A boat went down this weekend in Whitehorse (not ours thank god) Everyone was okay. As of now the boat is still in the rapid, somewhere down low around House Rock. If you find some river booty below there shoot me a P.M. and I can point you in the direction of the likely owner.
Take care, tight lines, and most of all...
be safe out there on the river!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Short and sweet, been a long weekend. Fishing is great but it's not easy. Conditions are tough, wet, cold, and windy. Bring some PMD, BWO, Caddis emergers, variety pack of 16 bead heads, the world famous posse bugger....and oh yeah, some Stones, Norm Wood Special should do.
Look for water that is hard if not impossible to fish and you will find many players. That is not to say that there aren't some fish to lift out of the popular runs, but if you want to fish the players find some rip rap, boulders, and beyond your comfort zone wading.
The Salmon Fly hatch has the brakes on until this front moves through and the temps come back up. That is not to say you won't find some players but it is to say the fish are not stupid at this point. Fish hard and often because you never know when the big day or week will be...my guess Memorial Weekend and the week after.
Posted some pictures here.
Have a great week.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Well it's official, big bugs are showing from Penton Dam to the Falls. Fishing has been strong for the last week with most of the action coming subsurface. Fish are not keying on the big bugs just yet. Dry fly fishing will become more and more productive as the hatch progresses. When the Hatch progresses so does the angler pressure. Fishing from a driftboat is the best way to access the Deschutes. If you have time we recommend three days from Warm Springs to Maupin. It is not uncommon to raise dozens of fish a day on drys when the fish get keyed in. If you don't have time choose the day floats from Warm Springs to Trout Creek or Nena to Harpham flats. As everyone heads to Warm Springs remember there is no better access on foot or by vehicle than the Maupin area, and the fishing is second to none.
Carry some big foam bodied salmonflies and goldens. When nymphing use a big stonefly and size 14-18 beadhead as a dropper. Most beadhead patterns in the 14-16 size range will bring fish to hand, with mayfly patterns being the most productive.
The weather is great this weekend so enjoy.