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.
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!
Watching a big salmon fly struggle out of it's nymphal shuck is a remarkable event. Typically, most anglers miss this incredible event because it happens at night. However, my good friend Joe Ringo from DeschutesFlyFishingReport.com sent me this awesome pic.
Joe lives in Maupin near the banks of the Deschutes and writes a great blog about his fishing experiences. If you need honest up-to-date info on the Deschutes next season, check out Joe's blog.
The river levels on the Deschutes finally dropped low enough to take my jet boat up from Heritage Landing. I spent the afternoon with my friend Ed Hepp chasing Deschutes redsides in the lower canyon. The fish in the lower river haven't seen a fly since last summer and were eager to eat our bugs. -Mostly caddis pupas though Ed fished a stonefly dry and found a good number of players on top. Looking forward to guiding out of the jet boat again!
This time of the season everyone loves to fish big stonefly and salmon fly imitations. When I say big, I'm taking about size #6 and #8 bugs. In my experience, these larger flies work well in the early part of the hatch. However, as the hatch moves into the later stages, Deschutes trout get pretty dang wise to the old #8 Chubby Chernobyl. You'll still get rises but you'll notice your hooking and landing ratios go way down... Especially with Walter. The big fish get educated easily!
I finally bought a small Cannon camera that can take macro bug shots... Outside of getting cool shots like this Deschutes River golden stonefly, I've been taking mega close pictures of the weirdest stuff... A few days back I may have seriously offended a frog by getting a little too close! Yesterday I found one of the biggest rattlesnakes I've ever seen while trout fishing the Deschutes. Needless to say, I was temped to go macro but decided zoom was a better choice.
With the salmon fly hatch in full swing on the Deschutes, your box should be full with big dry flies. It’s not uncommon to miss the first few trout that decide your bug is lunch. Here are a few tips to help you hook more trout on the Deschutes.
The fabled salmon fly hatch on the Deschutes is ripe & ready... There's a few bugs starting to emerge though the trout haven't started keying in on the adults... Yet. I spent yesterday floating from Pine Tree to Beavertail on the Big D. Outside of one nice trout, we had little action fishing salmon fly dries. However, stone fly nymphs and BWO nymphs found their share of fish. I have a few prime dates left on my calendar for the hatch.
Give me a call at 541-490-9446 if you want to get on the water!
Open Salmon Fly Dates: May 14, 25, 29, 31 June 6
Though most folks know me as a steelheader, I totally dork out over bugs. Yes, I am a trout nerd.
The big bugs are still out on the Deschutes River in the Maupin area. The colder than normal weather has strung out the hatch and great dry fly fishing with stoneflies is still happening!