Crooked River: 224 CFS
The Crooked River is fishing decent, though it is a bit of a transition time on the river.
Caddis are prevalent now, with some good dry fly fishing most days. Nymphing is producing as well.
Look for PMD's
starting to show in good numbers soon. We have seen a few out there already,
once this hatch gets rolling you can expect it like clock work in the
afternoon for the rest of the summer.
ODFW is doing it's annual fish count survey from Big Bend to Cobble Rock. As they electrocute, and count everything that swims in the river fishing in this section of the river will be off during that time 6/16-6/20, and usually for a few day afterwords as well.
The river opened to bait fishing Memorial Weekend and as a result
there is a new, different pressure on the river, with some harvesting
going on. It is hard to believe ODFW allows bait fishing on one of the
best wild trout fisheries in the state, but they do:( The fishery seems
to maintain in the face of the pressure, but it sure is sad to seem worm
containers, and dead fish on the banks from bait fisherman up sizing
there catch. They are only allowed two fish a day, so if they reach
there limit they are done. Though we have not witnessed first hand, we
have seen fish on the banks left in exchange for something bigger caught
later... If you see anyone doing this, or exceeding their two fish
limit, get a discription of them and their vehicle if possible, and call
the poacher hotline at 1-800-452-7888.
Deschutes River: 4200 CFS
The Salmonfly hatch is all but a distant memory now. Fishing is good though, with the fish and fishing transitioning to the Caddis Hatch. Fish have move up onto the riffles to feed and dry and dry dropper action has produced in the areas. Back eddies can also be good places to target fish on the surface this time of year as they lazily sip dead, spent bugs that are collect in the eddies. This is some of the more technical fishing you will find on the Deschutes, with stealth, longer leaders, and good presentations making the difference between success and failure.
We still have
availability for day and overnight camp trips on the Deschutes this
season. July is one of my favorite months to be on the river.
Fishing is still good and the angling pressure is a bit lighter after the
Salmonfly craziness. Warm temps equal wet wading, and caddis fly swarms and some great dry fly fishing!
Camping is exquisite with warm summer evenings and long days and river to always cool off in.
If you are looking to experience the Deschutes River give us a call 541-647-2584 and book a Deschutes River Guided Fly Fishing Trip for the day, or two, or three!