Fly Fishing Deschutes River Steelhead

Deschutes River Steelhead Season

Steelhead season is here and going strong. For late August there are a good number of fish in the river, and the good news is bulk of the steelhead are still on their way. With the nights cooling down water temps are dropping which should start bringing in more and more fish into the Deschutes. We have been catching the occasional steelhead up river but you will wan’t to focus your efforts on the lower stretches of the Deschutes. Down river of Maupin is still the best bet. 

If you are still in need of a trout fix this is a great time to hit the Deschutes. Most of the people fishing the Deschutes have switched gears and are now fishing for steelhead. So if you prefer trout you should have the bulk of the spots all to yourself. The trout have seen a lot of different fly patterns by this time of yearso this is a good time to be fishing attractor patterns. You will also want to have some bigger caddis dry flies and nymphs with you. The October Caddis should start to show up in anytime. Back eddies and riffles is where you want to spend most of your time.

Hello Deschutes River Steelhead

It was a fun ride while it lasted on the Owyhee this summer. The hoppers seemed to come and go a bit faster than normal. This is probably do to the long hot, dry summer we've had. With that being said the browns still knew what they were and were definitely on the hunt for them. Even with hatches coming to an end quicker than normal the quality of the fish were the best I've seen in my 14 years fishing the Owyhee.

Now it's time to get serious and head back to the Deschutes full time and target steelhead. The number of steelhead have been slowly creeping up the past few weeks and with not to many people  fishing for them should make for a good fall.

Skating Flies for Deschutes River Steelhead

Dry fly fishing isn't just for trout. When the water conditions are right and fish are grabby you can fish dry flies aka skaters for steelhead. With one exception of a week ago we have had a lot of both this season. And to make things better we've had the river pretty much to ourselves this fall. This skater fish was taken at camp just three days ago. The Deschutes steelhead season is winding down so if you have hit the river yet better do it soon.

October Steelhead Fly Fishing-Deschutes River

In the past week there has been a good slug of fresh shiny steelhead that has shot up on the Deschutes. Hopefully this is a good sign of whats to come. According to the weatherman, temperatures are going to cool down starting next week and there’s even a slight chance of rain. This should drop water temps on the Deschutes and drag more steelhead into the river.

Don’t Forget Redside Trout

If trout is more your game there's still time. There is still plenty of them around. With a few exceptions, the trout fishing this season has been some of the most consistent fishing we've had in a few years. Our caddis and mayfly hatches will continue right on through the middle of October.