Lower Deschutes Update

Lower Deschutes Update

Although the boat ramps are still closed until the 20th of May, that hasn’t stopped anglers from prowling the banks in search of that coveted Salmonfly dry-fly action. The big bugs have been out and about the last few days and fish are holding in those typical spots along the rip-rap banks, under over-hanging trees, and against the tall grasses. With the upcoming weather forecast, anticipate the Salmonflies to hunker down a bit but that doesn’t mean that Redbands won’t be interested in a big meal up top. If they aren’t looking up, there’s nothing wrong with trying a weighted nymph or dry-dropper set up. Stonefly nymphs like the Lex’s Improved or Jimmy Legs are go-to’s this time of year as well as mayfly nymphs like the Copper John, Prince, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear, or Flashback PT. Don’t be surprised if a mayfly hatch comes off with this grey and rainy weather around midday. It’s not uncommon to see fish rising for a BWO or PMD this time of year even with the Salmonflies around. A size #16 Parachute Adams and #18 Sparkle Dunn should be in the box just in case the mayflies pop!
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