Monday, May 2, 2016

Deschutes and Crooked River Fly Fishing Reports

Deschutes River - 

Well it is about upon us, the annual migration of stonefly nymphs and the hatching of the Salmonfly!
Fly Shops in Maupin are reporting adult bugs in the bushes seen for the first time this weekend. It will not be long now before the hatch has progressed up the river.

We have been fishing the Deschutes a lot already, and fishing has ranged from good to great. Currently there are a lot of steelhead smolts in the river. They can be a bit of a nuisance eating anything, and everything  often beating the Redsides to the punch. They should clear out here shortly as they continue their journey out to sea hopefully to return in 1-2 years as big ol' steelhead!

As I mentioned before the hatch is about to happen, we will be guiding the upper section of the river daily and still have some availability for guide trips. Read on for more info on Deschutes River Guided Fly Fishing Trips. The best fishing happens on the front edge of the hatch, and when we see the most hot, humid days. Really warm weather will speed things up, a cold front or two will prolong the hatch. Typically there is some Salmonfly action to be had through out most of the month.

A few tips about fishing the hatch... don't expect to see rising fish all day long. Fish the big dries even if you are not seeing risers. As long as there are bugs in the bushes the fish know they are around and will feed opportunistically all hatch long.  Fish shorter, heavier leaders to start, but as the hatch progresses lighten up. As the fish start getting pressured, they start getting more selective. Lighter tippets, and smaller flies often are the ticket when this happens. Also have a variety of patterns to try when you are getting refusals or fishing different types of water. I like the big Chubbies in the heavier water and along the deep rip rap, and smaller lower profile patterns like the Clarks Stone and Norms Wood in more placid and calmer waters.
Crooked River -
The Crooked is starting to come into shape as well and is fishing okay. I had a guide trip out there last week and fish were caught, including a few nice ones, though not in the numbers we are used to seeing on this river. The dam operators released lots of water through out the winter, and historically there have been issues with prolonged high water releases. Mainly because the high releases cause too much dissolved oxygen and create gas bubble disease in the fish. The spill way it's self is the culprit. Though I was encouraged with the fishing and quality of fish I saw last week, so stay tuned... May into June sees the hatches of BWO's and the Grannom's or Mother's Day Caddis on the river. Read on for more info on Crooked River Guided Fly Fishing Trips

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