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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-30-2019, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Deschutes Report

Spent the day yesterday on a cold, drizzly Deschutes--42 degrees in the morning, overcast and very light drizzle here and there throughout the day. Little or no wind. So, perfect conditions.

Went 0 for 3. In two cases, it was partly due to the fact that I was fishing in a notoriously bad place to land fish. A 100-yard-long run, but it starts 30 yards from the bank, with a boulder & rock garden in between for the length of the run. Without a 2nd person to lend a hand, it's nearly impossible--for me, at least--to land a fish except by coaxing it through the shallow sections of water to the bank. So, you've got a steelhead on in tough current, and then trying to stumble back towards the bank through two and a half feet of water and gd%# snot covered rocks. I've landed maybe 50% over the years, broken a rod, badly bruised both shins, and put a hole in a pair of waders. Oh, and the fish tend to be big in this run this time of year. The first one yesterday came within thirty yards of spooling me.

A blast nevertheless, and given the state of the run these days, if they were wild fish, I'm glad they got off early.

Two observations. Two of the three hookups came with little more than the leader out. Note to self: Assume fish are at your feet.

Second: the Winston 7133 is great with a 500 gn line, but with the Ballistic Vector 440 gn, it is the cat's meow.
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I was there this past weekend as well. Landed two. My first PNW steelhead ever. Both on a black and pink steelhead spider that I tied in the past couple of weeks.

It truly is a majestic place down there.
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First I heard of this Mike, congratulations! Must have been the stars as I got one on Saturday myself.
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"gd%# snot covered rocks"

Good God man, you're lucky to have gotten out alive!

I've played that game myself, numerous times, and have thought that very same thought!

Sounds like you had a good trip though!
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I fished the hell out of the river from Falls down hooked one, also caught two red sides

Speaking with lots in town of maupin and the fish counter there are less than 3 a week being caught

Waste of time

Earlier in the season I was landing two a trip to the river but near the mouth

Headed south in this evening see what is happening somewhere fish are actually managed sucessfully


Might as well skate when on the D same catch chances
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October Caddis have been active for the last two weeks or so...here's from 9/21 taken on an October Caddis Curbfeeler. The White River has been problematic in dratically reducing the visibility some days ...however, with this cold weather its been better. Its forecasted to warm up again (relatively) but hopefully the nights stay cold enough up on the mountain to keep the White's flow at bay.

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I didn't see any October caddis yesterday, though the acrobatic swallows were in full form all day long. I assume mayflies were on the menu. Yes, visibility was close to perfect all day. A family of five otters was having a blast wrecking all my runs, but it's hard to begrudge them much, hilarious as they are.

Speaking of October caddis, I was rotating flies yesterday and ended up getting takes on orange herons. Probably a coincidence.

Flytie09--glad the Deschutes treated you well; I've got to get over to the Holston some day; spent some time in Nashville when I was younger, but wasn't flyfishing then.
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I had planned to be down there for 20 days right at this time but chickened out due to the reporting I received. I figured I could fish where they were scarce without leaving AK so I'm still here. Catching a few so I'm OK

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Last week we had mixed results. One day was almost like the good old days. A couple very windy nights made me think I'll take a tent here on out.

Ard, if you're catch per unit effort is low, then why not think about trading all those trees (which obscure the view!) for some breathtaking desert canyon views?
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I fished it about 4 weeks ago below the White with water vis at at about a foot to a foot and a half. Had a great day just hitting spots, I went 2 for 2. Only one wanted it’s pic taken.

Can’t wait to get back
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