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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-20-2015, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Just got back from a week on the mighty D 10/11/15-10/17/15

All I can say is that river is a stingy, finicky river. The 7 of us fished that river hard and came out with two fish. One caught on the first day and one caught on the last day.

When we got there the White was dumping it's sludge into the main and it made the river almost impossible to fish but each day got a little clearer. Even though the river was in great shape a couple days before we left the fish just seemed to have lock jaw. We fished small, medium and large flies. Classics, HW's, Intruders nothing moved the fish at all.

When we left the river was in perfect condition and rain was coming and I hope that the fish turned back on for all to enjoy.

We had a great time even without fish. It is truly a very special river to fish and I'm glad that I had my shot. I will be back to try my luck and look forward to my first steelhead.

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Don't feel too bad. Even above the White the river is stingy - but better than below right now.
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I've experienced slow fishing in October as well. Two things can impact the fishing this time of year. First, when they shut off the irrigation water, the river typically comes up. My understanding is that the hydrograph has moved in different directions this year, but changes can put the fish off. The second thing is that salmon can push the steelhead out of their normal holding spots, so they may be in different places.

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So is November a better time to hit the river?
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Some of the experienced guides on the river told me this is the worst year since 1992.
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So is November a better time to hit the river?
I doubt it, though it all depends. Mid-Sept. to early Oct. have always been best for me, though I've had banner days mid-Oct. But the further I get into October, and November, the easier it is to have a fishless days. I was at the mouth on the 17th, clear water, overcast skies, and no one could buy a fish that I could see.

But 6 days, seven rods and 2 fish is a very bad piece of luck, no question.
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I have had good luck into early December but it has always been upriver of Maupin.

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This is tipically the best time of year to fish the river. However I think the Hazles were saying that the white has been blown out more than 50% of the time since august. Usually it has well cleared by now, the alternatives are fishing above the white, but you have to battle the crowds. But thats steelheading, some days will be epic, some will be average and some will be bust.
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it can be that way and it can be lights out (and everything in-between)in Oct. Have fished it all three. My favorite river when I can get out swinging for steelhead. Cheers, Chris
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Same luck

I was up there from the 9-12th and it was tough going for us as well. The lower river was toast with only a few inches of visibility and we didn't fare any better on the upper. Don't really think timing was the problem. Last year at the same time everyone in my group pulled at least one fish and had multiple takes. Just the way it goes sometimes. Talked to fish and game and she said that things hadn't been too hot for anyone.
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All I can say is that it was nice to be there for the first time and by no means put me off on this beautiful river.

Another time.

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The past week in the Maupin area was very crowded. While driving down the road, I did see one fish landed on a nymph and thingy bobber.

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/uv...cd=00065,00060

The increase in flows usually starts Oct. 15 for a couple days. This year it started early and the levels have been in flux, as can be seen in the above link.

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I'm sorry your trip was less than you hoped in the fish catching department. It's been a tough few years on the lower Deschutes. It's my local steelhead river and I haven't fished it in August or September for a couple years because of the off color flows caused by the White River. This year has been even worse with muddy flows continuing well into October. Until we get a few winters with good snowpack to build the White Glacier back up a little I think this is just going to continue and perhaps get worse.

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On the river Main to Mouth October 13-14. Friend lost one, nothing fir me. No grab, pull, tug, or nip. Tons of Bighorn Sheep though😀

Came off the river and saw it climbed about 500 cfs. during the trip...fish don't like that.

You were not alone.

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I'm sorry your trip was less than you hoped in the fish catching department. It's been a tough few years on the lower Deschutes. It's my local steelhead river and I haven't fished it in August or September for a couple years because of the off color flows caused by the White River. This year has been even worse with muddy flows continuing well into October. Until we get a few winters with good snowpack to build the White Glacier back up a little I think this is just going to continue and perhaps get worse.

I was there in mid September (my first time) and the water was very cloudy then too, with similar fishing issues. I was wondering at the time if it was the very warm weather that was causing the temperature high up on hood to melt more of the glacier. But what you are saying seems to imply that it is not THAT the glacier is melting in the warm season, but that it is more about the part of the glacier that is melting being further into the "core" and more dirty. Am I understanding that right? That makes a bit more sense to me, especially as the clouding has been going on and on. Probably got dirt in the white going back to the last ice age. Woolly mammoth micro-particles.

Down here in California we are of course having an epic drought - sierra snowpack at %7 of normal - worst prior recorded terrible drought year was %25! We are dreaming of cloudy runoffs right now, and are actually hoping that we get really bitch slapped by El Nino this winter. Never though I would feel that way where I live. In the late spring driving into Oregon from dried-as-straw California it seemed like a sudden green oasis of moisture by comparison. But sounds like you have been having your own issues up there too.
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