We started out Deschutes season on may 16th with a group that has been going with us for 10 years, As most probably know that all of Oregon rivers are high, due to the excessive rain and an amazing snow pack.
Our first trip the Deschutes was running at 6500 cfs (we like it around 4500), water temperature 53, the stone flies were out from Trout Creek down. The first trip was mediocre, the fish were not quite turned on to the dry flies yet, however nymphing with large stones was good. The closer we got to Maupin the better the dry-fly bite became.
On trip 2, the hatch was as strong as it gets, with both golden stones and salmon flies. The fish were turned on to the dry fly from Trout Creek down. It’s amazing what 3 days make in the hatches. We missed 3 days last week but back on the water here soon.
With the Deschutes River Levels off the charts, fishing may not be as good as we have seen in years past. Yet high water has not effected the bug hatches so with the sun and some moderate water levels fishing the deschutes in 2011 could become good as ever. At this point we leave the season in the hands of our Oregon weather gods.