Bighorn sheep are one of the common critters we see while fishing the Deschutes. Most of the time, they like to stay high on the hillsides of the canyon. I caught this flock sneaking down to the river for a drink while guiding the salmon fly hatch last spring.
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Late November is a time I cherish. After watching people wail on steelhead all season, I actually get to hang out with my buddies and do some fishing!
Here's a cool shot I took of a November buck landed on a new Winston Boron III TH Spey rod by my close friend and industry sales rep, Eric Neufeld.
Randy Hicks from Rocky Mountain Anglers fly shop in Boulder, Colorado found this magnificent Deschutes steelhead on the last camp trip of the season. October and early November is big fish time!
Nice fish Randy!
If you've fished the Deschutes this summer you've probably noticed the average size of our steelhead is smaller than normal. We've been seeing lots of 3 to 5 pound chromers thus far. Plus, there's a bunch of wild fish returning to the river this season.
My old Willie boat received an upgrade for the 2013 Deschutes Steelhead season! Thanks to the folks at Mid Columbia Marine and Motor Sports we'll be traveling in style with a brand new Yamaha 200 hp HPDI motor. They did an great job tricking out the boat and building the custom tiller handle. If you're in need of a new engine, boat, maintanence or just about any kind of recreational vehicle, check out their store in Hood River.
With our winter steelhead rivers low, clear and cold on the west side, I decided to grab the four weight and head out to the Deschutes for the blue wing olive hatch. Ironically, while trying to fool a few trout, I landed this beautiful four pound native buck on a size #22 pheasant tail!
I will say, fishing for Deschutes steelhead after mid-December is mega lame... The fish need their strength for spawning. If you do hook one while trout fishing, please fight em hard and land them quick!
I've been given the opportunity to interview with Ask About Fly Fishing Internet Radio this upcoming Wednesday at 6:00pm pacific time. The show's host Roger Maves has compiled a massive library of interviews with some great anglers from around the country. During this weeks show we'll be talking about Deschutes River steelhead and trout fishing.