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Deschutes River - Lower - December 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Frigid
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

            We did a four-day Lower Deschutes Thanksgiving float trip from Trout Creek to Maupin last week, looking to catch a few steelhead. The water was in good condition running around 4300cfs and clear, although colder than I had expected with a temperature around 46 degrees. The weather was pretty good for our trip with mostly sunny 50-degree light wind days, but much cooler nights that ran in the low 20’s, which made us have to bundle up for a good nights sleep.

            Our plan was to cover a lot of water in the first two days so we could post up for two days during Thanksgiving and enjoy life without having to breakdown and set up camp again. It’s a great time of year to be on the river, as the weather and holidays tends to keep anglers close to home, or at least close to somewhere warm.

            I had a great start to the trip as I hooked two steelhead in the second run of the day. With the mostly slow fishing reports I’ve been hearing all season, I was pretty jacked to get a couple touches, of which I landed one. We fished our way downriver for a couple of days with everybody getting some steelhead love along the way.

            Our steelhead camp for turkey day was an excellent spot to post up for a few days with lots of good steelhead water close to camp.  Jerry set up a small 10 x 10 tent to help protect us from the elements and provide a place to pass the time playing cribbage during the long winter nights. As par for the course, we ate like kings on our trip cooking up pork loins one night, flank steak another and Jimmy fried a turkey with all the fixings on Thanksgiving Day.

            The fishing was pretty good for us during our trip with everybody getting some action. I’m guessing we hooked around 17 steelhead during our trip and they seemed to be spread out pretty evenly as we stuck fish every day. Jon did take three fish from one spot on the last day. All the fish that I had landed during the first 3 days were pretty small and I was looking (really hoping) for a nice fish to end the trip on. As jimmy and I fished our way downriver to the takeout, I told him he had to put me on a nice fish before we hit the boat ramp. I even promised him a portion of the body warming fluid I keep in my flask, if he put me on a nice one. Jimmy told me he had the spot for me as he pulled to the bank just above a good looking holding spot. I jumped out with my rod knowing it was only going to take a few swings through the spot to see if anyone was home. After a few casts covering the lie, I was thinking there was no one home, but I made the proverbial last cast and sure enough, my line came tight with a beautifully colored up buck that put a nice bend in my rod. After a quick grip & grin picture and release, we jumped in the boat and headed for the boat ramp. Needless to say, our bodies warmed up on the way to the take out.

            It was the perfect ending to a great trip and I was thankful for the opportunity to spend some quality time with some great guys fishing the beautiful Deschutes River.


The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers

Deschutes River - Lower - October 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 59 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Got another chance to get down to the lower Deschutes and chase some chrome. It was a perfect overcast day with very few anglers around and plenty of water to fish.
It turned out to be one my most productive days on the water in a long time. Unfortunately, it wasn't with steelhead as I only managed to hook one all day. But the trout were totally keyed on the black rabbit leach with an orange head I was swinging on a sink-tip. I probably had close to 20 takes during the day from big fat Redsides that ran 14 to 20 inches and hammered my fly. As a steelheader, there's a jolt of adrenaline that rushes though your body when something hammers your fly making you think you've found the holy grail, the elusive steelhead, only to realize moments later that it's not a steelhead. I had to laugh at myself after hooking the 6th big trout of the day and found myself disappointed and thinking, " Darn, it's only another fat 18 inch Rainbow ". I can remember the day when I would have paid a kings ransom for that many big trout in a day.
It was a great day on the water with lots of action and I can't wait to get out there again, hopefully with more steelhead next time.
The Patient Angler
Peter Bowers
Deschutes River - Lower - September 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
I had Sunday off and we were closed on Monday, so I jumped at the opportunity to get back down to the Lower Deschutes to fish for steelhead. With the river blown out and colored up last week, I figured the steelhead would be more aggressive to the fly after not being fished for a few days. I headed down to Macks Canyon on Sunday and found very few anglers working the road water. I fished all day and didn't find schools of aggressive fish I had envisioned, but I did hook and land a nice healthy native fish just before dark to save the day. I fished my way home on Monday and found a few more anglers taking advantage of the day off work. No fish love on the way home, but it was good to be on the water again and left me wanting more.
The Patient Angler
Deschutes River - Lower - May 20th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
I floated the ever popular Warm Springs to Trout Creek section of the Deschutes yesterday hoping to hit the salmonfly hatch. The bugs were all over the bushes the fish just didn't seem totally keyed on them, with most of our fish being caught in tough to reach spots or quite a ways off the bank. We fished golden stone patters in size 8 through 12 and did fairly well, with the Clarks Stone and the Rogue Stone producing the most hits.

Deschutes River - Lower - April 30th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
      I floated Warm Springs to Trout Creek on Sunday and found a few fish although fishing was still a little tough. The big bugs must be moving as Possie Buggers and giant stonefly nymphs were the big producers with a smaller Copper John on the drop getting a little love. Water level is low for this time of year which could help speed things up for the salmonfly hatch.
      On Monday I fished the D down below town and got into a bunch of fish, mostly on Possie Buggers with the big fish of the day being a 12" brightly colored brown.

Ira Miller

Deschutes River - Lower - December 20th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Snow showers
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair

            I fished the Lower Deschutes in the Maupin area again a couple of days ago. The water had dropped down to a respectable 5200cfs, so I thought I would give it another shot. It’s been a tough year on the Deschutes as far as the steelhead are concerned, and it’s not getting any easier. The only good thing is that there are very few anglers on the water, so you can take your time and fish wherever you want.

            After fishing most of the day without a pull, I was working my way through a run down near Beavertail swinging a heavy sink tip and a string rabbit leech. I was hanging up on the bottom on a regular basis and I’m a stickler for sharpening my hook after hanging up, so after a while it was more like I was sharpening a hook nub instead of a hook point. My better judgment told me to change to a new fly with an actual point on the hook, but my cold frozen hands put up a stronger argument telling my brain that I should wait until later when I was warmed up to change flies, and after I don’t know how many casts without a fish, my confidence in hooking a fish was low. So I fished on with my nub, and sure enough, a few casts later my line came tight, followed by a big head shake and then line ripping off my reel as a really nice steelhead jumped from the river and landed with a big splash and yes, it came unbuttoned. Who knows if changing my fly would have made a difference, but I sure would have felt better about losing such a nice fish if I had.

            I did manage to catch a small bright wild Deschutes fish a little later in the day as I fished my way down to Macks Canyon. He was a feisty little thing that fought much bigger than he was. He never came out of the water, so his size was a surprise when I finally got a look at him and brought him to hand for a quick release.

            After hooking a couple of fish on my first day, I was excited about the possibility that there were more fish around than I had thought and was looking forward to the next day on the water. As it turned out, those would be the only fish I would find as I fished throughout the next day without a touch.

            It was late afternoon and the temperature was dropping, the snow was falling and I thought there was no time like the present to head home and warm up.


The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers


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