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Deschutes Temperature Research

Joel La Follette - Thursday, July 16, 2015
Last week while I was researching water temps and opinions regarding the safe temperatures for angling opportunities, I learned that one of my contacts has a built-in thermometer. No, not a cyborg like implant, but a uncanny ability to read the water temps accurately with his bare skin. I decided that this revelation required further research so I arranged to meet up with him on the river and put this superhuman skill to the test. Besides, a day of fishing in the name of research is not a bad thing.

I met up with Mr. Silvey in Maupin and we loaded the required equipment into his rig before heading upriver. I carried several rods, reels, fly boxes, misc. tackle, sunscreen, rain jacket, cameras and my handy FishPond thermometer. Brian had a couple rods rigged up, tippet, nipper and a box of flies.

Knowing beforehand that the water was rumored to be 58-59 degrees we both decided that wet wading would be uncomfortable, especially with darkish clouds to the south threatening to rain on our research. While Brian launched his modified Cataraft I took a temp to set a baseline and reported our starting temperature to be 59 degrees. Brian stepped into the water and reported the very same. Like I said, uncanny.

At our first stop we split up, with Brian heading upriver, while I fished the water near the boat. Caddis shucks covered the shallows and a variety of adult insects fluttered from the stream side brush. Misc. small Mayflies also took to wing and danced in the morning light. After covering the water and raising a few fish, unsuccessfully, Brian returned and reported that in his opinion the water was perhaps a degree cooler that I had previously reported. He had not taken into account the insulating properties of his Simms G4 waders and to confirm his suspicions had ceremoniously stepped into an indentation in the river bottom exactly 3 inches over the top of said waders. With a much better sampling of the water he was able to accurately place the water temperature at 58.5. This number was confirmed when I calibrated my thermometer the next day and recorded a +.5 degree difference. Taking that into account, the maximum reading at the end of day was 60.5 just above Sandy Beach. A very good range for healthy interactions with fish.

While to many this exercise may seem trivial, it is an example of the kind of dictated research I have often found myself involved in all in an effort to bring you up to date angling information.

Once we had established an official baseline for water temperature we continued to sample the fishing and temps as we worked our way downriver. Caddis patterns on the surface, or Hopper Dropper combos with a Caddis Pupa or Silvey’s Super Sinker fish around 19 inches below proved to be the ticket, requiring very little from the multitude of fly boxes I carried. All of the many fish we sampled were healthy, happy and very active. All were played quickly and carefully released.

It is important to note that very little angling pressure (none) was observed during this float. At the same time, several rafts filled with yellow helmeted Minions did splash the giggle their way down river, but they did not cause any ill effects on the angling while providing some interesting comic relief.

Overall, the success of this trip was solely due to the knowledge and dedication of my guide and good friend, Brian Silvey. His understanding of the river, it’s invertebrates and it’s fish proved to be the winning combination for a great day on the water. While low water and high temps threaten many rivers and streams across the west, the Deschutes from Warm Springs through the Maupin area is in fine shape and capable of producing some very memorable days. Contact Brian if you'd like to see this very talented river guide in action.

Marching in the Rain

Joel La Follette - Thursday, March 26, 2015

While March is displaying a slight lion like departure, the adverse effects on angling opportunities have been minimal so far. We’ve seen bumps in river levels as weather systems move through, but those have been quickly followed by steady drops producing great conditions and a few fish. Steelhead anglers will just have to watch their weather rocks over the next few weeks and make plans accordingly.

Coastal catches are winding down, but here in the valley things are picking up. Spring on the Sandy and Clackamas offers some of the best Steelheading of the season as anglers spread out to other fisheries. It’s still Steelheading, and you may get wet, but at least that bit about frozen guides and frosty eyebrows has passed.

Those who have started their early spring Trouting have reported decent hatches of March Browns on the Deschutes and McKenzie when conditions are conducive to that emergence. Cloudy skies and warmer temps maximize these occurrences so excuses for missing work should be kept near at hand. A lunch meeting that goes from 11:00 till 2:00 would provide enough time to close the deal and still make it back for that 3:30 conference call. They’ll never know you are still in your waders.

We are still weeks away from any Big Bug activity on the Deschutes, but that craziness will be here soon enough. Toss out that old leader and tippet material and take stock of those bulletheads in your box. Their day is coming.

Who's in the Dog House?

Joel La Follette - Thursday, March 12, 2015
No, I didn't screw up, this time. Brian really did take the photo at the top of the page of Bryan. Confused? Me too. You see, Brian Silvey is the number one guide on the Sandy according to the number two guide on the Sandy, (Marty somebody) and Bryan Peterson is my number one guy when it comes to payroll. I like doing business with people who fish and as you can see, Bryan fishes. Sometimes even with Brian. Now, before you hit the delete key let me explain.

Bryan sent me a fishing report from his adventures this past week and included this photo. His report eluded to his turning 50 and his residence in the doghouse for bringing along his love interest without explaining the day in greater detail. Some critical issues were excluded from description of the adventure, causing Bryan to lose a few points. Mostly having to do with waders as a fashion statement and the restroom facilities along the river, which means there aren't any. These things of course rarely cross the mind of an angler bent on chasing winter Steelhead so Bryan's should not reside in the pooch palace for long. I thought it best to focus on the positive aspects of his report and leave the drama out and so here I provide my interpretation.

Bryan caught fish. Even in the low water conditions we found ourselves in last week, Bryan and his nine year old son, Adam, landed fish on a coastal stream, on swung flies. No beads and bobbers for these guys. Three fish to hand on the coast before heading to the Sandy the next weekend where Bryan’s stint in the Bow Wow Hotel started. In all fairness it did sound like things were tempered by a beautiful sunny day allowing for some vitamin D intake. All in all I think our payroll guy came out fine with one tanned girlfriend and a nice 15lb wild fish to hand. Am sure a nice dinner out on the town will clear the slate.

Meanwhile, as the clouds move in for the weekend anglers are torn between the hunt for Steelhead and the chance to toss dry flies at Trout. Skwalas have taken to wing in the valley and March Brown are also filing flight plans. The warmer cloudy weather is perfect for those interested in drifting the McKenzie, Willamette or Santiam rivers this coming week. If this weather pattern holds in the coming weeks look for the Caddis to show up a few weeks early.

Even still the Steelhead call is strong and after swinging through low water for the last few weeks, Spey casters are looking forward to a freshening of all Oregon streams with this current weather event. Forecasts don’t have things getting too out of hand, with dropping rivers by Monday. Of course we will have to see what truly comes to pass, but it is encouraging.

With the Clackamas and Sandy river bumping up a bit with the rain we should see improvement in the catch rate even though both streams produced for those willing to put in the time during the low water. The first summer fish of the year has made it’s way over Willamette Falls so I guess we’re rolling solid into spring. Dry line tactics are on the horizon.

Further south, the North Umpqua is a spring favorite and not as populated as some metro rivers. Fish are all the way up into the Camp Water at Steamboat, but remember it is important to avoid spawning fish. There are places that are easy to see that these fish have staged to spawn and we should leave them alone. Be smart, protect the resource and have fun. See you on the water. 


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