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.
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.
The kids and I hit the Redmond Sportman show last weekend and it was a success. They both caught several fish which made us all happy!
So far this season the winter steelheading has been a trick one. The rains that we normally get this time of year just aren't showing up. The good news is there's still plenty of time for the rain to hit and the steelhead fishing to get good. There are always some steelhead in the river, but the bulk are still yet to come. The one thing about steelhead is that they have to show up at some point. It's not like they can wait another year to do their thing.
My winter job at fish and wildlife is up and running again. This is my 11 season with ODFW. We work on Trout Creek which is the main steelhead spawning tributary of the Deschutes.The numbers of juvenile steelhead (Smolt) coming out of Trout Creek right now are quite a bit ahead of normal. This is a good thing for the future of steelhead in the Deschutes.
This is a fish trap that is designed to catch fish swimming down river.