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Old 10-19-2002, 08:16 PM
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Deschutes steelhead MIA

Just got back from 10 days on the Deschutes (below Shears) and the steelheading was off. October has been prime time for the 20+ years I have been fishing the "D" but they seem to be missing in action right now. Clients have had to work really hard to produce a few grabs.

After taking a look at the YTD counts over the John Day dam and compared to the Dalles dam counts, it's looking pretty scarry. 12,358 hatchery and 8,494 wild fish = 20,852. Last word that I recieved about last years combined run for the Deschutes was over 80,000. Anyone have any more info regarding the missing fish?

On a side note, I have heard that the Klickitat is fishing pretty poorly right now. Hmmmmmmmmmm........

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Old 10-20-2002, 12:47 AM
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I hear ya Spey....just came back from the Klickitat...I fished from 7:00 - 1:00 and didnt get one grab. I also have been having a helluva time hooking fishin the "D"....its starting to get pretty depressing!! You are right, this should be prime time....but I'm starting to lose my motivatation.
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Old 10-20-2002, 12:57 AM
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Hi Dennis, we have been picking fish up above Maupin but you have to work for them. I agree with you as i have been watching the counts on the Dams and the fish seem to be moving straight through.
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Old 10-20-2002, 01:23 PM
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Do you guys think this has anything to do with the Deschutes running very warm in late Aug/early Sept? Perhaps because of the warm temps, alot of upriver Columbia fish just skipped the D and kept going. In normal years, many of these fish would stay in the D instead of running up the Columbia. Just a guess.....

I really hope its just an effect from our warm summer and not an indicator of something more major. Either way, it's really got me bummed

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i noticed the lack of fish between the Dalles and John Day also. does look like they passed the deschutes.however, fishing for me was only off somewhat; averaged 3.6moved per day vs4.8 the last couple of yrs.shld not let stories and stats stop you.you still have to go to find the true answer.
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Old 10-22-2002, 01:35 PM
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Hi Wiskey. I too have been having the best results above Maupin. Thank gawd for the HORSE or everyone would be there. Time to gear up to start chasin fall chinook. Not looking forward to casting 10 and 12 wt's all day long.

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Old 10-22-2002, 11:32 PM
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SpeyFly, how true, the HORSE keeps a lot of people off that section. Good luck with the Chinook, tight lines, brian
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