Monday, April 22, 2013

Deschutes and Crooked River Fly Fishing Reports


Crooked River:
 275 CFS

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.

For more information on the Crooked River including our guide trip options give us a call or
Or check out our Crooked River Guided Fly Fishing Trips on our website!

Deschutes River: 4200 CFS

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 or "Reds".

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!

The 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!

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