I'm going to start this week's fishing report off with a photo of my good friend Stefan and a very nice BC Steelhead. Stefan checked in last Saturday on his way home to Germany and reported some fantastic fishing, after dealing with a little rain. By the way, he's not a morning person. In fact, he normally adds a scoop or two of instant coffee to the coffee that's been brewing in the pot for a few hours. What he doesn't drink the city of Smithers uses to patch potholes....
Now to the local reports...Once again, my phone binged late last night with a message from the Water Time Outfitters dynamic duo, Rob Crandall and Gil Muhleman. Both of these hard working guides are putting the finishing touches on their Deschutes season, but have a few days open before the curtain falls. I know Rob has a some spots open for this weekend. Contact him if you are interested.
Rob's report translated to something like "Fishing is very good and we're encountering good numbers of larger fish with some of the B-run variety reaching into the mid teens. Most of these fish are taking on their fall colors and look splendid, but are full of flight. Water temps on the D have been slowly dropping, but we are still in the low 50s."
"As for Trout fishing, we've had a bit of tunnel vision focusing on the Steelhead, but there have been some days with decent surface action. As it gets colder these days seem to be a little more sporadic. We are still seeing some Mahogany Duns, Caddis, October Caddis and Blue Winged Olives. There has been a fair number of Stonefly nymphs wiggling around on the bottom of my Clackacraft. They seem to be grabbing a ride on my Korker boots and landing in the boat. These hitchhikers are most likely Goldenstone Nymphs as they are a brown coloration with a lighter cream belly. They are averaging about 1-1/4" or so in length."
Gil backed up Rob's report with his version of the week..."Rob and I just finished a three day float. This trip was as productive as any trip all season. The two gentlemen in my boat were infected with the Steelhead craze after their first of several Steelhead on swung flies. Everyone caught good numbers of fish as there are a LOT of fish just above Maupin. We are also finding a ton of Round Butte hatchery fish between Warm Springs and Trout Creek. I'm about done for the season, but looking for anglers to extend it a little because of the unseasonably warm weather and great fishing. If anyone is interested have them email me. There are a lot of the fish in the river and they are gorgeous... Bright, perfect fins and LARGE."
Over on the John Day, we did see a bump up in the water levels with the rain and that colored up the river a little on Sunday. Conditions improved as the week went on. This is the peak time on the John Day if you're thinking about it. It is still a dry line show.
The Clackamas increased it's pace to the sea this week, but not enough to dampen the spirits of a few fly fingers. Coho are still entering the river and we're seeing a few winter Steelhead in the mix of summer fish being caught. Our dampish October/November has had benefits.
Salmon fishing on the coast was slightly derailed by rising rivers last week. Conditions are looking better for this weekend, depending on how much rain falls today. Clear skies ahead? We'll see.