Trout - Trout fishing is fair to good on the Deschutes, especially on the upper section of the river where water temps and conditions are best. Dry fly fishing opportunities are limited to morning and evening when there is shade on the river and fish can be found targeting spent caddis and mayflies in the back eddies, tail outs and flats.
This is the time of year we see some of the biggest trout of the season for fish have been putting on some girth from feeding all summer.
Nymphing is the go to mid day, but can be productive. You never know what will show up on the end of your line this time of year as steelhead and other anadromous species start to make their way up the river!
Steelhead - Steelhead are present in the lower 50 miles of river. Decent numbers have already come over Sherars Falls. Not sure if the numbers of fish above the falls are higher than years past for this time of year, but I do believe when you have a warmer lower river you will have fish shooting up river in search of cooler water temps.
The counts over the dams seems a little behind at this point compared to last year, and the ten year average. Hard not to believe the hot summer, and the low, warm water are not affecting the numbers of fish coming in. Hopefully they are just dragging tail, waiting for cooler water temps, stay tuned...
Crooked River: 222 CFS
The Crooked is fishing good to excellent right now. Flows have been held steady all summer long, fishing has been good as a result. The Prineville Reservoir though is the lowest I have ever seen. Word on the streets is that the river will be cut back drastically once irrigation season is over (mid October) They are saying 30 CFS!! If that does happen, and at that point fishing the river seems a bit unsporting, we will have to wait and see. Keep your fingers crossed for some early winter storms to raise flows!
The PMD hatches that we have come to expect in July and August have been a bust this season and for that matter last year too. Not sure why, most likely the increased algae from the mild winter and hot summer probably has something to do with it.
Midges and caddis make up the rest of the diet for the trout this time of year. Some dry fly fishing has been found on caddis, but most get action nymphing. Try midges early, and switch to small may fly nymphs (Copper Johns, PTs, Anato Mays, etc..) later if your action slows.
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