The Deschutes is the big draw as the entire river will be open and rumors of Salmonflies filter into the shop. We’re still weeks away from any major hatch activity, but with summer flows and temps running in the low 50s, it is not inconceivable to see big bugs take to wing in the lower river this weekend. In any case, a collection of Stonefly nymphs is a good addition to your fly box right alongside all those Chubbys. Stay close to the bank because that’s where the action is.
With the big D pulling anglers away, the Crooked and Metolius may end up being a good option for a little peace and Trout fishing. Fishing on the Crooked was hampered by windy conditions last week, but fish were feeding on top when you could get the fly to them. Adams, BWOs and small black Caddis were the reported favorites.
Steelheaders are hanging on like the last leaves of fall, but spring has not brought many summer Steelhead home yet. I hosted Henry and Dale from the Clackamas Fly Fishers this past Monday on the club’s home water, and while the weather was fantastic, we had very little to show for our efforts. I did have a brief encounter with a very hot summer fish that ran off line, thrashed about on the surface, then sent my fly back to me, but it was far too brief. Encouraging, but a little embarrassing too. Hopefully a little freshening of the river with the forecasted rain will improve the chances for success. We just need to see that rain.