Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Winter Steelhead Season Has Begun

Winter Steelhead
Our first day of winter steelhead season started off with a bang. We hit two steelhead and farmed a third in just over 2/3 of a day fishing.  The next day our luck wasn't as good and the fish were playing hard to get. Thats the way it can be for winter steelheading on a fly. The good news is we know there are fish around and the ones that are here are shiny and ready for battle.


On Monday a big rain storm hit our area and the Sandy went from 3500 cfs to over 25000 cfs in a matter of 16 hours. But the river level is coming down fast (12,300 cfs as of Tuesday night) and with the freezing level dropping the Sandy should be back into shape before we know it. With this big spike in the river level it should bring in the next wave fish into the Sandy.

Tight Lines

Deschutes River Anglers



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Snow Snow Go Away


With the light dusting of snow and freezing weather that hit us last Wednesday,  pretty much put us in a holding pattern for the past week. The crazy weather hit us so hard we couldn't even get our boats out of the driveway for a few days


Then when we finally got them to the river, it started freezing up so fast we could hardly get our boats out of the water.


But finally the weather is warming up again and we are heading to the Sandy River to winter steelhead. Yep it's that time of year. 

Tight Lines

Deschutes River Anglers 




Thursday, November 26, 2015

That's A Wrap

Another season has come and gone. We’d like to thank everyone who came out with us on the Deschutes, Sandy and Owyhee Rivers this season.  For those of you that didn’t make it out with us this season we hope to see you next season.

This was by far our best and busiest season ever at Deschutes River Anglers. We hardly had much time off. So we’re sorry if you haven't heard from us much these past few months.

This season was not only busy for us on the Deschutes but we also started to focus more time during the summer on the John Day River chasing small mouth bass. As we all know, the Deschutes is a world class trout and steelhead fishery, but the John Day is one of the best small mouth bass fisheries around.  If you haven't fished the John Day you should definitely give it a try.  It won’t disappoint.

Even though the Deschutes is done for the season, we are gearing up for the start of a new season on the Sandy River.  December on the Sandy can be a great month to chase winter steelhead. But that’s just us getting started.  We will continue to guide on the Sandy well through the month of March. Then we will migrate over to the Owyhee River for some early season dry fly action for Brown Trout. 

Starting in March the Owyhee gets a Skwalla Stone fly hatch. Big bugs in small water, what a kick. Lastly we’ll head back over to the almighty Deschutes. Our season opens up the fourth Saturday in April, but things really kick off for us around the 10th of May. This is generally when the Salmon Flies start hatching on the Deschutes.

Then of course that brings us to the middle of August, and time to start swinging flies for summer steelhead again. Steelhead fishing is good right on through November.

We hope you have a great and safe Thanksgiving.

Thanks Again 

Cory Godell
Deschutes River Anglers
541-771-2288 




Wednesday, October 28, 2015

There's Still Time

Deschutes River

Steelhead
The steelhead fishing is RED HOT right now on the Deschutes River.  Cooler weather and overcast skies has made for some of the best fishing this fall so far.  But don't wait too long to hit the river because there is only 2 months left in the Deschutes steelhead season.  Fishing should continue to be good right on through the end of the year.



Trout
Don't forget trout season closes on the Lower Deschutes from Pelton Dam down to the northern end of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation at the end of October.


Sandy River

Winter Steelhead
Even though the Deschutes is running low on steelhead days, the Sandy River winter steelhead season is just about to fire up. Usually by December there are more than enough steelhead in the Sandy to start targeting them. With big rains already hitting the Sandy, some steelhead should already be thinking about heading up the river.



Tight Lines

Deschutes River Anglers



Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Steel Keep Coming

Deschutes River

For one of the hottest, driest years on record, the Deschutes River is in great shape. Down from the  White River, the Deschutes is as clean and clear as its been all steelhead season. And to top things off the water temps are as good as we could ask for. In the mornings the water temps are in the low 60's. By the end of the day the water temps are hitting mid 60's. Soon the temps should get nothing but better.  The weather man says there's a short cool snap coming our way.





Since the Deschutes has been running cooler than the Columbia this season, it has been sucking in a lot of stray steelhead that are meant for other Columbia River tributaries. Each year a lot of steelhead get out of the hot water of the Columbia and slip into other rivers to cool down. That is the great thing about the Deschutes and where it's positioned on the Columbia.  It gets stray fish or what I like to call extra targets for us steel headers.



Better hurry and get here while things are still in prime conditions.

Tight Lines

Deschutes River Anglers

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Primetime

Deschutes River

Steelhead
It is primetime steelheading on the Deschutes. The water has changed from a chocolate milk color into a perfect steelhead green. There is over two feet of visibility in the water. The White River is still kicking some mud into the Deschutes but it's helping more than hurting.



Because the White River has muddied up the Deschutes so much this season, there are considerably fewer people around fishing for steelhead than normal. Now that the river has shaped up, fishing is as good as it’s been all season.  

Trout
With the weather heating up again so is the trout fishing. As long as the weather stays hot, the trout fishing should continue to stay consistently good. The last two days there has been more mayflies and caddis flying around then there had been the bulk of the month. As long as the weather stays stable and warm this should be the trend right on through the rest of September and into October.


Don't forget the upper third of the Deschutes closes for trout at the end of October. So if you are still in need of a trout fix, you had better get here quick.


Tight Lines


Deschutes River Anglers  

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Steelheader's Dream

Deschutes River

Steelhead
Here’s the plain and simple of what's happening on the Deschutes. The river is clearing up, the days are getting shorter and the weather is cooling and is partly cloudy. And if that’s not good enough for you, there seems to be quite a few fish in the river and they are on the bite. What more could any steelheader want. With the Deschutes running colder than the Columbia River a good chunk of the steelhead coming up the Columbia are turning their noses into the Deschutes to cool down. This is a good thing, because it puts more steelhead in the Deschutes which increases our chases of hooking one of these amazing fish.



Trout
The cooler weather that has hit us these past few days has slowed the trout fishing. Even though the fishing has slowed, there is still plenty of fish to be caught. We were on the river yesterday and we were the only fishing boat on the upper 10 miles of the river. It's quite an experience to be on one of Oregon's top Blue Ribbon trout rivers and not see another fisherman.


John Day River
That’s a wrap for another season of Smallmouth Bass fishing on the John Day. Even though it was a low water year we were able to do trips through August. The nice thing about the low water was it was like fishing for fish in a barrel. We will be back over on the John Day starting in November chasing steelhead.



See you on the River!

Cory

Deschutes River Anglers 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It Has Begun

Deschutes River

The steelhead season is now in full swing. Like most years around this time, the White River is acting up and is kicking mud into the Deschutes. When it does this, some days it kicks so much mud the Deschutes is un-fishable. Other days it does nothing more than put a little extra color in the Deschutes. Remember if you can see two feet in the river, the fish can see five or six feet. The Deschutes doesn't have to be crystal clear to catch fish. Sometimes a bit of color is a good thing. With the days getting shorter and the nights getting cooler, the White River should become less and less of a problem. If you happen to show up on the Deschutes ready to chase steelhead and the river is muddier than you like, don't worry; there is over 13 miles of fishable water up river that you can access by car or boat that has plenty of steelhead in it. Before you know it, there will be enough steelhead in the entire Deschutes River to start targeting them any and every square inch you want.

If trout is more your thing, fishing has been good of late. The great thing about fishing for trout right now is that you will pretty much have the river to yourself. There are still some smaller caddis and a few PMD's buzzing around. But before you know it, October Caddis will be showing up and this will get some of the trout focusing on some bigger bugs. Generally the best times to hit the river this time  of season is earlier in the morning until about noon or from 5 pm until dark. If you are wanting to fish dries, look in back eddies and slow moving banks. If you enjoy fishing nymphs, head for any riffle that catches your eye. The great thing about nymphing this time of season is there's always trout in the riffles and you also have a chance of hooking a steelhead.





Water levels on the Deschutes are looking great.

Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

John Day or Deschutes River

John Day River
If you want to catch a pile of small mouth bass, it's time to head for the John Day River. The smallies are slamming everything that is below the surface. The Dries or surface bite, is picking up each day as the river clears up. It has been a bit slow because. Just under about 10 days ago a thunder storm hit the John Day and blew out the main stem. Since then the river has been clearing and the top water bite has been getting better each day.


The John Day River is the third longest undamed or free flowing river in the United States. So water levels are dropping quick. But we should have enough water to get us through most of if not all of August.



Deschutes River
If you like to fish for rainbow trout on a blue ribbon trout river, the Deschutes is a great place to be right now. Caddis and mayfly season is in full swing and there's hardly a soul to be seen. What more could a trout fisherman want.



Just over a week ago Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shut down several rivers in Oregon due to hot water temps in an effort to save salmon and steelhead. The Deschutes River remains open for both trout, and steelhead except for the lower 23 miles of the river. On the lower 23 miles you can fish for the steelhead from day break till 2 P.M. each day. Even though the fishing day is short the fishing has been good for steelhead.



Water levels on the Deschutes remain good.

Tight Lines

Deschutes River Anglers

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Bassin and Troutin

Deschutes River/ John Day River

Fishing on the Deschutes still remains good. If you like hunting for rising trout along slow moving banks or in back eddies, this is a great time to be on the Deschutes. The Deschutes is still fishing good and should continue to do so for the next couple of months. But with the cooler weather that has hit us of late the hatches have slowed a bit. Because of this we are going to be switching gears a bit.

Off and on for the next six weeks we are going to be spending time on the Deschutes and John Day Rivers. The John Day River is an amazing small mouth bass fishery. With the hot summer we've been having, the small mouth bite is off the charts right now. The water is warm and the bass are attacking everything in sight. The John Day is running a little lower than normal, but what this has done is kegged up the bulk of the fish. It's almost like casting to fish in a barrel. Unlike the Deschutes, on the John Day you are allowed to fish from a boat. Which makes this a river fun for all ages. Whether you prefer throwing streamers or fishing poppers on the surface, the John Day is the place to be right now.



Don't forget steelhead is now just around the corner. Fishing should get good in just under a month and continue to be good right on through November.

Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Caddis Caddis and more Caddis

Deschutes River

If you haven't got you trout fix yet, there's still plenty time. The trout fishing on the Deschutes should continue to fish good on through August. Even though we didn't get our usual snowpack this year, the Deschutes is flowing strong and will continue to do so through the rest of the season. With all the hot, hot weather we've been having the caddis hatches have been coming off like crazy. And to top it off the Deschutes is all but void of fishermen. So nows the time to hit the Deschutes.




Don't forget we are just over a month from steelhead season. Starting around the first of August we will start targeting these amazing fish.



Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

Sunday, June 7, 2015

That's a Wrap

Deschutes River

The big bugs have come and gone for another season. Due to the hot, dry spring we had the Salmon Flies showed up earlier than they had ever shown up before. Even though the hatch came off super early, it was another great salmon fly season.


Now that the Salmon Fly season is over, the caddis season is cranking up quick. With the hot weather we are having the caddis number are going through the roof. If you are a person who likes hunting for Deschutes Redsides, now is the time. Since the caddis are much smaller than the Salmon flies the trout have to eat lots more of them. And to top it off there's hardly a soul on the river fishing for the trout right now. 

Don't forget summer steelhead season is just around the corner.

See you on the river

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Salmon Flies are Winding Down

Deschutes River

Trout
With the crazy winter we had and the warmer than average spring we are having, the hatches on the Deschutes have been put in overdrive. Normally right now the salmon fly hatch is just about to hit primetime. But this year we are already on the back end of the hatch. The salmon fly fishing is still good and should continue to be good for the next week or better. But with the salmon fly hatch possibly ending a bit sooner than most seasons, this will be a good or bad thing for some people. For those of you who usually hit it late this month you might miss it. But for those of you who prefer to dodge the crowds, fish smaller flies and go head hunting for rainbows in back eddies and soft shoulders, your time is fast approaching.



*Because of the mild winter, the Deschutes will be running a bit lower than most years. Which isn't a big deal because we still have plenty of water in the reservoirs that feed the Deschutes to get us through the year. We are excited for the lower flows because we will get to fish some spots that we have hardly ever, if ever fished before on the Deschutes in 19 years of guiding it. And that's the fun part about fishing, exploring new fishing holes.

Steelhead
Don't forget good numbers of steelhead start entering the Deschutes in just over two months. So if you are one of the people who enjoy getting up early, watching the sun rise and like to skate flies for summer steelhead, give us a shout soon. As of this season the BLM is limiting the amount of people floating the lower part of the Deschutes river. All in all this is a good thing, because this will keep the amount of pressure down on the river and make it even more enjoyable to fish.

This is one of the Dries we use for steel.


Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Here We Go

Even though we had a very warm and dry winter, the reservoirs that feed the Deschutes still have plenty of water in them to get us through the season. There's no question that the river will be running lower than most seasons. But the lower water could make for a fun season. It will allow us to fish spots that we normally wouldn't or couldn't get to. 

Deschutes River
The salmon fly season is here and kicking into high gear fast. This is the first year I've ever seen a Salmon Fly on the Lower Deschutes above the town of Maupin before the 1st of May. Fortunately, the bulk of the trout aren't fully locked on the big bugs yet. But it's just a matter of days until they are. If you want a chance to catch fish on salmon flies before the bulk of the people show up, nows the time. 


If you are one of those people that's not worried about fishing the big salmon flies and prefers to fish with few people around, then the Deschutes will be that place earlier than normal. Usually after the salmon fly hatch ends, the bulk of the people thin out rather quickly. Plus if you hit things right after the salmon fly hatch, it can be as good, if not better than any salmon fly fishing.  

Just like our salmon flies showing up early, so should our caddis season. Come mid to late June the caddis hatch should be in full swing this year. 


Owyhee
We just finished up our last trip of the spring on the Owyhee and things ended great. Because of all the warm and sunny weather we've been having, the Caddis have shown up early and in force. In the last two weeks the Owyhee River level went from a grim, 14 cfs to a nice 127 cfs. Usually when this happens it knocks the bite off for a few day. Now that the fish seem to have found their new homes, they are now back on the bite in a good sort of a way.


Here’s one of the last fish we caught of the spring. Nice work Bruce!

Tight Lines


Cory
Deschutes River Anglers 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Opening Day is Here




  Deschutes River
It's that time of the year. Opening day for the Lower Deschutes is just around the corner. The long term forecast is saying that there are some clouds coming in with a slight chance of rain. If this weather doesn't  change it should really help get the fishing going good. If we do get some rain, keep your eyes peeled for some BWO's, and there's a chance of some March Browns still kicking around. If the hatches do show up, it will more than likely be sometime around the middle of the day. Regardless, it will be great to get the drift boat out and start fishing the D again.


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f the weather stays warm like it has been for the past forever, be ready for the salmon flies to show up even earlier than normal. 

 

 

This Saturday, April 25 is the opener for the Lower D. From then on the entire lower 100 miles of the Deschutes will be open for trout through October and through the end of the year for steel. 

Steelhead
Winter steelheading on the Sandy River is all but done for another season. Steelhead fishing will kick back up again starting in December. 

   
But it's not to early to start thinking about summer steelhead on the Deschutes. Early August is a good time to start targeting them. There are generally good numbers of steelhead in the lower 23 miles of the Deschutes. In August you tend to run into some of the hottest, strongest steelhead of the season. Come September, there are even more steelhead in the river than August, which never hurts the cause. Generally, in early to mid September the nights and water temps are starting to cool down which usually makes fishing more consistent. Come October, pretty much every steelhead that planned to enter has entered by then. Plus in October and November the water temps are generally all but perfect.

Owyhee 
We are winding up a great season of Skwalla fishing on the Owyhee River. Even though the water levels were all but record lows(14 cfs), the fishing was still as good if not better than a lot of years. The Skwallas may be gone for another year, but because of the warmer than average weather we've been having, the Caddis are already showing up in good numbers. When a few cloudy days showed up last week, so did the May flies and they showed up in force. 

 
As of Sunday, the Owyhee river has been on the rise. Usually when this happens the fishing slows for a few days until the fish get use to the extra water and find their new homes.

Here is one of the beauties that gobbled a dry fly for us on our last trip.

We are down to just a few open days left for the Salmon Fly Hatch. So if you are interested give a call soon.
Sincerely,

Cory Godell
Deschutes River Anglers
541-771-2288

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Things are heating up everywhere!

Winter Steelhead 
This is what we've been waiting for all winter, a new storm to hit our area about every week or so. With the shot of rain that hit our area last week, the Sandy River jumped up which bought in a fresh slug of winter steel. As long as rain keeps hitting us, fishing should remain good right on through April. Late March through April is the time of season when there is good numbers of natives running around in the river. And with water temps climbing these big ole fish are getting awful grabby. 



Owyhee River
The Skwallas are starting to show on the Owyhee River.  Fishing has been a little up and down so far. This is pretty normal early in the Skwalla hatch. It usually takes the bulk of the fish several days of seeing the Skwallas to fully lock in on them. The fishing should get better and better the more we get into April. On top of Skwallas cruising around there are still plenty of  BWO's still hatching.  No need to get up to early, the hatches haven't been coming off till noon or later.



Deschutes River
The entire Lower Deschutes River will be open in less than a month. Mostly what goes on for the first three weeks or so is nymphing. But, by mid May is when the Deschutes is firing on all cylinders. That is when the mother of all hatches is starts to go. The all mighty Salmon Fly Hatch. On most years, it generally starts around the middle of May and goes through a small chunk of June. This is the hatch that everyone should fish at least once in their lifetime. But odds are if you fish it once you will continue to fish it year after year. There's a reason this is the most popular time of the season to be on the Deschutes. 


Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers
541-771-2288

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Steelhead

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Rain finally hit the Sandy which brought new and fresh fish with it. The river level jumped from 900 cfs to over 6500 on Sunday. It has already dropped back down to 2780 cfs. But, if you believe the weatherman, there's a good chance of more rain in the forecast for the end of this week and early next week. The rain should stabilize or even raise the river a bit and bring in even more shiny steel into the river.

 

If anyone needs to steady their shakes, we do have a couple openings the middle of next week. 

Deschutes River
If you want to catch some amazing rainbow trout on big dry flies call us soon, our calendars are filling up quick. We are less than two months away from the start of the Salmon Fly Hatch.

See you on the river

Cory
541-771-2288