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Wallowa River - June 16th, 2013
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC RECORDED:70 °FISHING: Good
6/16 Salmon flies are thick in the "canyon" upstream from Minam AND the water is low and clear enough to fish well from a boat or from shore. Tom, the Winding Waters Guide, reported a great day of fishing yesterday. Trout were coming to the surface (even in direct sunlight) for stimulators and salmon fly patterns. The high Wallowa Mt snow pack was at 95% of avg last week - so we are looking forward to a great summer of fishing.
6/10 Hot weather this past week continued to melt the high mountain snow - which put the Wallowa out of shape for good fishing. However, the last two days the river seems to have leveled-off and stabilized at medium stream flow for this time of year. Once the river starts to drop it should clear and provide good fishing once again. The hot weather has brought lots of bug hatches. Golden stones and salmon flies are working their way up the Grande Ronde and should hit the Wallowa in a week or so. Don't miss this hatch!
6/6 All Wallowa tribs on the rise due to hot weather - may blow the Wallowa out. We will try to get reports.
6/4/13 - The recent warm weather has not affected water levels much. Normally the river would be blown-out from June snow melt and rains. We will see if the warm weather brings on more hatches and surface action. There are more residual steelhead smolt in the river than normal - due to the fact we have not had the high stream flows that help to wash them downriver.
5/30/13 Golden stones and Salmon flies should show up in the next several weeks - will report as soon as we get more info. Air temps should hit low 80s next week which should offer more hatches and dry fly action. Water levels and fishing is good.
5/27/13 Got another good report on the Wallowa this morning. Tom fished from 3:00 - 7:30 with size 12-16 BH pheasant tails and gold ribbed hares ears. He hooked about 25 rainbows and 20 whitefish - most 8-10 inches, but a few to 15." The river was 53 degrees. He worked the seams hard. No surface activity.
5/26/13 Area streams opened yesterday and the Wallowa was fishable andfishing very good. Most years the Wallowa is blown-out in late May and much of June (last year it was blown until mid July). All area streams are running at 50% of normal for this time of year - which is a little scary.
Yesterday about 20 anglers were seen on the canyon section upstream from Minam - a lot for that section of river (but hey - they were spread over 8 miles of river). One group of three fly fishers landed twenty five including some nice native bows to 18". There secret: black woolly buggers drifted and swung under strike indicators within 8' of the bank. Most trout were caught in boulder fields in 2'-5' of water. Top action was slow - but watch for warmer days. We will report on hatches as they show up.
9GENERAL INFO - WALLOWA RIVER (our area’s best trout stream): Two forks of the Wallowa River tumble down the steep Wallowa Mountains and fill Wallowa Lake at the south end. A small irrigation dam at the north end releases water throughout the summer and fall. Upon leaving the lake, the Wallowa River enters mostly private property for approximately 25 miles before entering a canyon 3 miles west of the town of Wallowa. In this beautiful “Canyon Section,” between the towns of Wallowa and Minam, the Wallowa River is closely paralleled by Highway 82 for 8 miles and is accessible to the public. Most trout range from 8” to 12”, but fish in the 14” to 20” range are also caught. Despite the highway, this section of river receives only light to moderate fishing pressure.
Native rainbows need to be released in the Canyon Section, but fin-clipped steelhead smolt (those that were not inspired to move downstream to the ocean) take the place of stocked trout and may be kept. The Wallowa often runs too high to wade until mid July, but depending on the snowpack this can vary by as much as a month. A few steelhead enter the river in September (there are two steelhead and one salmon hatchery that serve the river) but most steelheading in the Canyon is done between February and mid April. Trout season runs from Memorial Day weekend until October 31, but one can fish for white fish until April 15. Steelhead Season runs from September 1 until April 15. A “Special Salmon Season” is sometimes opened in early summer if salmon runs are sufficient .
Imnaha River - June 16th, 2013
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC RECORDED:75 °FISHING: Fair
6/16 - The Imnaha has had some great hatches and water levels are good for fishing. We are waiting for more reports.
GENERAL INFO – IMNAHA RIVER: The Imnaha is a spectacularly beautiful little river. It flows for fifty miles from the base of the Eagle Cap Wilderness to Hells Canyon. The upper river is nestled in huge ponderosa pines. The lower river has steep rocky walls, cactus, and a few rattlers. Fish run up and down the river like a freeway – salmon, steelhead, bull trout, rainbows, whitefish and even bass in the lower river.
The lower river is a wonderful little steelhead fishery. The mid river can be a fair to good trout fishery. The upper river near the FS campgrounds off Hwy 39 is a poor trout fishery because: native trout are not protected; the river is not stocked with trout; the river is glacial fed and does not have many nutriants; and campers tend to “fish-out“ this section of river.
Thanks to the Nature Conservancy and Forest Service, the lower river (the bottom 12 miles from Horse Creek to the Snake) has good public access. There is also a good easement upstream (south) from town for the first three miles. However, the mid river above and below town is mostly private and should not be trespassed. Oregon laws are tough. It is ILLEGAL to hunt or fish on private property without permission – it does not have to be fenced or posted. The stream bed belongs to the landowner.
Lostine River - June 16th, 2013
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC RECORDED:70 °FISHING: Fair
6/15 Water levels are good - see Gen Info below
6/10 The Lostine is running high but clear. 6/6 hot weather may put it out of shape for a while 5/26/13 Like other area streams the Lostine is flowing lower lower than normal and may offer some early summer fishing. We will post reports as we get them.
GENERAL INFO: To catch small, pretty, native rainbows you need to fish away from camp ground areas. Unfortunately native trout are not protected on this river. Release them - you can eat all the brook trout you want from the High Lakes - if you are in shape to get there.
Wallowa Lake - June 16th, 2013
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC RECORDED:70 °FISHING: Good
6/16 - same. Kokanee fishing generally rated as poor - but some locals have figured out how to catch 20 smaller fish a day. Stocked trout fishing fair to good.
6/10 - Same 6/4/13 Good that is if you are fishing for stocked trout - not good for Kokanee. Perhaps the warm weather will change that - we will try to report. 5/27/13 Wallowa lake was heavily stocked with rainbow and fished great over Memorial Day weekend. Best fly fishing is near the river inlet on the south end. Use a floating or clear intermediate sinking line with a green or black woolly bugger or prince nymph - trailed 12" - 16" by a smaller fly such as a #16 orange soft hackle or lighting bug.
ODFW is a reporting in a significant shift in the Kokanee fishery. Small kokanee under 10" have increased in recent years from 70,000 to 900,000. The daily catch limit was recently increased from 10/day to 20 (but only 5 over 12". There is less probability of catching the record size fish being caught a few years ago. However, last Saturday a 32"/ 24"girth Mackinaw was caught in 10'of water on the south end.
Kenny Lake - June 16th, 2013
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC RECORDED:75 °FISHING: Good
6/10 Same as below.
6/10 - Good dry fly fishing is reported in the evening. Try sz 14 purple parachute adams, or a red humpy.
6/4/13 The lake was recently stocked - including 200 "trophy trout" 16" or bigger. The warm weather is starting to bring on evening hatches and dry fly action.
5/27/13 Stocked with bows for opening weekend the lake fished well this weekend. Some dry fly action on 16 humpies and parachute patterns. This is our best little fly fishing lake - only 15 min from Joseph.
Deschutes River - Lower - June 12th, 2013
supplied by: Deschutes River Outfitters FISHING: Good
Shifting gears is the best way to describe the river right now. Warm Springs area saw some great evening egg laying events on the salmon fly and golden stones and the fishing was really fun. But the hatch is quickly winding down. We did get fish on the big bugs in that section, but as we we worked our way down on this last three day, the big dry was doing. The fishing was a little tougher. There where some fish working caddis, and if you could find the pockets of working fish it was good. It just felt like there wasn't consistencey to the water type and patterns of where you where finding fish the last two days. Just shifting gears from the big bugs to summer time menu.
Metolius River - June 10th, 2013
supplied by: John Judy Flyfishing RECORDED:80 °FISHING: Good
Green Drakes are hatching -- though recent warm weather has slowed them a bit. These bugs prefer low light conditions and they can hold off hatching until they get a cloudy day on which to emerge. So the first cloudy day after a period of sun is always good. On a gray day watch for the hatch starting around 1:30pm -- sunny days look for the bugs to be later around 4pm and sometimes as late as 6pm. Drake spinner falls can occur in the early AM -- sometime this is as good as the hatch itself. Drakes should continue hatching into the first week of July.
In addition to the Drakes there are good PMD hatches as well as of tiny stones. The stones are a little bit of a sleeper. They are small size #16 and often mistaken for caddis. Fish like them and may seek them as a preferred food.
Toward evening start looking for Caddis hatches. You’ll get the best result by fishing pupa patterns deep and then swinging them toward the surface at the end of the drift.
In the last week of June look for the first of the Golden Stones to show in the upper river.
Bull Trout fishing remains good even though populations are not peaked. Most of the fish available right now have held over in the river system through the winter. Fresh fish are just starting to migrate up from the lake. These numbers will continue to grow through June and July and into early August. Both nymph patterns fished deep and streamer patters on the swing can be affective.
As the stone fly hatch diminishes, we look forward to the next two weeks of big bug fishing. Why you ask? I find that fishing the big adults toward the end of the hatch can be good, fewer bugs, fish still keyed in on them, thus they’re not as selective. Of course if the trout are not keyed in, then you have plenty of other insects to choose.
Caddis, (size 14 ~ 18), Pale Evening Dun, (size 12). Pale Morning Dun dry ( size 16). Fished PMD’s & PED’s late morning through the afternoon, and caddis from afternoon until dark.
Patterns to have: Golden Stone Fly Adults, size 6 & 8’s. Caddis adults, Pupa, and larva, size 16 & 18. May Fly nymphs and adults size12, & 16, and Midge pupa in size 20, & 22.
Stay close to the bank, fish under trees, areas such as foam lines or obvious seams where adults and emerging insects struggle and spent stone flies, may flies and caddis become trapped. Of course the may fly duns also have a rough time breaking free from those swirly type seams, and the trout know it. Try some slightly faster water (pockets and such), to fish your stone fly nymphs and along over hanging trees or structure for the adults.
Lastly, use a two fly rig with a weighted attractor pattern (Stone Fly Nymph, Possie Bugger, Prince Nymph, etc.), followed with a small pattern (a flashback), when the trout stop looking up.
Switch flies often, unless of course your having success, and don’t forget to extend your tippet lengths to keep the fly drifting as long as you can, it will pay off.
The river is in great shape, clear with that beautiful deep green color you only see this time of year. The flow from the Pelton reregulating dam is 4,250 CFS (Cubic Feet Per Second), and the water temputature is 55 degrees.
If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call, John, Nate, Caleb, or Joe, we will be glad to help!
Klamath River - June 6th, 2013
supplied by: Roe Outfitters Oregon Guide Klamath Falls Fly Shop RECORDED:0 °FISHING: Excellent
Fishing on the Klamath river is very good. The Klamath wild and Scenic is sporting a golden stone hatch as well as a salmon fly hatch. For both sections of the river use Scullpins, BWO patterns and Caddis dries on the Wild and Scenic and Caddis nymphs on the Keno stretch. Happy fishing to you! Stop in to our fly shop on Highway 97 South for a great selection of high quality flies.
Williamson River - June 6th, 2013
supplied by: Roe Outfitters Oregon Guide Klamath Falls Fly Shop RECORDED:0 °FISHING: Great
The Williamson River is fishing strong with great reports of some beautiful trout with some fight to 'em! For success on this river our fishing guides recommend using Seal Buggers, Caddis, BWO and PMD patterns in any size range.