DESCHUTES RIVER TROUT OPENER 2019

Monday April 22nd! The lower Deschutes River is arguably one of the best trout streams in the west. Trout per river mile is around 1500. Rainbow trout, “redsides,” are available year-round between the Northern Warm Springs Indian Reservation and the Mouth of the Deschutes. The open section has very robust numbers of…

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Deschutes Trout Fishing Playbook (republished)

The crown jewel of Oregon is arguably the Deschutes River. Earning Federal Wild and Scenic designation in 1988 the Deschutes is managed for recreation and continues to gain in popularity. The tailwater fishery is 100 miles long and runs north through an arid desert canyon until it meets the mighty…

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European Style Nymphing (ESN), Why?

Why nymph fish at all? The truth is the overwhelming majority of trout feeding behavior happens below the water’s surface. In fact most feeding activity happens around twelve inches off the river bottom. The answer is to catch fish when they are not feeding on the surface, ie, most of…

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Deschutes Trout Spey

Why Deschutes Trout Spey? Did you know sculpins are a disproportionate part of the Deschutes Redside’s diet.  In fact at times sculpin, or cotus, make up most of a trouts diet.  We have long thought redisdes to be bug eaters, and they are but sculpins and crayfish are key to sustainable growth and…

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