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