Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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!