Since the rain has slowed so has the fishing. Due to the lack of rain the river is getting low and clear which has made fishing tougher than normal for the time of year. The good news is that there is rain in the forecast and there is still plenty of the winter steelhead season left. So be ready to hit the river when the rain hits our area. With rain comes fish.
Signs of life are starting to show on the Owyhee. There has been the occasional blue wing olive showing up. Not much in the way of a hatch to get the fish overly excited yet, but soon things will start to happen. We are just over a month away from when the skwallas typically start showing up. Because of the warmer than normal temperatures of late, don't be surprised if things start a bit earlier this season.
The black stones aka winter stones are here and going strong. Because of all the warm and sunny days we've had it's put the middle D and it's hatches in overdrive. Fishing should remain good on the stone flies for at least another couple week. Keep and eye on the water levels. The flows can go up and down due to irrigation canals being turned on a off each month.
Don't forget, opening day for the Lower Deschutes is April 25
Deschutes River Anglers