Saturday, September 11, 2010
Deschutes Steelhead Report
Long time no see...no excuses!
Steelheading on the Deschutes in 2010 is a completely different animal than it was in 2009. What we lack in numbers this year is more than made up for with 30" inch natives with shoulders that don't quit. Over the last ten days I have spent on the river I have seen more 10 pounders than I saw all last year. We released a half dozen legitimate 12 pounders and two fish in the fifteen pound range. Sure, we are not having 40 fish days but we are seeing steady fishing with multiple opportunity to swing fish daily. Water temps have remained in the mid sixties despite the cool weather fronts that have moved in and out of the CRG (Columbia River Gorge). It's almost like summer came and went without notice. Fall tactics should be in full effect. Dry lines, drab patterns, skaters...oh yeah, and if that doesn't work go big and ugly, and don't delay. Dry line fishing has been tough this year. Grabs are soft and lack luster. As the temps drop back into the mid fifties in the next 30 days expect the return of the freight train takes.
Labor day has passed which means fishing pressure will even out from Warm Springs to the mouth. We are currently booked in September for sled trips and have some availability for drift boat trips. October is going to be return of the "Killer B's", if you are interested in fishing with us this fall don't wait, we will be booked out by mid September.
Hope everyone has had a great couple of months, the best is yet to come.