Cold Clear Days On The Big River

Cold Clear Days On The Big River

We’ll keep on saying it, this is one of our favorite times of year to find those healthy Redsides of the Lower Deschutes on a fly. Trout fishing has been good, and while there is little opportunity to fish dries there is no better option for finding good numbers of quality, native fish on a fly this time of year. Fish are eating all varieties of Stonefly and Mayfly nymphs, and it sure is nice to get a solid hookup on a size 10 Jimmy legs to aide in the process of landing and releasing fish quickly and unharmed. This is also the best time of year to find Steelhead in the Warm Springs-Trout Creek area, and while the numbers of fish in the Deschutes this year are quite poor there the mystique of fishing in the presence of these amazing fish is undeniable. The fish that are in the river have stayed pretty grabby and folks are finding the occasional fish on the swing. With the low numbers of fish in the system, it’s important as ever to get fish in quickly and release wild fish unharmed. The Chinook in the system are actively spawning and trout are certainly eating egg patterns as well as the usual assortment of nymphs so come prepared with a full box and be ready for some native Redside action!

Suggested Trout Nymphs: Black or Brown Jimmy Legs #8-12, Deep October Pupa #8-10, Anderson’s Tungsten Bird of Prey October Caddis #10, Jigged Tungsten Hare’s Ear #14-16, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, Soft Hackle Hare’s Ear #14-18, Black or Red Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Red Copper John #14-18, Black or Blue Lightning Bug #14-18, Super Sinker #16-18, Egg patterns in Orange, Pink, or Chartreuse

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