Thursday, March 23, 2017

Water Water and More Water

Owyhee River
Looks like mother nature won this round. In a matter of two years we went from things being as dry as we've ever seen to this year we have more water than we know what to due with. Due to all the snow and rain she has given us this winter it has made the Owyhee huge and unfishable for our skwala hatch this spring. Last year at this time the Owyhee was flowing a whopping 22 cfs, (cubic feet per second) which is pretty normal for the time of year. As of this morning the Owyhee River is flowing 2500 cfs and with the reservoir as full as it is right now I don't see the river dropping anytime soon. The good news is that all this water should do nothing but help the Owyhee and it's fish this summer. 

Deschutes River
The Deschutes is no exception, it is just like the majority of the rivers in Oregon and is running big. Fortunately we have a month and a half for the big flows to simmer down. The salmon fly hatch is our first major hatch of the season and the nice thing about them is you can fish those bugs at just about any flow. When the big bugs show up the fish are usually hungry and ready to play. 

Tight Lines

Deschutes River Anglers

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