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.
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.
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!
Deschutes River Anglers