Saturday, May 15, 2010
Deschutes River Fly Fishing Report 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.