Friday, May 25, 2012

Deschutes and Crooked River Fly Fishing Reports


Crooked River
CFS 246

The Crooked is in great shape. The river is clear, free from algae, and fishing well.
The lack of sustained high water has not created a Nitrogen rich scenario in the river which in the past has resulted in fish kills (gas bubble disease) and a lot of weed growth.

The Grannoms caddis fly is present as are BWO's and PMD mayflies. Dry fly fishing is good on one or all of these bugs during the day.

The average size of fish is up already, I look forward to the rest of the summer. I forecast good fishing throughout with a better than average fish size than years past.

Deschutes River
CFS  5090

The Deschutes water level has spiked a bit in the last 24 hours, but I don't think it will affect the bite much. Salmonflies are out all the way to Warm Springs. Fishing is good on the big bugs up top, crowds are out as well. They current cooler weather will put a damper on the hatch for a day or two, but during weather like this is when we see Green Drakes and PMD's coming off. So fishing is good either way.

Always  make sure you have a few Green Drake patterns in your box during this time of year. A large parachute Adams will work in a pinch, but there are some pretty deadly cripple and parachute Drake patterns that work much better.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Deschutes and Crooked River Fly Fishing Reports


The Crooked River:
Flow 261 CFS

The Crooked is down to a very fish-able level, and barring any heavy spring rains, should stay that way. Look for the Mother's Day Caddis hatch this month (Grannoms) it can be very prolific and provide great dry fly action. Use a hi vis Brown or Black Caddis size 12-14, also there can be Blue Wing Olive and Midge hatches as well, more so on the inclement or overcast days. Nymphing with small micro may fly nymphs, midge pupa, and the such is always productive.

The Deschutes River:
Flow 4800 CFS

The Deschutes is also on the drop, and is fishing well. Salmonflies are starting to emerge in the lower river, and with this warmer weather the hatch should really come on. Look for the next three-four weeks or so to be prime time! Nymphing has been the most productive, as fish are gorging themselves on the ripe stonefly nymphs that are abundant at this time and very active getting ready to hatch! Fish two fly set ups with a large rubber legged brown or black stonefly nymph (sz.4-8)  followed by a small beadhead Hares Ear or PT nymph (sz14-16)
It will take a bit for the trout to take notice of the adult Salmonflies, but once they do, drop the nymph stick, grab the dry fly rod and get ready for some of the best dry fly fishing the Deschutes has to offer!

 Note: Redside Trout spawn in the spring, protect the resource and let them do there thing by watching out for Reds (trout spawning beds). Avoid dropping anchor, fishing, or wading on gravel bars.