Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Deschutes and Crooked River Fly Fishing Reports


Deschutes River: 3910 CFS

Trout - Trout fishing on the upper section of the river is good right now. The cooler weather in July prolonged the caddis hatch later into the summer. During hot spells we are still seeing large hatches of caddis. Dry fly fishing during those times has been good. Cooler weather typically cools off the dry fly bite, but nymphing has been good then.

We always see an better trout bite in September as things start to cool down and the season changes. Hatches of BWO's and Mahogany Dun's can occur, along with caddis. Trout feed more aggressively in the cooler water...

Guide trips are available for the rest of the summer into fall for trout on the Deschutes. Read on for more info on Deschutes River Guide Trips

Steelhead - Steelhead are present in the Lower, lower sections of the Deschutes (First 24 miles) Reports have been spotty, though there are a few fish around to be caught. Look for the fish to start moving up the river in good numbers towards the end of this month and into September. By the end of September fish are spread through out the river.

We always say give yourself a few days and cover lots of water when trying to catch a steelhead on the Deschutes. One of the best ways to do that is take a multi day over night camp trip down the river!

Our flagship trip the 3 or 4 day steelhead float gets you into less pressured waters and covers over 30 to 40 miles in the course of the float. The steelhead that move up the river typically pod up, by covering water and putting some time into it you better your chances of hooking into that fish of a thousand casts!

Typically in a 3 day trip we will have action most days, and get into them good at some point in the float...

Read on or more info on Deschutes River Steelhead Fishing
And for more info on Deschutes River Camp Trips

Crooked River: 304 CFS

Fishing is fair-good right now on the Crooked. The flows have not come down to what is the usual water level for this time of year, which leads me to believe there is some additional demands for water from either the city of Prineville for the Facebook Data Center or something like that.

The algae that was plaguing the river seems to have cleared out a bit. There have been some decent hatches of PMD's and caddis. Some dryfly action can been had then if you know where to look. Other wise it's a nymph show. Small mayfly nymphs, caddis pupas, Copper Johns (Red), and the like will catch fish.

Numbers are down from years past, but there are fish to be caught, and we have been have some good days of late. Crooked River guide trips are our best half day option, and  for those looking to try the sport for the first time. Beginners and/or families welcome!

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