Crooked River 74 CFS
The Crooked is low and clear right now. Fishing is good to excellent on the warmer days. Fishing slows down during the cold snaps. The low water consolidates fish, so find the deeper spots and slots and concentrate your efforts there. Hatches of Blue Wing Olives and Midges occur during this month, some dry fly fishing can be had in the early after noon. Use smaller Adams, Griffiths Gnats, Purple Hazes (sz 18-20) Nymphing small micro may fly patterns, Orange Scuds, and Midge Pupas will work when nothings happening up top. Also, Whitefish are still spawning so make sure to have a few egg patterns as well. Adjust your indicator fairly short, and high stick as much as possible!
We offer guided trips on the Crooked all year long, so if your not sure where to go, and could use some pointers on fishing the Crooked give us a call!
Deschutes River 6150 CFS
The Deschutes is running high and cold right now. But if your itching to fish...you can, just make sure it is below the reservation, as the river bordering the reservation is closed. Nymphing is most productive this time of year, pretty standard stuff. Try Stonefly patterns in black and brown, with Hare Ears or PTs dropped off. Again Whitefish are on the spawn so small egg patterns will work as well. Later on we will start to see better hatches of BWO's and some March Browns and there can be some good dry fly fishing to be had, usually with the added bonus of having the river to your self.
The Salmonfly Hatch is right around the corner! We are currently booking day and multi day Salmonfly trips starting May 15th. Book now to secure the best dates!
Oregon Coast Winter Steelhead
The coast rivers are on the drop, look for rivers to get below 6 ft, with 5ft+/- to be ideal for fly fishing. There are fish in all the systems right now, and we have already had some good trips over there, but look for Feb, March, and early April to fish best as the bulk of the wild steelhead show up. These fish are much more aggressive and take to the fly much better than the typical hatchery steelhead.
If you are looking for a guided fishing trip on the coast this winter give us a call for the best fishing is still to come!