So some things to keep in mind. Trout fishing on the west side is changing, most rivers over here close for trout fishing. So make sure to check the regs for the watershed you are planning to fish. Lots of people are still fishing the Metolius and the Deschutes, and it has been really good. Blue Winged Olive hatches have been prolific mid day and fish have been looking up.
I fished the Deschutes around Maupin for a couple of days this week and it rained the whole time I was out there. This is the time of year when our waders and rain coats really get put to the test. Those little leaks that were nice when it was hot are really annoying and detract from the fishing this time of year. This is the perfect time to repair or replace your waders and if you need some help with that we’ve got you covered.
The river was in great shape, and the fishing was spectacular. Tons of Big horn sheep and other critters around. Not much traffic on the road and as a bonus the road was being graded, so that made for a nicer drive. I fished pretty much every run that I wanted to. I started out fishing with a scandi Line and then switched to a sink tip. Like I said the fishing was pretty great, but unfortunately I didn’t stumble across any fish. This season has definitely been like searching for a needle in a haystack and you're surrounded by haystacks. That being said get outside and go fishing because you aren’t going to catch one sitting on the couch.
While I was down there I fished the new G. Loomis Asquith 12’9” 6wt. I am a Loomis fan and I have helped develop a number of their rods and I even used to work for them. When I departed from Loomis a couple of years ago this was a line of rods that we were beginning to develop. These rods are pretty unique in their construction, they are extremely light and very nice to cast. If you want to know more about it call the shop or drop by, I love to talk about rods.
I have talked with a lot of guys fishing both the Grande Ronde and the John Day the past couple of weeks. The fishing is slower as we all know but the fish that are around are big and scrappy. Don’t expect to catch a ton of fish and be ready to put in some time, but the fish are quality. This summer steelhead season has been tough and will definitely test your conviction to hunting for those Unicorns.
I am still fishing the east side for steelhead but will be switching gears over the next 30 days to focus on winter steelhead. I have heard from a pretty credible source that a couple of early winter steelhead were caught on an undisclosed Columbia river tributary earlier this week. If river levels stay up, and it continues to rain, hopefully, we will have a good early season.