There is a good number of steelhead moving through the Deschutes River right now. Your chances are good from Sherars Falls down to the mouth. Fishing above the falls will improve in about a week.
Water conditions are wonderful, no problems with the White River, and the temperatures are just perfect. A variety of fly patterns have been working quite well, so if you have a favorite fly you have confidence in, use it !
Weather expected to be great, lows in the upper 40’s and high’s in the low 80’s. Don’t you just love this time of year !?
During direct sunlit hours, you might think about fish faster and deeper water. It’s more oxygenated and because of it’s broken white water chop, it creates a natural shade canopy making steelhead feel more comfortable. So if you have sink tips handy, put one on and give it a try.
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.
Late summer hatches start to show signs of change. We are observing our third generation of BWO’s, size 20, Net Spinning Caddis (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 63 degrees.
If you have Q’s, Please don’t hesitate to call, we will be glad to help
Imnaha River - September 12th, 2014
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC RECORDED:70 °FISHING: Good
8/26 - Trout fishing has been good on the private and public access above and below town. Bull trout have followed the big salmon run upstream, and some are being caught in the upper reaches. I assume bass fishing is good on the lower river near the snake.
STEELHEAD ALERT: OK Kids – it's going to be a good steelhead run this year. Based on counts over Bonniville 17,000 plus fish are headed to the Wallowa (passing thru the Grande Ronde) and Imnaha Rivers. These numbers should equal or exceed the good run of 2011/12. Better yet, over 50% fo the Wallowa/Ronde fish are the big (25”-28”) two salt fish. The Imnaha will have roughly 37% two salt fish. Many of the steelhead are still hanging in the Snake, so we will report as soon as fishing picks up on the Ronde and Imnaha.
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.
Grande Ronde River - September 12th, 2014
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC RECORDED:70 °FISHING: Fair
9-12 STEELHEAD ALERT: OK Kids – it's going to be a good steelhead run this year. Based on counts over Bonniville 17,000 plus fish are headed to the Wallowa (passing thru the Grande Ronde) and Imnaha Rivers. These numbers should equal or exceed the good run of 2011/12. Better yet, over 50% fo the Wallowa/Ronde fish are the big (25”-28”) two salt fish. The Imnaha will have roughly 37% two salt fish. Many of the steelhead are still hanging in the Snake, so we will report as soon as fishing picks up on the Ronde and Imnaha.
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)
Fishing for steelhead, trout and salmon are all good.
Good number of cutthroat trout this year.
Steelhead numbers are up and chinook salmon are biting daily.
Beginning Sept. 1, the river above Fishers Ferry boat ramp is closed to fishing for Chinook salmon. In addition, fishing between Gold Ray and Cole Rivers Hatchery is limited to artificial flies only, any type rod and reel permitted. Please see the angling regulations for additional details.
Summer steelhead fishing is good. Anglers may want to try nymph patterns, or a big stonefly pattern in combination with a smaller nymph, or standard steelhead patterns. Trout fishing should be very good as well.
Check regulations, river flow and temperature information before heading out. Have fun this week on the river!
Recommended Steelhead flies:
intruders, lady caroline, october caddis pupa, stone flies, green butt skunk, egg patterns (weighted & unweighted) and copper swans.
The Klamath River Wild and Scenic section is fishing excellent.
Everything is open in this section and no fires are currently burning!
The section from Keno Dam to J.C. Boyle Reservoir (Topsy Reservoir) closed to fishing Monday June 16. It will re-open for fishing October 1st, 2014.
The Klamath River between JC Boyle Dam to JC Boyle Powerhouse Is an excellent place to dry fly fish when water levels are low (usually early mornings and late afternoons) check water flow estimates before heading out. Fishing can still be productive when water levels are up, but one will have to change fishing tactics. Dead drifting rubber leg stone flies with a small pheasant tail or copper johns can be productive. Also, swinging streamers (leach and seal bugger patterns) across the current can produce fish.
Fish a big caddis and let it swing at the end of the drift-if the fish are picky, use a smaller fly. Also, look for mayfly hatches and match the fly accordingly. Have a fun time!
Water levels are low on the Williamson River but water clarity is very good and fishing is excellent. Catch and release is encouraged to help maintain these trophy sized trout!
Using small nymphs (midges, caddis) under light tippet is effective. Rubber leg stones have been working great, also. Streamer fishing with seal buggers is a great way to feel the "tug" and can work great!
Fish small size 18 and 20's in Copper John's, tricos and midges with light tippet. Rubber Leg Stones and leach patterns are effective, also.
Give us a call at 541.884.3825 if you have additional questions, or would like to give us your fishing report. Thanks!
Wallowa River - September 11th, 2014
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC RECORDED:70 °FISHING: Good
9/11 - Good fall fishing - beautiful Indian Summer days. Water flows are average, but avoid the long shallow sections. Fish are kegged-up in the deeper holes and "structured" water with boulders. Pretty hard to beat a size 8 or 10 prince nymph with a size 18 flashback hare's ear dropper - fished under a strike indicator. Or put on a bigger stone fly nymph with some split shot and fish the bottom of the deeper troughs for the big trout on the bottom. Hoppers and stimulators will also bring trout to the surface - best when the water is shaded.
8/22 - The Wallowa is fishing good - producing some bigger than average trout lately. Water flows are also good and water temps have dropped to a nice hard to 60 degrees. Fish are finally starting to come up for larger hoppers/stimulators/madam x's - in addition to evening caddis hatches. Trout have started to move into the riffles, but the big boys are still being caught above and below big boulders or in the deeper slots with stonefly nymphs. We get lots of reports of how thick and active the rainbows are. Then there are the two fishermen who have caught steelhead in the Wallowa this past week!!! Yes, it is early, but "evolution" protects the run by sending a few fish ripping upstream every year. We always catch some steelhead in the Wallowa in September. By the way, one of the steelhead caught was a bright 30" hen - landed on 5X tippet after an acrobatic show that lasted 45 minutes.
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 .
Wallowa Lake - September 11th, 2014
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC RECORDED:70 °FISHING: Fair
The lake has not been stocked since early August and, as a result, fishing for trout has been poor. The lake also became over populated with Kokanee and the fish are very small and the fishing poor.
8/9 The lake was stocked with 6,000 fish this past week - one flyfisher reported catching over 50 on fly this morning.
7/30 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 been poor to terrible. As the summer wears on a few in the 6-8" range are being caught.
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.
Lostine River - August 22nd, 2014
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC RECORDED:75 °FISHING: Fair
8/22 - 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.
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.