Middle D update 5/3/16

Salmonflies have made it up to Bend and even up towards the Inn of the 7th Mountain area. So from there all the way down to Steelhead Falls and below to the Lake (LBC) in most places you’ll find the big bugs.

Pale Evening Duns and Caddis are hatching too, and in some areas will be the most important hatch.

Good nymphing with small mayfly and attractor nymphs. We prefer Czech style! Come talk to us and Czech it out for yourself.

Middle Deschutes Report 4/21/16

Not many march Browns this week, but good BWO’s and Caddis. I can’t imagine MB’s being over so I’d still be prepared for them.

Great nymph fishing, especially Czech style! Stonefly nymph with a Mayfly dropper is our first choice.

Don’t get too amped over this, but a few, (very few) Salmonflies were spotted below the confluence with Whychus this week. My feeling is the real hatch is still at least a week away.

Middle Deschutes Fishing Report 3/31/16

The water is still pretty high making access tough in most places. My recommendation is to wait for the canals to turn on between 4/10 and 4/20 and things will be much improved. Look for March Browns then too.

Heard of a great BWO hatch at Lower Bridge 3 days ago, but hardly any trout were looking up. My guess is that is because the water came down for a quick stock run and the fish were unsettled with unstable flows.

If you are going, I recommend streamers on a sink tip. But really, probably best to wait for a couple of weeks.

Middle Deschutes report 3/11/16

I am surprised people are catching fish in this high of water but they are. Depending on where you access, its been good on Girdle Bugs and other heavy Stonefly Nymphs and Sculpins. Droppers like the Purple Psycho Prince and Flash Back PT are good, and the Jig Style Possie Bugger is a smart choice to match smaller Stonefly Nymphs or March Brown Nymphs.
I’ve heard of some Skawla hatches near Crooked River Ranch.
I’ve also had some local customers tell me that even though they are not seeing March Brown hatches they are picking up fish on the dry mid day. My guess is you won’t see good MB Hatches until sometime in early to mid April.

Middle Deschutes fishing report 3/5/16

The water is quite high but I am always encouraged how many customers have little pockets they can get into at this water level.
Some guys are already bringing fish up on March Browns and #12 or #14 Purple Haze dries. Not much of a hatch yet, in fact most of the best MB hatches come in April and early May, but apparently there have been enough to get the fish looking up.

Streamer fishing is a good bet. I’d recommend a sink tip and sculpin or bunny leech.

Nymphing with stone nymphs and with jigs will get you down, and then a #12-14 Hares Ear or PT will imitate the clinger/MB nymphs.

Middle Deschutes Report 10/13/15

Higher water has created much better streamer opportunities so now is the time to load up the 6 weight and get a sculpin or streamer out in the riffles and pools. There is no better time than now to target the bigger browns and rainbows than October after the water comes up.
Stonefly nymphs, October Caddis, Jigs, Copper Johns and Hares Ears are great nymph choices.
Some BWO hatches in select areas, enough to bring fish up to feed on the surface so keep an eye out and be ready.