Fishing Reports

4 reports total
Fall River - December 15th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 32 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
 I had Tuesday off and was hoping to get out steelhead fishing on the Deschutes or go throw streamers for bull trout on the Metolious but the recent rain has pushed most of our local rivers out of shape so my options were pretty limited. Reports from the Metolious weren't sounding promising as the rain has blown out the tributaries and as a result the Metolious. Instead I headed up to the Fall River which offers year round fishing and a constant flow. Most of the snow in the Bend area has melted off but there was quite a bit on the ground out on the Fall which limited access. I generally fish the culverts area or park at some of the pullouts on the upper river but lacking 4wd I opted for the only plowed access point, the hatchery.

  The Fall can be a pretty crowded place in the summer but only a few people were around giving plenty of room to spread out and pursue less pressured fish. I started fishing around 11 and rigged up a size 14 BH pheasant tail and a size 20 WD-40. I was hoping the pheasant tail would be large enough to get down in some of the deeper water by the hatchery but after having no luck I switched out to a very heavy stonefly nymph to drag down the same WD-40 and almost instantly hooked a small rainbow. As I worked my way upstream a few more fish fell for the WD-40 and a gorgeous little brook trout took my stonefly. I was hoping that a hatch of blue wings would come off but I only saw once fish rise and didn't see any of the tiny mayflies flying around. While almost every deep pool had plenty of fish most of the actively feeding fish I witnessed were in the shallower, slightly faster moving water and offered great sight fishing. I found that some of the small slide on Kahuna indicator spooked less fish then a Thingamabobber and is very sensitive making it easier to detect strikes.

  In the end it was great to get out on a small river as I have been chasing steelhead a lot more then their smaller cousins recently. With the recent high water the Fall River is a great option and will continue to fish well throughout the winter.

Ira Miller
Fall River - July 30th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
  It has been a few days since I made it out fishing and with some good reports coming from Crane I was hoping to make it out that way for some chronomid fishing, however after a glance at the forecast and the called for thunderstorm I figured I might want to stay off the lakes while waving a graphite rod around. Instead I opted for the Fall with quick afternoon run to the upper Deschutes.    Fishing started off slow despite sighting actively nymphing fish. After throwing nearly everything in the box at them I tied on an olive streamer and started working my way back through the same water that I had just fished. The results were nearly immediate, almost every fishy look spot was producing a fish that was willing to play and while most failed to get hooked up it was awesome to watch a fish come charging across the river to attack a 3 inch streamer after completely ignoring all my previous offerings. The coolest grab of the day belonged to my friend Jason who was swinging his fly just in front of a logjam when a fish came out and make several unsuccessful swats at his streamer all of a sudden another fish came charging over to completely hammer his fly, after several impressive jumps he was releasing a nice 16 inch rainbow. The sculpzilla in olive was the best producer although black as well as silver also did the trick. Generally a few casts to a likely look spot was enough to determine if any fish were willing to eat, but by changing presentation methods between swinging, slow stripping, and a fast two handed retrieve fish that showed interest but were unwilling to hit could be coaxed into biting.    After streamer fishing slowed down we headed to the upper Deschutes in hopes of repeating some of the awesome fishing we have had there over the past month. Blame it on the hot weather, the thunderstorm overhead, or the high fishing pressure (but not our angling abilities) fishing was definitely slower then it has been. While the smaller fish were willing to play the larger fish we were after eluded us. The few nice fish that were hooked made quick work of our tippet in the many fallen logs lining the streambed.  With my fishing partners headed back to Bend I decided to wrap up the day on the Fall in hopes of catching an evening caddis hatch. With the sun still on the water I started out nymphing and picked up a few small rainbows on a pheasant tail before switching to a heavy stonefly with a mayfly emerger dropped off the back in the hopes of getting down into some of the deeper pools. While I wasn't expecting a fish to hit the stonefly I was pleasantly surprised to land 2 small brook trout on it, a species that until now I had not caught on the Fall.  As the sun slid below the mountains fish started to key onto the surface and after several refusals to a parachute adams I switched over to a size 18 x-caddis and landed a few feisty rainbows. I desperately wanted to land a brown, but alas it wasn't to be and with daylight fading fast I called it a day.  If your looking for a change of pace and want to throw some streamers try giving the Fall a shot. If you have two trout rods its worth bringing them both along, one setup with a stout leader for throwing streamers and the other with a long leader down to 6x for drys and nymphing. Its also a good place to work on nymphing without an indicator as the fish seemed more willing to eat without a fluorescent ball floating overhead. 

Go get a line wet,

Ira Miller
Fall River - March 1st, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 53 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
  I took advantage of the beautiful day we had on Sunday and made a quick trip down the Fall River. By the time we had some breakfast and made it to the river, the day was warming up nicely; hopefully warm enough to provide some good dry fly action. It wasn’t very long before we started to see bugs flying around and trout noses breaking the surface of the water. There were lots BWO’s on the water as well as a good number of very small black Stoneflies fluttering around. Most of the fish were taking the Blue Wings, which were bigger than normal and about #14 in size. I did get a couple of fish to go after a black caddis that I trimmed down to look like the Stonefly, but they seemed more interested in the stone that was fluttering on the water than to one that was dead drifted or still on the water. When the day cooled off and the fish stopped rising, I switch to a nymph setup with a mayfly nymph followed by a Black Zebra midge and started working spotted fish. I had some success nymphing, with most of the takes coming on the dropper midge pattern. Because of the Fall Rivers slow clear water, the fish normally get a long time to look at your offerings and the fact that you sometimes have to fish really small flies, you sometimes have to go down to 7X tippet to fool them.  We drove and fished up and down the river in different spots and spotted fish everywhere we stopped. At a spot just down stream from the headwaters of the Fall River I landed a small, but the most beautiful Brook trout I think I have ever caught before that was holding right in front of a log jam. . The sun was getting low, the day was getting cooler and without lunch, my stomach was telling me it was time to call it a day.

  With most of my days spent chasing steelhead on our Northwest Rivers lately, it was refreshing to have a bluebird day with bugs coming off and fish rising to them in crystal clear waters in a beautiful area to reacquaint myself with challenges of trout fishing again.  

The Patient Angler       

Peter Bowers
Fall River - January 23rd, 2009
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Fall River


How would you describe ideal winter hatch weather?  Waking up to 40 degree temperatures at 7 o’clock in the morning with overcast skies and not a breath of wind is about as close to perfect as I can think.  After getting my daughters off to school, I grabbed my gear and headed south.  I went into the campground area and hiked to the headwaters in search of rising fish.  I didn’t even so much as spot a fish in the crystal clear water, let alone see any risers.  I walked back down to the campground water and below double-checking some favorite spots, still to no avail.  I like to avoid the hatchery water because I’m not fond of crowds, but lo and behold, not another fisherman at noon on a perfect winter day.  I headed to the pond above the weir and was rewarded with noses and backs showing all over the pool.  Just about every pattern I threw, #18 - #22 Blue Wing Olives, Midges, and little Black Stones, were promptly scrutinized and rejected many more times than they were accepted.  The size of the pattern seemed to be important, but tippet size seemed to the most important part of the equation.  I was tapered down to 6x fluorocarbon because it was the smallest I had with me, but I would have given a dozen flies for 7x or even 8x.  These are educated fish used to being fished to, so stealth seems to very important.  Stealth in your presentation; tiny tippet and soft casts.  Stealth in your approach to the river; Keep a low profile when approaching the water, and if wading, move very slow.  All in all, I fooled 4 fish but had many times that many refusals.  I had a lot of fun with tough fish, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.  The thing that amazed me was not seeing another fisherman on a gorgeous winter day. I was ready to record license plate numbers to kick off our Patient Angler bumper sticker rewards program, but no luck.  So stop by the shop, pick up your PA bumper sticker, and get out there and fish.


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