Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Cool Nights=More Steelhead

Deschutes River
Steelhead
Steelhead season is here and going strong. For late August there are a good number of fish in the river, and the good news is bulk of the steelhead are still on their way. With the nights cooling down water temps are dropping which should start bringing in more and more fish into the Deschutes. We have been catching the occasional steelhead up river but you will wan’t to focus your efforts on the lower stretches of the Deschutes. Down river of Maupin is still the best bet. 



Trout 
If you are still in need of a trout fix this is a great time to hit the Deschutes. Most of the people fishing the Deschutes have switched gears and are now fishing for steelhead. So if you prefer trout you should have the bulk of the spots all to yourself. The trout have seen a lot of different fly patterns by this time of yearso this is a good time to be fishing attractor patterns. You will also want to have some bigger caddis dry flies and nymphs with you. The October Caddis should start to show up in anytime. Back eddies and riffles is where you want to spend most of your time.

Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

Monday, August 20, 2018

What's Your Pleasure

This time of season there are truly tons of great fishing options to be had. If rainbow trout is what you prefer, the Deschutes is fishing very good. During the heat of the day nymphing is the best way to catch Deschutes Redsides. But by no means is it the only way. If you know where to look there are still plenty of dry fly opportunities out there. 


If you enjoy catching brown trout with a smorgasborg of different techniques, then pack your bags and head to the Owyhee. Right now on the Owyhee River there are terrestrials, PMD's , lots and lots of midges, and the occasional caddis buzzing around. It's not a question of are there any bugs around, but which ones should you fish. There's a reason these brown trout grow so big in such a small river.



Last but not least, the almighty steelhead. They are showing up in good numbers on the Lower Deschutes. Steelhead fishing has seen ups and downs so far.  Fortunately, quite a few more ups than downs. Right now there is a thermal block at the mouth of the Deschutes which is slowing the steelhead up a bit. But with cooler days lately the thermal block should disappear real soon and when it does the flood gates will open and there should be gobs of steelhead shooting up the Deschutes. 


No matter your pleasure, it is a pretty amazing time to be fishing Central and Eastern Oregon right now.


Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers
541-771-2288


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Deschutes Owyhee


Deschutes
Trout
When we get hot weather we can get some unbelievable caddis hatches, and man has it been hot here lately. When hot snaps hit us like we are having, it makes the caddis go nuts and tons of them all hatch at once. Because of this we are having some of the best dry fly fishing of the summer. As long as the hot weather continues to stick around we should have good hatches and good to great dry fly fishing.


Steelhead
Steelhead season coming at us fast. The steelhead numbers are starting to ramp up over the dams and the number are looking pretty good, especially compared to last year.

Owyhee
Trout
The fishing on the Owyhee has also been very good. Just like the Deschutes, because of the hot weather the hatches having been going bonkers. Fishing the riffles the flats, you name it they've all been good. The longer the hot weather stays with us the sooner we will be fishing hoppers and those can really get those brown trout going.



Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

Monday, July 2, 2018

A river to your self


DESCHUTES RIVER
If you haven't got you trout fix yet, there's still plenty time. The trout fishing on the Deschutes should continue to fish good on through August. Even though we didn't get our usual snowpack this year, the Deschutes is flowing strong and will continue to do so through the rest of the season. With all the hot, hot weather we've been having the caddis hatches have been coming off like crazy. And to top it off the Deschutes is all but void of fishermen. So nows the time to hit the Deschutes.



Owyhee River 
Big bugs, big browns and a small desert stream. The Owyhee and it's hopper season is just around the corner. By mid August our terrestrial season is going strong and the browns are chomping about everything in sight. If you haven't fished this amazing river in eastern Oregon, don't miss out this year.


Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers
541-771-2288

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Fresh Start





Deschutes River
Now that the Salmon Fly hatch is over the Deschutes is back normal. People are gone but the fish are still there and ready to play. The warmer weather that has been hitting us of late has already got the caddis hatch ramped up. Riffles are always a good bet but a lot of the fish are making their way to back eddies or slower moving water, aka smaller bug water. As long as the weather stays hot the caddis hatches should continue to be good. The Redside rainbows on the Deschutes are some of the strongest trout you will ever battle. Come give them a shot.



Owyhee River
We are just over 6 weeks away from things really heating up on the Owyhee River. Usually by mid August the hopper fishing on the "O" is in full swing. If you enjoy catching big brown trout on dry flies this is something you don't want to miss. We offer one, two or three day trips on this amazing river.




Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers
541-771-2288




Monday, June 11, 2018

End of one season start of another

The Salmonflies have come and gone. The number of anglers will begin to disperse into the flux of other summer activites. This means the Lower Deschutes River becomes quieter and the trout await more feasting opportunities. This time of year we begin to transition. Caddis become the main target and provide the angler more excellent opportunities at catching these robust redsides. June and July are hot sunny days in the canyon. Wet wading becomes an option. The magic hour of the sun setting in the canyon is special and trout fishing can be spectaclar. Both Multi-day and single day guided trips on the Lower Deschutes are offered. The camp stretch allows the angler 30 miles of river while having an outfitted camp to look forward to at the end of the day. Single day trips from Warm Springs to Trout Creek is another great option for the angler. 



The John Day River really starts to fish well for Smallmouth Bass. Water temperatures and flows are perfect for producive topwater bass fishing. Smallmouth bass are eager predators willing to pounce on any given opportunity. We love to fish topwater poppers or small streamer imititations. The John Day River is very unquie. No dams, no trains, no cars, the river is quiet and scenic. John Day River trips are well worth checking out if you haven't already. 


Owhyee River brown trout and summer steelhead are not far off! 


Tight Lines 

Cory Godell

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Salmon Flies

Deschutes River
The Bad News is the Salmon Flies are all but gone for another year. We probably have a week or so left of good dry fly fishing with the big bugs. The Good News is the Caddis and Mayflies are showing in good numbers and the fish are already keying in on them. The further we get into June, the stronger the Caddis hatches will get. More Good News, with the Salmon Flies on the way out the door so are the bulk of the people fishing the Deschutes. The short and simple of it is if you enjoy fishing a world class river, with some of the strongest trout around this is a great time to fish Deschutes.


Owyhee River
The Owyhee River, big browns and more big bug fishing is just a few short months away.



Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers



Monday, May 7, 2018

Game Changer


Deschutes River
The amazingly nice weather we've been having has made for some nice days on the water, but the fishing of late has definitely been up and down due to the lack of bugs. But now the game is changing. The salmon flies are finally making their annual guest appearance which should get the trout ready to chow everything in sight. So if you like enjoy fishing big dries to eager fish this is your time. The salmon fly hatch usually only stick around for two or three weeks, so there is no time to wait.



Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Bugggggs

Deschutes 
The months of May and June are truly one of the best times for trout fishing; especially dry fly fishing. Bigger small, Salmonfllies, Mayflies, Caddis, and Green Drakes all come out to party for the next upcoming months. Weather can play a big role in dictating hatches. Warm overcast days are prime conditions for mayflies while hot sunny conditions improve caddis number. The Salmonfly hatch will happen any week now. There are already some reports of some big bugs making an appearance in the lower reaches of the Lower Deschutes downstream of Maupin. The forecast looks to be warmer for the next couple of weeks. With that said, it will only be a matter of time until the grassy banks are full of salmon flies. The salmon fly hatch typically will last a couple weeks. During the big hatch however, be prepared to have caddis and mayflies. As most people know, the Lower Deschutes water temperatures are warmer this day in age causing timing to be earlier than normal.



Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

Thursday, April 12, 2018

April 22

DESCHUTES
Opening day on the Deschutes is only a few short days away. On April 22nd the entire 100 miles of the Lower Deschutes will be OPEN!!!



OWYHEE
The Skwala's on the Owyhee are starting to wind down. If we are lucky, the bugs will stick around for another week or so.  The fishing this spring on the Owyhee has been one of the more consistent springs we've had, with the exception of the weather mudding up the river for part of one day. This is the time of the month we need to watch the water levels. Usually around April 15th the damn raises the water level to help the farmers so they can start their irrigation. When this happens it tends to knock the fish loopy for a few days and fishing can be very tough.






Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers



Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Dry Fly Season Has Begun

Here's the short and simple of it. If you like fishing dry flies on small streams for brown trout, the Owyhee is the the place to be right now. The warm weather that hit us the past few days has really cranked up the Skwalla hatch. The skwalla hatch should have a week or so left until it's gone for another year. 



Don't forget trout season on the Lower Deschutes opens in just over 3 weeks. April 22nd is the lucky day this year. 

Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Fun Is Just Beginning

Happy Spring from Deschutes River Anglers! 

It finaly seems winter has let go of it's final grasp. Spring time is lovely here in Central Oregon and so is the fishing! Wild flowers, scattered rain showers, intermintent sunshine, heapes of bugs, and happy hungry trout. There is so much to look forward to in the next coming months.

First off, were wrapping up the springtime season on the Owhyee River. Overall, the fishing was pretty darn good fishing a mixture of Skwallas and midge patterns. 



April 22nd marks the opener for trout fishing on the Lower Deschutes River from Northern Boundry of the Warm Springs Reservation to Pelton Dam. This is exciting for us! Back to work we go and we hope you can join us for some fun springtime trout fishing. The last few weeks of April through the first week of May can be stellar trout fishing conditions. A plethora of mayflies and stonefly nymphs begin to become very active. Cloudy days can bring out insane Blue Wing Olive and March Brown hatches. Back eddies and riffles can explode with rising redsides. There is nothing better!!! When the dry fly action is slow, nymphing migrating stonefly nymphs and various mayfly nymphs can be lights out. Floating the day stretch or multi day section, Trout Creek to Maupin, the scenery does not get better. The river is quiet and vibrant of colors, from bloosiming wild flowers to the green grass of the canyon hills. If you have never seen early Spring on the Lower Deschutes, I strongly encourage it! The spring has many favorable characteristics for the trout fishing. 



The Second week of May brings out... well you know! The Salmonfly Hatch. Big bugs known as "Pteronarcys Californica" hatch in huge numbers along the grassy banks and trees of the Deschutes River. The Trout respond in a chaotic manner. Linning the banks or hunkering below overhanging alders, these big clumsy bugs don't stand a chance. The salmonfly hatch is defintiely one of the most productive times for trout fishing for the entire year on the Lower Deschutes. 

June marks the time of year where we transtion. We continue to guide the Lower Deschutes and the fishing will remain excellent. Caddis and mayflies become the main entree for trout. The busy crowds of people from the salmonfly hatch vanish away, and all is right on the Lower Deschutes River. June and July are still prime time season for trout fishing. There is a lot of avaiabality for day and multi day trips. Another opportunity is also avaiable in June. The John Day River flows just east of the Deschutes river and is a fantastic smallmouth bass fishery. Were talking 100 fish days no problem. Small Mouth Bass are loads of fun. These aggressive fish will explode on topwater poppers or crush small streamers. Fishing is done out of a boat. Multi day camp trips on the John Day is a cool change of pace and scenery. For those looking to get family or beginners into fly fishing, the John Day is a great option. 


We are looking forward to fishing with you and having another great year on the Lower Deschutes, John Day, and Owhyee River. The season is only just starting! 

Tight Lines! 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Deschutes=Trout Creek=Steelhead



I just started my 14th season working on the Trout Creek project for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. We are trying to create better habitat which improves the stealheads' chances of survival and provides more areas for them to spawn. Trout Creek is the main spawn tributary of the Deschutes for summer run steelhead.


Roughly 20 percent of all the steelhead that swim up the Deschutes go up Trout Creek to spawn. Some steelhead only make it up the creek a couple hundred yards where others travel over 40 mile up it to spawn. It’s nothing short of incredible what these fish go through.



We are exactly two months away until the entire 100 miles of the Lower Deschutes opens up. April 22nd is our lucky day this year. 


Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Bites On


All this amazing weather we've been having, hasn't just got us excited, it has also got the fish super excited. These hot February days are warming up the water temps quickly which has made the bug hatches come off like crazy for the past week. All these bugs have made for some amazing midday dry fly action. As long as the warm weather continues to be awesome, so should the fishing.



If you haven't gotten signed up with us for the Skwalla hatch this March/ April, you're going to have to wait until next season. Our calendar is all booked up for those two months. If you can't wait until 2019 to fish the Owyhee, another great option is to join us over there in August and/or September for some hopper fishing.



Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers
541-771-2288


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Still fish to be caught


Hope everyone is having a great New Year so far!

This time of year bug hatches are definitely few and far between, but if you know where to look there are still fish to be caught. There is the occasional blue wing olive hatch during the heat of the day. If the BWO's don't show, a dry dropper combo has been very productive. You never know whats gonna be bitting on the nymphs. 


Skwalla season on the Owyhee River will start kicking off mid March thru mid April. This is an awesome time of the year as eager brown trout slurp down Skwalla Stoneflies. 



If you have any questions about the Owyhee and it's skwallas or the Deschutes feel free to contact us or check out our website.

Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

So Many Options So Little Time

Happy New Year from Deschutes River Anglers


First things first, Thanks to all who fished with us last year. We look forward to fishing with you this coming year. 
2017 was a year of ups and downs, but mainly ups. We usually start our season on the Owyhee fishing it’s skwala hatch. Normally when we show up the river is flowing around 50 cfs. This year it was flowing in the realm of 3000 cfs. Needless to say the river had way, way to much water to fish last spring. 




Next came the Salmon fly hatch on the Lower Deschutes. It started a little on the late side due to the crazy winter we had. But once the big bugs showed, it fished good as always and  fished well into June.



Late June through August produced some of the best caddis hatches that the Deschutes has seen in years. This made for some of the most consistent fishing that we could ask for during the hot summer months.



In June, July and August we also spent several days on the John Day River fishing for small mouth bass. The John Day is a river where you go to catch fish, not to go fishing. The amount of fish in this river is nothing short of amazing. Come one come all, this is truly a river for all ages since you can fish from the boat. 


Come the latter part of August and September, we switched gears and headed for the Owyhee River. If you haven’t been there before, the Owyhee is a beautiful tail water fishery in far Eastern Oregon. In August and September we are primarily fishing hoppers mixed with the occasional caddis and mayfly.



To finish out our season, late September through most of November we were back on the Deschutes fishing for steelhead. The numbers were down this year but the great news is that so were the anglers, which made fishing much better than expected. Plenty of steelhead were found and for the trout fisherman the trout fishing during that time was off the charts.  



2018 should be another great year. Steelhead returns can only go up from last season. The Owyhee River should be a great early spring option if we have a normal winter. The Lower Deschutes trout season starts the last weekend of April. This is a lot to look forward too.

We look forward to fishing with you!

Tight Lines

Cory
Deschutes River Anglers

.