DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open Mon-Sat 9 AM to 5 PM Closed on Sundays in January and February

February 18, 2019

Well the weather report was bogus for the weekend because we ended up with more snow and fairly cold conditions. That being said the fishing was surprisingly good. The nymph fishing was consistent throughout the day and there was a nice blue wing olive hatch yesterday afternoon. I had about an hour of solid dry fly fishing which was a nice change of pace. The river is still in immaculate shape and is about as clear as the Deschutes gets. Tricky part is being sneaky under these conditions because the fish can see you coming from a mile away. Even nymph fishing you will need to approach the water with stealth and try to make your presentation upstream . Fishing broken water was the most productive probably because of the clarity. The slower pools were difficult to sneak up on without scaring every fish away.

The weather is going to continue to be cold throughout the week and weekend with the occasional dusting of snow. The hardest part for most of you is just getting to the river especially with the periodic closing of I-84. Hopefully the extended forecast is wrong and the weather warms just a bit.

Tight Lines,

Deschutes Angler Crew

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open Mon-Sat 9 AM to 5 PM Closed on Sundays in January

February 15, 2019

The snow has been furiously melting here in Maupin all day and is now a light dusting which makes accessing the river a hell of lot easier. The weather looks super promising over the weekend with light winds and highs in the mid to low 40’s. The river is in fantastic shape and the flow has remained steady out of the dam which is honestly quite surprising given all the snow over the last 10 days. There is a tinge of color from the tributaries but consider it an angling advantage over the gin clear water we have had for the last month.

It is primarily still a nymphing game but with weather creeping into the low to mid 40’s I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a good BWO hatch between 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Every day I have been out when the weather warms up I have had a solid hour of dry fly fishing. Even with the cooler weather the fish are pretty spread out in a variety of water types. Typically the slower pools are productive in the morning and the faster pockets and heads of riffles start fishing in the afternoon. Rock walls have been hit or miss depending on the day and eddies are better fished in the afternoon. Be ready to change flies throughout the day because the fish have not been dialed on any particular fly.

Also want to give you all heads up that we have received a huge shipment of custom tied Euro Nymphs for the Deschutes and they are on the floor and website. There are right around 50 to 60 new patterns that have been fine tuned to fish the fast heavy water of the Deschutes. If you are interested in getting into Euro Nymphing or you want to fine tune your existing skills we still have spots available in our up-coming classes. Give us a call at (541)395-0995.

Tight Lines,

Deschutes Angler Crew

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open Mon-Sat 9 AM to 5 PM Closed on Sundays in January

February 2, 2019

Happy Groundhog Day!! In Maupin we are being hugged by a heavy fog, so the groundhog didn't see his shadow and this means that we will have an early spring! The trout fishing has been fantastic lately, FANTASTIC, yes, I said it. We have been seeing regular mid-day blue winged olive hatches and have been catching mucho trout on nymphs. No shocker here, jimmy legs have been doing quite well for anglers this week. However, many people are catching on to the fun and effective style of fishing known commonly as Euro-nymphing. The flies that we have in the shop that are tied for this type of fishing are tied with tungsten over-sized beads, often on jig hooks, and usually slenter and sleek to allow them to plummet to the depths of the river with little or no resistance. Many of these patterns have been custom-tied for our shop by our local tyers, so they are not available in any other shops and they are downright deadly.

Using long leaders, no additional weight, a sighter section of bright mono as your indicator, and very fine diameter tippet, this style of nymph fishing allows anglers to present their nymphs to scores of trout that have never seen a fly move so naturally. Because the leader diameter is so fine, the nymphs move along at the slower pace of the water flowing through the rocks on the bottom. In traditional indicator nymphing, the flies tend to rip along at the pace of the indicator (the pace of the surface current) and thus they are moving faster than natural nymphs would travel at depths where the current is a fraction of the speed of the surface currents. The Euro-nymphing technique can be frustrating at first, and some find that instruction is critical to fully grasping the nuances of this technique. Others are happy learning through trial and error at their own pace. For those who want to get mainlined into the proper technique, we are offering clinics every month - held on Saturdays - and these clinics are filling up quickly. Guys who took a clinic last year saw their catch rates soar on the Deschutes and were sending me emails saying that this was the best investment they had ever made in fly fishing. One guy wrote to me in the late fall (a couple of months after he had taken the clinic) to tell me that he had an "okay" day of fishing - which in past years would have been one of his top days ever - but it was just "okay" because he had only Euro-nymphed up 30 trout instead of his new normal of 40-60.

If you want to get some excellent instruction, and spend the day honing your new skills by catching fish, sign up for one of our Euro-nymphing clinics. These are the 2019 Euro clinic dates: March 16 & 25, April 6 & 20, (we are also doing April 13 & 27 but those spots are being sold at the Deschutes River Alliance fundraiser), May 4, June 8, June 22.

Other fun trips that we are offering this year include several camp trips which have spots open to be filled by anyone who wants to do an incredible overnight float trip. We are so fortunate to live in a state where we still have wild rivers that we can float upon for days, stopping to camp along the journey, and feel as if we are a million miles away from civilization. If you have ever considered doing a trip like this, you may have run into the issue of having to wrangle a bunch of people in order to reserve the guided trip. Many outfitters require 6 paying anglers before they will launch for an overnight trip - we know it can be nearly impossible to coordinate schedules to make this happen. So, we are offering set date camp trips for bass on the John Day River and for trout on the Deschutes River during the prime dates for the species we are targeting. On the Deschutes, the camp trips are on May 22, 23, 24 and again on June 2, 3, 4. These are chosen dates for the salmonfly hatch and other great dry fly hatches. On the John Day River, we are targeting smallmouth bass June 17, 18, 19. You owe it to yourself to see and experience the canyons of these rivers, the excellent food and comfy camps that we provide, and the skilled guides who will share with you their tips for success.

One more shout out for the Christmas Island trip that we have coming up on one month. There is one remaining spot on this trip March 5-12, and we want you to be there to share this incredible experience with us. $2790 is the price for a week at the lodge, all guided fishing, food, and lodging are included at that price. Airfare will set you back another $1400. All in/all done with tips and everything, you can do this trip for less than $5000 for a full week. The thing I can tell you for sure is that this is a catching trip. I have been to many saltwater destinations all over the world and there are few that can match the experience and variety of fishing venues that Christmas Island has to offer. You owe it to yourself to get there before the island is gone - because the largest coral atoll on the planet is only 4 feet above sea level and that sea level is rising quickly. Call us at the shop to grab the very last spot: 541-395-0995.

The weather forecasters are calling for some snow out here in the high desert starting on Monday, so this is a great weekend to get your fishing fix before the flakes start falling.

Tight lines,

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open Mon-Sat 9 AM to 5 PM Closed on Sundays in January

If you have been waiting for a perfect weekend to get out on the water, we have one scheduled for you in the next three days! Temperatures are forecast to be in the low to mid 50s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the winds are forecast to be calm. The river is in good shape right now and the trout fishing has been good lately. Evan had a guide trip on Monday and he and his guys had really good fishing using, what else, Euro-Nymphs! Yes, Euro nymphing is not just a passing fad, it is an effective and deadly technique for hooking big numbers of trout on any outing any where. We can get you started on this journey with a private Euro-nymphing lesson or a full day Euro-nymphing clinic which includes a full day float and lunch. $250 gets you into the clinic and we will provide the Euro-nymph rods, reels and lines. These are the 2019 Euro clinic dates: March 16 & 25, April 6 & 20, (we are also doing April 13 & 27 but those spots are being sold at the Deschutes River Alliance fundraiser), May 4, June 8, June 22.

You may experience a mid-day hatch on the river of Blue Winged Olives, a few larger caddis, and the odd stonefly any time during the winter months. It is pretty quiet out here on the water in the winter, so don't worry about finding a spot to fish - there are plenty of great pieces of water available all up and down the river in the Maupin area. Remember, the river on both sides where it borders the Warm Springs Reservation is closed to all angling. If you are fishing in the Maupin area, even slightly upstream from the locked gate, you are in waters that are open year round. We have 40 miles of great access to the river, so be sure to call Maupin your home base during the winter months of trout fishing.

We are leaving for Christmas Island in about one month and I want to let you know that we have one spot open in our second week March 5-12. This is an epic trip! I can say with confidence that everyone who joins us for this adventure will come away from it with great stories to tell, new species of fish under your belt, and a huge desire to return to the island for MORE. There are 4 of us who will be at the lodge for two consecutive weeks and four more people will be flying in to join us at the lodge for week two. Of those four spots, three are filled and one spot is available. Bruce Berry and his wife Kathi are in week two and Bruce went with us last year, so he knows the ropes and will be somewhat of a group leader along with JT Milroy, our fly shop manager. Bruce is one of the finest fly tyers I know, and he also happens to be an industry rep for Pro Sportfisher, Hatch Reels, Beulah Fly Rods, etc. We have been tying super cool shrimp patterns and baitfish patterns in preparation for the trip, so you will see a couple of mad scientists at work product testing flies out on the flats. The price of the trip is $2790 for the week. We are staying at The Villages - a fantastic spot with cabins right on the beach, fantastic guides (1-1 guide to client ratio), and great food (the best of any lodge on Christmas Island). That price includes your accommodation, guided fishing for 6 days, an allotment of bottled water per day, all meals, and transportation to and from the airport. It does not include airfare to Hawaii and to Christmas Island (CXI airport code), tips, taxes, and extras like beer. The last spot will go to the first person to grab hold of this great opportunity to fish in an absolute paradise right on the equator. Call today! 541-395-0995.

If you are headed out to do your first fishing trip of the year, please be aware that there are no stores in Maupin selling fishing licenses anymore. You can purchase your license online by downloading the ODFW app from the app store. It takes a while and the system is full of glitches, but you can now carry your license on your phone - but you better keep it charged up because a dead phone is like not having a license. You have been warned! Ha!

Tight lines, Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open Mon-Sat 9 AM to 5 PM Closed on Sundays in January

Happy New Year from Maupin! We hope that all of you had a great holiday season and that you are excited for the new year ahead. We are making some major changes to the layout of the shop this winter, so it might feel like a new experience when you walk through that door next. We are moving a few things around to help the flow of the store.

Looks like we have rain in the forecast for the next few days and through the weekend - which should not have a big impact on the Deschutes. If it rains really hard on the mountain, there is a possibility that the White River could bump up enough to put mud in the Deschutes, but there are many miles of clear clean water above the White River in the Maupin area and upstream. Remember to purchase your fishing license before you hit the road - there are no longer any fishing license sales agents in Maupin, so you have to make the purchase online. This new fishing license can now be carried electronically on your phone - but they have not made it easy to purchase one. I think you have to have a very up to date phone, you have to download the app called MYODFW, and then you really need to know your angler number from past license purchases. I am still working through the process. I think the big box stores like Fred Meyer and Bi mart will still be selling licenses the old fashioned way.

The Lower Deschutes River, where it borders the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, is now closed to fishing for all species. The Deschutes in and around Maupin is open year-round for Rainbow Trout and Steelhead. If you are on any of the roads that parallel the Deschutes going upstream or downstream of Maupin, then you are in open waters. If you have access to property above the locked gate, the river is closed from Two Springs Ranch upstream. The only place on the road downstream from Maupin that might be closed in the winter time is the area adjacent to Sherar's Falls and possibly down to the first railroad trestle. Check the regs and look for signs in that area, it changes throughout the year.

More and more anglers are discovering the fun of Euro-nymphing on the Deschutes, especially in the winter. This is a fun and productive way to search the depths of the river for trout using only the weight of the nymphs to get down. We have a huge supply of Euro-nymphs here at Deschutes Angler - most of which have been custom tied for us locally. We also have a huge selection of the best Euro-nymph tying supplies - lots of stuff imported from the Czech Republic - stuff you won't find elsewhere. Come on in or give us a call and we can walk you through it.

We hope to see you on the water this weekend. Our shop is going to be closed on Sundays in January, mainly so that we can have a day off to do some fishing. We hope you are all excited for a new year of fishing!

Tight lines,

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM

Quick update on river conditions - we had one mega rainstorm last night and, surprise surprise, the White River blew out. So the Deschutes is muddy below the White but fishable and fishing well with good visibility above the White. The entire river has now bumped up to normal flows. A friend on the river reported seeing only one measly mayfly during the normal hatch period. This is pretty odd for a cloudy day. The funny thing about mayflies, in my experience, is that the hatch can be dense and obvious on one stretch of river and almost or completely non-existent on another stretch of river - even if those stretches of river are mere miles apart. Heavy water - like a big class three rapid with lots of whitewater and lots of foam - is often the preferred habitat for mayfly emergence. So, if you are standing in an area just below big whitewater, you are more likely to experience an in-your-face mayfly hatch than if you are standing at the bottom of a long stretch of glassy calm water. Maybe I shouldn't say that the whitewater stretches are the preferred place for mayflies to hatch, it makes more sense that these areas offer mayflies the easiest place to break through the surface tension of the water due to the churning waves and huge up-wellings. Glassy calm water is more difficult to penetrate when you are just a speck of a bug rising up from the bottom of the river. Atmospheric pressure also changes from day to day, so that certainly should have an impact on hatch timing. I will have to go to the library of entomology to see what is written about these things.

Well, this may be my last fishing report before the new year. Thanks for tuning in for the reports of 2018. I will keep them rolling in 2019 - my 16th year of writing these reports for our website. Thank you to all of you who did some holiday shopping with us. We could still get gifts to you in Portland or Seattle if you order tonight or by tomorrow at 2:00 PM. We are closing on the 23rd and staying closed through the 1st. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and I will be another year older when you read the next report.

Tight lines!

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop in Maupin, Oregon.

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM Holiday Closure: December 23-Jan 1.

December 14, 2018 11:30 AM

Christmas is just around the corner, but it is not too late to drop a big hint to your loved ones about that fishing item of your dreams. We have a huge inventory of Wheatley fly boxes in stock in time for the holidays - a Wheatley fly box is a treasure that will last a lifetime! Gift Certificates are available here too - we can get those out the door up until the very last minute.

Onto the fishing report...I got a good look at the White River on Wednesday and what I saw was not pretty. The river was a rolling mud ball and was certainly blowing out the Deschutes below the confluence of the two rivers. The White River appears to be dropping since its crest on Wednesday night, so I would guess that the lower river will be clearing up by the weekend - it should certainly be fishable by Saturday barring any other big rain event.

Trout anglers are finding trout in the slow and deep waters, not so much in the riffles that trout love in the summer. More and more people are catching on to the Euro-nymph craze and we are here to help. Our stock of Euro-nymphs is good now, but in a very short time we will have an incredible selection of custom-tied Euro-nymphs in stock. We are also beefing up our selection of Euro-nymph rods and will have lots of options in lots of price ranges. We are also offering two Euro-nymph clinics per month on Saturdays in March, April, May, and June. These are full-day clinics with lunch provided - limited to six anglers at $250 per angler per day. The basic concept of Euro-nymphing is that you are fishing down deep by using only the weight of your flies (no split shot or additional weights) and you are using a specialized leader that is extremely fine and sensitive. You do not use an indicator of any kind - other than a bright section of multi-colored material that helps you to see when a trout has sucked in one of your flies. The rod that we use for Euro-nymphing is specialized too - it is typically a long rod of 10-11 feet with an extremely sensitive tip that can launch the long indicator and flies and will cushion very fine fluorocarbon tippet. This technique takes a little bit of time to perfect - and it can be frustrating at first - but once you start to catch on, you will see your catch rate sky-rocket. This technique works well year-round and on just about any type of river you might try.

Steelhead fishing is open year-round on the Deschutes, but we do not have any winter run fish here, so once we get into the new year, most anglers on the hunt for steelhead will choose to chase them on the West slope rivers where they are chrome-bright and fresh. Our steelhead will be dark and somewhat lethargic as the winter goes on. For right now, however, there are still some pretty fresh steelhead around and they are still eager to grab a swinging fly. The water levels are good, and the White River should be clearing by tomorrow.

We wish all of you a very happy holiday season! We will be open through December 22 and closed from December 23 through January 1 reopening on January 2. We will be closed on Sundays in January.

Tight lines,

Amy Hazel and the Crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM

November 28, 2018 9:30 AM

We hope all of you had a nice Thanksgiving holiday and you were able to enjoy a day of rest with friends and family. I did not realize that ODFW created a free fishing weekend right after Thanksgiving, but the number of people out here giving the Deschutes a try certainly brought that fact to my attention. It was actually free fishing on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving but not on Sunday. If you keep that in mind for next year - assuming they continue to offer such a thing - this is a great opportunity to share the Deschutes with those who visit you over the Holiday week.

We have had some significant rain over the past two days and, though the gauges on the Deschutes show no indication of bumping up, the White River flows jumped a few hundred CFS yesterday but the White still looked good when I drove past it at 4:00 PM last night. The thing to keep in mind when you come to the Maupin area to fish is that you will still have ample fishing opportunities upstream of the White River (15 miles or more) if it happens to get muddy for a day or two.

Trout and steelhead fishing are still the game here in the Maupin area, though the steelhead return hasn't been the best we have ever seen. There are, however, steelhead in the river and they are still grabbing flies - so there is always a chance of hooking one any day you make the effort to do so.

The trout are slipping back into the slower pools and easy winter water where they don't have to work so hard to stay in the current. They will be in larger groups in the winter than they are in the summer - so if you find one you will often find several in the same spot. Please be aware that we have already seen trout that look like they are in their dark spawning colors and that spawning can occur any time between now and July - different populations of rainbow trout spawn at different times of the year. What to look for to avoid harming spawning fish and their eggs - avoid shallow gravelly areas with fine pea gravel - particularly if some of the gravel looks clean. If you see groups of trout on shallow gravel beds, you can bet that spawning activity is taking place. Avoid these places and remind fellow anglers to do the same because the future of our trout fishery depends on it.

I was reading a New York Times article this morning, some of you may have seen it come across your news feed too, titled "The Insect Apocalypse Is Here." It is a lengthy article about the rapid disappearance of many species of insects over the past few decades, which is obviously a very short time span in the realm of science. While there were many things that struck me while reading the article, a couple hit close to home and I want to touch upon those for those of you who care to read on as I ramble. The article starts out with a snapshot of a Danish man who is out biking with his son when he realizes that his son is not experiencing the same bike ride that he did as a boy. When the man was a boy, he had to keep his mouth closed while biking in order to keep from swallowing hundreds of insects during his ride and he always ended up swallowing bugs anyway - not pleasant, but a memorable part of his childhood. This feeling of loss, this feeling that something was missing, and that something had changed, is one to which any fly angler who fished the Deschutes regularly 15 or 20 years ago can certainly relate. The clouds of evening caddis had all of us wearing red or blue bandanas over our mouths - like a bunch of cowboys about to rob a bank - in order to keep from choking on the massive numbers of bugs. The clouds of caddis have disappeared - and the timing of the disappearance coincides directly with PGE's changes in water management at the Pelton Round Butte complex. Now we have many anglers, and possibly the majority of the guides on the river, who never knew the Deschutes hatches before the changes in water management, before many of these hatches disappeared. It is not their fault that they only started fishing the Deschutes in the last ten years, not their fault that they never experienced these huge blanket hatches that dominated the summer and fall months and provided dry fly fishing opportunities all day and every day. Bank-feeders lined the edges of the river and sipped on insects as they were trapped in the foam lines and delivered to the fat trout patiently looking up and feasting on a floating buffet .

The New York Times article quotes a 1995 study by Peter H. Kahn and Batya Friedman, of the way some children in Houston experienced pollution summed up our blindness this way: "With each generation, the amount of environmental degradation increases, but each generation takes that amount as the norm." The article goes on to describe marine biologist, Loren McClenachean's take on decades of photos of fisherman holding up their catch in the Florida Keys. He points out that the size of the fish in the trophy photos got smaller and smaller over the years - the most recent "trophy fish" are literally dwarfed by fish pictures from three or four decades earlier, YET...."the smiles on the fishermen's faces stayed the same size." This is what has been described as the "shifting baseline syndrome" where the world never feels fallen because we grow accustomed to the fall.

I don't want to grow accustomed to the fall. I don’t want to grow accustomed to not fishing dry flies on the river that I love, that I live on, that I work on, and that I have built my life around sharing with others. I know my personal unscientific baseline data on Deschutes hatches, and I want that insect population back! Unfortunately, in this day and age, polluters can use global warming or declining insect trends as a reason for the decline in insect populations on the Deschutes because "Scientific" baseline data on insect populations is very poor. The NYT article describes the reason why scientific baseline data on insect populations is lacking and in most cases non-existent: "With so much abundance, it very likely never occurred to most entomologists of the past that their multitudinous subjects might dwindle away. As they poured themselves into the studies of the life cycles and taxonomies of the species that fascinated them, few thought to measure or record something as boring as their number. Besides, tracking quantity is slow, tedious and unglamorous work: setting and checking traps, waiting year or decades for your data to be meaningful, grappling with blunt baseline questions instead of more sophisticated ones.... "When entomologists began noticing and investigating insect declines, they lamented the absence of solid information from the past in which to ground their experiences in the present."

The NYT article is a long one, but well-written and thorough. If you sit down and read the entire article carefully, you may come away from it with the feelings I did – I was alarmed, I felt discouraged, and I was, above all, disappointed in our role as human beings in the decline of insect species. We are directly responsible for climate change. We are the ones who came up with insecticides and other poisons in an effort to maximize our crop production. We have put our survival above all else on this planet. If insects disappear so too will the animals that rely upon them as a food source and the plants that rely upon them for pollination and all of the little jobs that insects do for our ecosystem will go undone. As gross as it might be to come across a decaying deer or mouse covered in maggots, without those maggots the flesh rots and decays for weeks or months longer. Insects do a myriad of jobs, many more than we even recognize, and we need them to continue to exist and thrive or else we will have catastrophic collapse.

So, where does this rant lead us? Where am I even going with this whole huge fishing report that turns out to not even really be that much of a fishing report? One of the things that the NYT article shines a light upon is the importance of the involvement of amateur naturalists in data collection. We need everyone to open their eyes and ears and take note of what they see in their own bubble of an environment. If you see changes, speak up! This is how the Deschutes River Alliance was formed. Amateur aquatic entomologists known as fly anglers and fly fishing guides noticed the sudden changes on the Deschutes – disappearing caddis, disappearing mayflies, disappearing craneflies, lesser population densities of stoneflies, and we spoke up. We raised money to get the “real” science done, the gathering of data in a controlled scientific way that could then be analyzed by a non-biased party and presented in such a way that would be acceptable data to use in a challenge to the polluters who said that nothing was changing on the river and that the insect populations were healthy. Amateur entomologists called fly fishing guides and avid Deschutes fly anglers gathered data for the past four years and reported their observations of hatch types and hatch densities to a professional aquatic entomologist for analysis. Much like the story told by the NYT article, the amateur naturalists on the Deschutes River can and are making a difference. If you want to be part of the annual bug survey, you must first study and familiarize yourself with the aquatic insects of the Deschutes River. You don’t have to have skills as extreme as those described in the NYT article where “people train for decades with other amateurs to be able to identify beetles based on their genitalia” but you do have to be able to identify caddis, mayflies, stoneflies, craneflies, and midge. Within those general categories, you will need to know the difference between a salmonfly, a golden stone, and a little yellow sally or between a March Brown, a Pink Albert, a Pale Morning Dun, a Pale Evening Dun and a Blue Winged Olive. Becoming an amateur entomologist is a natural part of a fly angler’s growth and maturity in the sport. Beyond being able to merely identify of these species, you will start to understand more and more about their behavior (once they become a priority for you to observe and document). When you bring these insects into your awareness and begin to understand how they behave in their environment, you will, without a doubt, become a better angler. If you tie flies, knowing more about the insects that you are imitating will make you a better fly tier. No, the knowledge of aquatic entomology won’t make you a better fly caster, a lesson will help there, but the more you know about the river and the creatures that rely on the river, the more enriching your day on the water will become.

My takeaway from this article that has really impacted my thinking and my outlook on the future is the same takeaway that we tried to provide for people who viewed the second video from Deschutes River Alliance called “Song For The Deschutes.” In this video, Rick Hafele, one of the leading aquatic entomologists in the country and a board member for the DRA, gives the opening talk at the DRA fundraiser and he paints the picture of the Deschutes. Though it is bleak, Rick’s final message about the insects of the Deschutes is that they are nothing if not resilient creatures that, given half a chance, have the ability to bounce back from catastrophic environmental degradation. DRA Website

In the NYT article the same glimmer of hope shines through: “Scientists hope that insects will have a chance to embody that resilience. While tigers tend to give birth to three or four cubs at a time, a ghost moth in Australia was once recorded laying 29,100 eggs, and she still had 15,000 in her ovaries. That fecund abundance that is insects’ singular trait should enable them to recover, but only if they are given the space and opportunity to do so.

Just a reminder, the Deschutes River Alliance annual fundraiser (and one Hell of a fun party) is on Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Portland! Go to the DRA website in the above link to get your tickets today!

Tight lines,

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM (Closed on Thanksgiving Day)

November 21, 2018 9:30 AM

After a chilly-morning week on the Deschutes, the weather is now trending warmer and the clouds are embracing Central Oregon in a giant wet hug. It hasn't started raining yet, but rain is in the forecast for the next several days and we certainly could use the moisture.

We will be CLOSED tomorrow for the Thanksgiving Holiday, but back up and running on Black Friday. I expect to see a few anglers out here - we typically see visitors to our area who may be celebrating the holiday with family, and regulars who are enjoying a rare weekday off. It will be a rare day off for us (weekday or otherwise) which I plan to spend tying flies in a cozy nook.

Last week was a fun week for me - I had a bunch of girlfriends/lady anglers out for a visit and we fishing together for three days. There were some misadventures for sure - like my truck locking itself while running at the Mack's Canyon boat launch while I was loading up my boat in the evening. That was a fiasco! Fortunately, we had two vehicles and two drift boats, and one was able to drive out far enough to call John. He was thrilled to gather the troops, get the key from the shuttle driver, and drive all the way down to Mack's Canyon in the dark to unlock the truck. FYI - OnStar doesn't work down in Mack's Canyon - but your satellite radio does. It would have been nice if the service that we pay for could have unlocked the doors remotely - that's pretty much the reason to have OnStar - but don't rely on it if you are down in the canyon. We hooked a few steelhead and had a great time, but we are implementing mandatory bed times and morning departure times next year!! We dubbed the week GIRLS GONE FLYLD.

Our steelhead season is wrapping up in the next ten days or so. We have a few more days on the books and then our staff gets a much-deserved rest. We will be trout fishing all winter, testing out new Euro nymphing flies and rods and line/leader configurations. We will certainly be available to guide you this winter if you want to see how to up your numbers of trout hooked and landed in a day using Euro-nymphing techniques. We are also making some great improvements to our fly tying Euro-Nymph section of the shop. More hooks, more tungsten beads, more hot spot material and lots and lots of unique materials for tying Euro-nymphs. We will also be creating a Euro-nymph section on our website where all things Euro-nymph can be located. Stay tuned!

We wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! We will be open on Black Friday!! Bust the doors down!!

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM

November 8, 2018 1:30 PM

Good news for anyone planning a trip to the Maupin area! The White River is back in shape. With colder weather in the past few days, we saw the color of the White significantly improve yesterday afternoon and it seems to be holding strong with clearer water that is not having any impact on the condition of the Deschutes below its confluence with the White River.

Steelhead fishing has continued to be challenging due to low returns this year, but you are bound to find a player if you keep your fly in the water long enough. Water temps are between 49 degrees and 52 degrees, depending on the time of day and where you are on the river. The water is warmer the further upstream you go because it appears that the water is being released into the Deschutes from the top of the reservoir. People coming into the shop during the period of time that the White River was blown out (last week) were complaining that the visibility in the river above the White was also poor and that the river had a brownish-green color to it with turbidity. I don't know if that has improved much, but I will update further on conditions after speaking with my guides who are out on the water today. So, knowing that the water temps are what they are, John Hazel says that he sticks with floating lines on the Deschutes until water temps are below 50 degrees. Therefore, we are on the verge of transitioning into sink tips on the Deschutes. As for fly selection, I prefer to fish small flies on the Deschutes unless the visibility is poor and I have to show them something big in order for them to see it through the mud. By small, I mean size 3 or 5 hair wing patterns or muddlers on size 4 hooks.

Because steelhead fishing has been tough, you may want to bring a trout rod when you come out to the Deschutes. Trout fishing has been pretty darn good lately, as I have written in previous reports. As temperatures drop into the 40s the trout typically move into the slower pools and back eddies, so think like a trout trying to conserve energy when looking for trout water.

Until they freeze, our private lakes remain open and are a lot of fun to fish. The hatches are tapering off, but the fish are still eating midge and all subsurface flies eagerly. Give us a call if you want to check out the private lake fishing that we have to offer.

We are here daily to help you with your fly fishing needs. Give us a call and let us help you with questions ranging from selecting the right hooks for Euro-nymphing to choosing the right Spey line for your winter steelhead fishing needs. Tight lines!

Amy Hazel and the friendly folks at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM

November 2, 2018 3:00 PM

The weather continues to be unseasonably warm out here on the Deschutes. Unfortunately, the rains on the mountain over the past few days have turned the White River into a muddy muddy mess, which in turn has turned the lower Deschutes into a muddy muddy mess with less than two feet of visibility. As a result of the White River's complete blow out - which happened yesterday morning or Thursday night (depending on where you happened to be on the river) - the river in the Maupin area has been a bit busy today. Steelheaders are looking for places to fish and they are all crammed into a 16-18 mile stretch of river both up and down stream of Maupin from the White River to the locked gate. But, if we look on the bright side, at least we have clean water to fish!

Trout fishing today has been quite good, at least from the reports we have been getting. The best techniques seem to be fishing with a dry fly and using a dropper below the dry with a tungsten bead head nymph at least 20" below the dry and up to three or four feet below the dry. If you are deep nymphing, remember that the trout are just beginning to move into the slower winter water and won't be found in the fast highly oxygenated riffle water where you would find them in mid-summer.

Euro-nymph techniques and flies continue to be highly effective and super productive. If you don't know what this type of fishing is, come on in and talk with us and we can explain the concept to you and get you lined up to try it for yourself.

Tomorrow and the next day are going to be like yesterday - brutally windy. Today has been very nice and mild, but the winds are forecast to gust as high as 40 mph tomorrow and looks like more of the same for Monday. Ouch. That can make for some tough fishing, but our friends who braved the winds yesterday managed to find a few steelhead willing to grab their swinging flies.

Hope you have a chance to get out there before the weather gets cold! Tight lines, Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM

October 24, 2018 11:00 AM

The weather lately has been difficult to beat - beautiful warm days, not-so-chilly nights, and most of the days have had nothing more than a very slight breeze. I am seeing posts online that a lot of outfitters are wrapping it up for the year and calling it a season, which is one reason that the end of October and through the month of November has always been my favorite time to steelhead fish the Deschutes. Things get quiet, people head off to other rivers like the Grande Ronde and the Clearwater, the hunters are busy chasing deer and elk and upland birds, and the pressure on the steelhead drops significantly. Water temps right now are in the mid to low 50s - still perfect temps for fishing a dry line and a summer steelhead wet fly or even a skater.

Trout fishing has been really quite good lately - the trout are happily feeding both under the surface on nymphs and on the surface on dry flies. Larger caddis in tans and olives and giant October caddis (orange bodies) are great options for your dries. Suspend a bead head nymph about 2-3 feet under the dry fly and get ready for the grab! I prefer that the suspended beadhead fly be a tungsten bead head fly because it cuts down through the currents easily and gets in front of the trout that are laying low. If you really want to mine the depths, the way to get it done is to fish with a double Euro-nymph over-sized tungsten bead head flies. The problem right now is, unless you are a fly tyer, the supply of good heavy tungsten bead head nymphs is quite limited. We have some in stock but many of our special nymphs come from our staff of custom tiers and they are busy right now with guide trips on the river. This winter, they will be building up a huge supply of top-notch Euro nymphs for our fly bins - you will see huge changes in our selection for next year. Until then, if you tie or (better yet) if you want to learn how to tie and get started with the right materials and not some janky off the shelf fly tying kit, stop into the fly shop and let us help you out. We have all the trick Euro-nymph hooks and slotted tungsten beads as well as the UV materials, UV glues, and all the tools you would need to tie thousands of your own Euro Nymphs. Stop in and let us help you get started.

The great weather has been fantastic for people fishing on the private lakes. We took a big group up there on a corporate outing last weekend and everyone had a great time learning to fly fish and catching big rainbows. The lakes will be open until they freeze - which is a long way down the road with the great weather we have been having. To get a spot on the lakes, all you have to do is call ahead and check in with us at the shop to get maps and flies. Catching tons of big rainbow trout while kicking around in a float tube? Sign me up!!

The coolest thing that happened this week on the river? Angler and Conservationist, Dave Moskowitz, was fishing up near the locked gate on some Deschutes Club property. As he was standing in the river, he looked up on the hill behind the cabin and saw a pair of deer casually walkign and grazing on bits of grass. Suddenly, the deer jerked their heads up and started running. Dave glassed the hillside and soon saw two wolves, yes wolves, chasing the deer. One was jet black and the other grey and there was no mistaking these long legged canines for coyotes. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently confirmed that they captured photos of Grey Wolves with pups on a game camera on the Warm Springs Reservation - right here in South Wasco County. The photos were taken in early August of this year of two pups and the mother who was grey. The land on the West side of the river just above the Deschutes Club cabins (downstream of Dant) borders the Warm Springs Reservation, so it is apparent that we have another Apex predator in the neighborhood! I think this is awesome news. These are Federally protected endangered species - so those of you who like to shoot coyotes need to keep in mind that the wolves are out there.

That's the fishing report for this week! I hop e you enjoyed it! Stop in or give us a call if we can ship you anything. Tight lines!

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM

October 15, 2018 4:00 PM

Fall is here in full force this week! Morning temperatures are getting colder (mid 20s in the morning)and by the time it is light enough to unhook your fly and make the first cast it’s nearly 7AM. Don’t forget to start short! Many fish are hanging tight to the bank at first light. Quite often, a simple leader cast with only 2 feet of fly line out the tip of the rod is the one that hooks the first steelhead of the day. Mid-day breaks are getting shorter as the sun continues to sit lower on the desert rim, but don’t forget to come see us in the fly shop as we have incredible deals right now on single handed and two-handed rods. If you are a fly tier, you will love our selection of materials. We specialize in steelhead materials, Euro-trout materials, saltwater fly materials, and pretty much anything else you can dream up.

Starting tomorrow our hours change just a little bit… we will still be open 7 days a week but our doors will open at 9am (instead of 8) and we will still stay open until 5pm. If you can’t make it here during open hours, but you still want a few items from our shelves, give us a call and we can put those items in an after-hours location for you to grab.

Steelhead fishing continues to be streaky. There are fish around but you have to search for them. We have been averaging one fish per 12 runs fished this year. That means you need to cover water and cover it quickly. I have always enjoyed fishing three shorter runs as opposed to one 200 yard stretch. However, if I start in at the top of a 200 yard stretch and only plan to fish the top 50 yards – my plans will change if I find a willing steelhead in the first section of the run. Steelhead have been known to travel in pods or small groups, so it pays to stay in the same general area where you found the first fish of the day. The water is still in the 50’s, plenty warm enough to fish floating lines and small unweighted flies.

We are anxiously awaiting the start of our season on the John Day. We currently have three spots available in November on our 4 day safari camp trip. These spots do not become available very often and now is the time to grab your seat in one of our boats. Enjoy over 40 miles of world class scenery, gourmet meals and a luxurious camp on the banks of one of the west’s finest rivers. We have one spot open November 4-7th and two spots available November 11-14th. The cost is $2350.00 per angler. This year we will be working with ODFW to collect data from the steelhead that we catch. So, not only will you be able to enjoy one of the finest 100% wild steelhead rivers in the Pacific Northwest, but the steelhead that you land will allow us to collect the necessary data to ensure that this fishery is protected for future generations. We are looking forward to the learning what is revealed through this scientific work.

Let us not forget about trout. The trout fishing has been really good. Last week during the rain we saw great mayfly hatches throughout the day and the trout were gorging themselves! With the sunny weather this week caddis will make a showing as well. My go-to searching rig this time of year is a size 14-16 elk hair caddis with a tungsten bead BWO nymph as a dropper. Nymph fishing has also been productive – and Euro nymphing has been off the charts. Now is the time to fish October caddis pupa and small mayfly nymphs. Come on by the shop and we can show you the hot flies and tell you how we like to fish them. For you Euro-nymphing enthusiasts, the enormous selection of Euro-nymphs we have being custom-tied for our shop for 2019 will blow your minds! Just wait until you see the trick stuff that will only be available here at Deschutes Angler. Stay tuned.

Tight lines,

Amy Hazel and Alex Gonsiewski (co-authors of this very report) and the rest of the Crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open daily 8 AM to 5 PM

October 7, 2018 6:30 AM

Fine fall weather with cloudy skies, a little rain, and crisp mornings makes every steelheader I know feel just a little more optimistic with every swing of the fly. Keep your chins up, there are steelhead out there to be hooked, we just have to work a little bit harder for them this season. If you put in your time and get a little lucky, you should find a shimmering of chrome out there on the Deschutes. Don't take any encounter for granted while swinging your flies, that thing that felt trouty could very well be a ten pound wild hen who touched your fly out of curiosity. Make a second cast, or a third, or even a fourth. Back up, change flies, work that fly back down to the spot where you think you felt that bump. Maybe it was a leaf tumbling in the current that brushed along the broad side of your fly, or maybe, just maybe, it was the beautiful bullet of a steelhead that has been swimming through your dreams. Camping on the river, you get fitful bits of sleep between freight trains rumbling up the Deschutes. The dew on the tent is thick and cold in the morning. You don't want to leave your warm sleeping bag to climb into those waders - the left leg damp from the pinhole leak that you created when you came around a bit hot, broke anchor, and buried that size 5 Alec Jackson in the back of your thigh. But the victory of being the first person in a cherished steelhead run, waiting rod-in-hand for the light to make that first cast, that victory adds to your confidence that today is the day that your line will go tight mid-way through the swing. You will finally connect with the ghost of the river, the one that has been there all along but was waiting for the right presentation, your fly, and you. Keep the faith and keep your flies wet (or skaters dry as the case may be) and you will find many rewards from time spent on the water. One of those rewards might even be a steelhead.

If the last paragraph sounds like self-induced torture to you, then you might enjoy sleeping in, getting that quality time with your sleeping bag and pillow, and waking when the sun is warming the walls of the canyon. The trout are your quarry and they are happy in October, trying to put on some fat reserves for the long winter ahead. There are a few bugs hatching - BWOs on these cloudy days, October Caddis the size of butterflies in the evenings, and smaller caddis and mayflies throughout the day. Nymph fishing between visible hatches will yield plenty of fat footballs at this time of year - especially if you are mastering the Euro-nymphing technique. The nice thing about choosing trout as your targeted species (besides the warm sleep-in time) is that the angling pressure on the river is made up almost entirely of steelhead fishers and the good trout spots are there just waiting for you and your flies. Go get em!

The private lakes are fishing really well - the weeds are dying back, the callibaetis and chironomids are hatching daily, and the trout are fat, stupid, and happy. Until the lakes freeze, we will be booking non-guided and guided trips to fish for steelhead-sized rainbow trout. Gotta feel that heavy weight on the end of your line? You can make that happen multiple times per day up on our private lakes (just a 25 minute drive from Maupin).

I got a few White River calls this week due to a little sprinkle of rain - but I am happy to report that the White has been behaving beautifully this year - she is clear as a bell and low to boot. No problems there!

Tight lines!!

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open daily 8 AM to 5 PM

September 28, 2018 1:00 PM

It's hard to complain about the perfect weather we have been having lately! Crisp mornings make every cast feel cleaner, and the mid-day warmth is perfect for that short rest in the shade in between fishing great pieces of steelhead water. The steelhead are quite spread out throughout the entire system by this time of year, so it doesn't much matter where you choose to wet your line, there are steelhead in every stretch of the lower Deschutes.

This weekend is the opener for deer hunting, so keep that in mind if you are along the river. Most of the hunters that we encounter on the river corridor are responsible and good stewards of the resource, but you don't want to be mistaken for a deer, so leave that antler hat at home this weekend.

Trout fishing has been pretty solid lately. We have been incorporating dry fly techniques using large brown caddis and olive caddis (size 14), and nymph techniques using cased caddis, October Caddis pupae, and a variety of Euro-nymphs. This is the time of year that we sit down with the reps and plan out our pre-season orders for everything that we want to have delivered next year. Flies must be ordered nearly a year in advance because fly companies need to schedule their tyers to create all of the patterns for all of the fly shops around the world. We are really excited for next year because we are ramping up our custom patterns like we never have before. Many of these patterns are of our own creation, will not be found in any other fly shop, and we have tested the heck out of them on the Deschutes. I can't reveal the secret stuff here, but suffice it to say that trout anglers next spring will be thrilled with our overflowing bins of killer flies.

Since we opened the private trophy trout lakes last week, the reports have been excellent. Hatches are still strong and there has been some epic dry fly fishing with callibaetis spinners, callibaetis adults, adult damsels, and midge adults (or, buzzers as they are called in the UK). Fishing a full sinking line with a damsel nymph or a leech pattern is also deadly, once you find the depth where the trout are feeding you can hook one on nearly every cast. If you get tired of trying to find steelhead on the fly, take a break for a day and hook a few dozen steelhead-sized trout in our private lakes.

I have one announcement to make about an event coming up this weekend.....on Sunday, a few long-time loyal Deschutes visiting anglers will be spearheading a river clean-up. The meeting point on Sunday at 12:00 Noon is the Maupin City Park near the boat ramp. Look for the Airstream trailer and a group of people who will be distributing bags and gloves for people to help with the river clean-up. Take a break after a morning of steelhead or trout fishing a do something nice for the Deschutes - you will certainly build up your steelhead or trout karma by helping with the clean-up, and you will meet a bunch of nice people who also love this river. I think this is a stellar idea, and I am sharing it here because I want to do what I can to help these great people.

We hope to see you all out on the river in the month of October - best month of the year, in my opinion. Tight lines!

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open daily 8 AM to 5 PM

September 20, 2018 4:00 PM

Well, the days of light fishing pressure are behind us - people have started to make a showing this week for their annual Deschutes trips and the river has gotten busier. It's nothing like we have seen it during huge fish number years, like 2001, but there are a few more folks on the river than we have seen throughout the season up to this point. There is still plenty of great water out there for everyone to fish. Finding steelhead has been the challenge - people are working hard to find a fish a day on most days (though we still have good pushes of steelhead coming up the river in waves and it is possible to run into a pod of fish). The water is in great shape, good clarity, temperatures in the 50s, all conditions are perfect for hooking steelhead on floating lines swinging wet flies or skaters. We just need a few more steelhead to turn out of the COlumbia and into the Deschutes.

If trout are your fish of choice, you will be happy to know that we have seen good caddis hatches, significant mayfly hatches (tricos, pmds, bwos), and the first October Caddis have started to flutter around in the evenings. Whether you are dry fly fishing, traditional nymphing, or Euro-nymphing, you are bound to see lots of trout on the end of your line. The majority of the anglers on the river are concentrating their efforts on steelhead, so that makes it nice for the trout anglers since they are typically targeting deep and steep waters where the steelhead guys don't venture. Stop into the shop and we can show you the flies that have been most productive.

A heads up to anyone who is planning to float the river any time from October 1 to October 5: BUY YOUR BOATER PASS NOW on recreation.gov. The boater pass website is undergoing an overhaual during those days and it will NOT be possible to purchase any passes during that five day window Oct 1-5. If you want to buy a boater pass for any day of the calendar year - be sure that you make that purchase before October 1. The good news is that the $10 fee for purchasing a pass (which is a fee that is in addition to the pass fee) will be lowered to $6 in the future once they get the site overhauled.

Our private trophy trout lakes are now open for business! Summer vacation for the big huge rainbow trout is OVER - they have been resting and growing fatter for the past three months eating mayflies and damsels and midge - so it is time to put those fish back to work. We have several lakes on the ranch and the ability to give every group of anglers their own private fishing experience, so give us a ring and we'll set you up on a lake with steelhead-sized rainbows and lots of em!

The White River has been a non-issue so far this year. It is low and clear - much like a lot of other rivers in the state due to the lack of any kind of precipitation this year. We don't expect any trouble from the White River unless we have some huge rain event in the coming weeks and months. So, that is great news for steelhead anglers! We hope that a fresh push of steelhead is headed our way in the coming days...they are sparsely spread out throughout the entire river by now, but the fresh batches keep on pushing upriver and we are eagerly awaiting their arrival. We eagerly await your arrival as well, and we hope to see you in the store in the coming days and weeks. We have a great selection of, well, everything and that includes fly patterns that no other store in the country has, polar bear for tying steelhead flies, a huge selection of fly tying materials, custom-tied flies, custom-tied Euro leaders, fantastic shop dogs, and a friendly and helpful staff.

Tight lines! See you on the water!

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open daily 8 AM to 5 PM

September 7, 2018 10:00 AM

Here we are, one week into September, and fishing pressure is as light as we have ever seen it during the prime time of steelhead season. From the standpoint of a guide, this is great! The river is way less crowded, you have lots of choices in which runs to fish, and there is a lot less competitive nonsense behavior on the river such as low-holing. From the standpoint of a fly shop owner, it is a little bit scary to see what should be one of the busiest times in the fly shop turn out to be pretty darn slow. We are having a huge sale right now on some premium high-end rod brands, most of which are not advertised on the web (we like to give our actual walk-in customers first dibs on great deals) and they are not flying off the shelves. So, things are fairly quiet around here.

Steelhead have been swimming into the Deschutes for over two months now, and numbers over the dams are getting bigger by the day. We are working hard to find a few fish a day, but some days we get lucky and run into a pod of fish before lunch. We are using floating lines, Spey rods, unweighted summer flies and skaters, and fishing a lot of water each day. Most of our fish have been hooked with the sun on the water, but we have tried to keep the sun behind the fish or off to the side.

Trout fishing continues to be good - the river is as clear as we have seen it in years and that is thanks to the Crooked River being so low in volume this year. The high nutrient laden pea-green water that the Crooked normally contributes to Lake Billy Chinook is not flowing into the reservoir this year, so the magical mixing tower is pulling water off the top of the reservoir that is much cleaner than it has been in past years. No thanks to the PGE SWW tower, but thanks to the lack of rainfall and drought conditions, we have seen the condition of the Lower Deschutes River improve this year. The insects have responded to the cleaner water - our caddis hatches have bounced back! If we give the river a chance to heal itself it will.

Hope to see some of you on the water this weekend! Tight lines!

Amy Hazel and the Crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open daily 8 AM to 5 PM

August 23rd, 2018 9:30 AM

The smoke is still here, but let's look at the silver lining, folks, the smoke is creating a "cloud cover" which makes fishing better all day. Steelhead don't like the sun, but they don't mind the glowing orange ball that can't quite make it through the layers of smoke. So, that's the good news for you steelhead fisherpeople. There are not a lot of steelhead around right now, but they come in waves and you have to have your fly in the water in order to intercept one of those c