The Crooked is in summer mode now... Fishing is good, with caddis hatching through out the day and PMD's in the afternoon - early evening. The river has been busy though with day trip anglers and campers alike. Look to the pullouts off the road, instead of the Rec sites for spots to fish.
The heat is starting to detour some as well, though this is when some of the best fishing and hatches occur.
We have just finished our last fly fishing class offered through the local community college where we taught beginning and itermediate fly fishing classes on the Crooked River.
There is not a better river in Central Oregon to learn how to fly fish on than the Crooked River! There are still options for group and private fly fishing classes with River Borne Outfitters this summer!
The Deschutes has been fishing great this July. The caddis are the thickest I have seen in years. All this hot weather is bringing out the bugs in force. And the trout seem to be responding with lots of fish looking up during the hot days, and good nymphing during cooler days.
We have also been seeing some of the biggest fish of the season so far the last few weeks. Numerous fish over 18" have been hooked on Deschutes guide trips in the last week with the longest taping out at 22 inches!
I don't know how long the good fishing will last. The summer duldrums usually hit in mid to late August and fishing slows down a bit, but with the amount of bugs around, maybe it will hold out all summer. If you want to check out the summer caddis fishery on the Deschutes now is the time!... Call or email us if you would like more info or to book a trip!
The first good slug of fish are making there way over the dams right now. Fish have already been caught at the mouth. Look for fishable numbers to be present in the lower 24 miles by early August.
August - Early September
are prime months to chase steelhead in the lower river. Overnight drift boat trips for steelhead are available during this time in the lower 24 miles of the Deschutes. These fish are bright, aggressive, good biters that take to a swung fly well. Spey rods are the tool of choice as this section river has a lower gradient and long runs best covered with spey casts and swung flies.
It is hot right now in Central Oregon! And the river is the best place to be. The river will be busy this 4th of July weekend with many campers taking advantage the many camp sites along the river.
Don't worry though there is plenty of fish to go around and different spots to try if your favorite spot is full.
The fly fishing is good on the Crooked River, with the onset of the hot weather
we are finally seeing good hatches of PMD's between 1-4 PM. Caddis and midges are also available to fish. Look for the PMD's to hatch best below any substantial riffle. PMD Comparaduns, and Purple Hazes sz. 16-18 are good dry options.
Again, it is hot out! The Deschutes is fishing well as a result. The caddis hatch turns into a swarm during hot weather. Good number of fish were still spawning in the later part of June. Most have vacated the beds and have returned to feeding. Making for more fish available to target on the river. Nymphing is productive in most of the classic runs off the many Islands, and sweeping corners of the Deschutes. Bank lines, and back eddies hold trout and are good spots dry fly fish, try a Tan or Green X Caddis in a sz 16.
Summer camp trips on the Deschutes are a blast this time of year. Hot
summer days are spent wet wading, fishing, and swimming in the river!
Warm nights are spent gazing at the stars and enjoying the camaraderie
of your fellow anglers.
It's still too early for steelhead, but any day now we will hear reports of the first fish being caught at the mouth. Late July - Early September are prime months to chase steelhead in the lower river. Overnight drift boat trips for steelhead are available during this time in the lower 24 miles of the Deschutes.
The average size fish seems to be up on the Crooked River. This mostly can be attributed to the fact we have not had a big winter in a few years now so there has not be any prolonged spring releases of water from the reservoir. The spill way has issues, and when the water is released at high flows for long periods in the spring oxygen rich scenarios occur killing off fish. Though the double edge sword here is that we are having dry water years, and this could catch up to us if we don't get a big winter soon. But for now things are good, the water levels are perfect and fish are bigger than usual!
Fishing is good on the river, though we are in between hatches for the most part. There are still some Mother's Day Caddis around but they are fading fast. We should start seeing some PMD's and Glossama Caddis showing soon. These hatches are a daily occurrence through most of the summer.
The caddis start coming off in the AM, fish a size 12-14 Tan or Brown Hi Viz Elk Hair or Partridge Caddis, maybe with a dropper early. Look for the PMD hatch in the afternoon.
The Salmonfly hatch is almost over on the Deschutes. There are still a few bugs around on the upper section of river between Warm Springs and Trout Creek. The trout are still keyed in on them and there are not as many naturals to compete with. So you can still have good luck fishing the big bugs in certain spots.
For the most part though it is caddis time!
And one of my favorite times to fish the Deschutes.
Time for stalking big fish in back eddies, under trees, and along the many banks of the Deschutes!
Tan and Green Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis, Sparkle Pupa, etc... in sizes 14-18 are all good this time of year. Be real observant as a big fish's rise to a caddis can be very small leaving only a dimple in the surface. Don't pass up fishing to any working fish your find, especially in the back eddies!
Summer camp trips on the Deschutes are a blast this time of year. Hot summer days are spent wet wading, fishing, and swimming in the river! Warm nights are spent gazing at the stars and enjoying the commaraderie of your fellow anglers...
The big bugs are out all the way to Warm Springs. Fish are starting to key in on them up top, though this cooler weather seems to have slowed things down a bit.
Flows are perfect and the fishing should only get better. Fish numbers seem to be good but not all known spots are holding fish as some fish are on Reds spawning. Be aware of wading and fishing on gravel bars, as this where spawning activity is happening. Stick to dry fly fishing as well to avoid picking up spawners.
Look for bank lines, and areas behind Alder trees where Salmonflies congregate in the branches and fall or are blown into the river. Trout move to the banks in anticipation of this windfall!
The Crooked River is in shape and fishing well. The Mothers Day Caddis (American Grannoms) hatch is happening now. A size 14-16 Brown or Peacock bodied Hi Vis Caddis works for well for this hatch. I love fishing a dry dropper combo on this river so try dropping of a small Zebra Midge or micro mayfly, or caddis pupae pattern off of your dry fly and see what happens.
When fishing the dry- dropper combo make sure to drop your bottom fly at least 24" or more off your point fly and select a combination that is sized appropriately. Meaning don't fish a dropper so big that it is drowning you point fly!
Any day now we will see the first Salmonflies of the season on the middle Deschutes, above and below Bend. Because this section of the Deschutes is smaller, and warmer than the lower Deschutes Salmonflies emerge earlier.
Within the first week or two in May Salmonflies will be out on the Lower, lower Deschutes (Maupin on downstream) By Mid May the hatch should be on throughout the Lower Deschutes. With the mild winter, and warm spring I forecast the early fishing to be good!
The hatch should last into June especially up river. River Borne Outfitters offers guided Deschutes fly fishing day trips and Overnight camp out adventures during the Salmonfly hatch. We are pretty booked up for the first part of hatch, though we have a few dates left, and more availability later.
Call now to book one of our few remaining Salmonfly Dates 541-647-2584 You can also find more information on our Deschutes River Fly Fishing page on our website!
The spring release of water from Bowman Dam seems to have been a fairly short event, and water levels are already almost down to a summer level. It takes only a day or so for the fish to settle in after a flow change, and the fishing is pretty decent right now.
Hatches of Blue Wing Olives and midges are occurring during overcast days, and nymphing is productive when there is no hatch. Midges are on the small size, so sz 20 or smaller when you are trying to imitate Midge dries and nymphs. Blue Wings are a bit larger so sz 16 - 18 flies should work.
Smaller scud patterns have been productive as well. Look for the Mothers Day Caddis to start to show soon, this caddis hatch can be prolific producing great dry fly fishing at times.
The section of river bordering the Warm Springs Indian Reservation opens April 27th!
Fishing and river conditions are expected to be good for the Deschutes opener in less than two weeks. Hatches of March Browns, Mahogany Duns, Blue Wing Olives, and Midges are all a possible this time of year. Parachute Adams and Purple Hazes in sz 14 -16 work well for most may fly hatches. Look for hatches to occur between 1-4 PM providing the best shot at some dry fly fishing. Try a dry- dropper combo before hand with a small BH Pheasant Tail or Hares Ear nymph dropped off your dry fly, 24" or so.
Wild "Redside" trout will be spawning from now into June. Watch out for
and stay off of gravel bars throughout the river which have spawning bed
The stonefly nymphs in the river are nearing maturity and very active right now. Nymphing can be very productive, almost too productive as spawning trout are especially susceptible to a dead drifted stonefly nymph. If you are going to nymph this time of year, stay away from gravel bars, focus on rocky bank water and big runs. Fight and release your fish quickly and gently!
Salmonfly hatch is right around the corner! We are currently booking
day and multi day Salmonfly trips. Book now to secure
the best dates! For more information on the Deschutes River including our guide trip options give us a call Or check out our Deschutes River Guided Fly Fishing Trips on our website!
Not much has changed on the Crooked it is in winter mode and fishing has been excellent with all this mild weather. Hatches of midges and BWO's have been the main source for dry fly fishing 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 Pupa will work when nothings happening up top. Adjust your indicator fairly short, and high stick as much as possible!
Fishing should stay good on the Crooked until they begin to release water from the reservoir in the early spring. The high flows will shut down the fishing depending on how long they release water. On average to low water years the releases are minimal and fishing is back on in May just in time for the Mother's Day Caddis!
The section of river bordering the Warm Springs Indian Reservation is closed until the end of April!
The river down stream of the reservation is open year round and there can be some good winter trout fishing to be had. Most venture to the Maupin area to get there trout fix. There is usually very little angling pressure, and there can be some great fishing with hatches of Blue Wings, midges, and later March Browns.
If your interested in fishing the Deschutes during the off season, we give great deals on rates especially if you book a couple days!
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!
The Crooked has been fishing well. The low water kegs fish up in the deeper holes and slots. Hatches of BWO's and Midges provide dry fly fishing mid day (1-3 PM) Nymphing can be productive when there is no hatch. Small micro may fly, midge patterns, and scuds, etc... will do the trick!
Oregon Coast Winter Steelhead
The rivers are receiving some much needed rain right now. The rain combined with some large tides this week will bring in lots of fresh fish! Look for fishing to be hot this coming week!
The winter steelhead season has begone in Oregon. Most rivers have received their first push of fish.
Currently rivers are low and clear, but forecasts call for rain which will bring up the rivers and bring more fish in.
Look for rivers to fish best on the drop, most coast rivers fish best between 5 and 6 feet on the river gauge.
River Borne Outfitters offers guided fishing trips on the Mid and North Oregon Coast rivers, and on the upper Rogue River. Discounts and lodging packages are available for booking multiple days.