Summer Caddis is in FULL SWING. It is magical.
PMD’s and Pale Evening Duns are also quite good.
Our Guides are doing really well on the Warm Springs to Trout Creek fishing nymphs throughout the day, and dries in the evening.
It’s been great up in the high country this week. Tons of Callibaetis hatches and the fish are loving the dry fly!
We’ve also had great fishing under an indicator with Callibaetis nymphs hanging 1 to 4 feet under yarn or corq.
Intermediate and Type 3 full sinking lines are picking up a fair number of fish trolling. The standard fare, Leeches, Prince, Chironomid (especially Red), PT’s. But try a Micky Finn down deep. The stocker bow’s like these and the Brookies love ’em.
We haven’t stocked a Micky Finn in years but just brought them back in for the lake.
Plenty of Damsels around too. I’d focus on the nymphs more than the adults.
Don’t forget your ants and beetles up there. And a Hippie Stomper which is certainly taken as a large beetle.
East Lake is good to very good. Expecting an East Wind the next 48 hours so that sucks. I moved my guide trips around to avoid it because I believe the East Wind is such a negative impact on the bite.
We’ve been seeing good callibaetis action all around the edges of the lake. Any side is good but I’m finding the best action from the Hot Springs down the east bank to the Cinder Hill corner. White Slide and East Lake CG areas have been strong too.
Good callibaetis nymph action under an indicator in 4 to 10 feet of water kind of any time of the day.
Seeing the most hatch activity around 11 AM to 1 PM. I haven’t been staying past 5, but I’ve heard in the evening about 7 or 8 it’s also good.
Chironomid action is on but not super strong. Be patient. July and August are great months for Chironomids. Look for them to be really good in 14 to 18′ of water.
We are getting plenty of Kokanee wind drifting on a type 3 with an Olive Flashback PT (no bead). They are chunky this year and fighting awesome.
Steve was at Lava Lake a couple of days ago and it was good. Callibaetis, Chironomids, Balanced Leeches, Hale Bopp Leech and Damsels are working up there.
Hosmer is good except for all the damn kayakers. Plenty of Callibaetis, some Big Traveling Sedges, Ants, Beetles, Damsels galore.
We are also catching fish static under an indicator with Balanced Leech, Balanced Damsel (HOT FLY!) and Red Chironomids.
I’m sorry I don’t have a current update for Crane. I haven’t been able to make it and haven’t had any friends going either.
Fishing is great especially on small nymphs like Zebra Midges, Micro Mayflies, Frenchie’s and Perdigons.
Some fish coming up in the afternoon especially as the shadows begin to creep over the water and even more so in the evening. Purple Haze or Comparaduns have been great. We’ve also done well on X Caddis, Adams, Renegades and small Hoppers, and Rusty Spinners at dusk.
Do you know how to Euro Nymph? Come take a guide trip with us and we will teach you! It’s the best.
Golden Stone hatches are increasing with the hotter weather and the time of year, so from Gorge up to Riverside CG expect better and better days with the adults and the nymphs.
PMD hatches are all over the river and can happen from 11 am to 7 or 8 PM on any given day. This is followed up by Rusty Spinners at Dusk, although we’ve also found in the hot weather Rusty Spinners can be back in the early morning too.
Speaking of early morning, it is your best bet to catch a Bull Trout on a Streamer. Fish Big flies.
Caddis Hatches have been light. Kind of surprisingly poor really. We see this from time to time in July. They will hit with a vengeance soon enough.
We are getting some BWO’s around 6 or 7 PM when it begins to cool for the evening. Trout are sipping emergers, cripples and duns. I love a small Purple Comparadun or Film Critic with these are on.
Nymphing is great. The better your drift the more you’ll catch. We are pumped on euro nymphing and having very good success doing it everywhere, including the Metolius. Of course drifting a Golden Stone nymph under an indicator with a small dropper is a good method too.
Fall River continues to be a good spot for us.
PMD hatches are the #1 hatch, but plenty of small caddis, midges, some BWO’s, rusty spinners at dusk and terrestrials.
We are having very good success on small nymphs. Perdigons, Euro Jigs, Micro Mayfly’s, Zebra Midges, Frenchies and somedays an Egg is pretty dynamite.
Tina and I and some friends fished the upper river yesterday and got quite a few fish on a Clarks Stone, despite seeing very few Golden Stones so far.
Plus, most of the fish I saw that looked but didn’t eat the stonefly would come up and eat a PMD.
Also, Euro Nymphing was very good with PT’s and Perdigon’s in the Camp Sherman area.
I’d say the Green Drakes are officially done until September.
PMD’s, BWO’s, Caddis, Rusty Spinners and Yellow Sally’s all over the river and Golden Stones in the Upper River from the Headwaters to the Gorge.
Caddis have come on stronger this week along with PMD and Pale Evening Duns. Add a Purple Haze to the the dry fly mix and you’ll be set!
Sparkle Pupa, Soft Hackles, Zebra Midges, PT’s, Anato May, Frenchie, Psycho Prince, Copper John, D/C Lighting Bug (red) and Euro Jigs have been great for us. It’s also time to start fishing girdle bugs again as there are numerous stonefly nymphs in the drift.
ODFW stocked the lake this week so that will help. Before the stocking we were doing ok on holdover rainbows and brook trout.
Callibaetis are hatching in the afternoon with another hatch possible on calmer evenings. Spinner falls can be seen overlapping the hatch so be prepared for the possibility of quickly changing from an emerger or dun to a spinner.
Midges and Black Caddis are the hatch in the evening, especially at dusk.
Damsel Nymphs, Leeches, Micky Finns, Buggers and Rufus on a Type 3 or Intermediate Clear Camo line has been good, especially trolling.
East Lake was a touch slower for me last week. Not bad, just not on fire like it was a couple of weeks ago. Still a lot of Callibaetis and all stages from nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners have been productive.
Chironomid action has been ok. Some days good for an hour or so in the afternoon and other days barely any action with my best flies. Maybe its the moon cycle as we close in on Full?
One thing that has been consistent is the wind drift on a type 3 full sink with a Flashback PT. Lot’s of Kokanee on this rig.
Water temp hit 60 this week. That’s good.
Algae bloom last Friday & Saturday but much clearer on Monday.
Crane is having a significant Algae Bloom. Best fishing is in the Deschutes Channel with Chironomids and Balanced Leeches. Damsels are good too.
Hosmer is good. To avoid the kayak crowd, go early at 5 AM and stay to 10 or 11 and head back on the water at 3-7 PM and stay until dark. Callibaetis both times, but expect good damsel fishing in the late afternoon.
We’ve been getting fish on beetles and ants, balanced leeches and balanced & regular (shank) damsel nymphs and red chironomids.