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Wallowa River - July 27th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    75 °   FISHING: Good
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. 

7/17 ALERT: AS OF TOMORROW 7/18 THE WALLOWA RIVER IN THE "CANYON" WILL BE CLOSED TO FISHING AFTER 2:00 PM.  Due to predicted warm water temps the river will be closed to protect native fish from the stress of being caught.  THIS IS A GOOD MOVE - to protect our fisheries.  The river is closed below Sunrise Road to the mouth (at the Grande Ronde confluence).

7/17 - Rains last week bumped the river from 128 cfs to 240 cfs today. Evening river temps went from 74 to 67.  The river is a strange tea color, but nymphing has been good for larger trout.  Yesterday a fisher using a black woolly bugger caught five "heavy shouldered" trout 13" - 17".  Dry fly action has been slow with hoppers and stimulators.  Small, size 16 caddis are hatching in the late evening, but fish weren't rising to them.


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 27th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    75 °   FISHING: Fair
 7/27 - Cfs is 135 - I've seen it worse.  Fish for bass in the lower river, but try to avoid trout.  Or fish the upper river for bull trout/white fish above Indian Crossing in the Eagle cap Wilderness. 

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 - July 27th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    75 °   FISHING: Fair
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 - July 27th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    70 °   FISHING: Good
7/27 Lostine continues to drop but fishing fair for small fish above Pole Bridge (this area is not subject to the 2:00 PM  closure.  Or hike into one of the "High Lakes."

7/17 - CFS dropped from 120 last week to 73 today.  Fishing for small native bows is fair to good - in the isolated stretches. 

7/11 - The Lostine is at a good level to fish right now - see Gen. Info. below. 

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 27th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    70 °   FISHING: Great
7/27 Fishing for stocked trout has been great.  In fact, due to the drought and warm water in area ponds, all trout stocking is being diverted to Wallowa Lake. Kokanee fishing has been poor - horrible. The river running into the lake can fish well for stocked trout running upstream looking for bugs.


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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Deschutes River - July 20th, 2015
supplied by: Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop, Inc.
RECORDED:    94 °   FISHING: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report

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R E D S I D E  T R O U T:

Things cooling down again ! This week the water temperatures have dropped to the low 60's and staying cool into the evening. Trout seem to be more responsive.

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



Seeing mostly caddis, typical summer time hatches include: 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 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.



If you’re getting refusals using the adult stones, trail a “dry” Yellow Sally about 15” behind the adult stone fly. Use no less than 5X tippet material.    



Best water types to fish. Back eddies, steep bank runs with foam lines, 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

john@flyfishingdeschutes.com

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Kenny Lake - July 17th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    70 °   FISHING: Poor
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 - Lower - May 13th, 2015
supplied by: Deschutes River Outfitters
RECORDED:    65 °   FISHING: Great
Remember the old Hitchcock thriller 'The Birds?'  Well, replace 'Birds' with 'BUGS' and it's been like that on the Lower Deschutes!



However, instead of vicious attacks on humans by crazy feathered critters, we are seeing vicious attacks on salmonflies and golden stoneflies by hunger-crazed redsides!  The big bugs are everywhere from Warm Springs to Mack's Canyon.  Keep in mind that this hatch 'moves' upstream throughout the coming weeks, and peak hatch-intensity has a lot to due with weather.



This cool weather cycle will serve to slow-down the progression and prolong the timeline of the hatch.  Don't worry if you are fishing this week, there are a TON of other insects hatching right along side the stoneflies.  Don't get caught in the canyon without size 10 Green Drakes, size 12 March Browns, size 16 PMD's, size 16 tan caddis and size 18 BWO's for starters.  It's a veritable smorgasbord right now...and the trout are ready to feast.



Grab a bunch of fly floatant and get down here, the water is fine.....



DRO Guide Staff








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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.


 


Caleb





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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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