We are seeing what seems to be less fish than last year, but bigger size fish. Each trip we are finding fish to 14-15" and have caught a good number in the 17-18" range. This is a definite improvement in quality over years past, when the average size trout was around 10 to 12 inches!
There is a midge bite early, if you want some technical dry fly fishing find some shaded water, and tie on a size 20-22 midge dry fly and have at it. Fish are selective and spooky when keyed in on the midges. The bite switches to the bigger mayflies midday and the fishing gets a bit easier on top.
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The trout fishing is fair on the Deschutes right now. The recent rains and resulting spike in the water level slowed fishing during our last camp trip. The return of warmer weather should make for some better fishing. Expect caddis, aquatic moths, and PMDs as far as hatches go.
Long leaders and stealth will help insure success when working feeding fish. Tan and green Elk Hair Caddis and X-Caddis are go to patterns for dry fly fishing.
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Steelhead fishing on the lower, lower river (Below Macks Canyon) has been good. Our first shot of fish came about a week early this year. We actually had a verified steelhead hookup just upstream of Maupin on our last camp trip.
This is not unusual to have the first shot of fish run up the river. They tend to be hatchery fish
B-lining for the dam.
But for the most part, the fishable numbers are still down low. Day trips in with jetboats or 2-3 day floats from Macks to the mouth is the only way to get after them at this point. There is a couple miles of walk in access at the mouth too, but expect crowds so go early...
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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!