hit the water soon. The season is winding down way to quick. Don't let another season slip away without hitting the Deschutes.

Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Steelhead Season

Steelhead
The Steelhead season is now in full swing. There are good numbers of fish coming over the dams and entering the Deschutes everyday. Until nine or ten days ago there was a thermo block on the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam which was slowing the steelhead down. Since then the days have cooled and with chilly nights the water temps have shaped up and the steelhead are on the move again. 
 
    

Trout
If trout is more your game, there's plenty of fishing left to be done before the end of the season. With fall approaching, so is the return of our most consistent fall hatch, the Blue Winged Olives. They tend to start hatching the latter part of September and go through a chunk of October. This is the last real hatch that we will see until the 2015 season.

 

Fly of the Month 
This has been an effective fly for us so far this steelhead season. It's a good one to have in your arsenal for a middle of the day fly when the sun is shinning bright.

The Owyhee River
The Owyhee River is alive and fishing. It is however, running on fumes. If it wasn't for a couple of big thunder showers that hit the area this summer the reservoir could of all but run dry. 
 
If you have the time and you like catching brown trout, it's time to head for the Owyhee. You name it and the fish are eating it. Small, medium and big bugs are whats on the menu right now. It's just a matter of what time of day you are fishing. The short and sweet of it is now is primetime on the O. There's less than two months left to fish the Owyhee. Usually by early to mid November a good chunck of the fish are starting to spawn and it's time to give them a break for awhile. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Steelhead are here!

Deschutes River

Steelhead season is finally here! The numbers of steelhead coming over the dams on the Columbia are great for early August. There has been almost twice as many steelhead that have come over the dams already when compared to last year at this time. There has already been some fish being caught around Maupin and there is very little fishing pressure in that area. In the mornings and evening floating lines have been working well, but when the sun shows itself, it's time to put a sink tip on to get your flies further down to the fish. Generally the mornings have been fishing the best due to the water temps being at their best. The temps are usually starting in the low 60's and by the end of the day are in the high 60's to low 70's.

The trout fishing continues to be up and down, but all in all its fishing plenty good for August. The caddis hatches are still going with some occasional mayfly hatches mixed in. Nymphing has been the best bet during the heat of the day. If you are dry fly fishing, keep your eyes peeled in the slower moving water such as soft spots along the banks or in back eddies. To increase your odds of catching fish on dries, fish smaller flies #18 and on 6X. Like most days on the Deschutes for trout, the evenings are still generally your best bet.

Tight Lines,

Deschutes River Anglers




Monday, July 21, 2014

Steels a coming

Deschutes River

The trout fishing on the Deschutes River had been red hot for the past several weeks due to the hot weather. With the weather cooling things have slowed down a bit. With the overcast skies that we are now getting, there have been more mayflies around than normal. Which has kept the dry fly fishing good. By the end of the week the hot weather is supposed to return and so should the great caddis hatches.

There have already been reports of steelhead being caught on the lower part of the Deschutes. This is the time of season where the steelhead fishing can be a hit or miss. Usually by the middle of August  the steelhead fishing hits full swing and should remain good right on through November.

Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Seasons are changing


Deschutes River 
Time feels like it slows and the summertime pace on the river is a vortex that just lulls you in. This is not a bad thing at all.  Heck, I think we do what we do because we enjoy that pace; it’s all just “ river time”.  Sure beats having an iPhone attached to your face all day. 

Summertime on the Deschutes brings amazing weather; good solid fishing, both nymphing and great dry fly opportunity with the caddis, and fun camping trips with friends and family.  This year has been no different.  When the caddis pop (hot still days) the fishing has been good. If the wind comes up or we have slight blips in the weather radar, the nymphing fills in the gaps for us.

Steelhead
In just over a month we can double dip and fish for both trout or steelhead.  The beauty of the Deschutes is that we have it all, good trout and steelhead fishing.  Watch the fish counts as they come over the dam and start getting ready for steelheading. 


Owyhee River
Of late the fishing has been a bit tough on the Owyhee. There have been plenty of midges coming off in the morning; the fish are eating them, but to catch them you need to go with super light leaders to have a chance. Usually around 11:00 a.m. the PMD's have been popping, which makes fishing a bit easier. The PMD fishing will generally stay good until late afternoon. 


Before you know it, it will be time to put away the midges and PMD's and pull out the big bugs again. Usually sometime around the first of August terrestrial season begins. And this is when the fishing can get HOT!
  
Tight Lines,

Cory Godell
Deschutes River Anglers
541-771-2288

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Caddis Time

Deschutes River

It's been a week or better since the last sighting of a salmon fly and with them disappearing for another season so has the bulk of the people. We are now officially in caddis season on the Deschutes River. With the cool snap that hit us a few days ago it has slowed our caddis down, but the weather is already starting to heat up and the bugs are becoming more and more active everyday. Our prime caddis season is from now through mid august. After that the trout fishing slows for a bit but about that same time the steelhead start to show and the real fun begins.





John Day River

We've been spending a more time on the John Day River this season. It's a river you only what to fish  if you enjoy catching piles of fish. The John Day is stuffed full with Small Mouth Bass that love to eat poppers and any dry fly you wish to throw. The John Day is unlike the Deschutes in the sense you can fish out of the boat which makes it the river perfect  for all ages. But just like the Deschutes it's a high deserts setting and it's rare to see anything but beautiful skies and big horn sheep as you float. The window to float/fish it is kind short because the John Day river is the third longest free flowing river in the country.



Tight Lines

Cory
Deschtues River Anglers

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Caddis are a coming

Deschutes River

If you haven't had a chance to get out and fish the salmon fly hatch yet, you best get out their now or you will have to wait till next season. The Salmon Fly hatch is on it's last leg in some parts of the river. The bugs are all but gone  in the Maupin area, but the fish are still eating the flies plenty good. In the Warm Springs area there are as many bugs left up their as anywhere and now that Memorial weekend has come and gone the crowds are starting to dwindle. The good news is that with the days starting to warm up the caddis are starting to show up in force and a number of the fish are already starting to key in on them.

Don't forget if you are a steelhead junkie like me, we are just over two months away from that firing up. The steel that show up in August are the crazy hot ones that will run you up one side of the river and down the other and give you a real butt kicking in process.

I'm off to the river again tomorrow, see ya on the river

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Deschutes River

Here it is short and sweet. The Salmon flies are here and they are here in force. The hatch is from Maupin all the way up to Warm Springs. The lower you are on the river or closer to Maupin the better the fishing seems to be right now. But there are plenty of fish in the Warm Springs area that are very happy to see the Salmon fly. Within the next week or so the Whole stretch from Warm Springs to Maupin should  be fishing as good as it's gonna get. 


Got to run heading for the river again.

Tight Lines.

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers
541-771-2288

Monday, May 5, 2014

Back to the Deschutes


We are now giving the Owyhee River and it's Brown Trout a break for a couple month. We will be making our way back over their for August and September when it's Trico's and Terrestrial time.  This is what a Owyhee Trico Hatch looks like some August and September mornings.


We are now focusing on the Deschutes and it's well known Rainbow Trout aka Redsides.  River. It's only been open for 10 days now and already fishing has been very good. The bulk of what we've been doing is nymphing but on some of the days especially the cloudy ones we've had some good March Brown hatches that have been getting the Rainbows very excited. Fishing should continue to get better and better the more we get into May and then when the Stone Fly migration starts all heck will cut loose.


Even though the Salmon Fly hatch is still two or more weeks away there has already been a few siting of them cruising around. 

See ya on the river

Cory 
Deschutes River Anglers







Monday, April 21, 2014



Here we go the opening bell is about to ring! The river opens April 26 from Pelton Dam to the Northern Reservation Boundary. Winter is about over and before you know it we'll be throwing salmon flies, whoo hoo. With the newish water temperature management regime and the warm weather (much like last year), we could potentially see the big bugs popping soon. In the mean time most of the action will be nymphing. This time of year can be some great fishing, tie on a big old ugly stonefly nymph and a little trailer and get after it. As the salmon fly and stone fly nymphs get spunky and ready to move to hatch the nymphing can be dyno-mite. The "Redsides" this time of year are plumb and super spunky, some of the best fish of the year will come to hand early in the season and the salmon fly hatch. Added bonus, March browns and blue wing olives can show up day to day and add some super fun dry fly opportunity, when they go. If you see these "sailboats" start popping look for heads up in the eddies and soft seams. A dry and a drop in the edges of riffles is good too in the early stage of the hatch.
 

Winter Time Job at ODFW
It's been another good winter running the smolt trap and working on steelhead restoration in Trout Creek. It's fun playing in the creek all winter, but I'm excited to get back on the Deschutes. It is time to dust off the rods for sure.
  
Trout Creek went from being a little trickle to being the big muddy this winter. 

Owyhee River
 
We had a good spring on the Owyhee as we where waiting for the big "D" to open up. It should continue to fish as well. This Eastern Oregon gem is really neat fishery for some quality brown trout. Highly recommend checking it out some time. There is a reason we drive east to fish it.
 

Steelhead season is filling in as well. Choice between early season lower river (August-September), or later in the fall upper river (October-November). Either way we can't wait for the steel to show up.

If we can help plan your next Deschutes adventure or help in any way, please let us know. Thanks again for fishing with us and hope to see you on the river this year. 

Sincerely,
 
 
Cory Godell

Friday, April 4, 2014

Owyhee and Skwallas

Deschutes River

The bulk of the Lower Deschutes River is still closed, but opening days is just around the corner. On April 26 is when the entire Lower Deschutes is open for business for another season.

Owyhee River

Since the Deschutes is closed this time of the year we venture east to our favorite brown trout fishery, the Owyhee River. The Owyhee is located in far eastern Oregon, about 30 minutes outside a small town named Vale. The Owyhee is a very small river to say the least, it only flows about 25 to 30 cvs this time of year, but it is filled with a lot of quality browns. If you like to fish big dries on small rivers this is a place you have to check out. Right now the Skwalla Stones fly hatch is happening on the Owyhee. The Skwallas is the first major hatch that kicks off our season on the Owyhee. If you are not familiar with the Skwalla, its a stone fly that has an olive body and usually hatches in the spring and is about the size of a Golden Stone.

Skwalla Stone Fly


A beautiful fish on a beautiful day. March 31st.


Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Time To Give Them a Break

Deschutes River

It's time to give the Deschutes steelhead a break. The bulk of them are wore down and either getting ready to spawn or have already started. If you still have the steelhead bug there are plenty of other rivers around Oregon that are fishing or should be as soon as they get some water. Here is a steelhead that we stumbled on a week or so ago when we got that bit of rain in Western Oregon.


If trout fishings your game then the Deschutes River can be plenty good this time of year. There are already some random BWO's showing up so there is a chance for some dry fly fishing. But the bulk of the fishing for trout right now is nymphing. If you were to make your way down to the Deschutes right now the one two combo I'd throw at them right now would be a Stonefly Nymph of sort and probably a Pheasant Tail or Hares Ear.


Owyhee River
The Owyhee is in between bug hatches right now. Here soon we should start getting some BWO hatches going. Then not long after the Blue Wing Olives ramp up the mother of all hatches that hit the Owyhee River. The Skwallas usually start showing up around the end of February or sometime in early March. Who knows but if the weather continues to be so warm and dry the Skwallas could even show up earlier this year. 

Good Luck and Tight Lines

Deschutes River Anglers

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Deschutes River
Remember, as of the new year a chunk of the Lower Deschutes River is now shut down. The Deschutes is now closed from Pelton Dam alway to the Northern Part of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. The Deschutes is still open around the Maupin area for trout and steelhead.

With the water on the colder side of things and very few bugs flying around it's not the most idea time to be chasing the trout around. Your best bet in catching some trout right now would be on nymphs. There are also some steelhead still kicking around in areas. The bulk of them are getting tired and thinking about spawning, but there are still some worth trying to catch. This is the time of year we quit fishing for steelhead on the Deschutes and try our luck on other rivers. Bad idea!