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Wallowa River - June 26th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    80 °   FISHING: Good
6/26 -Salmon flies have given way to caddis, hoppers and BWOs.  The cfs mid canyon is 380 cfs - too high to wade across in most places.  Pressure remains light and fishing good.   

6/14  -  The salmon flies/golden stones are thick as thieves this week.  A few trout are starting to come to the surface for them.  Remember, the females drag their abdomens on the water to release their eggs, so skitter your fly for a few feet before letting it dead drift.  Most action is still nymphing along the banks with larger, weighted stone fly patterns.  Some of the biggest trout of the year are caught under these water conditions.

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 - June 26th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    80 °   FISHING: Fair
6/26  River flow is 283 cfs, but dropping fast.  This should be a good level to fish, but trout fishing has only been fair this past week.  A few salmon are being caught.  Hoppers are out - as always.

6/14 -  The Imnaha is down to 725 cfs, clear and dropping.  Still some golden stones around as well as hoppers.  Take advantage of these water levels to find some bigger trout.

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 - June 26th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    90 °   FISHING: Good
6/26 Salmon flies are giving way to caddis and hoppers.  There was some good dry fly action on the salmon flies over the past three weeks, so the fish may remember those big buggers.  Flows at Troy are 1200 and dropping.  Flows in August could be a problem, and September flows could be a real problem both for rafting and moving steelhead upstream from the Snake.  Bass fishing on the lower river has been good

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 - June 26th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    65 °   FISHING: Fair
6-26  At 240 cfs it is still a bit high to fish well.  It is dropping fast and should start producing small trout away from the camp grounds. 

6-5 Still too high - but should drop quickly this month. 

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 - June 26th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    70 °   FISHING: Good
6-5  Fishing for stocked trout has been good, depending at any given time on the bite. 
Kokanee fishing has been poor - horrible. 

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 - June 26th, 2015
supplied by: Joseph Fly Shoppe, LLC
RECORDED:    80 °   FISHING: Good
6/26  Some dead bull heads and a few trout showed up along the banks last week.  ODFW thinks it was primarily warm shoreline temps that got the spawning bullheads and assures me the lake was recently stocked and fishing well

6/5 - 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 stripping it in.  If fish become finicky in the evening 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.

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 - June 19th, 2015
supplied by: Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop, Inc.
RECORDED:    98 °   FISHING: Fair
Deschutes River Redside Trout Report


R E D S I D E  T R O U T:

Its going to be really hot this weekend and into next week. 103 to 107 degrees is predicted. It's a may fly, caddis and midge game now, and will remain that for the rest of this summer into fall. For the most part, the largest size fly you'll tie on will be a PED size 12. Other than that, everything else will be a 16 down to 20.

May flies: Pale Evening Duns are size 12, hatch from 3 to 6PM. Pale Morning Duns size 16, hatch from 1 to 3PM. BWO's size 18, hatch from 11AM to 1PM.

Net Spinners size 16, and the Igloo Case Builders size 20. All three of these caddis typically hatch in the afternoon, anytime between 2 until 7 PM. Some folks are seeing caddis flying around in the morning, but those hatched the day before and are just flying around, landing on the trees and grasses along the bank prepping to mate. After mating, they will return to the river to lay their eggs toward the end of the day. 


The middle of the day fishes good, mornings somewhat slow and evenings showing signs of improvement. Best bet is to fish your May Fly patterns from 11AM until 4PM, and fish your Caddis patters from 3 until 8PM or later. If nothing is happening, try a variety of mid-sized nymphs, (Prince Nymph, Stone Fly Nymph,..), on a two fly grig with a small nymph or emerger with some flashy material.

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


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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.



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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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