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.
Even though we are in the throws of winter, it’s not too early to start planning your spring trout trip to the Deschutes. Here’s how the spring should play out for hatches and fishing opportunities on the Deschutes. This year I’m starting my trout season in the middle of April with a focus on Spey fishing. I’ll have all the new Winston Microspeys and Airflo Switch lines to play with!
As we roll into the summer season on the Deschutes, the big stoneflies are gone and the mayfly hatches are becoming sparse. While some caddis, yellow sallies and aquatic moths still make the menu, Deschutes River trout start feeding on smaller offerings like tiny midge larva, immature mayfly nymphs and micro caddis. While the flies may be small, they should be a big part of your plan for catching trout in the mid-summer time period.
Trout fishing on the Deschutes has been pretty darn good lately. Although we're on the heels of the salmon fly and golden stonefly hatches, there's plenty of good dry fly fishing to be had in the upcoming month.
In 1994 my close friend Bill Zippel and I embarked on an epic journey from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest. We spent the summer chasing trout and steelhead on the Deschutes… I say, “chasing” because honestly we were pretty green behind the ears back then.
It’s that time of the year again... It's trout time on the Deschutes!
May and June offer some of the best dry fly fishing of the season. Salmon flies started popping last week though the cooler weather slowed things down. However, with daytime temperatures predicted in the 70’s & 80’s for all of next week, the hatch should be in full force soon.
You should play hooky from work and come fishing with me... Next week. I have a few “prime time” trout days open in the upcoming month:
Lee Brown landed this beautiful Deschutes rainbow during the early summer a couple of years back. We were fishing size #10 bead head green drake nymphs with a size #20 pheasant tail dropper just before the green drake hatch.
Nice going Lee!
Read more about fly fishing for Deschutes trout:
Of all the hatches on the Deschutes, none is more allusive then the green drake emergence. The event lasts only for a week at best, usually during the first week in June. Furthermore, the bugs usually only pop for about 45 minutes a day!
So what's the big deal about drakes?
The Deschutes isn't known as a streamer river. In fact, if you ask most anglers that fish the Deschutes on a regular basis they've probably never ever tried a streamer. Most fly shops that service the river don't even stock streamers.
The epic emergence of salmonflies on the Deschutes is rapidly approaching. We typically start seeing the first emergence of the big bugs in early to mid May. -The golden stones should be popping as well.
Spring weather, big fluffy dry flies and ravenous trout equate to one thing... Mega fun!