Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Deschutes and Crooked River Fly Fishing Reports


Deschutes River

The Deschutes water level has spiked a bit over the last few days as a result of recent rains.
The Salmonfly hatch is over, and the fish are in a  transitional phase. Gorged from the hatch, they are a bit fat and sassy right now... That being said the fish are starting to key in on caddis and you can find fish starting to look up, especially lower in the river where the Salmonfly hatch has been over longer. During a recent multi day trip the caddis bite really improved as we moved down river. The last day and half offered up really superb dry fly fishing on small tan and green caddis patterns. A productive combo was a x-caddis with a soft hackle or sparkle pupae dropper. Fish were caught on the dropper equally as much as on the dry.

Fish have not yet began moving into the back eddies, but any time now they will, in search of dead, spent caddis.  The back eddies, along with the miles and miles of great banks, are another place to get some good dry fly action on the Deschutes during July and August.

Look for the caddis hatch to really ramp up in July, especially during the warmer spells!

Crooked River

The Crooked has settled into it's summer time water level. PMD's and caddis are the food source for trout for the rest of the summer. Hatches of midges, and scuds fill out the menu.

Dry fly fishing is best when shade settles in on the canyon. Early shade can be found in areas with high palisades... Nymphing is productive all day. High stick the pocket water with micro may fly patterns, and green caddis pupae, and small midge patterns. An egg pattern can be deadly as well, though be ready to catch a few white fish!

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