Fishing Reports

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Deschutes River - Middle - May 6th, 2015
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

Went to the Tumalo area on the Deschutes the other day in search of some Salmonfly opportunities. It was such a beautiful day and I thought it would be great to catch an evening fish session after work. The water was on the low side, but that didn’t seem to affect the fishing at all. Before the sun got off the water the fishing was on the slow side with only a few fish being caught on the adult Salmonflies. There were Salmonfly husks all over the riverbank and bushes, as well as a few adults flying around, so we knew the fishing had to pick up eventually.

As the evening drew on the fishing started to pick up and we were able to tease a few fish into eating our big dries. I was surprised at how shallow some of the water was that was holding quality fish. As long as there was good overhanging structure, a place where Salmonflies could fall out of the trees, there were fish waiting. We caught about a dozen fish within a few hours, all about average size for that area.

Casting those big Salmonfly dry patterns can kind of be a pain, especially when it is windy, but I was able to lessen that with a 3X 7.5ft leader. I found that the shorter leader did not affect the fish and it made casting big flies through the wind a heck of a lot easier. To the leader I attached a few feet of 4X fluorocarbon tippet and it was game on.

Before we left for home, I found a nice bank of overhanging trees and thought I had to cast a fly under them. The water was only half a foot deep, so I didn’t expect anything large, but to my surprise I caught my best fish of the day! This nice brown hit my fly hard and took off running, and I finally got to hear my new Hardy Ultralight DD reel sing. After landing this fish, we took a quick picture and released it to live another day.

 

Caleb


 
Deschutes River - Middle - March 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
     I fished the Deschutes River in the Dillon Falls / Lava Island area again the other day. It was a nice sunny day and I was looking forward to spending the afternoon on the river. As I walked up the river trail that runs along the river, I came to a spot where there was shallow area in the river where I could see the bottom. I movement caught my eye and I stood there and watched a Brown Trout that had to go 4 or 5 pounds chase a little fish all over the place. Back & forth and around in circles they went for about 15 seconds before the little fish escaped and the big Brown disappeared into the deep. Very cool! I started to scramble to put my rod together and get a streamer in the water, but just as I was tying my fly on, a dog came running down the path and jumped into the water for a swim. Bummer!
     I fished streamers in a few spots without any luck, so I changed tactics and started nymphing the riffles and started to pick up fish. I caught a couple of Rainbows and a bunch of White fish in the next few hours. Nothing big, but it was nice to have some action on such a nice day.
Peter
 
Deschutes River - Middle - January 31st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 51 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

The other day was so sunny and nice that I had to get out and fish somewhere. I only had the afternoon, so I grabbed my box of streamer flies and a 6wt rod with a streamer line on it and headed out to the Deschutes River just upstream from town to see if I could find a few fish. I hiked up and started fishing below some riffle to run areas concentrating on working my fly through the slower water as close to the bottom as possible. I twitched and stripped a 3 inch lead-eyed Tan Hare Sculpin at different speeds trying to find the right movement that would attract a fish. My first fish came while I was just swinging the fly through a slow pool like swinging a fly for steelhead. My fly came to a stop with a bump and I had a nice 12-inch Rainbow bending my rod. A short time later, again on just a swing, I found a 14-inch Brown Trout that thought my fly looked like an easy meal and fought him to hand for a quick release. I hit a dry spell for a while and changed my luck by moving to another pool where I caught another Rainbow and later hooked something big that broke me off right after the take. I’m sure it was that big Brown I was looking for. That was all the action I had, but it was all I needed to scratch that fishing itch on such a nice day.

 

The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers


 
Deschutes River - Middle - April 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair

With Monday tuning out to the best weather we've had in a while and with my overwhelming need to wet a line, I played hooky and bailed out of work at lunch to go fishing. With limited time, I stayed in town for a little urban fishing and hiked down below Benham falls to see what I could find.

 The first thing that I found was that I had the river all to myself. There was a great BWO hatch going on, but in the beautiful bright sunshine there were no fish looking up for them. So, I set up a nymph rig with a stonefly lead and an Anatomay BWO as a dropper, and started working the water below the falls. I hooked four Whitefish on the little BWO nymph before I hooked my first little Rainbow trout. It was a feisty little Rainbow of about 11 inches and had my small baetis nymph pinned in the corner of his mouth.

The big fish hunter in me decided to switch over to a streamer in search of a big Brown Trout. I fished through a few spots swinging and stripping a weighted scuplin pattern through possible holding water as well as a few likely ambush spots that had structure like logs jams and undercut banks. I eventually hooked a nice Brown Trout in a drop-off pool, but it wasn’t the big dog I was looking for. He was still a respectable fish with a length around 14 inches, and the will of a much bigger fish. As I released this small Brown into the cool waters of the Deschutes River, I had to admire him for his predatory nature and making my efforts worthwhile.

I fished through a couple more spots without any streamer love, and called it a day. The lure of a cold adult beverage from the Deschutes Brewery seemed like a good way to cap off an afternoon on the water.

 

The Patient Angler               patientangler.com

Peter Bowers


 
Deschutes River - Middle - May 26th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 59 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Ira & I have been fishing the Middle Deschutes the last week or so with hopes of catching the trout looking up for the big bugs. The big bugs of course are the Salmon flies that emerge from the Deschutes this time of year to complete their cycle of life.

The Salmon flies have been out and on the bushes for more than a week, but the trout have not fully keyed in on them yet. There have been a few reports of anglers catching a few fish on the dries in the area, but few and far between. Nymphing has been the most productive method, using a black or golden stonefly nymph as a lead bug with a small dropper off the back.  Ira has had some luck using a custom Prince nymph he tied with a black ice dubbing body or a Copper John as a dropper. I did pretty well on Sunday with a good old flashback Pheasant Tail as a dropper.

I was determined on Sunday to catch a fish on a dry Salmon fly, so for the first half of the day I stuck to my guns and pounded the water with a couple of different top water patterns. With all those casts, I only raised two fish to my dry and without a take. I reluctantly switched over a nymph set-up and was rewarded shortly after with a fat Rainbow that took my small flashback P.T. dropper. A dozen casts later I hooked and landed a nice looking Brown trout that grabbed the W.M.D. Stonefly nymph I was fishing. I did hook something pretty big later in the day, but never got to see what it was. I thought I had snagged the bottom and after a couple of rod lifts to try and free the snag, the snag pulled back with a the head shake of a fish and then ran out of the pool I was fishing and down through the next riffle before coming unbuttoned.

Hopefully, we will get some better weather to keep the bugs flying and get the fish looking up for them. We’ll just have to try it again in a couple of days.

 

The Patient Angler            patientangler.com

Peter Bowers

 
Deschutes River - Middle - April 27th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 51 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Taking advantage of a nice day my friend Seth and I headed down to the Crooked River Ranch section of the Middle Deschutes after work on Sunday. The Middle D. is one of my favorite local fisheries and with all the water that has been flowing through our rivers lately is currently one of the better bets for trout. There have been reports of huge March Brown hatches on this section but despite getting in a number of days in the past several weeks I have yet to get any significant dry fly action with almost all my fish being taken on stonefly nymphs.

 

There was one other car in the parking lot when we arrived but he was working some rising fish in a big pool leaving plenty of water open. We started out fishing a long riffle section that is broken up by a several boulders that produced a few whitefish but no trout. Figuring that had a few hours of light left we headed upstream into the canyon water where the river runs fast and narrow but offers plenty of holding water for fish. Seth was quickly into a nice redside and a few minutes later I hooked into my first trout of the day. While most of the fish you catch aren’t huge they know how to take advantage of the current and even a 14 inch redside can give you a run for your money. We leapfrogged our way upstream hitting every likely piece of water and were each rewarded with several more fish.

 

Eventually the fast water gave way to a long slow pool that had a few fish taking dries in the upper end. Seth went to work on them while I explored the fast water section leading into the pool. I was rewarded with another nice little redside before we decided to head back in order to avoid hiking out in the dark. We made it back in record time and figuring we had a few more minutes of fishing light decided to hit some of the water we had passed over on our way up.

 

I had lost a really nice rainbow early in the week that I hadn’t been able to even turn before he spit the hook on me and was hoping to find him in the same spot. After getting a number of good drifts through the pocket I started to work my way through a fast deep slot just upstream. I hit the softer water on the edges before running my heavily weighted stonefly directly through the faster water and after a couple good drifts I felt a fish grab my fly and then got a couple good head shakes before a nice looking brown came crashing to the surface. Luckily for me he didn't immediately run into the fast water below and after several minutes of short runs and head shakes I was able to guide him into an eddy where I could land him. Unfortunately he had other ideas and bolted for the current before giving one last jump which was enough to send my fly shooting backwards and into the stream side brush.




While I wouldn't consider the fishing to be red hot it was still a great way to spend an evening and is only going to get better in the coming weeks as the stoneflies become more active. Depending on water temperature the big bugs should start hatching in the coming weeks providing some great nymphing leading up to the hatch followed by action on top once the trout become keyed in on the adults. With a lot of our local rivers running high the Middle D. is worth a shot.

Ira Miller 


 


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