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Wallowa River - August 24th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    75 °   FISHING: Good
8/24 The water has been very cool in the Wallowa / Minam river canyon in the morning lending to some good - great fishing.  On a micro stop we hooked up with 6 and landed two in just 30 minutes.  I'd recommend starting with a sz 12 yellow (or orange) stimulator, and working from there.  We had takes on larger hoppers as well in the morning.  Tying a smaller (prince, lightning bug, or copper john style) nymph as a dropper when using the hoppers too.  If traveling from out of down staying at Minam State Park, or the Minam motel wold be an awesome option for an early start. Tight lines! *river remains closed to fishing after 2 PM

8/18 Wallowa River is low and warm but great water temps and good fishing can be found in the morning.  Water temp was 58 degrees when we checked this morning! Perfect rainbow temperatures.  Try to be on the water from 7:30 to 10:30 or so, start off with a stimulator type attractor dry (sz 12) earlier in the day, then move to a hopper/ dropper as the sun and water temps warm up a bit.

8/15  The Wallowa is low, very low, but holding steady at 110 cfs.  Recently the cool nights have kept temps below the 68 degree threshold.  In fact, fishing in the morning (right up to the 2:00 PM cutoff) has been good.  Fish the riffles and shoots, where there is oxygen.  Fish have been attacking orange stimulators (sz 14 - 10) - even on the swing.  Some heavy 14" - 18" are being caught.

7/5 The Wallowa River is down to 105 cfs - but is producing some beautiful, large (15" - 20" +) native rainbows in the mornings - before the 2:00 PM daily closure.  We will have to keep an eye on water temps.

7/27 Not good - still dropping.  Currently 115 cfs - the lowest I have seen it in July in 25 years of owning the shop.  For now, still fishing well in the early morning. 

GENERAL 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

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Imnaha River - August 24th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    75 °   FISHING: Fair
8/24 The Imnaha remains low and warm.  Your best bet for trout would be fishing early in the morning when the water temps are low; or (my personal favorite option) hiking up stream a few miles from Indian Crossing campground!  Try flies similar to the Wallowa, sz 14-12 attractor dries and hoppers sz 12-8.  If you decide to hike, large streamer patters and buggers should be in your box as well, so you can try deeper holes for large and aggressive bull trout (catch and release ONLY). There should also be plenty of small-mouth Bass sneaking into the lower river as well, and they are a blast on fly rod.

8/5 Flows have dropped to 100 cfs - about average for the Imnaha this time of year.  In reality, most of the river is open to fishing from morning to night.  NOTE: THE ODFW JUST OPENED THE IMNAHA UPSTREAM FROM FREEZEOUT CREEK (located about 10 miles upstream/south of the town of Imnaha) to fishing past the 2:00 PM deadline.  Bass are being caught at least several miles upstream from town - so you can fish for bass from this section all the way downstream to the Snake - after the 2:00 daily deadline.

ALERT #1:  THE IMNAHA RIVER IS CLOSED TO TROUT FISHING AFTER 2;00 PM AS OF 7/18.  This is a GOOD MOVE - to protect our fishery from the predicted low flows and high temps which will stress/kill the trout.  The lower Imnaha will remain open to bass fishing.

ALERT # 2:  ODFW says steelhead returns up the Columbia are running 15% of the ten year average - to date.  Worse, they may not be waiting in the ocean.  ODFW predictions for the season call for a maximum 50% return, and as low as 15% - 25% return.  Worse, the steelhead may find the Grande Ronde/Wallowa and Imnaha too low to move upstream.  A dire situation.

7/17 - The Imnaha is currently at 170 cfs and slowly rising - a big improvement over pre-rain levels a week ago.  Fishing - see 7/11 report.  Predictions for late July/Aug/fall are dire and could be a disaster for fall chinook and even steelhead.

7/11 - Rated "good" for bass in the lower river, trout on the easements south of town, and bull trout upstream from the HWY 39 campgrounds.  See "gen info" below.

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.  However, recent information from the Oregon Attorney's Office suggests that if you can float a river in a boat, you can wade and fish it below the high water mark - if you don't trespass when accessing the river.


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Grande Ronde River - August 24th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    75 °   FISHING: Poor
8/24 ALERT: Entire area around Troy (Grande Ronde and Wenaha rivers) has been CLOSED with numerous evacuations due to the large Grizzly Bear Complex wildfire. Information can be found at  , our thoughts are with our neighbors who's homes, ranches, and cabins have been impacted by the fire.

8/15 CFS is down to 422 at Troy.  Bass fishing is good.

7/27 Not good.  CFS is 470.  The lowest I guided the river with big gear rafts in the fall was 500 cfs - and it's only the end of July.  Bass fishing fair to good below Rondowa to the mouth.

ALERT #1:  THE GRANDE RONDE IS CLOSED TO TROUT FISHING AFTER 2;00 PM AS OF 7/18.  This is a GOOD MOVE - to protect our fishery from the predicted low flows and high temps which will stress/kill the trout.  The river will remain open to bass fishing.

ALERT # 2:  ODFW says steelhead returns up the Columbia are running 15% of the ten year average - to date.  Worse, they may not be waiting in the ocean.  ODFW predictions for the season call for a maximum 50% return, and as low as 15% - 25% return.  Worse, the steelhead may find the Grande Ronde/Wallowa and Imnaha too low to move upstream.  A dire situation.

7/17.  Rains bumped the river from 500 cfs to 740 cfs , and shows a rising trend.  This is great news for rafters.  Fishing is pretty much limited to bass. 

7/11 Houston - we have a problem.  The Ronde is already down to 545 cfs at Troy.  Water temps are going up fast and have already caused some fish kill.  You can catch trout down to Rondowa on the Wallowa, then you had better think bass.  Normally 500 cfs is where we stop taking big rafts down the river, but talk to the raft rental at Minam.  I am not sure what the steelhead will do this fall.  Stay tuned.

GEN INFO: The Ronde produces some nice size rainbows and bull trout, but because it gets too warm in the summer it is not as good a trout stream as the Wallowa.  It is a great steelhead river in the fall/winter/spring (known nation wide for it's top water action).  It is also gaining quite a reputation as a small mouth bass strean in it's lower reaches (Troy down)

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Lostine River - August 24th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    70 °   FISHING: Good
8/24 The Lostine is a great spot for dry-fly angling for smaller native bows' (with the possibility of larger Bull trout too). Recently we recommend fishing the canyon section (above Pole Bridge) to a patron and he landed 24 fish in a morning of fishing, and two Bulls on small surface dries! The wading and creek walking can be bouldery and challenging but the deep pools and gin-clear water, and native trout are more than enough reward.

7/27 The Lostine is holding steady at 112 cfs - for the time being. Fishing has been fair to good  for small fish above Pole Bridge (this area is not subject to the 2:00 PM closure).  Fish away from the numerous camp grounds along the road to the Two Pan trail head.  Or hike into one of the "High Lakes" - where fly fishing has been great for little (tasty!) brooke trout.

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.or upstream from Two Pan.

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Wallowa Lake - August 24th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    70 °   FISHING: Good
8/24 Fishing remains good for stocked tout at the south end (the "head") of the lake near the inlet of the Wallowa River.  Fishing will definitely be better in the morning with the coolest water temperatures of the day. Wooly buggers and nymphs will be the most effective patterns (try running a bugger-dropper or streamer-dropper set up), and a sink tip line will help get your fly down to cooler water.  Another great option is to hike up the West Fork of the Wallowa River, the West fork trail follows the stream and you should have good success fishing boulder pools and pocket water with smaller attractor (sz 12 - 16) dries and terrestrials.

8/15 Fishing for stocked trout is good - kokanee poor.  Best fishing is in the evening.  Read prior reports. 

8/5 Same as 7/27.  Flyfish from a boat near the south end of the lake, or wade out where the river enters the lake and let the river current carry your line out into the lake before you strip it in.  You may catch a whole lot of trout. 

GENERAL INFO. 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". 

Flyfish for stocked trout at the south end where the river comes in.  Cast into the stream current, throw a few mends, then strip line off your reel and let the current carry it out, then strip it in.  Try a green woolly bugger or damsel fly with a small orange soft hackle trailer.  Or simply dead drift a prince nymph in the current.

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Kenny Lake - August 24th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    70 °   FISHING: Poor
8/24 No changes (see below) :( , area lakes and ponds are too warm and low.  Hopefully they will return in full force for next season. 

7/17  ALERT!!!!  High water temps are killing fish.  For this reason Kenny Lake and all area ponds will no longer be stocked this summer.  Fish scheduled for these lakes/ponds are being put in Wallowa Lake. 

GENERAL INFO:  This is a great little flyfishing lake only 15 minutes from Joseph. HOWEVER, unlike most Oregon lakes/ponds it is only open during the stream trout fishing season (Memorial Day weekend to October 31), and you CANNOT use boats or tubes.  It is a irrigation reservoir that is stocked by ODFW.  In low water years it does not fish well in late summer.  It can be a good fishing lake for young kids using bait.

In the fall of 2015 it will be poisoned to kill the bullheads.  ODFW believes the combination of bullheads and trout keep either species from good, normal growth.

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Deschutes River - August 22nd, 2015
supplied by: Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop, Inc.
RECORDED:    77 °   FISHING: Fair
Deschutes Summer Steelhead & Redside Trout Report


Summer Steelhead Report:

Steelhead have been caught from Maupin down to Mack’s Canyon. Steelhead movement is more consistent due to improving water conditions. Nice to say for a change.

White River is OUT , and so is the Deschutes.  It would be a good plan to stay above Sherars Falls until the White River settles back down again. Should only be a few days.

Water will be drawn from the bottom of Round Butte Dam for the remainder of the year, so water temperatures will be great from here on out.

Lastly, don’t get too hung up on the White River glacial color issue. It has done this for a very very long time. This really isn’t anything new, but sadly, the internet has turned this ant hill into a huge mountain. If you think of it in terms of winter steelhead water color, its a good color. Two to Three feet visibility to us, is ten to twenty for the fish. Granted, the White has had some major blow out events in the past 25 years, but again, it’s done this for a long time.

A tip on checking the clarity of the Deschutes is to get below Sherars Falls, and go down to at least Pine Tree boat launch. At this point, the Deschutes has diluted what White River has added, and you can get a much truer estimate of how the Deschutes looks. Remember, 2 to 3 feet visibility is all you need.

R E D S I D E  T R O U T:

Trout seem to be more responsive.

Best time to wet a line is 7AM to 11 AM and 5PM to dark.

Seeing some early October Caddis. Go ahead and fish some sise 8 pupa patterns, trailed with a small shiny nymph. Other typical caddis hatches will continue: Net Spinning Caddis (16's), American Grannom (16's), and Igloo Cased Caddis (20's).    


During summer months caddis can be, and usually are an abundant food source for trout anytime of the day. The middle of the day can be a little tough, mornings typically better, but its usually the best from 5PM until dark. The reason; toward the end of each day, caddis pupa emerge quickly to the surface to become adults and rapidly escape from the the river to find refuge on stream side vegetation. 

At the same time, the caddis that became adults a day or two ago, are returning to the river to lay their eggs.   

Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, Fast deep runs during the day, riffles, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens. Try some of the heavier water a little further out right in the seam just inside the dancing waves.

Thanks, see ya soon

John Smeraglio

Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop

599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037

(541) 395-2565


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Deschutes River - Lower - August 3rd, 2015
supplied by: Deschutes River Outfitters
RECORDED:    85 °   FISHING: Good
It's been a very busy summer here at Deschutes River Outfitters.

So busy, in fact, that I haven't written a report in over two months!  In the last eight weeks Matt and I have seen it all: Days of 100+ degree heat, periods of dense...and I mean THICK caddis hatches broken up by spells where we couldn't find an adult caddis in 50 miles of river, big trout on small stonefly nymphs in crazy fast water, fish on streamers deep in the belly of the runs, sippers in back eddies eating multiple species of insects on the same gulp(!), bighorn sheep, black bear with cubs (WHAT!?), golden eagles, bald eagles, falcons and cougar tracks, oh my!

Indeed, it's been an abnormal summer of sorts.  You may have heard of the fluctuations in water temps and flows.  This is a long story, but fear not:  The river is in good shape and our favorite anadromous salmonids have already shown up:  Steelhead have been hooked by our guests as they nymph the larger riffles in search of trout.  Yours truly has been able to sneak-in the occasional spey cast and have been rewarded with that addictive tug and the resulting downstream explosion from a fish that has spent the last 12-18 months in the salt.  The lower thirty miles of the Deschutes River is beginning to fill with steelhead as I write this report, and surprisingly the angling pressure has been light.

Currently there is a state-mandated 2pm fishing cut-off in the lower 27 miles of the Deschutes.  This is a good thing.  Our returning salmon and steelhead need this break in angling pressure to more safely navigate the warmer water temps in the lower river.  So what's a flyfisherman to do after 2?  Enjoy the canyon and all of it's hidden treasures that you haven't paid attention to before!  Soak in the camp life.  Crack another coldy.  Take a nap for pete's sake, you've been up since 4am!

This restriction is only in effect from Mack's Canyon to Heritage Landing and will not affect our trips in the upper 70 miles of the Lower Deschutes tailwater.

We are looking forward to a productive August and September of fishing the entire 100 miles of the amazing Lower Deschutes River and still have some small gaps in our booking sheet.  Want to swing for steelhead in the morning, fish for trout mid-day and finish with a relaxing return to the spey rod in the evening?  Now is the time!  Let Deschutes River Outfitters show you the WILD side of this amazing river.... 


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Deschutes River - Middle - May 6th, 2015
supplied by: The Patient Angler
RECORDED:    66 °   FISHING: Good

Went to the Tumalo area on the Deschutes the other day in search of some Salmonfly opportunities. It was such a beautiful day and I thought it would be great to catch an evening fish session after work. The water was on the low side, but that didn’t seem to affect the fishing at all. Before the sun got off the water the fishing was on the slow side with only a few fish being caught on the adult Salmonflies. There were Salmonfly husks all over the riverbank and bushes, as well as a few adults flying around, so we knew the fishing had to pick up eventually.

As the evening drew on the fishing started to pick up and we were able to tease a few fish into eating our big dries. I was surprised at how shallow some of the water was that was holding quality fish. As long as there was good overhanging structure, a place where Salmonflies could fall out of the trees, there were fish waiting. We caught about a dozen fish within a few hours, all about average size for that area.

Casting those big Salmonfly dry patterns can kind of be a pain, especially when it is windy, but I was able to lessen that with a 3X 7.5ft leader. I found that the shorter leader did not affect the fish and it made casting big flies through the wind a heck of a lot easier. To the leader I attached a few feet of 4X fluorocarbon tippet and it was game on.

Before we left for home, I found a nice bank of overhanging trees and thought I had to cast a fly under them. The water was only half a foot deep, so I didn’t expect anything large, but to my surprise I caught my best fish of the day! This nice brown hit my fly hard and took off running, and I finally got to hear my new Hardy Ultralight DD reel sing. After landing this fish, we took a quick picture and released it to live another day.



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Rogue River - Upper - November 10th, 2014
supplied by: Roe Outfitters Oregon Guide Klamath Falls Fly Shop
RECORDED:    60 °   FISHING: Excellent
Steelhead on the Rogue River has been very productive.  The summer run of fish is still very strong.  We anticipate fishing well into December on the upper river.


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