I've fished it several times in August in years passed, and only fished it early morning, sometimes casting a wee bit in the dark, and then getting wet again in the evening. Mid day is a time to shade up, take a dip, read, catch a nap, have another beer, explore the shoreline, etc.
What is particularly alarming and insidious is that PGE/tribes could instantly release water from the lower level of the selective water withdrawl (tower of doom) at Pelton dam, and water temperatures would drop all the way to the mouth. Before the tower went in, the cooler temperatures of the Deschutes would attract many up-system fish, most notably the mighty Idaho B runs. Steelheading in the seventies and eighties was a great time. Now, with the dam managers releasing water in a nonproductive manner, ostensibly to enhance chinook (only a handful of returns) the river is dying. In this time when the state and Feds are talking about cool water refugia, this travesty should not continue. This past week saw 7 days of temperatures at Moody in excess of 68 degrees.
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