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09-12-2009 10:45 PM
Eric I think I'm going to be on the river next Friday, if a Snagglefamily (never mind) raft-cum-steelhead trip works out. Hopefully it will cool off a bit and the White River Glacier will cease spewing its guts. BTW: the upper river (Warm Springs to Maupin) will be RED HOT for steelhead in mid-Sept (now) through the end of October. One tricky rapid and drifts very few between are all that keep people from 10 Steely days. A sure shot would be a walk-in at South Junction. A long, lovely drift beside the islands there, and usually good steelheading.


09-12-2009 09:43 PM
OC Thanks Eric, I think you have it totally right. I will try and use the word streamborn also. Is this streamborn being used in other places and by organizations like the WSC. I've been away for awhile so I'm trying to catch up.

And Moonlight can't figure out where to Buzzzz to. I'd say if you are going to go way North now before the pacific low pressures really start to come Eastward. They are out there but are staying very high way up in Alaska on the most part for now. You are always welcome to use our home, barn, or log cabin as a base or our power and water if you bring your trailer down this way. It's about 50 minute drive to the river and that is with a stop to buy a cup of coffee.

Went by the river this afternoon and it was running a very very green color. Temps are very warm at and around 90 west of Cascades so Mt Hood Glaciers barfing big time for now.
09-11-2009 08:27 PM
Ready to run.....

Only problem is, choices, lots of em! I am once again reminded of a line that Lefty dropped on me several many years ago about being surrounded by dozens of rising fish "I feel like a mosquiito in a Nudist Camp, I just don't know where to start.
09-11-2009 06:56 PM
Eric Hey, OC,

That would be great.

I'm starting to use the term "streamborn" to describe fish with high, clean dorsals and a complete adipose fin. "Native" seems a bit of a stretch, since Deschutes fish have had decades of interbreeding with hatchery fish and all fish in the system are most likely a genetic stew. "Wild" is OK, I guess. But I prefer streamborn. Maybe the Kauffman's will cut me a deal


09-11-2009 05:41 PM
juro I am champing at the bit!!!
09-11-2009 12:12 PM
OC Eric, sounds like it was a great family adventure. I'm amazed what a fly way the Deschutes River is as flocks of geese and ducks use the south to north dirrection of the river in their migration route. All morning the honking of geese in tight formation was a sight to see as they headed south.
The fish that were not clipped are they all wild fish or could some of them be hatchery fish maybe from a Native American hatchery where they might not be clipped?
Hope to meet you one of these days maybe when Juro gets his but on a plane and heads out to fish.
09-10-2009 11:13 PM
Eric Hey, Gang,

My ex-pat German daughter and her husband were here and demanded a Deschutes trip. My other daughter signed on, and we put in at Buckhollow and blasted on down: one oar boat (me and the wife and eight tons of gear) and one paddle raft (the "kids" median age 35 and all earning more than the national debt plus lots of vacation time besides).

Camped first night at lower Dyke (no, not the nature of a former girlfriend, although, actually, it could be). Raised five steelhead within the first hour, landed but three: two hatchery, one streamborn. Next morning, fishing same water (which had risen about three inches overnight, hooked only one streamborn fishl, and a darkening one at that. Floated down to Lockit, camping at the girls' favorite campsite from thirty of their years on the river. The drift at the campsite is notorious. Many, many of my friends and myself have caught their first-ever Deschutes steelhead in this drift. I caught a streamborn above, caught nothing in the usually reliable water below.

Same thing next morning. ??????

OK: water's up; fish are moving. In between pulses of fish. Luck the first night. Same Old Same Old for the rest of the trip.

Anyway, the first night blew my mind. Thought it was going to be too easy. Slammed back quickly to earth.

Just for fun: favorite fly for this time of year? Thunder and Lightning hair-wing. Looks enough like an October Caddis that fish respond. Also hooked or raised fish on an orange-butted Ackroyd and an October Spey.


09-10-2009 02:39 PM
OC Fished this morning before first light. Deschutes running clear at least through today, tomorrow may be green again as weather in Portland is going to be 85. Loads of fresh fish were rolling in 1st 1.5 miles of river until about 0700. After that did not see any fish movement. Broke off nice fish on about third cast, fishing on top. A bit later had a fish nose a waker but it never came back for more. Only fished two hours but some have been saying that when sun comes up over hills and hits the river fishing has been good for about 1/2 hour or so before fish sit tight. Gear guys on other side were doing well with spinners. If fishing a sinktip in summer turns you on you might do real well.
09-10-2009 05:15 AM
juro Sounds like things will be best in September this year unless things dry up. Hmm.... my plans may have to change.
09-09-2009 12:07 PM
KerryS Well it has started. One day of 10,000 plus over lower granite and several with 4 to 6 thousand steelhead. Seems they are arriving early also. My trip to the Ronde in a few weeks could be very productive. I hate to complain but I sure hope the angler counts don't rise with the steelhead counts. It already seems crowded at the Ronde. I will need to put on my happy face when some guide has his clients running spoons with a fly rod in the middle of my water from his drift boat. Gee, hope you catch something and now get the hell away from me. Whoops, excuse me, did I cast over you line?
09-05-2009 01:01 PM
Eric Wonderful pics, Dave. Many thanks!

09-05-2009 12:27 PM
Dave17 Got off the water thursday morning.... reports came in that everything started clicking by thursday evening. A couple of guys said the action below Mack's was "silly" thursday night and saturday morning.
09-05-2009 10:19 AM
OC 8 to 10 thousand a day over the Dalles. Weather a bit rainy and cool this holiday weekend which means glacier melt on Hood will have slowed down. This following week could be good.
09-03-2009 11:08 PM
juro Cool.

Hey have all those tens of thousands of fish that passed thru Bonneville made it thru the Dalles yet?
09-03-2009 08:54 PM
Dave17 Thought anyone who has ever fished the Deschutes would enjoy these.....
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