Friday, October 30, 2009

Deschutes Steelhead Report 10/29/09

Warm Springs-Trout Creek

Every year I try and get in a float on the day stretch before they close the Indian side (closes October 31st) We usually get a fish or two, enjoy the day and say goodbye to some of our favorite runs until next year. Well this year was no exception, except that the fishing was off the hook! It was the best day I have every had on this stretch. Fitting climax for an unbelievable season. We hooked 15 steelhead, and one Jack chinook (which was the surprise of the day), between two of us! This section of river has seen a recent push of 1 salt fish into the area. As most of the fish caught were 24" cookie cutters, all were fairly bright for this time of year. We did catch a couple of 2 salt fish that were darker and looked like they had been there for awhile. Another note on the day that added to the perfection was the lack of crowds, we were one of two drifters, and one pontoon guy. We had every run to ourselves that we wanted to fish! This was a far cry to the week prior, fished this stretch during the same day of the week, and you needed to bring your own rock to find a spot. You just never know, but that's the beauty of steelheading, you just gotta keep at it and eventually the stars align, and you hit just right and then it's on!

Tight lines, and I hope to see you on the water
(just not in one of my favorite runs!)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Deschutes River Steelhead Report 10/24/09

Warm Springs-Maupin

Fishing has improved since the water level increase a week ago put the fish off the bite. Water temps are still above 50 degrees. The river was very busy though, especially for the mid week. Trips earlier were less busy with better fishing, you never know though. Its seems that some days everybody calls in sick at the same time! Look for fishing to stay good through the Month and in to November.  Remember that the reservation side of the river between Warm Springs and Trout Creek closes October 31st, and the whole section of the river bordering the reservation closes for trout on the 31st. We will be offering guided drift and jet boat trips through November so if you haven't got your steelhead fix yet give us a call!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Macks to the Mouth 15-18 October

Higher water levels in October are par for the course on the Deschutes.  Clarity is good and water temps are in the low 50's.  We have been catching fish dispite the change in river flow.  We ended up with 8 fish in 3 days with the highest production day being yesterday afternoon.  The good news is the fish we have been catching are quality natives.  The landing rate is about 30% for this trip and out of the 8 only one was a hatchery.  We get a big push of large steelhead in the lower river each October.  Fishing by sled from Mack's Canyon can put you all by yourself in a matter of minutes.  Look forward to seeing you!


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Deschutes River Steelhead Report 10/11/09

Trout Creek- Maupin

Fishing is excellent in this stretch of river right now. The bulk of the run seems to be above Maupin now, though there still is some good fishing to be had lower. We were seeing  more two salt fish on this trip, with more than a few fish caught between 28-30 inches. Water temps are starting to drop a bit, last temp I took was about 52 degrees +/-, fish are still being taken on top with quite a bit of regularity. If you have been wanting to catch a steelhead on a skater, this is the time to try! When the temps get below fifty degrees sink tips and leaches are best.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Deschutes River Fishing Report 10/5/09

Just finished taking a weekend off with a couple pals celebrating somebodies 40th birthday.  Fishing was incredible.  Hooked many fish despite the extreme windstorm that left the Deschutes River Canyon blocked in by a cloud of dust.  Water temps were hovering around 55 degrees and the air temp was in the 60's most of the weekend.  For those who could bare the wind there were some very grabby fish around.  Total encounters of the fishy kind was well into the thirties with three guys fishing.  With the cloud cover we fished dry lines most of the time.  The Chinook above came courtesy of the The Lady Caroline on a dry line swing.  Fishing was so good we didn't leave the canyon until dark.  We still have a couple opening in October and hope you can make it down this season.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Deschutes River Steelhead Report- 9/30/09

Just got off another 3 day trip. Fishing started off hot, as we hooked fish in our first 4 out of 5 stops. Then the weather changed a bit, and the bite slowed we were suspecting an unstable barometer to be the culprit. Or maybe we angered the steelheading gods by scoffing at how easy steelhead fishing was becoming. Any ways it was looking to be an average trip as far as numbers goes, the count at 1:00 o'clock on our last day stood at 4 for 5 fish. Then it busted wide open and we managed to hook seven fish in matter of four hours. At one point having a double hook up! Fishing ranged from average to excellent depending on what section of river we were in. Look for the fish to spread out more evenly through October. Water temps are still ideal for dry lines, though the fish we caught were on tips and leaches mainly because these setups were easy casting in the ever present wind.