State of the Deschutes

    Our “Crown Jewel” of steelhead and trout rivers in Oregon, the DESCHUTES River is in trouble!  But… It is still fishing quite well.

A good many of us who fish realize that the river now faces some new challenges. From where I sit, river temperatures, declining insect populations, algae growth and wide spread “black spot” disease are a few of the most often discussed subjects. Many of the folks that we come into contact with feel that the mixing tower at Lake Billy Chinook is the reason for the decline of the rivers health. There seems to be plenty of science-based facts that indicate this conclusion. And if I seem a bit iffy, forgive me. I am not a scientist, biologist or any other “ist” that has the education to make educated conclusions. I DO believe these problems exist and, more importantly, need to be addressed. I have seen the evidence and there can be no doubt that the Deschutes River is changing, and not changing for the better.

    Rather than drag you, the reader, through the thought process of trying to convince you of the reasons behind the difficulties. Or urge you to support the groups working hard to affect these declining changes (and you should be helping to support these groups). I will instead offer the same advice I have offered seemingly forever.

You might want to head to the Deschutes and do some fishing. Trout?  Steelhead? Same answer to both questions. Fishing has been reliably solid! No, not red hot, but very consistent regardless of the media’s reporting.

Guides are telling us that this season has been very good for trout. Caddis hatches are still going strong. Fishing has been great, and it seems that no one is fishing. It’s no secret that this year’s steelhead return has been very low, but the catching has been fair. Recently, it has turned into a great time to fish for steelhead. There have been many reported multiple fish days of late. There might be fewer steelhead, but with fewer folks fishing, your odds are actually better. Regardless of the difficulties there is one constant thread that runs through this…. A good day fishing is still, a good day fishing.
Declining insects, algae growth and all these negative issues aside… The fishing has been quite good. The river needs help, yes. And now! But, you should head on over if you are looking to get a bit of fishing in.

John Jones

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Mt. Hood lakes Update

Fishing report for the MT Hood Lakes for July 2017.

Fishing has been spot on now that the weather is finally warming up and so are the fish. Lots of bugs hatching and the fish are very active. We have had some incredible catches of rainbow, brook, and brown trout over the last few weeks.  While most of the crowds are heading to the Deschutes this time of year, the lakes are beautiful destination loaded with both stocked and native trout.
Some techniques that have been fruitful can be stripping for trout with a sinking lake line and woolly booger. We have had great success with the olive, black, and dark brown buggers.
For the risers we have prevailed with Callibaetis, Ants, Purple Haze, and Woolly Buggers.

We Hope you all get a chance to get out on the local lakes very soon. Imagine catching lovely trout only an hour outside of Portland, it’s like a dream come true.

Tight lines all,

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Tying The Big Willie

We’re coming into spring, and along with that, Bass and Browns will have a big jump in metabolism after a long winter of not eating much. 

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Tying With Finn Raccoon

Using Finn Raccoon as a sub for marabou in very cold temps

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Tying Big Intruders

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Tying The Pinky Tuscadero

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Tying The Pom Skater

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New Employee

Meet Dutchess, Jason’s German Shepherd puppy. Dutchess will be in the shop most days Jason is here, swing by and say hi anytime

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East Side Update

Fall River:  There is a real issue here.  Since they stopped raising the stockers at the hatchery and are importing from Wizard Falls on the Metolius the fish seem to “disappear”.  Hatchery guys I talked to say they have recorded stockers at the mouth of the Deschutes within a week of introduction.  They is very little in the way of natives in Fall River any more.  Some say some Brookies and Browns up towards the headwaters, but I haven’t seen any.

Century Dive Lakes: Century Dive open to the gate just past Lava Lake turn off coming from the south.  All Crane and Wickiup launches are open.  Davis Lake is as full as I’ve seen it in a while.  One trip there had me blown off the water.  Best hit the lakes in the AM.  The wind has been coming up daily around 2:00 – 3:00.
North Twin still waiting for initial stocking after they Rotenoned it last fall to eliminate bull heads illegally introduced.  Hatchery guys told me they will re-stock with Oak Springs trout from the Deschutes hatchery.  South Twin should be good for stocked fish.

East and Paulina Lakes not open.  They are shooting for Memorial Day

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SIMMS Limited WQW G3’s In Stock Now

SIMMS G3 Guide Wader - WQW Limited Edition
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Tying Berry’s Fish Mover

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Fly Contest Voting

Here are the flies for you to vote on. Pick one in each category and shoot us an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or vote on facebook at Everyone who votes will be entered to win a custom Finn Utility Tube Fly Wallet and all the flies. Make sure to give is your name if you vote via email. We will draw the winner Jan. 10th 2016. Good Luck!






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Rigging Tube Flies

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Fall Steelheading in the PNW with Jason

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Tying Euro Scandi Style Flies For Steelhead

Atlantic Salmon flies have always worked well for our Steelhead. 99% of the flies we fish for summer runs are a variation of classic Atlantic Salmon hair wings to begin with. The Bigger Scandi style hair wing tubes are no exception. The cast like darts, much better than intruders, have awesome movement, get down very quickly, balance right, and look great. You can tie them as big or as small as you like, pick any color combo you like and make them as heavy or light as you like. You have unlimited options to dial in you fly exactly to your specs. 

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