The water came up a bit more yesterday (over 700 now) but this week the little black stones and midge hatches have been strong and good dry fly fishing from noon to 2 each day. It is tricky wading, with most of us staying out of the currents and just on the edges.
It is good from Meadow Camp to Bend where you’ll find the best water levels. Bend to LBC is much higher but probably better fishing.
From the area just upstream of Bend down thru town and into Tumalo and Lower Bridge there is some fishing to be had. Above town the water is pretty low, and below town (Bend) the water is pretty high at the moment.
We are seeing some Skawlas and Little Black Stones out and fish taking both on the surface mid day.
Nymphing with heavy nymphs is an option. If you are below Bend, most of the river is pretty unwadable, so you’ll find yourself wading thru flooded grasses and cat tails to the edge of the river and that’s as far as you should go. Fish the edges. Thats where the food is and that’s where the trout are and that’s also the safe place to be in the water for now.
We are about a month or less from irrigation season which draws the water to great fishable levels in a hurry. It’s also the time the March Browns really begin hatching.
From Tumalo to Lake Billy Chinook fishing is good. Pale Evening Duns, Purple Haze, PMD’s, Caddis, Rusty Spinners and Float-n-Fool’s are great on top.
Frenchie, Soft Hackle PT, Hares Ear, Pale Yellow Euro Jig and Micro Mayfly’s under the surface.
Czech nymphing is the best!
Salmonfly hatch is still on, golden’s too.
PMD’s, March Browns, PED’s, Caddis, Purple Haze, Float-n-Fool and Renegades.
Czech Style nymphing is great. Euro Nymphs and Soft Hackle Pheasant Tails.
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.
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.
Water is low and clear making for easy access and good fishing and wading conditions.
March Browns, BWO’s and even a few Pale Evening Duns hatching now.
Great nymph fishing with little mayfly nymphs, copper john, pale yellow jig, rainbow warrior and skinny nelsons.
Water is a little high, but fishable. by this time next week it should be much better with water levels coming down as canals turn on for the season.
March Browns and BWO’s are hatching well.
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.
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.