Lower Deschutes River, 7/17/2015

The Fly Fisher's Place

The Warm Springs to Trout Creek area has continued to fish well this week too. Some of my guides are hunting bank feeders on spent caddis and others are hitting the runs with nymphs but all in all we are seeing very good fishing on the D. Evenings we usually see pretty good risers up on PMD’s and Purple Haze.
There are no emergency closures in the trout areas of the Lower D.

The bottom 23 miles from Macks to the Columbia are temporally restricted to no fishing after 2 PM. That is not closed, it just means they want you to fish from dawn to 2 PM and then rest the water in the afternoon and evening.
Water temps have dropped 11 degrees in 8 days at the mouth. They MUST BE releasing cold water from the bottom of Round Butte early to see that kind of drop.
Friends of mine have caught steelhead this week near the mouth.

Please read my report on the local waters to fish:

While the ODFW emergency closures on some rivers in Oregon is not only big news, it is also responsible and a good thing to do on rivers where Salmon are dying.
That said, people around Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Sisters are not understanding the press releases and misinformation and rumors are running high. My fly shop has received numerous calls and visits from customers concerned they can’t go fishing.
Here is a summary of what is really happening locally on our rivers.
Most of the Central Oregon Rivers we fish are not effected by the ODFW closures that were published yesterday (7/16/15). People are freaking out for no reason!
Water Temperatures and Flows are very safe in the Sisters and Bend area rivers.
Here are temperatures for our local rivers. Keep in mind 65 to 68 degrees is where they recommend you stop fishing for trout.
Here are water temps 7/17/2015:
1)Metolius = 45.9
2)Mckenzie at Vida = 52.9
3)Deschutes at Pelton Dam (Warm Springs) = 54.3
4)Deschutes at Moody Rapid (3/4 mile up from Columbia) =62.8
5)Fall River = 47.
6)Crooked River (Bowman Dam) = 49
Optimal WATER temperatures for trout is 46 to 60.
All of our waters fall into “optimal” except down at the Deschutes mouth where we fish for steelhead, and at under 63 degrees that is still in a safe zone. In fact, the gauge at Moody Rapids shows that area has dropped 11 degrees in the last 9 days and will drop more August 1st as the Dam will be required to release more water from the bottom of the reservoir.
There is so much misinformation circulating about this closure thing I think it is important to inform our friends that fishing Central Oregon is as good as it always is. The water remains cold, and flows are great. 
Come fishing. Book a trip. Go on your own. Whatever. Just don’t get swept away from the hype that is surging through the news right now.

If you have any questions regarding this or would like to gather more information for a follow up we would be happy to assist and answer questions for you.

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