While fishing reports gleaned from professionals plying our local waters reflect current conditions and catches, those random notes that pop into my text inbox, Twitter feed or Facebook page sometimes prove more interesting to the masses. Such is the case of this Deschutes report from my good friend, Shane Blitch. Shane is a potter by trade, a maker of useful and beautiful clay creations. Our Saturday morning cookie bowl is one of his art pieces and a treasured possession. He’s also a cigar box guitar maker and player of note. Those qualifications alone lend credence to the following report…
“I didn't see much in the way of hatches. I got about 16 to hand with another few ldr’s ( Long-distance releases) in about 4hrs. All were on top with a little midge dropper. So I would say the fishing was pretty good. I'm heading back over tomorrow. The weather shut me down on Monday. Up came an epic wind storm and that was that.”
With a cigar box guitar picker, a box of secret black string midges and a bowl of cookies it probably would be a lot of fun. I’m putting it on the calendar, Shane!Meanwhile, one of the hardest working guys in showbiz has been trading time between the spring Trout on the Deschutes and Steelhead on the Sandy. Brian Silvey stopped in yesterday and reported steady fishing on the slope of Mt. Hood in spite of the lack of snow on the volcano. Wild fish have been grabbing with gusto daily and testing backing knots all week. Summer fish are slow to show, but should be nosing in soon. We still have a month of good opportunity before other fisheries draw us away. Traffic on the river is light.
Low and clear. I’m not telling you anything new if you’ve attempted a fishing adventure this past week. Water levels are at summer flows and rivers are running clearer that fancy crystal. It doesn’t matter where you head, there’s very little water to greet you. The good new is, hidden in the shadows, trenches and broken water of our low flowing streams are a few nice Steelhead. They have come home. They just happened to come home to a glass house.With only a faint hope of improving conditions on the horizon we have to work with what we have and make the best of it. It’s time to bust out the low water bag o’tricks and see what we can come up with.