Sunday, July 24, 2011

Deschutes Steelhead Update

I've been on the river a lot this month.  There have been fish around since early in July, but few and far between.  Each week results improve over the prior week.  We were two for three last weekend with two rods fishing very hard.  Friday we landed one fish with one rod fishing very casually.  Water temps hovered between 66 & 67 degrees mid day at rivermile 8.  The Pelton project continues baffle most of us, stay tuned for a later update.

As far as expectations and tactics, it's late July moving into August.  Mornings and evenings are your best shot at swung fish.  I like dry line fishing this time of year but when the going gets tough the tough go sink tips.  Don't be afraid to skate a fly in the right water.  I have seen fish refuse dry line offerings, and big sink tip offerings, then absolutely destroy a skater.  I like Morrish's Pom Skater but a nice Muddler will do the trick.  Dry line bugs are diverse but I like something purple with a chartreuse rear end...most importantly tied sparse try the Ace in the Hole from Idylwilde with a Pumpkin Pie for a come back fly.  Sink tips I like the same theme, something big, purple or black tied sparse, I like the Hobo Spey and Silvey's Tandem Tube.  Water temps will dictate policy for the next 30 days.  Despite seasonally cool weather and higher river flows we have a Deschutes with warmer water than the Columbia, translated, fewer strays into the lower 24.  But hey if you like steelheading then you know, you get what you get!  We will show up making reports not following them.  Summer fishing is fun, it's warm, and the fish are smokin' hot.

We are running sled trips all summer as well as three day float trips for Steelhead between Heritage and Macks Canyon. For those not ready to stop stalking trout Warm Springs to Trout creek is a great day float and stalking fish is still on!

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