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Old 10-12-2011, 09:15 AM   #1
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Default Deschutes and Crooked River Fly Fishing Reports

Deschutes River: 4600 CFS
The Deschutes is on the rise right now... Irrigation season draws to a close October 15th. Look for water levels to increase as they shut the canals down for the season. Water levels usually stabilize a day or two after the 15th.

Steelhead- Steelhead are spread throughout the river. This season seems to about average. Catch rates very by day, but for the most part you have to work for your fish. Good numbers of fish are still moving over Shears Falls. The run is a bit late in getting up river. I anticipate the fishing to really turn on upriver from now through November. Rising water levels can affect the bite, check before your trip and plan accordingly! The reservation side from Dry Creek to Trout Creek closes October 31st. The river bordering the reservation on the right side closes December 31st.

We still have availability for day and multi day, drift boat trips for Steelhead in October and November. It's still not too late to get in a trip on the upper river, and for what looks to be the best fishing of the season!

Trout- We have been seeing some very large trout this fall. A lot of our upriver trips are combo trout/steelhead trips. We target both species nymphing, and been catching some trout over 20" of late! These fish are fat to boot! There are caddis, October Caddis, and mayfly hatches this time of year.

Crooked River: 254 CFS

The Crooked is at very nice level for fishing right now, and fishing has been great! There are large numbers of fish available. Most average on the smaller size, but we are seeing some bigger fish as well! Focus your efforts on the pocket water while nymphing. High stick small micro may fly patterns, Copper Johns, Scuds, etc.. Make sure and adjust your indicator fairly short (2-3') from your flies. Good BWO's hatches are coming off as well. Small Parachute Adams and Purple Hazes will catch fish up top!

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Old 01-30-2012, 04:31 PM   #2
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Deschutes and Crooked River Fly Fishing Reports


Crooked River 74 CFS

The Crooked is low and clear right now. Fishing is good to excellent on the warmer days. Fishing slows down during the cold snaps. The low water consolidates fish, so find the deeper spots and slots and concentrate your efforts there. Hatches of Blue Wing Olives and Midges occur during this month, some dry fly fishing can be had in the early after noon. Use smaller Adams, Griffiths Gnats, Purple Hazes (sz 18-20) Nymphing small micro may fly patterns, Orange Scuds, and Midge Pupas will work when nothings happening up top. Also, Whitefish are still spawning so make sure to have a few egg patterns as well. Adjust your indicator fairly short, and high stick as much as possible!

We offer guided trips on the Crooked all year long, so if your not sure where to go, and could use some pointers on fishing the Crooked give us a call!

Deschutes River 6150 CFS

The Deschutes is running high and cold right now. But if your itching to can, just make sure it is below the reservation, as the river bordering the reservation is closed. Nymphing is most productive this time of year, pretty standard stuff. Try Stonefly patterns in black and brown, with Hare Ears or PTs dropped off. Again Whitefish are on the spawn so small egg patterns will work as well. Later on we will start to see better hatches of BWO's and some March Browns and there can be some good dry fly fishing to be had, usually with the added bonus of having the river to your self.

The Salmonfly Hatch is right around the corner! We are currently booking day and multi day Salmonfly trips starting May 15th. Book now to secure the best dates!
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