Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Switching Gears


Just finished up my last day of winter steelheading for another season. Decide to take the week off from guiding and ODFW to hang with the kids over spring break and do a little fishing myself. Starting next week we are switching gears and heading for the Owyhee for some dry fly brown trout action. The dry fly fishing has already started on the Owyhee. Off and on for the past couple of weeks there has been some good Blue Wing Olive hatches. The BWO's have been showing up most days around 1 o'clock in the afternoon and on overcast days the hatches have been at their best.

                                                             
Deschutes River
SALMON FLY                                                                                                                                               
Our biggest, baddest and most popular hatch on the Deschutes will be starting up in about six weeks. It's the almighty Salmon Fly hatch. The bugs are giant and the fish are hungry, so don't miss it out on this amazing time on the Deschutes

If anyone is interested, I have one last two or three day window open for the Salmon Fly hatch. The available days are the last three days of May, which is the tail end of Memorial weekend (Sunday-Tuesday). This should be a good if not great time for the hatch this season due to the bigger winter we are having. It will also be a good time to dodge a lot of the people fishing during the holiday weekend since we can takeout on a Tuesday. If you have any questions or If you are interested let me know ASAP, It's first come first serve.



                                           

Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers
541-771-2288 
corygodell@gmail.com

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Off to a Good Start

Trout season is off to a good start. My two favorite clients and I made our way down to our local sportsman show. While we were there they both hooked into a some nice trout. Now it's time to head back to the river.


Winter Steel
So far we've been lucky. With the storms hitting our area, the Sandy River is holding strong. The river level has definitely been going up and down, but with the low freezing level it hasn't blown out  in the last several weeks. With water levels going up and down, it has made for a steady stream of steelhead coming into the Sandy. There isn't much time left so if you want a chance to catch a winter steelhead on a fly, you better get here soon. We are generally done fishing the Sandy by Early April and won't start up again until sometime in December.



Owyhee River
Dry fly season is now amongst us. Blue Wings have begun hatching on the Owyhee. Depending on the year, usually by late March, the Skwalas start showing and that's when the fishing really starts to heat up. Then by the first week in April the hatch is usually in full swing and it will carry right on through most of the month. I will be heading that way for my first Skwala trip of the season in just about three weeks.


We still have a couple open days for anyone interested in catching brown trout on big dry flies.


Deschutes River
Now that the Deschutes trout season is open year round, it's been nice to get some bonus days on the river. March is the time of season that hatches start heating up on the Deschutes. Of late there's been some good Blue Wing Olive hatches coming off around one o'clock. In another few weeks the March Browns will start showing. This can be an amazing time to be on the river. If you hit the hatch right, you may have one of the best dry fly sessions you will ever have.



Don't forget, Salmon Fly season is closing in on us quick. So if you like hucking big dries along grassy banks or under trees and watching them getting engulfed by big rainbows, you had better get a hold of us soon. Salmon Flies usually start showing up around the end of the second week of May and go through first week or so of June.

Skwala vs. Salmon fly
Skwalas and Salmon Flies are both big ole dry flies. And as you might guess trout love them both. The real question is do you want to fish Skwalas on a small river (Owyhee) for brown trout or Salmon Flies on a bigger river for rainbow. Which ever you prefer let us know soon.



Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers
541-771-2288