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Stoneflies & Drakes Open Dates

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 19:53 -- Tom Larimer
Big bugs and happy fish!
Big bugs and happy fish!

Although it's mid-winter the recent nice weather has me thinking about the spring trout fishing on the Deschutes. I love chasing the bugs from the March Brown emergence in early spring through the mega caddis swarms of early summer.

Out of all of the hatches, I have two favorites. Nothing gets my blood going more than the golden stoneflies of May. Fishing big, fluffy dry flies for ravenous redsides may be one of the most fun things you can do with a fly rod. Secondly, the elusive green drake emergence in late May and early June can be epic. Although the massive mayfly is a finicky critter, if you hit the hatch right every big fish in the river will be gorging on the emergers and duns. -The drakes are responsible for my most memorable dry fly sessions ever.

Outside of the big bugs, this time of year yeilds hatches of PMD's, pale evening duns, mahagany duns, yellow sallies and caddis. If you like dry fly fishing as much as I do, you'll love fishing the river in the spring and early summer.

I have some great dates open in May and early June but my calendar is filling up fast! Let me know if I can help you plan a your trip to the Deschutes this spring.

Open dates for stoneflies & drakes as of 2/22/2015:

May 8, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 28

June 2, 3, 4, 5

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