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Deschutes River Fly Fishing Report

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Cory Godell reports on 6.14.18

End of one season start of another

The Salmonflies have come and gone. The number of anglers will begin to disperse into the flux of other summer activities. This means the Lower Deschutes River becomes quieter and the trout await more feasting opportunities. This time of year we begin to transition. Caddis become the main target and provide the angler with more excellent opportunities at catching these robust redsides. June and July are hot sunny days in the canyon. Wet wading becomes an option. The magic hour of the sun setting in the canyon is special and trout fishing can be spectacular. Both Multi-day and single day guided trips on the Lower Deschutes are offered. The camp stretch allows the angler 30 miles of the river while having an outfitted camp to look forward to at the end of the day. Single day trips from Warm Springs to Trout Creek is another great option for the angler. 

The John Day River really starts to fish well for Smallmouth Bass. Water temperatures and flows are perfect for productive topwater bass fishing. Smallmouth bass are eager predators willing to pounce on any given opportunity. We love to fish topwater poppers or small streamer imititations. The John Day River is very unique. No dams, no trains, no cars, the river is quiet and scenic. John Day River trips are well worth checking out if you haven’t already. 

Owhyee River brown trout and summer steelhead are not far off! 

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