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.
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.
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.
Deschutes River Anglers