Deschutes Trout

Trout Season Arrives

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:08 -- Tom Larimer
Happy trout
Spring is here and along with it the season's best trout fishing

The warm winds of spring bring new life to the desert and the Deschutes River. The river canyon is sporting new green grass and the wild flowers are in bloom. Ospreys once again occupy the tall, dead trees along the banks. The mayflies are starting to dance. Slowly but surely, the trout are recovering from spawning and moving into feeding lies.

For those of us that love the Deschutes and her incredible redsides, spring is a magical time.

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Start Planning Your Spring Trout Trip

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 13:41 -- Tom Larimer
Spring Trout Fishing
Spring will be here sooner than you know it!

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!


The Small Flies of Summer

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 02:38 -- Tom Larimer
small flies
Little flies that pack a big punch

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.

Old Haunts & Old Friends

Sat, 05/24/2014 - 14:18 -- Tom Larimer
Deschutes Stonefly Hatch
Billy Zippel with a nice one that slurped a Larimer's Yellow Sally Dry

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.

Play Hooky From Work... Go Trout Fishing

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 17:56 -- Tom Larimer
Green drakes mean big fish!

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:

Nice Fish Lee!

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 11:15 -- Tom Larimer
Just about 18"

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!

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