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Deschutes River - April 17th, 2014
supplied by: Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop, Inc.
RECORDED:    55 °   FISHING: Good

R E D S I D E  T R O U T:

The March Brown hatch is on! This hatch usually lasts three to four weeks. A lot of smiles walking through the door at the shop with good reports of "catching" not just fishing for Redside Trout. Its so much fun using a nice sized fly to bring up big fish. A size 14, 12, even 10 March Brown adult or emerging patterns have been straitening a lot of leaders. Don't forget the BWO's cause they're still hatching too.



Both BWO’s and March Brown hatches occur any time between Noon and 3:30 pm. The spinner fall of the BWO’s typically occur about the same time but slightly later in the afternoon, from about 2 to 5 pm. Like the Duns, they are size 16  to 18, so bring your glasses!



The hatch cycles of Igloo Case Building Caddis, (size 20), & Midge (size 20 to 22), are also active now. They become an available food source for feeding trout any time between 3 to 7 PM.



The Spring Stones, (Skwala’s), are more abundant also. They are a size 8 and mostly gray in color as a nymph and adult. Most of the dry fly activity is in the afternoon.   

Best water types to fish. Slack water, back eddies, steep bank runs, and down stream of runs and riffles will be particularly good areas to concentrate your efforts. However, at times a little bit faster water has produced fish so don't count that out if fishing is slow elsewhere.



Look for foam lines in obvious seams where adults and emerging insects struggle. Don’t forget, spent may flies and caddis also become trapped. Of course trout instinctively find it easy to capture their daily nourishment as insects endure a rough time breaking free from those swirly seams.



The river is very clear. The river level from the Pelton reregulating dam is 3,960 CFS (Cubic Feet Per Second), and the average water temperature is 48 degrees.



Remember, this time of year the trout are in their spawn cycle. Please do not fish on the redds so they can make more beatiful Deschutes Redside Trout. Thank you.



Rick Hafele and I are having our Spring "Western Rivers Workshops soon. May 17th & 18th, and a One day class June 8th. Go to "Classes & Workshops" for more details.    

We still have a few Winston rods on sale.  These rods have been discontinued by Winston, which means you can get them at a nice discount.


(2) BIIMX 11'6" 6/7wt - Regular Price: $835.00.

SALE PRICE: $585.00!

Take Care, and GET OUT THERE !!!

John Smeraglio

Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop

599 S. Hwy 197, Maupin, OR. 97037

(541) 395-2565



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Deschutes River - Lower - December 4th, 2013
supplied by: The Patient Angler
RECORDED:    50 °   FISHING: Good



            We did a four-day Lower Deschutes Thanksgiving float trip from Trout Creek to Maupin last week, looking to catch a few steelhead. The water was in good condition running around 4300cfs and clear, although colder than I had expected with a temperature around 46 degrees. The weather was pretty good for our trip with mostly sunny 50-degree light wind days, but much cooler nights that ran in the low 20’s, which made us have to bundle up for a good nights sleep.


            Our plan was to cover a lot of water in the first two days so we could post up for two days during Thanksgiving and enjoy life without having to breakdown and set up camp again. It’s a great time of year to be on the river, as the weather and holidays tends to keep anglers close to home, or at least close to somewhere warm.


            I had a great start to the trip as I hooked two steelhead in the second run of the day. With the mostly slow fishing reports I’ve been hearing all season, I was pretty jacked to get a couple touches, of which I landed one. We fished our way downriver for a couple of days with everybody getting some steelhead love along the way.


            Our steelhead camp for turkey day was an excellent spot to post up for a few days with lots of good steelhead water close to camp.  Jerry set up a small 10 x 10 tent to help protect us from the elements and provide a place to pass the time playing cribbage during the long winter nights. As par for the course, we ate like kings on our trip cooking up pork loins one night, flank steak another and Jimmy fried a turkey with all the fixings on Thanksgiving Day.


            The fishing was pretty good for us during our trip with everybody getting some action. I’m guessing we hooked around 17 steelhead during our trip and they seemed to be spread out pretty evenly as we stuck fish every day. Jon did take three fish from one spot on the last day. All the fish that I had landed during the first 3 days were pretty small and I was looking (really hoping) for a nice fish to end the trip on. As jimmy and I fished our way downriver to the takeout, I told him he had to put me on a nice fish before we hit the boat ramp. I even promised him a portion of the body warming fluid I keep in my flask, if he put me on a nice one. Jimmy told me he had the spot for me as he pulled to the bank just above a good looking holding spot. I jumped out with my rod knowing it was only going to take a few swings through the spot to see if anyone was home. After a few casts covering the lie, I was thinking there was no one home, but I made the proverbial last cast and sure enough, my line came tight with a beautifully colored up buck that put a nice bend in my rod. After a quick grip & grin picture and release, we jumped in the boat and headed for the boat ramp. Needless to say, our bodies warmed up on the way to the take out.


            It was the perfect ending to a great trip and I was thankful for the opportunity to spend some quality time with some great guys fishing the beautiful Deschutes River.


 


The Patient Angler


Peter Bowers





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Wallowa River - November 26th, 2013
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    55 °   FISHING: Fair
11/26 No new fishing reports, but expect the river to "ice-up" some time over the weekend or early next week (sub zero temps predicted for Joseph early next week). 

11/12 - Trout season is closed, but fishing for white fish has produced decent numbers of trout.  A few steelhead or 20" plus inch trput being caught. 

11/2  The Wallowa was closed to trout on 10/31, but you may fish for whitefish and release the trout.  The Wallowa produced some big trout this fall.  The Wallowa steelhead hatcheries are expected to have good returns this fall (50% better than last year) based on chip tag counts over the dams. Steelhead are running about a month late this fall due to low/warm temps in the Columbia/Snake this summer and low stream flows this fall.  However, I know of three steelhead caught in the Wallowa this past week, one on a #10 orange stimulator and 4 wt road. We have 10 days of rain/snow forcast - should move the fish.

10/24/13 Only a week left for trout fishers to get in on the great fall trout fishing on the Wallowa this fall.  Last Saturday a husband and wife team reported thick caddis and bwo hatches.  They landed two trout over 20" and broke some more large trout off in the relatively "high/fast flows."  After 11/1 you will have to target white fish, or buy a steelhead tag.  I believe there have been more 20" + trout on the Wallowa caught this summer/fall than in any year since we oped the flyshop 20 years ago. 

10/5/13 -  Trout are on the bite.  An angler this morning spotted a trout taking October caddis and landed two over 14". 

9/28/13 Fall trout fishing on the Wallowa can be very good - as is the case this fall. Irrigation has stopped in the Wallowa Valley and fish start working their way downstream to the main Wallowa River.  Most days there is nobody fishing the "Canyon," but a local boy just smiled when he reported a twenty fish day with two over 15."  He bought a variety of nymphs - size #14 and #16.

8/28 Despite low water levels, the Wallowa continues to fish good to very good for 12" - 15" trout and large whitefish.  The trick is locating the fish. They are only using about 10% - 20% of the river - where there is some depth and faster current.  Look for water concentrated along rocky banks, river bends, or bolder fields.  Fish are taking nymphs, muddlers, soft hackles and DRIES when the light is off the water.  There is a good trico hatch if you get tired fishing caddis.  Water temps did not get as high as one might expect - around 66 degrees in the late afternoon.  


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 - November 26th, 2013
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    45 °   FISHING: Fair
11/26 No new reports, but expect the river to "ice-up" soon - if it isn't already.  Temps for Joseph next Mon/Tues are predicted to be sub-zero. 

11/12  Flyfishers are really working for their fish.  Water levels are good, but most flyfishers were getting skunked - even below Cow Creek.  Fair number of Fall Chinook in the lower river.  See 11/3 report for checking the number of fish on the pit tag web site. 

11/3 There is no ODFW "Creel Checker " for the Imnaha in the fall.  But you can attempt to figure out the number of "pit tagged" fish that have crossed various points on the Imnaha as follows (I think!): 1) Go to the web site ptagis.org/ptoccentral 2) ignore the bold print PTOCCENTRAL DECOMMISSIONED and scroll down and select "Quick Reports - Small-scale and adult ladder detections" 3) Scroll down the list of sites to Lower Imnaha km10 -- this is actually the Thorn Creek counter, but for some reason this site excludes out-going smolt vs the 7km site at Cow Creek where you have to sort-out smolt based on the "release yr" of the fish 4) selet and move "Lower Imnaha km 10" selection from the large list on the left hlf of the page to the "selected" site on the right half of the page using the small arrow between the two halves 5) scroll to the bottom of the page and select "next" 6) select "Last 30 Days"  this is the longest period for this fall's run without including spring fish from the prior year - unless you really go into the detail reports and export to excel - sort, etc 7) bottom of page "next" and select "steelhead" 8) "next" select "summer run" 9) "next" select "Hatchery" 9) bottom of page "run report" 10) count the fish on the right side of the page and use a multiplier of 10.  Please, anyone who spots errors in this process correct me by email or phone.  

 
11/1 Steelhead are late this year, but rain and snow forecast this week should help move them out of the Snake.  Pit tag counts last week only showed approx 175 past Cow Creek.  However, based on chip tag counts over the dams we are expecting a good 3000 -3500 return of hatchery steelhead this year.  The Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries says their historic data suggests and equal number of wild steelhead shoud also return.  NOTE: WATER FLOWS IN THE IMNAHA ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE TIME BEING.  WE BELIEVE THEY ARE AT APPROXIMATELY 200 CFS AND SHOULD RISE WITH THE RAIN AND SNOW THIS WEEK. 

10/24/13 Weather the past two weeks, and the forecast for the next ten days has/is not helping fish move upstream (no rain - bight sunny days).  The last report from the ODFW on 10/14 showed 147 steelhead have moved upstream of the Cow Creek pit tag counter.  The total projected return should exceed 3,000 hatchery fish this year.  I tried to get a more recent count from the pit tag site, but could not get it to work today.  I will consult with the Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries and post new figures ASAP, but they may be closed Fri-Sun.  I will also link and/or explain how to use the site when I get it to work - its a bit complicated. River flow on the Imnaha on 10/23 was posted as 200 cfs - which is not bad (medium flow for this date is 150 cfs.  We have had reports that steelhead are being caught in the lower river.

10/14/13  Not much news on the Imnaha this week.  Reports we are getting suggest the fishing is still good in the lower river. 

10/7/13  The Imnaha will have a good (10 yr avg) run in 2013 - up from 2012.  Here are the dam figures for Imnaha fish:  Bonneville 3384, McNary 2413, Lower Granite 1702, Cow Creek 104.


10/5/13 Update:  Yup - steelies have arrived.  Last weekend a good flyfisher hooked 8 and landed 6. - mostly 19" - 22" but one 27" fish.
9/29/13 Steelhead report for the Grande Ronde and Imnaha Rivers:

Bad news/good news (or skip to the good news #4)– a bit complicated. Stay with me as I try to sort it out.

The steelhead were slow coming-up the Columbia this year. The ODFW Grande Ronde fish report for last week show “0” (zero) fish caught. Bogan's Oasis also reports little action (2 fish) from the guides. I have no reports of Imnaha steelhead being taken to date.

However. Rains the past two weeks have really bumped the flows. The GR hit 900 cfs yesterday - compared to 650 last week and a median flow of 734. The Imnaha has also spiked to 180 cfs and iscurrently at median flow of 133 cfs. Based on good numbers of steelhead over Lower Granite the last few weeks they should be in the Ronde and Imnaha ANY DAY NOW. (Quick story about that: Some years back my son, a guide, hiked to the mouth of the Imnaha on Sep. 17 and did not touch a fish. The next weekend, Sep 25th, I hiked to the mouth with a friend who had never caught a steelhead on a fly. He caught fish on his first three casts and we landed over twenty steelhead over three hours).

Steelhead numbers over the dams are way down this year.: 222,779 this year over Bonniville vs a 10 yr average of 345,469; 47,157 over Lower Granite vs a 10 yr avg 0f 345,469 for this date.

HOWEVER – CHECK THIS OUT: JEFF YANKE, LOCAL FISH BIOLOGIST FOR ODFW SENT OUT THIS INFORMATION IN AN EMAIL DATED 9/1/13. AS OF 9/1 11,585 GRANDE RONDE AND IMNAHA FISH HAD CROSSED OVER BONNENEVILLE, WITH ONLY 50% - 75% OF THE RUN FOR THE YEAR CALCULATED TO HAVE CROSSED FOR THE YEAR. THIS COMPARED TO A FINAL STEELHEAD COUNT FOR THESE TWO RIVERS LAST YEAR OF 10,872. THE RONDE AND IMNAHA COULD HAVE A 10 YR AVG RUN THIS YEAR – OR BETTER. I WILL TRY TO GET SOME UPDATED FIGURES – STAY TUNED.

 

8/24 The Imnaha is running at 115 cfs - 30% below medium levels.  The best fishing right now is probably the bass fishing above/below Cow Creek and Bull Trout fishing below the Blue Hole - for those few fishers who can trick the bulls (try a large gummy minnow).  Trout fishing on the public fishing easements south of town has been fair for small trout.  Some steelheaad may be holding at the mouth - in the Snake River.  If you hike the 5 miles to the snake from Cow Creek, take a spey rod and some muddler minnows.


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. 

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Grande Ronde River - November 26th, 2013
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    45 °   FISHING: Fair
11/26 Creel-Checker counts for Ore/Wash for 11/22 - 11/25 were: 8 hrs/fish OR (Troy area) / 9 hrs/fish WA (Bogan's area). HOWEVER, TOTAL NUMBER of fish counted was only 7 in OR and 3 in WA which means nobody nor their dogs were fishing.  Someone said a waitress at Bogan's caught the three WA fish.  ALERT; temps will go to sub zero in Joseph next week, so if they are not already "iced -up" or full of "slush ice" the rivers will be next week. Someone said Bogan's looks like Antarctica - portions of the river iced over, etc.  

11/18  Creel - Checker count for last week was 13.7 hrs/fish in Oregon and 12 hrs/fish in Washington - considered to be "fair." 

11/14  We just received a new "creel checker" report for the GR - for ten days ago.  Not bad: 12 fish were caught in both OR and WA for an avg hrs /fish in OR of 3.1 hrs and 11 hrs in WA. Very little fishing pressure.  Fishing is good in the Snake where temps are 10 degrees warmer - perhaps preventing more fish from moving upstream.

11/12  Steelhead fishing has been slow and slower.  "Fair is a generous rating at this time."  Several recent trips frpm Minam to Troy produced only 1 fish - some no fish.  One guide cancelled due to poor fishing.  We don't know what is going on. 

11/3 Steelhead ODFW "Creel Checker" on the Ronde for Oct. 18 - 21 in ORE (Troy area)  64 anglers checked with 33 steelhead landed for an average of 9 hrs/fish (considered "good" fishing; WASH (Bogan's) 81 anglers checked with 9 steelhead landed for an avg of 30 hrs/fish. 

11/2 Steelhead are running about a month late this year.  The Troy area is steadily producing fish for the better fishers.  Rains and snow this week should help.  Steelhead fishing pressure is not too bad - many of the guides move out 11/1.  Rain and snow this week should move fish out of the Snake.  Hatchery steelhead returns for the Ronde (the two Wallowa River hatcheries) are expected to be good this year - 40% better than last year. If you don't mind driving over a little snow, fishing should be good this month.


10/24/13 - Sunny weather and a lack of rain the past two weeks has slowed the movement of fish upstream.  Good fishers seem to find one or two, but action is slow.  There is no rain in the forecast for the next ten days. This week ODFW held an event at Troy to try and capture early returning hatchery fish for its breeding program.  As of Wednesday,I believe, they had only landed three hatchery fish out of a total of 36 fish caught.  They generally described the fishing as "poor" - although "fair" might be more appropriate.  I will report the Washington section creel checker's figures as soon as they come in.

There were lots of rafters between Minam and Troy this week, but because the steelhead run is three to four weeks late this year there are still not many steelhead in that section of the river.  The good news is that more and larger trout in the 17" to 22" range are being caught - and the weather is wonderful.  

10/14/13 - Steelhead action on the Ronde has really picked up.  A good flyfisher near Troy landed 8 on nymphs (6 on a orange BH prince pattern and two on an egg pattern fished below the prince - not a bead!) over two days.  A group of three floating from Bogan's to Heller Bar landed 20 steelhead, but 17 were on spinners.  The creel survey for the Rhonde for Oct 7-13 was: 15 hrs/fish in Oregon and 10.8 in Wash - considered to be good fishing.  Ronde fish continue to pour over Lower Granite dam - 1,900 last week.  This year's run is 85% 1 salt fish - 21" - 24".  Minam to Troy is producing a few steelhead on the lower end, but is also producing some nice trout.  River temp is 48 degrees. 

10/10/13 Based on this week's reports from Bogan's and Troy area we downgraded steelhead fishing to fair.  Those buggers are still lollygagging their way up the Ronde.

10/7/13 - The Grande Ronde will have a good steelhead run this year (10 yr avg) - up from 2012. Grand Ronde Basin hatchery fish dam counts are as follows:  Bonneville 10,877, McNary6967, Lower Granite 3997.  

10/6/13 Yup - steelies have arrived at Bogan's and beyond.  October Caddis have also arrived, so you might think about some surface action if the weather holds.  Let the fun begin.

10/5/13 Steelhead in the lower river but should arrive Bogan's/Troy anyday.  The Ronde and Imnaha will have good returns this year based on tagged fish for these rivers crossing the dams.  Lodging for the second half of October on the Ronde - forget it.  Guides - perhaps a few still avail. 

9/29/13 Steelhead report for the Grande Ronde and Imnaha Rivers:

Bad news/good news (or skip to the good news item #4) – a bit complicated. Stay with me as I try to sort it out.

The steelhead were slow coming-up the Columbia this year. The ODFW Grande Ronde fish report for last week show “0” (zero) fish caught. Bogan's Oasis also reports little action (2 fish) from the guides. I have no reports of Imnaha steelhead being taken to date.

However. Rains the past two weeks have really bumped the flows. The GR hit 900 cfs yesterday - compared to 650 last week and a median flow of 734. The Imnaha has also spiked to 180 cfs and iscurrently at median flow of 133 cfs. Based on good numbers of steelhead over Lower Granite the last few weeks they should be in the Ronde and Imnaha ANY DAY NOW. (Quick story about that: Some years back my son, a guide, hiked to the mouth of the Imnaha on Sep. 17 and did not touch a fish. The next weekend, Sep 25th, I hiked to the mouth with a friend who had never caught a steelhead on a fly. He caught fish on his first three casts and we landed over twenty steelhead over three hours).

Steelhead numbers over the dams are way down this year.: 222,779 this year over Bonniville vs a 10 yr average of 345,469; 47,157 over Lower Granite vs a 10 yr avg 0f 345,469 for this date.

HOWEVER – CHECK THIS OUT: JEFF YANKE, LOCAL FISH BIOLOGIST FOR ODFW SENT OUT THIS INFORMATION IN AN EMAIL DATED 9/1/13. AS OF 9/1 11,585 GRANDE RONDE AND IMNAHA FISH HAD CROSSED OVER BONINEVILLE, WITH ONLY 50% - 75% OF THE RUN FOR THE YEAR CALCULATED TO HAVE CROSSED FOR THE YEAR. THIS COMPARED TO A FINAL STEELHEAD COUNT FOR THESE TWO RIVERS LAST YEAR OF 10,872. THE RONDE AND IMNAHA COULD HAVE A 10 YR AVG RUN THIS YEAR – OR BETTER. I WILL TRY TO GET SOME UPDATED FIGURES – STAY TUNED.

 

8/28 -  Bass fishing is good on the lower river - Troy to the Snake.

Now, let's talk STEELHEAD!   Although we recently heard of two steelhead being caught on the lower river (a few wild steelhead put their heads down and head up stream early no matter what the river levels), conditions are not good.  Counts over Lower Granite Dam (the last dam on the Snake before the Ronde) are 40% below the 10 yr average (11,300 in 2013 vs 18,000 for 10 yr avg).  At 600 cfs we will need some fall rains to move fish upstream.

Sooo  - the Ronde is still a great flyfishing steelhead river even if fish numbers are down.  Maybe the river will be less crowded this year.  Sooo ... let's say there are half the fishers as last year, there are six fish in the hole instead of 10, the fish are concentrated in the best runs, and you are a decent fisher ..... you do the math. And by the way - how many steelhead do you need to take on dry flies to make it a great fall?

7/28 - Low and warm; now is a good time to swing for small-mouth bass moving in from the Snake.  Using smaller surface poppers, hoppers, and chernobyls should work on the surface.  Subsurface flies such as larger wooly buggers, stone nymphs, crayfish, and minnow streamers can produce both small mouth and trout. 
7/22 - The water is pretty low right now, about 700 CFS at Troy, and with the warm weather this might be a good time to start swining for small mouths.  Large hopper patterns like a chubby chernobyl might get both bass and trout on the surface. During the day use streamer patterns or larger nymphs with a small dropper.  

7/11 - The Grande Ronde is dropping fast just like the Wallowa; so time is of the essence.  Use similar flies as the Wallowa River, but you might try a larger streamer or nymph in some of the bigger holes to tempt the larger trout, as they won't be as quick to come up to the surface because of the warmer water temps.    

7/4 - The water is coming back down and the fishing should be better.  Stick to the shady cool parts of the day, large Kauffman stone nymphs, princes, or a streamer patter might be the ticket for coaxing a big bow out of a deep hole. Try larger caddis and golden stone patterns on the surface of the slow water in the evening.  
 

6/30 Water is still too high to be fishing well.  We are looking at a blown fishing river, running at 1500 + cfs of average right now.  Will make for a killer float trip though, easily doable in a day or two at this flow. 

6/28 Water levels a bit high this week.  Report same as 2/24. 

6/24 Just got a great report from two fly fisher who fished with guide Mac Hulff (Eagle Cap Fishiong Guides 800-940-3688) above Bogan's in Washington, yesterday.  They landed over 100 fish including 30 bass using stonefly dries and woolly buggers.  At 2800 cfs the river is 60% 0f normal stream flow. Trout fishing between Minam and Troy is more difficult - no bass and fewer trout.  

6/21  High temps are forecast in the upper 90's in Joseph next week.  Water levels are still good for floating.  If you were ever going to float the GR, do it next week.

6/19 Hard rains the past few days have the river on the rise and may it may be off color for awhile.  The Grande Ronde has some larger trout, but gets too warm in the summer to be a consistently good trout stream.  Fall/winter/spring steelheading can be very good, and bass fishing in the lower river can be good. 

6/16 - Water levels and color great for floating.  Salmon flies are thick.  Fishing is fair.

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Williamson River - November 18th, 2013
supplied by: Roe Outfitters Oregon Guide Klamath Falls Fly Shop
FISHING: Excellent
 The Williamson River is closed for the season. You can look forward to fishing for giant redband rainbows again in May 2014!




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Rogue River - Upper - November 18th, 2013
supplied by: Roe Outfitters Oregon Guide Klamath Falls Fly Shop
FISHING: Good
Steelhead are very good right now on the Upper Rogue.

Look forward to coho in the river soon as well.



Fly patterns are:

Stoneflys with egg dropper behind stone, and all traditional steelhead patterns. 


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Klamath River - November 18th, 2013
supplied by: Roe Outfitters Oregon Guide Klamath Falls Fly Shop
FISHING: Excellent
Klamath River Keno Section: Fantastic!

Klamath River below John C Boyle Dam: Great



Keno Fly Patterns now:

Sculpzillas, Muddler Minnows, Zonkers, black green Seal Buggers, Soft Hackle Caddis, Black Wooley Buggers 6 and 4s.  

Klamath Wild and Senic fly Patterns:

Blue Wing Olives, #14 Hairsear Anato-may, #14 Pearl Spitfire, October Caddis, Puppa #10 and Stoneflys.


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Metolius River - November 17th, 2013
supplied by: Camp Sherman Store
RECORDED:    45 °   FISHING: Excellent
 November on the Metolius river for me is a time of reflection and exploring.  The crowds of the busy tourist season are gone, most of the cabins along the river are empty and quiet, the fall colors of the deciduous trees and Tamaracks are being replaced with the simplicity of the leaflessness character of winter.  



Bugs - with most of the days this winter filled with precipitation of some form, sub-surface/nymphing will be the most productive.  However still keep an eye open for the BWO's, midges, the little black stone,  and possibly a few PMD's still in the air, for above surface activity action.



Yes BIG Bull trout are still in the river in good numbers and are (shop/ client fishing reports) still very actively feeding, streamers with lots of articulation and attraction, that represent small (6"-8") fish species of the river will be my patterns of choice.  Keep in mind that Bull trout are listed as a threatened species on the Metolius and they must be treated, handled and released, unharmed.  If you can not do that then don't fish for them.



Exploring - try new water, water that looked dam good in the spring and summer that was occupied by another angler then, is probably not now.  Hit all the sexy spots, and take your time.



Reflection - I have often wondered, if there is a connection with the fall colors of the leaves, looking so similar, to the colors of the skins of the migrating salmon during the exact time of the season. The salmon and the leaves are returning to their birth place and their roots of origin. Both to give life back, from their life spent.  One to the soils of the streams and one to the soils of the lands.



Please respect all the river users and all life of the river, enjoy your day and Get Bent.


photos Weather and Lunar Phases

Kenny Lake - October 24th, 2013
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    50 °   FISHING: Good
10/24/13 - Good fishing - but closes the 31st of Oct. 

10/6 Nobody has tried fishing Kenny Lake for weeks - until today.  A flyfisher just returned from catching 20+ fish using a 5wt spey rod and woolly buggers. He showed me a picture of the largest - a nice 17". 

9/28/13 Kinney Lk is an irrigation reservoir.  This year it has been drained lower than normal.  Fishing is slow.

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 dammed 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.

photos Weather and Lunar Phases


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