The Crooked is fishing fair to good right now. There is a lot of algae in the river right now. Nymphing is productive, but you have to clean your flies every half dozens casts because of it. The PMD hatch was a bit of bust this summer. They are coming off, but not in large numbers. There is bit of dry fly fishing in the afternoon on PMD's and some Caddis, but for the most part it is sub par compared to last season where we saw some really good hatches come off and some great dry fly fishing.
That being said we are still catching good numbers of fish during our Crooked River half and full day guide trips. Average size fish is up this season, with good numbers of fish up to 16+ inches.
As we move into fall we should start seeing some good dry fly action again with hatches of BWO's and Mahogeny Dun Mayflies.
The trout fishing is fair to good on the Deschutes right now if you know where to look for them. Trout fishing on the Deschutes in late August, early September can be tough though. These are the dog days of summer.
During July trout move up onto the riffles and feed on caddis, as the caddis hatch waynes the bigger fish move down into deeper pools and tailouts. Similar to same type of water we find late fall steelhead in. The trout lay in this deeper water to escape the warming water temps and to conserve energy. Target this kind of water with nymphs and you will find some nice trout.
As we progress into fall, and the weather cools, the trout fishing will get better. We offer combo trips for trout and steelhead this time of year. Targeting multiple species by nymphing with a little larger tackle, etc. Read on for more info on Deschutes River Guided Day Trips.
Deschutes Steelhead fishing is good up to Maupin. Typically fish are podded up this time of year so move around and cover lots of water to find fish. The morning bite is best, fishing mid day with tips and leaches, and evening dry line sessions can also provides results.
Within a couple weeks fish will be spread through the whole river. Upper river anglers with find pods of fish showing up , happening upon a pod a fish makes for one of those epic days you dream about!
River Borne Outfitters offers day and overnight floats for Steelhead on the Deschutes from now into November! Read more for info on Deschutes River Steelhead Guide Trips!