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Wallowa River - July 21st, 2014
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    75 °   FISHING: Good
7/21 OK, saddle-up kids - the river's are dropping fast and we are going to have a great summer of fishing on the Wallowa River.  The river is still running 1500 cfs, but has cleared and continues to drop.  At 1250 you will still have limited wading opportunities, but at least you can wade along the shoreline to get around brush on the banks.  The guides are still fishing heavy stonefly nymphs for weight, but are dropping smaller nymphs underneath.  Fish have started to move off the banks, so fish behind boulders or other structure in the river. Stone flied have waned, but the caddis hatches are coming on strong.  Big to medium stimulators are working when shadow is on the water.  As of this date Jack Salmon season is still open on the Wallowa, and fishing has been fair to good for the bait guys.


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 - July 20th, 2014
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    90 °   FISHING: Fair
7/14 - The Imnaha River does not hold as many trout as the Wallowa River, but can be fair to good if you work at it.  Stop by the shop for directions to the best fishing.  Bass should start moving into the lower river soon.  You should have the lower river to yourself.


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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Lostine River - July 20th, 2014
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    75 °   FISHING: Fair
7/1 - A difficult stream for trout, although pretty, small native rainbows can be caught if you fish away from the campgrounds or upstream from the end of the road.  The river is still running fast - probably too fast to wade the canyon below Williamson's campground.


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.or upstream from Two Pan.

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Wallowa Lake - July 20th, 2014
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    75 °   FISHING: Great
7/20 Lake has been freshly stocked and is fishing good to very good for trout.  Flyfishers are having the best luck swinging nymphs near the river inlet at the south end of the lake.  Stike indicators are also working.  Moss Green woolly buggers, carey specials or green matuka  have done well. Trail these patterns 15" - 20" back with a small, sz 16 - 14 beadhead nymph to give the fish several looks. Small orange soft hackles as a trailer are picking up small Kokanee (no minimum size, so keep these for a nice breakfast)

Kokanee fishing thus far for mid size and large fish has apparently been poor to terrible.  Maybe it will improve as the summer wears on. 

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". There is less probability of catching the record size fish being caught a few years ago.

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Kenny Lake - July 20th, 2014
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    65 °   FISHING: Good
 7/1 - Stocked with some nice size trout, this is a great little lake for flyfishing or bobber fishing with your five year old.  Try a variety of streamer/nymph combinations (use your imagination - a rubber legged grasshopper trailed by a blue psycho prince).  For dries try a 14 red humpy - casting it to rises or letting it sit for a while and then slowly strip it in.  If fish become finicky in the eventing try a 14 or 16 parachute adams or griffiths knat.

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.

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Deschutes River - July 17th, 2014
supplied by: Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop, Inc.
RECORDED:    92 °   FISHING: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout & Summer Steelhead Report:



Summer Steelhead Report



With the heat wave we’ve been experiencing this week the Deschutes Summer Steelhead have hunkered down due to warm water temps. The lower portions of the river is still holding fish. If you want to give it a shot, mornings are the best time. You might think about getting into faster water that would be more oxygenated, they seem to feel more comfortable with these conditions.

 

The good news is that the weather is going to be cooler by the weekend. they are calling for high temperatures to be in the low 80’s, much better than 108 !



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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:



About the only may flies you’ll see at this point are the PED’s. They hatch from about 4 to 6 PM. The spinner fall happens late morning

and is usually short lived so be prepared to switch flies quickly. It is best to fish below fast water or classic riffles with those patterns.



Seeing more caddis now that we are officially into summer. Includes: Net Spinning Caddis (16’s), American Grannom’s (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 6PM 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.



This is a great time to fish pupa (emerging), and diving (egg laying), caddis because both activities are happening at the same time. If the trout are not responding to your dry patterns, Switch to a down stream swing technique with caddis pupa or diving caddis imitations in riffles. This can really change how your day ends up!

 

Morning fishing has improved. Midge (size 20 to 22), are very active from 6AM to around 9AM. They also hatch in the evenings. A couple of other really good flies to try in the morning are the spent wing caddis and the rusty spinner. All these flies fish work well in back eddies.

we’ve done better presenting nymphs and larvae deep to get a grab.



Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs, riffles, fast water pockets, and down stream of riffles where the water slows and deepens.



Look for foam lines and obvious seams where adults and emerging insects struggle. Spent may flies and caddis also become trapped in this kind of water, and  of course trout instinctively find it easy to capture their daily nourishment as insects endure a rough time breaking free from those swirly seams.



If fishing is slow during the day, try fishing the steep banks, fast water with pockets, and tree lines that over hang the river. Trout go to these areas to hide from bright conditions. You will need to get your fly deep.

 

The river is very clear. The river level from the reregulating dam is 4,080 CFS (Cubic Feet Per Second), and the average water temperature is 54 degrees.



If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call, we will be glad to help



GET OUT THERE !

Thanks, see ya soon

John Smeraglio

Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop

599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037

(541) 395-2565


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Grande Ronde River - July 14th, 2014
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    80 °   FISHING: Fair
7/14 The rounde has dropped 50% in the past week from 4000 cfs to 2000 cfs.  It would be a perfect time of year to schedule a three or four day float from Minam to Troy.  To find some large rainbows and bulltrout try a size 4 black BH woolybugger mended hard in order to get deep in the fast boulder water.  Size 8 orange stimulators or muddler minows can also be effective


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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Metolius River - July 4th, 2014
supplied by: Camp Sherman Store
RECORDED:    84 °   FISHING: Great
 Happy 4th!! Still a few Drakes out. Caddis flies are working late in the evening. Stone Flies are out but not in big numbers.

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Klamath Lake - June 18th, 2014
supplied by: Roe Outfitters Oregon Guide Klamath Falls Fly Shop
FISHING: Fair
KLAMATH AND AGENCY LAKES: redband trout and yellow perch


Fishing has slowed in the lake partially due to the reduced visibility of the increasing algae bloom. Water quality is deteriorating fast and many redband trout have moved into the Williamson River, Pelican Bay and Wood River delta area.


The best bet is to fish near areas of colder water or along Eagle Ridge where algae is less abundant. Water temperatures have ranged from 64 to 68 last week. Water temperatures around 58-60 degrees are ideal for redband trout activity. Expect water temperatures to increase this week. The lake is two feet below full pool. All boat ramps are accessible.



Roe Outfitters encourages catch and release as this fishery is managed for trophy trout. Redband trout captured should not be removed from the water, resuscitated by cradling and pumping gills by moving fish back and forth through the water. It is unlawful to continue to fish for the same type of fish after taking and retaining a catch or possession limit.


All boat ramps are accessible. 








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Deschutes River - Lower - June 8th, 2014
supplied by: Radditz Sipler Outfitters (RSO)
RECORDED:    82 °   FISHING: Great
The 2014 Salmonfly Hatch, A Recap:

Once again, the hatch was early this year due to the warmer releases from the Pelton/Round Butte Project, the great warmer than normal May weather, and lower flows due to poor snowpack conditions. A big thank you to all the people that joined us on the Deschutes for the hatch this year! Fishing was good as early as May 9th and just started to slow down on the last few days of May for us. There were plenty of salmonflies and golden stones throughout the upper 42 miles and lots of other insects joined the party as well. The caddis are early and the fish were looking for them. We also saw Green Drakes on several occasions, plenty of PMD's and good baetis hatches last month. We will have very limited availability for the hatch next year so if you are interested in fishing with us next year in this time frame contact Drake or Robb ASAP.


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