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DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

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August 21, 2019

Hello fellow anglers! Here's a little Wednesday morning fishing report for you - outta the blue! Enjoy!

Hot muggy temperatures and temps in the 90s gave way to cooler days for the next few. Summer is trying to make its presence known before September is upon us - or so the ten-day forecast shows. These hot temps should result in good caddis hatches for the trout anglers. Tonight and Friday night look like the best days for potential mayfly hatches - due to the fact that those two days are forecast to have a little cloud cover and some possible rain. Mayflies prefer the cloudy days. Nymph fishing should be very good no matter the weather - and the further we get from the full moon that we had last week, the better the trout fishing should get. I am not really sure what it is about the full moon - but generally the trout fishing gets a bit more challenging during a full moon. Maybe they eat all night with the aid of the light of the moon, or maybe the hatches are not as good. Anyway - the full moon is behind us now and the trout fishing is back on track.

Let's talk about river conditions....specifically, the White River. If you are not familiar with the White River, count yourself lucky to know nothing about this pesky little tributary of the Deschutes. She (the White River) has been pretty well behaved over the last year or so - I can't even think of one time last year that she caused trouble in the Deschutes - which is a trend that I hope will last through this year's steelhead season. When we are talking trouble, we are talking about the fact that the White River can completely blow out the Deschutes and make visibility below the confluence of the two river less than inches. The sheer volume of mud and silt that the White River can puke is astounding! The puking can sometime last for days, weeks, or even a full month as it did back in early September of 2000 - rendering nearly 47 miles of river unfishable. Though there were far fewer guides and fewer steelhead anglers back then, the Deschutes above the White got awfully darn busy, as it was the only clear water to fish. The blowout of 2000 lasted a month, which is a very long stretch of time for the White River to be nasty. Over my 20 plus years out here I have experienced White River blowouts that last only a few hours, a day, a few days, a full week, and even a full month.

Though it is a frequent request of anglers who call the shop to ask about the condition of the White River, it is IMPOSSIBLE to predict how long any one blowout or puking event will last. Heavy rain can prolong the mud, but things happening up on the mountain at the actual White River Glacier can also have a long lasting impact. We surmise that the longest blowout periods are related to a dam being formed high on the glacier. When the glacial dam bursts wide open, the silt and pent-up water rush down the White River and into the Deschutes. This increased VOLUME of water is more detrimental than the actual silt, though the silt is super fine particulate that does not settle out quickly as mud is apt to do. Volume of flow in the White River is necessary to cause the Deschutes to blow out. No matter how WHITE the White River happens to be, if it has a low flow it will cause no harm to the Deschutes. Currently, this is the state of the White River. It is WHITE but the flow is extremely wimpy, thus no color is making it into the lower Deschutes. If and when that situation changes, we will let you know. We are hoping for a year like last year with no major blowouts - fingers crossed!

Steelhead are in the Deschutes now and are fairly well spread out throughout the lower 60 miles of the river. They have motivation to move up river in search of the cooler water temps they will find as they get away from the slow-moving waters down by the mouth. The good news is that the confluence of the Columbia River and the Deschutes is closed to all fishing through September 15 - that means that the guys in boats who used to sit at the mouth of the Deschutes intercepting Deschutes bound steelhead are no longer there to yard fish out of the river. The fishermen who sat on the island just inside the mouth of the Deschutes with a guantlet of spoons and side planers are not allowed to fish there this year through September 15 and not allowed to retain any steelhead (hatchery included) through the end of September. In the mainstem Columbia, steelhead retention (hatchery included) is banned through the end of August but one hatchery steelhead per day is allowed after September 1.

These regulations are a good start for protecting steelhead, but it would make more sense if the ban on steelhead retention in the month of August extended to all of the tributaries of the Columbia as well. Since hatchery steelhead retention is allowed on the Deschutes and other tributaries right now, the masses of meat hunting anglers are moving into the smaller rivers to fill their coolers. Rumor has it, the ODFW fish checker who sits at the outlet of the Mack's Canyon access road reported one car full of anglers blowing right past her stop sign and another group reporting that they had caught no steelhead - but the car behind them had seen them put a steelhead in their cooler (a steelhead they did not show to the fish checker because it was probably wild). Anglers who are on the river would be wise to keep their eyes open and be aware that this kind of illegal activity may be going on this year on the lower Deschutes. If would-be law breakers know that they have eyes on them, they will be less likely to haul a wild steelhead to their cooler.

Tight lines! See you on the water.

Amy Hazel, Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

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August 15, 2019

This weekend is free fishing weekend - Saturday and Sunday only. This means that a license is not required to fish. You must still abide by all of the rules and regulations for fishing.

The long delay between fishing report updates (long for us) is due to the fact that three of us were up in BC fishing over the past two weeks - chasing summer steelhead. The rest of the crew was down here on the Deschutes also chasing summer steelhead and running trout trips as well.

We had a MEGA storm on Friday night which was full of lightning strikes and tons of rain. This storm, followed by another storm the next night, put some color in the Deschutes for a couple of days but the river cleared up in a few days and it is now back to being in good shape for the entirety of the lower 100 miles. I didn't write about the blow out in the fishing report because I knew it would clear in a matter of hours to days - the dirtiest water was on Saturday and Sunday and anglers who were out here over last weekend could clearly see that the rain had affected the condition of the river. There are so few anglers around during the week, at least right now, that the little bit of color in the water on Monday (it was clear by Tuesday) was not worth reporting. Despite a little color in the water, the river continued to fish well on Sun, Mon, Tues, and yesterday - both for trout and for the few steelhead that have been showing themselves. Evan's client landed a dandy 31" steelhead yesterday on a day trip, so they are starting to spread themselves out throughout the system. I would not be one bit surprised to hook steelhead while fishing around Maupin - we have always had good luck hooking them here in mid-August. The only issue with fishing at this time of the year is that water temps can get quite warm in the late afternoon. It is wise to get to the river early, fish hard all morning and early afternoon, and check temps in the evening - temps in the 67-69 degree range are going to not only put steelhead off the bite, but could very easily be lethal to a steelhead fighting at the end of your line. Self-imposed HOOT OWL hours (not fishing in the evenings when water temps are at their hottest) is the responsible thing for a steelhead angler to do during our heat spells. The warmest evening water temperatures are down by the mouth and temperatures get cooler and cooler as you make your way up river towards Maupin.

For trout anglers, there have been decent caddis hatches for dry fly fishing and the Euro nymphing has been steady and very good. A dry-dropper is another fun way to target the trout - using a bushy foamy dry on top and a dropper nymph below (I usually drop them 18-24" below the dry). Come on into the fly shop and we will share with you some of the trick patterns that have been working for us on the river.

Tight lines and we will see you out here soon!

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

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August 2, 2019

We have finally been hit with hot weather over the last week and surprisingly the trout fishing has been fantastic. The caddis and aquatic moths are out in huge numbers from early morning until late in the day. Normally I expect dry fly fishing to be slow in the heat of the day but that has not been the case over the last week. The nymph fishing has also been consistent for those of you hooked on the lastest fishing drug i.e. Euro Nymphing. We do have a couple spots left in our one day Euro clinic on August 17th if you are interested in upping your trout game. The fishing should continue to be strong until we get around the next full moon.

Steelhead are beginning to show up and anglers willing to get after it are finding a fish a day. Now is the time to get out and start swinging for those early fish that are by far the hottest of the season. I personally got smoked by a fish the other day and would put it in the top 5 hottest fish I have ever caught. We still have room in our late summer/early fall guide calendar for anyone interested in chasing these magnificent creatures. Our guides will make sure you are fishing the best water in the right light throughout the day and will help you perfect your cast and presentation. Give the shop a call if you want to get out (541)395-0995.

Tight Lines,

Deschutes Angler Crew

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FISHING LICENSES ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ANYWHERE IN MAUPIN - GO TO MYODFW.COM TO PURCHASE YOUR LICENSE

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open DAILY 8 AM to 5 PM

July 12, 2019

Quick update on the John Day River 30 mile access - the BLM was on top of things as soon as they heard that the road had blown out into the 30 mile boat launch. They repaired it within days and it is now open again, although flows are getting awfully low at this point. News is slow to come out of that area, so we apologize for not posting news of the repair sooner.

Trout fishing has been quite good lately on the Deschutes around Maupin. I am not sure about other areas because we spent nearly all of our time guiding the 40 mile stretch close to our fly shop. Upon request, we will do floats on other sections like the Warm Springs to Trout Creek section, but it is historically the heaviest trafficked area of the Deschutes for anglers and guides, so we like to show people a section of river that is far less busy and less pressured.

Yesterday was a historic day for our guide service - we had a group of 15 women on a one-day float. A bunch of media folks and social influencers for Yakima Racks and Toyota came out to the Deschutes for an introduction to fly fishing as well as an opportunity to photograph some new models of Toyotas on the river with Yakima roof racks. We had a great time showing the ladies the Deschutes as well as introduucing most of them to the sport of fly fishing. Though our time frame was a bit limited, we were able to catch a few nice trout and enjoy a beautiful day on the water. They guy in charge of keeping the cars dust free really had his work cut out for him on the lower access road! Despite those challenges, the cars looked great and you may see Beavertail campground in some upcoming advertisements for Toyota and Yakima.

July is upon us and we know that those willing to swing for the needle in the haystack just might be rewarded with a fine chromer of a steelhead. They are going to be somewhat sparse again this year, but that tends to keep the crowds at bay, so it all balances out in the long run. Please be respectful of your fellow angler, have plan A, B, C, D, E, F, G etc. so you don't feel the need to crowd or low hole the guy in your plan A. There aren't a lot of people out there swinging right now, so spread out and find your own stretch of water.

I will be heading for the Dean River in BC during the first week of August. Two of our guides, Nick and Alex, are also headed to the Dean during that time frame. They will be helicoptering in and camping while I am hosting a group of anglers at Kimsquit Bay Lodge on the lower Dean. If you are headed to BC or Alaska, be sure to check out our insane selection of steelhead and salmon flies - we have great stock of everything related to swinging for big anadromous fish.

If nymphing is your bag, you really owe it to yourself to take your game to the highest level. Take one of our Euro-Nymphing classes or, better yet, jump on one of the last spots left in our two day Euro-nymphing Camp July 24-25. One of the guys who took a class from us a few months ago was at the register this morning laughing and shaking his head in disbelief over how this technique has completely changed his game. He said that Euro-nymphing is as addicting as crack (though he did not look as though he had too much personal experience with crack). A lot of folks abandon the Deschutes in the hot summer months because they have trouble finding trout - that is no longer the case when you can effectively fish nymphs without an indicator at the right speed down deep. The Euro-Camp will not only encompass instruction, there will be a ton of fishing, learning to fish different water types, learning to tie Euro nymphs, and a great camping and dining on the river's edge. The Euro Nymph Camp is $795 for two days. Make an investment in your fish-catching future!

Recent hatches of caddis have been decent on the Deschutes. Aquatic moths and Yellow Sallies are around in so so numbers. The mayflies come and go with the cloudy days. The weirdest thing that we have noticed this year is the relative abundance of Cicadas on the lower river. Seeing one a day would have been an anomoly in the past - yesterday between five guides we saw dozens.

That's the report from the Deschutes! Tight lines!

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler

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July 5, 2019

July is here in Maupin. Stacks of rafts can be seen on main street in the morning and the rainbow tavern, which now has stickers, is a happening place into the wee hours. The fishing around town remains very good but if you are looking to avoid the raft traffic, focus your efforts below Sherars Falls. If you like the water close to town, it should be raft free in the morning and evening.

Trout fishing remains very good on the Deschutes River. There have been great caddis and PED hatches during the last hour of the day with trout looking up. Our favorite caddis pattern in the evening is a tan Fin Fetcher Caddis size 18. The pink post on this fly makes it easy to see in the flat light when the sun drops below the canyon wall. A size 12-14 light Cahill is perfect match for our PED’s. As the weather continues to heat up early morning dry fly fishing with dead caddis patterns in the heavy foam lines will be deadly. It is time to increase leader length and decrease tippet diameter. We like to fish 9 to 12 foot 5x leaders when fishing caddis. If you have a particularly wary fish going to 6x may make all the difference.

Evan and Alex have been guiding the last couple of days and they have had great fishing on a dry dropper set up. A size 14 purple or pink Chubby Chernobyl with a 3.3mm tungsten bead nymph trailed 24-30 inches off the dry was an outstanding combination. They found this combo to be more productive than fishing a dry caddis throughout the day.

We still have room in our one day Euro class on July 13th as well as room in our Euro Camp July 24th-25th. One day classes are $250 per person and the camp is $795.

We have some bad news from the John Day. We have heard from multiple sources that the road into Thirtymile boat ramp washed out over the weekend in a flash flood. From what we have heard, it is not currently possible to get down to the ramp with any type of vehicle. We have not heard news from BLM yet about the state of the road or when repairs will be completed. If you are looking for updated info about the road into Thirtymile call the Prineville BLM office (541) 416-6700.

It is July which means it is time to get up in the wee hours of the morning, grab a cup of coffee and swing the perfect steelhead fly through your favorite run on the lower river. There are not a lot of fish around but it only takes one and July fish are hot. Few things are as magical as watching light come to the Deschutes Canyon this time of year.

Hope to see you in the shop soon. Tight Lines.

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler.

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

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June 27, 2019 We have had some crazy weather lately and crazy good fishing to go along with it. Yesterday and the day before we were pelted by rain and even some heavy hail - but that certainly didn't keep the trout from biting. It has been great in the past few weeks with decent caddis hatches and some mayfly activity (PEDs mainly). Anglers adhering to a strict Euro-nymphing regimen have been slaying trout as well as anything else that swims in the river. The technique is scary effective and super fun. Next to dry fly fishing, Euro-nymphing is one of the coolest ways that I know of to catch trout. It takes some skill, but the more skilled you become, the more fish you catch. We are leading the charge with the best selection of Euro-nymphs available anywhere, a huge array of Euro-nymphing rods, and great deals on package outfits complete with rod, reel, line, and leader ready to fish. On top of all that, we have excellent instruction available with one-day clinics running nearly every weekend and a new two-day Euro-nymphing camp on July 24, 25. The camp will include instruction in the techniques of Euro-nymphing, tons of guided fishing time, great camp time with instruction on knot tying, instruction on Euro-nymph fly tying, and riverside cuisine. The first day will be a day of instruction with fishing sprinkled liberally throughout, and day two will be an eye-opening day of just how many different water types you can effectively fish using a Euro-nymph setup. The sooner you learn this technique, the sooner you can start humiliating your buddies on the river! We will provide all of the gear for the two-day class...other than flies and tippet...so you don't have to worry about having the right rod. $795 is the price of the camp and there are only six spots available - or there were six spots - some of the spots have already been filled. Call us to get in on this great camp trip on the Deschutes. 541-395-0995.

We have a one-day Euro school on July 13 - we just created this one because all of the other classes filled so quickly. That school is $250 for the day.

John Day bassin' trips are available now - choose between a multi-day float trip or a one-day float. The water levels are perfect and the bass are suicidal right now.

Well, the great thing about the fishing on the Deschutes right now is that the crowds are gone and we have the river to ourselves. The bugs are hatching, the fish are biting, and the weather is perfect for fishing. It has not gotten too hot yet this year, so camping on the river is pleasant and the water is still fairly cool. Come on out and enjoy Maupin! Tight lines!!

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

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FLY SHOP HOURS: Open DAILY 8 AM to 5 PM (6 PM on Friday - to catch those of you just rolling into town)

June 21, 2019

Weird weather over the past few days has resulted in tougher than average fishing conditions. The winds have been strong and it has been downright cold out there on the water. Morning temperatures are around 49-50 and the thermometer has struggled to break 75 degrees for the past few days. Warmer and calmer weather is forecast for the coming days, starting today, so that is good news for all the anglers looking to fish this weekend. Just before the cold fronts rolled in we were wailing on fish on caddis dries and pale evening dun dries. I assume that those hatches will continue to be good through the end of June and certainly caddis will continue through the month of July.

Our private lakes are now closed for the summer and set to reopen in mid-September as soon as water temperatures cool back down and the weeds fall back a bit. We had a great season up on the lakes - the fish were fat and healthy and strong and the bug hatches were robust.

Our John Day Bass season is in full swing - we have day trips and camp trips rolling out of here daily. This is a world-famous smallmouth bass fishery that offers non-stop fishing from the boat action on surface poppers. The canyon and the campsites are spectacularly beautiful and wildlife abounds. Call us up to book a spot before mid-July, by which time the irrigators have sucked that river so low that it cannot really be floated.

Last but not least, EURO-NYMPHING CLASSES! You have heard the buzz, maybe some of your fishing pals have taken the leap and purchased a special Euro outfit (we have phenomenal deals on Euro set-ups complete with rod/reel/line/backing/leader ready to fish - package prices start at $199). If you witness the Euro technique in action, you will see catch rates soar due to a more effective method for presenting nymph imitations in the depths of the runs and riffles. A good day used to be 10-15 trout - now you are hooking that number in the first stop of the day, without moving your feet. If done correctly, Euro-nymphing is a game changer. We are here to teach you how to be deadly with Euro-nymphs. We just added the following dates for one-day Euro Nymphing Schools: July 13, August 17, August 24. These classes are $250 plus boater pass and they fill up as quickly as they go on the calendar. The class is led by Evan Unti - our resident expert. We start with a little leader building and theory and hit the water for technique and some fishing time. We are on the water from about 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM putting our skills to the test. Technique is the focus in this class but we do get some fishing time in. We created a EURO-NYMPH CAMP on July 24, 25 this year to combine the format of the one-day school with a second day that will be an full fishing day with a focus on using the Euro-nymph technique in many different water types. The camp will also include a great evening of theory, fly tying instruction, knot-tying, and a fantastic riverside dinner. The camp is limited to 6 students and will cost $795.

Tight lines! See you on the river. Amy Hazel and the crew from Deschutes Angler.

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FISHING LICENSES ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ANYWHERE IN MAUPIN - GO TO MYODFW.COM TO PURCHASE YOUR LICENSE

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open DAILY 8 AM to 5 PM (6 PM on Friday - to catch those of you just rolling into town)

June 17, 2019

Well fishing was a little tougher this weekend for most anglers regardless of the method being employed. The caddis and PED hatches were strong in the evening and the last hour of light was certainly the best part of the day. The combination of heat, full moon phase and only a week out from the salmonfly hatch are contributing factors. Fish were still caught but boy did you have to work for them. The early morning had decent dead caddis fishing but it was over in a couple of hours. Even nymphing was tough throughout the day. Keep in mind fish can feed all night in and around a full moon and then can lay low during the day.

The fishing should improve over the next week and into the weekend. The weather is going to cool down a bit and the moon will become less of a factor. It is caddis time so be prepared to have a variety of different caddis dries and pupa to take to the river. 14, 16 and 18 are the typical sizes and have patterns that represent emerging caddis, egg laying caddis and of course dead caddis. Fish dead caddis in the morning, egg laying caddis in the mid-day and emerging caddis in the evening. If they aren’t on the surface feeding then get your nymph rig out and go down and dirty.

On that note we are offering another one day Euro nymphing clinic ($250.00) on July 13th and a Euro nymphing camp (795.00) on July 24th and 25th . This technique is super handy during the dog days of summer particularly in the heat of the day. The one day clinic focuses on the technique primarily how to get the flies to drift correctly which is more difficult than most of you might think. The camp will focus on technique but will also have a heavy emphasis on how to approach different water types, when and where to adjust tippet length and how to select the appropriate flies for the water you are fishing. We have availability in both so if you are interested give the shop a call at (541)395-0995. If those dates don’t work we are also happy to do guide trips focused on Euro Nymphing.

Tight Lines,

Deschutes Angler Crew

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

FISHING LICENSES ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ANYWHERE IN MAUPIN - GO TO MYODFW.COM TO PURCHASE YOUR LICENSE

FLY SHOP HOURS: Open DAILY 8 AM to 5 PM (6 PM on Friday - to catch those of you just rolling into town)

June 12, 2019

Things got busy around here and I have been unable to get a quality fishing report written until just now. I was out on the water yesterday guiding a father and son team from California - dad had long wanted to get his son excited about fly fishing but didn't want to push it on him. I took the son on as my project for the day and showed him how much fun fly fishing can be. He got to see fish feeding in foam lines, he got to cast to those rising fish, he learned how important having the right fly can be, he learned to Euro-nymph, and he caught quite a few good trout. The bug activity was quite good but fish were feeding on the surface very infrequently. We saw pale morning duns, caddis, and yellow sallies flying around and landing on the water but most of our success came subsurface with nymphs. The day was hot and sunny, so we explored a lot of shade pockets with dries hoping that we would find the big trout lying in wait for bugs. We didn't find many on the surface, but they were eager to eat our Euro nymphs.

A guy came into the shop just now and asked me why he wasn't catching any fish. The first thing I asked him was: What size tippet or leader are you using? He said he was using pretty big stuff, he said he thought that tippet size didn't really matter. I talked to him about the water type he had been fishing and what bugs he had been using and he was right on in both fly type and water type, but nothing else matters if you are fishing 8 pound tippet. I have watched many trout reject a dry fly on 4X tippet only to eat the same fly pattern moments later on 5X tippet. That, my friends, is a difference of .001" one thousandth of an inch. Maybe they see the tippet or maybe the thicker tippet makes the fly behave in a less than natural way. Whatever it is, tippet size matters and is practically everything when it comes to fooling big trout. The goocher is that the smaller the tippet, the harder it is to land big fish but the easier it is to fool them.

So the trout fishing continues to be good out here and the river is empty. In 8 miles of floating and fishing we did not see one other angler on the river - not even on the road. As a guide, I love this. As a fly shop owner it is a bit of a bummer that activity slows down so much when there is such an abundance of great fishing to be had.

Without having a few Euro-nymphing outfits in my boat yesterday, our day could have been a lot less productive. These outfits, with two tungsten beadhead flies, each on a leader built out of fine 5.5X fluorocarbon tippet, hooked dozens of trout. If you want to simply take inventory in every riffle or run on the Deschutes river, just to find out how many fish each spot holds, learn the technique of Euro-nymphing and watch your trout game go to the next level. We have a two-day Euro-nymphing camp this summer on July 24-25 which will not only teach you the finer points of Euro-nymphing but you will also put your skills to the test in a variety of water types during two days of guided fishing. In addition, we will have a lovely camp set up for you on the banks of the Deschutes where we will feed you fine cuisine and teach you how to tie your own Euro nymph patterns. This two-day class is open to six people and will cost $795 which is far less than the cost of a two one-day trout trips. This is going to be a really fun camp trip!

Speaking of camp trips, our John Day camp trip season is in full swing. Going down the John Day River is not only an incredible scenic river float trip on par with the middle fork of the Salmon River, but it is also an amazing fishery! 100 + fish days, smallmouth bass on poppers, fishing out of the boat, luxurious riverside tent camps with wall tent and cabin-sized customer tents, incredible food, and great weather all add up to make this trip one of the best family experiences you can find. The river is usually too low to float by August, so give us a call and we will get you on the books before the summer is over.

Tight lines! We will see you on the water.

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

DESCHUTES RIVER FISHING REPORT

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May 29, 2019

I took a day off yesterday to float the river and to see if the trout were still happy and looking for big bugs. I am pleased to report that even in the 8 mile stretch above Mack's Canyon, though the bugs were very scarce in number, the trout are still eager to grab a golden stone dry fly. Yellow Sally Stones also worked, but it was not necessary to go that small. I was the only boat on the float and saw only two other people fishing down there. It was a beautiful nearly windless day until the early afternoon, and even then the wind was pretty minimal. The gulls are out in full force eating stoneflies on the wing and opportunistically waiting for another green drake hatch, which we were fortunate enough to experience on a couple of the muggy overcast days last week.

I have great news for the person who dropped his rod in the water and was unable to retrieve it. One of our good buddies was nymphing somewhere near where you lost your rod, apparently, and he hooked and landed the entire outfit. Since you came into the shop and bought a replacement rod, we were able to do a little sleuthing, find your name, but unable to find you because your name is a fairly common one. We do have your rod here waiting for you when you are ready to reunite with it. We have attached a sticky note to it with your name on it. I hope you read my fishing report!

I was on the private lakes this weekend and had a great time up there with some dear friends. The hatches were great, the majority of fish were hooked on dry flies - all of them could have been hooked on dries if we had wanted to - and the lakes are cooler and far less weedy than they would normally be in late May. We will probably have them closed down by mid June this year, so consider treating yourself to some big fish on dry flies before we close it down for the summer.

Back to "THE HATCH" ...the cool weather extended the hatch beautifully, we are still hooking trout from Mack's Canyon through Maupin on big bugs. Mostly on golden stones and yellow sallies because they are actively laying eggs on the water. This means that your fishing is no longer exclusively tight to the bank - the big bugs are landing everywhere! If you have a trout Spey rod it is fun to hurl a stonefly dry way out into the frothy water in mid-river where nobody has fished. Try to get a drag free drift for a few seconds and hope that some big bruiser grabs your fly. Fish your Clark's stones drowned - I got several fish yesterday when the currents sucked my fly underwater - just watch the tip of your fly line and get ready to set the hook before they spit it out.

Remember, this is not the only time of year that we have great dry fly fishing on the Deschutes. If you have only ever come out to the Deschutes during this time of year in order to hit the big HATCH, imagine the river with a mere fraction of the angling pressure. Imagine fish that haven't been hit hard day in and day out by angler after angler. A lot of the guides who work on the Deschutes during the salmonfly hatch go elsewhere as soon as it is over - mainly because the demand for guide trips drops off dramatically. If you want to see the river in a more mellow and peaceful light, come check it out in June. Rafting traffic doesn't get crazy until July-August and even when there are lots of rafters on the splash and giggle section through Maupin, there are places you can fish and camp where you will hardly see any rafters or other people.

This weekend, Saturday and Sunday June 1 and June 2, is the free fishing weekend in Oregon. If you are fishing on either Saturday or Sunday you are not required to have a fishing license - so this is a great time to bring a friend out who doesn't fly fish and you can get your friend interested in the sport. The weather looks like it is going to be amazing this weekend with highs in the mid 80s and a few light clouds but mostly sunny. The big bugs will be flying for sure, so get out here to catch and match the hatch!

Tight lines! See you on the river! Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

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May 23, 2019

Sunshine and 80 degrees today! Just what the doctor ordered to get the stoneflies in the air. Let the egg laying begin! Reports from the river last night were that the fishing was excellent yesterday on stonefly dries. I have all the best patterns here in the shop, so stop by to fill your fly box. The stoneflies should be pread out throughout the river by now - but the holiday weekend will certainly be a busy one on the river. The boater passes for section one (Warm Springs to Trout Creek and Trout Creek to Maupin) are all sold out for the weekend - since the limited entry period has begun. Sections that are under limited entry are segment 1, 3, 4. Basically everything except the float through town from Harpham Flat to Sandy Beach - that is section 2 and it is not limited in the number of people who can buy passes to float it. Lots of rules out here on the Deschutes pertaining to boating, so get up to speed on those before launching a boat because the BLM rangers, Wasco County Sheriff, and State Police will all be out checking people this weekend. For information on the rules go to www.recreation.gov or the Prineville BLM website.

With boater passes completely sold out on the roughly ten mile stretch between Warm Springs and Trout Creek, it will be a zoo up there! Bring your own rock if you are headed to that stretch because there may not be any others to stand on.

Maupin will surely have some traffic this weekend, but we have four times the amount of river to spread out in. Finding a campsite or a place to fish shouldn't be a problem down here in this neck of the woods.

Rattlesnakes are out, as are the ticks. If you decide to bring a dog out here you should be aware that the nearest vet is 40 miles away (Madras or The Dalles). It is a good idea to have the nearest vet address typed into your phone so that you can find it in a hurry if your dog encounters a snake. Carry a supply of Children's Allergy Relief liquid with you in your camp kit. 1 Teaspoon of liquid for every 12.5 lbs of dog will slow down the effects of the poison as you drive your dog directly to the vet. I have witnessed my own Border Collie, Winston (RIP Buddy!) getting a rattlesnake bite to the face and watched his head swell to the size of a beach ball before we could get him to the vet. No, the rattlesnake bite didn't kill him, but it made him very sick for several days. A snake-bitten dog is a very scary situations and one that happens way too often on the river when dog owners are busy fishing and their dogs are sniffing around in the grass. I love dogs, so that is my heads up to you fellow dog people.

The forecast is for a beautiful weekend and lots of bugs in the sky. We hope that you find a way to hit the water.

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

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May 22, 2019

Just a heads up for Deschutes River Enthusiasts: We are often the spot for lost and found items -if you are missing a tip section of a hand-built (looks like it has some age on it) four piece fly rod that you may have left at Wapinita take out on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday - please bring in the rest of the rod and we will get you back in business with the tip top section. The blank is a pretty unique teal green and the wraps are brown with gold thread accents. The only way that we can reunite you with this tip top is to have the rest of the rod in hand so that we can be sure that it is a match. If you live far away, you can ship the rod to us to match it. Check with your buddies and have them check their gear. It is most probable that the person who lost this tip section was on a multi-day trip from Trout Creek to Maupin or was camping at Wapinita Camp over the weekend.

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May 21, 2019

Hey, Fishing Report Readers! Cool rainy weather has certainly made things interesting on the river - but in the best possible way. The hatches have been off the charts - and I emphasize HATCHES with an "S" because stoneflies/salmonflies have taken a bit of a backseat this week to regattas of mayflies floating through. We have seen PEDs, PMDs, and Green Drakes this week as well as a plethora of caddis. Heavy cloud cover and lots of rain kept the trout from being too wary, so that was a bonus this week.

The river was not impacted by the rain (at least as far as I could see yesterday) so conditions are still good for dry fly fishing. Now, what about the stoneflies? Where have they gone? The big bugs are not entirely fond of the cold rainy conditions, however, they are only halfway through this hatch process and the most important part of their lives is about to begin. As soon as the weather warms up just a bit - into the mid 70s or low 80s the stoneflies will get on the wing and start laying eggs. Interestingly, the golden stones and yellow sallies will land on the water to deposit the eggs and the salmonfly females will drop the eggs from the air. Thus, in the second half of the hatch the golden and yellow sally patterns are more important to have in your fly box from here on out. As long as this cool weather continues, the hatch will be delayed. The trout are keyed into the big bugs already, so keep on fishing them.

Cool weather extends the fishing on our lakes because the water stays cool and the fish stay happy. We are in the thick of our hatches right now - midge, callibaetis mayflies, and damsels are all making a showing. Come on out and give the lakes a try.

Tight lines! See you on the water.

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

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May 17, 2019

It's Friday morning and time for a new fishing report! The past week has been really really really good for dry fly fishing enthusiasts. The stoneflies made a strong showing on the warmer days earlier this week and we were consistently hooking nice big trout on golden stones, salmonflies, and yellow sally stones. The clouds rolled in later in the week and we started to see mayflies popping off. I personally witnessed BWOs, PMDs, and PEDs (Blue Winged Olives, Pale Morning Duns, and Pale Evening Duns) and had credible reports of a few Green Drakes on the water below some of the biggest rapids.

The fishing weather turned pretty tough this morning - cold and windy - this following rain in the past two days will certainly put the big bugs down deep in the grasses. They are still there, but they are unlikely to feel good and crawl around actively until the weather warms back up. A lot of trout are fully keyed into the fact that the big bugs have been active for the past 10-12 days, and they are still waiting under the trees for their opportunity to crush the clumsy ones that fall into the water - so don't fret over a little cool weather.

The rain in the past couple of days is forecast to continue on into next week. The wind seems to be passing through today and calming down for the weekend - which is good news for the weekend warriors. Be prepared to change your game plan mid-day to a mayfly game. The signal for the mayflies actively hatching off is to watch for the swallows (birds) swooping over the water picking them off one by one. If you see that bird activity, switch your fly to a mayfly pattern and hold on! Trout prefer mayflies over all other insects in this river system - from what I have seen. If there are green drakes on the water the fishing can be lights out. The best days I have ever had for trout on the Deschutes were during a heavy green drake hatch.

If you prefer nymph fishing, whether Euro or regular indicator nymphing, the stoneflies are still a good choice because they are actively crawling to the river's edge every evening. Mayfly nymphs are another good bet - either green drakes, PEDs or PMDs. Euro-nymphing? Well that is just stupid silly good and effective all year long. We have an enormous selection of custom-tied Euro nymphs in our store along with a fantastic array of rods and combo outfits starting at $199.95 for Rod, reel, line, backing, and a custom-tied leader. Yes, you read that right. $199.95. Just got resupplied yesterday with 50 plus Euro-nymphing rods.

Tight lines!! See you on the river!!

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May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day to all those moms out there! We love you!

Thought I should post another little report about the weekend's fishing results. There are lots and lots and lots of stoneflies in the Maupin area. I have talked with dozens and dozens of anglers about their results this weekend so far and this is the takeaway: the area of the river below Sherar's Falls has seen decent numbers of stoneflies - perhaps more than we have seen in the last several seasons of guiding down there. This could be due to the late high water we had in March and April that could have pushed a gob of stonefly nymphs down below the falls. Fishing above Mack's Canyon, the anglers I talked with were successful mostly using yellow sally patterns (this is the smallest of our stoneflies that comes out later) and a few golden stones. They had decent success on dries - and a smattering of rejection, where trout rise up and look at the fly only to swirl away from it as they decide not to eat it.

Further on up the river towards Maupin, I talked with a few frequent flyers whom I see out here on a regular basis and they reported that the fishing they had from 6:00 PM to dark on Friday night was as productive a session as they could ever remember on the Deschutes during the salmonfly hatch. Most of the fish they were hooking were grabbing big black stonefly imitations like Jimmy Legs. Continuing up stream, there were lots and lots of anglers between Maupin and the locked gate during the day. Last night during prime time there seemed to be way less activity along the road going upstream. I can see a good 2 miles of that road from my patio, and I watched until dark to see if anyone was fishing some of the best stretches of water that I can see from my perch and there was nobody out there. Maybe people were nestled into their campsites by that time or had driven home to celebrate Mother's Day with family...who knows?

I talked to a lot of guides yesterday who were restocking their fly supply for the next Trout Creek to Maupin 3-day float trip. They reported the same sort of spotty dry fly fishing. At one stop it was GAME ON - trout were happy and hungry and eating dries, but the next couple of stops were super quiet and they were unable to tease up anything with the same dries. Nymphing is a good fallback in these situations, and many people stopped in to give me reports on both traditional indicator nymphing and Euro-nymphing. I was not surprised to hear that the Euro-nymphers caught a lot of fish in a variety of water types. This tight-line style of nymph fishing reduces unnatural drag on your nymphs and fools a much higher percentage of fish due to the improved presentation of the subsurface nymph. If you haven't tried it, you will once you fish with a friend who is using this method. We have SCREAMING deals on Euro-nymph outfits - come check them out. We can get you on the water with rod/reel/line/leader for less than $200.

So the groups floating down from Trout Creek reported a void of big bugs until nearing about mile marker 66 or the Dant area. However, the weather was super hot all day yesterday and the hatch has accelerated over the weekend. I have a report from our friends in North Junction that there are now big bugs in the bushes that were not there 2 days ago - so the upriver march of the stoneflies goes on.

If there were ever a hatch that could be classified as a "heartbreaker" it would have to be this one. It is so difficult to hit with all the stars aligned to have great dry fly fishing, you might make a trip a year for 20 years before you hit it on the absolute ideal day. If I see an overcast day that is hot and muggy and temps are in the 80s or 90s and the bugs have been in town for at least a couple of days, I will leave the shop and hit the river. Add a little wind to help knock the tree clingers into the water...and you have a perfect scenario for dry fly success. Today could be that day. All of the elements are right - hot, overcast, fairly windy, and bigs are here in droves.

Here's a fun little bit of local news.... Yesterday a raft with four people in it went right past Sandy Beach because all of the warning signs which say "All Boats MUST Exit Here" were washed away in high water and have not been replaced. The story goes, these rafters thought they would see a lot of people at the take out spot (Sandy Beach) and they didn't see anyone. So, they kept going and floated down through the narrow section of the Deschutes above Sherar's Falls. They stopped in a shallow area to the left of Sherar's, assessed the "rapid", and paddled out into the middle of the river, dropping right into the class VI Sherar's Falls. I just saw a series of photographs taken by a guy from the road and they didn't have a chance of keeping that boat upright through that first drop! The raft flipped immediately and everyone in it plunged into the churning whitewater. By some stroke of luck or divine intervention, nobody died. One guy clung to a rocky outcropping in the middle of the churning waterfall- having gotten to the rocks by hanging on tight to the raft. He was later rescued. There were police cars and ambulances and a rescue team down at the falls yesterday evening pulling folks out of the river. It was a lot of excitement for little Maupin - the kind we don't need any more of this summer. Hopefully the BLM gets the signs reposted in the next few days.

Anyway, today looks perfect for the salmonfly hatch, so give Mom her gift and get to the river if you can.

We will keep you posted as the days roll on.

Tight lines from the Deschutes! Amy Hazel

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May 10, 2019

In my April 17 fishing report I analyzed water temperatures and pulled out my crystal ball to predict that we would start seeing numbers of stoneflies in the Maupin area by May 8-9. Well, here we are on the 10th and there are stoneflies in the bushes and on the trees and their numbers are growing. My guides have been hooking nice trout on the stonefly dries for the past couple of days and the fishing will only continue to improve as the stoneflies continue marching from the bottom of the river to the banks. The activity that I am describing is taking place in the Maupin area and downstream of Maupin. I have not heard any reports of stoneflies upriver near Warm Springs/Trout Creek and judging by the number of nymphs that local guides are buying - the guides who are running 3 day camp trips from Trout Creek to Maupin - they are still going deep for the trout and not yet finding them on dry flies in the 30-40 miles above the locked gate. The hot weather this weekend could very well make the fishing around here epic because the stoneflies get extremely active and take to the wing when air temps are in the mid 80s as they are forecast to be. This will be a good weekend to be on the river - but you will not be alone. Things will get busy out here.

I could go into a long dialog about etiquette here, but I do that every year and it really comes down to one simple rule - treat other anglers as you would like them to treat you. Give each other space. Realize that someone working upstream will not appreciate you jumping in 50 yards above them because you will spook all the fish they are working towards and it is basically an "F you...Hooray for ME!" move. It is not cool. Give your fellow anglers a ton of room. If they are in the spot you wanted to fish, tough beans. They got there first and you need to find another spot elsewhere, and this gives you an opportunity to find another favorite spot. Just use common sense. When in doubt, talk to your fellow anglers, and remember....it's just fishing.

Here are some tips for the hatch.... Unlike other aquatic insect hatches, the stoneflies are not EMERGING from the river in the larva-to-pupa-to-adult sense. You are UNLIKELY to see fish RISING during this hatch as you do during a mayfly or caddis hatch. Stoneflies are available to trout on the surface as adult insects for two reasons - number one: they are uncoordinated and clumsy critters who fall out of the trees while trying to get busy with a stonefly of the opposite sex. They fall from the trees or long grasses into the water and swim like crazy to try to get back to land. That is the first time that the adults are available to trout and that is what is happening on the river right now. Nearly all of the activity will take place in deep water tight ot the bank under overhanging trees or along grassy banks. Most of your casts should be within a few feet or even inches of the bank. Number two reason that stonefly adults will be available to trout on the surface: The stoneflies have mated and they are now ready to deposit their eggs into the mighty Deschutes. This stage is days and probably weeks away and will normally only take place when the air temps surpass 80 to 85 degrees. This is pretty much at the end of the hatch. You are extremely unlikely to see this behavior right now. The thing to know about the later part of the hatch is that the giant stoneflies - commonly called salmonflies (the orange ones) do not land on the water to lay eggs. They drop their eggs from the sky. Thus, they are not nearly as available to the trout at the end of the hatch as the golden stones are. The golden stones lay their eggs by landing on the water. The trout can have an opportunity at an egg-laden golden stone nearly anywhere in the river - so the later part of the hatch is the time to try to pitch your golden stone patterns out into the middle of the river or in those far flung places where you think no fly has landed in recent days. At this part of the hatch you may see trout rising, nay, EXPLODING in all different parts of the river. This is also a good time to fish a stonefly drowned - because the largest trout are very wary and may only be eating the ones that got sucked under by swirling currents.

It is wise to have a variety of stonefly patterns in different sizes and colors during this hatch. If the person who fished the bank three hours before you got there was using a Chubby Chernobyl Golden Stone - you will get a lot of rejection to that same pattern. Have a variety of colors and sizes of stoneflies in your fly box and don't forget that the trout may even be eating some insects other than stoneflies during "The Hatch" ....oh, the horror! You may have to tie on a small mayfly or caddis imitation in order to get a dry fly eat. Keep an open mind, because the trout certainly do at this time of year.

If the crowds are getting to you and you want to catch some bruisers on dries, stop by and check in with us on availablity on our private lakes. I just spent 3 days guiding up on the lakes and saw some of the most spectacular hatches I have ever seen. Fish were rolling everywhere and we were getting them to take all kinds of dries.

We will see you on the river!!

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

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May 3, 2019

All of the stars are aligning nicely for the salmonfly hatch to begin! The river levels are back to normal flows for this time of year - coming out of the Madras dam at 4590 cfs which is spot on within 20 cfs of the median flow for this date. All the way down at the mouth of the Deschutes at Moody, the flow is at 6450 cfs which is around 100 cfs higher than the median flow. So, water flows are where they should for this date.

Water temperatures are the trigger for the hatch - and the river is certainly a lot warmer today than it was a few weeks ago. Near the mouth of the Deschutes at Moody the water temperature today has a range from 53 degrees in the morning to 56.75 degrees in the evening. It is much warmer in the lower river than it is up near the dam in Madras where the temperature swing is small and is ranging between 51 and 52.5 degrees. This means that the hatch will start lower in the river and work its way upstream as water temperatures climb coming out of the dam. Since temps are coldest in the morning warm throughout the day, there is no real reason to get an early bird start on your day of fishing. Let things warm up and the bugs will be more and more active as the day rolls on.

I have not personally seen any adult stoneflies yet. We have three guides out on the water today, so I will get a good overview of the river around Maupin when they return tonight. I have been talking with a lot of anglers fishing the river around Maupin this week and they have been having some mighty fine fishing both on deep sunk stonefly nymphs as well as on stonefly dries. Even though the bugs aren't in the bushes yet, the trout sense that it is almost time for their yearly feast and they have been staging in areas where the greatest numbers of stoneflies are likely to hit the water - under overhanging trees and tight to the grass lines.

The HATCH is often called the SALMONFLY HATCH, but the truth of the matter is that we have several species of stoneflies that hatch out over the next month or so and only one of those is the Salmonfly. The largest orange-body stonefly is the pteronarcys californica, and is commonly referred to as the Salmonfly (the belly is the color of salmon flesh). The second largest stonefly is the hesperoperla pacifica, and is commonly referred to as the Golden Stone. The smaller stonefly that hatches at the tail end of the big stonefly hatch is called the isoperla stone, and is commonly referred to as the Little Yellow Sally. The genus isoperla is in the family Perlodidae and we actually have several different Yellow Sally Stones on the Deschutes in late May and through June. That is your Latin lesson for the day.

What is happening right now in the Deschutes is that the two largest of our stonefly species are staging for their emergence in the next week or so in the areas of the river where water temps will trigger the emergence. It is a really good idea to begin fishing this hatch down in the section of river below Sherar's Falls and to follow the emergence of the stoneflies upriver over the next 2-3 weeks. The colder sections of river (like Warm Springs, Trout Creek, and Mecca) will be unlikely to see adult stoneflies in the bushes for a few weeks yet, unless the managers at the dam starts to release warmer water suddenly by dumping more water from the top of the reservoir.

What happens right now, just prior to emergence, is that the stoneflies do a drift migration - rolling down river with the current. When the time is right, they will emerge by crawling to the water's edge and out of the river onto the nearest grass clump or tree trunk. Once there, they clamp on tight and bust through the exoskeleton of the nymph shuck to become an instant adult stonefly with a juicy plump body and wings. The stonefly nymphs are rolling everywhere right now, which is the reason that anglers are doing extremely well on jimmy legs, tungsten bead head jimmy legs, and other stonefly nymph patterns.

Over the past few weeks there have been a TON of steelhead smolts out-migrating to the ocean. These silver 6-8" scrappy fish are suicidal in their efforts to grab anything on the surface or subsurface, so that has been very fun for anglers new to fly fishing and not so much fun to seasoned anglers looking for adult-sized trout. Soon the smolts will be on their merry way to the ocean and will be less of a distraction.

Our Euro-nymphing classes have been a huge success over the past few months. We have opened a lot of eyes to the nuances of this technique and our students have been astounded by how insanely effective they can be using only the weight of the nymphs, a special leader, and a specialized rod. Even on the horribly windy Saturday we had last week with the high and off color water, everyone in the class hooked nice trout. If you are resisting learning about Euro-nymphing because you think it is a gimmick or a fad, we understand and we felt that way too before we saw the magic that a good angler can work with a Euro-nymph setup. Feel free to come into the shop to ask about Euro-nymphing.

Our private lakes are absolutely in their prime right now. The hatches are coming off strong and it is not uncommon for anglers to hook 30-40 or more fish per day in the 19-21" range. We still have spots available this weekend, so give us a call and we will get you up there.

It is all HAPPENING right now - or about to happen in the case of the stonefly hatch. Grab your rod and get yourself to Maupin!

Tight lines,

Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler

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April 25, 2019

The river levels are just about back to normal - coming out of the dam in Madras at 5280 this afternoon. Clarity has also improved dramatically over the past few days, so things seem to be coming together perfectly for the kick off of the Salmonfly hatch in the coming weeks.

No, we haven't yet seen any of the big bugs - we will certainly let you know when we do - but we are happy to report that the river level and the clarity of the river is returning to normal. We are in a holding pattern waiting for the stoneflies to show, but in the meantime the nymph fishing has been good with big stone patterns, and with a variety of Euro nymphs.

Over the years, I have shared a little secret knot trick with people one at a time here in the fly shop. I decided to film this knot - which I call the Non Twist Knot - to share it with you just before the salmonfly hatch is upon us. This was a knot that another guide shared with me, and I think someone else shared with him. The beauty is in the functionality and the strength. I have the knot rest on the top of the eye of the fly, but some people like the knot to rest on the bottom of the eye. Try it out!