NEW WINTER HOURS
Starting on November 1, our winter hours are changing.
Since the Deschutes River closes on November 1 for all swing fishing targeting anadromous fish (salmon and steelhead), we will be opening at 9:00 AM instead of 8:00 AM and we will be CLOSED on SUNDAY.
Trout fishing at this time of year doesn't really pick up until about 10-11 AM, so the early bird mantra just doesn't apply. Roll into town at your leisure, we will be open for you at 9:00 AM and will stay open until 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday.
Trout fishing in the late morning to dark has been quite good lately. Changing up the bead colors on your beadhead nymphs from silver, to copper, to pink, to gold, to orange, etc, is a good strategy for discovering what the trout are eating on any given day.
We have had strong blue winged olive hatches on overcast and rainy days, a trend which should continue through the remainder of the fall and into winter. If you are ready to tie on a dry fly between about noon and 2 PM, be sure to use fine tippet like 5.5X or 6X diameter tippet.
If you want to use a trout Spey rod and explore the depths for meat-eating trout, I recommend sculpin patterns, leech patterns, or crayfish patterns.
The days are getting shorter now, but the river is in great shape, the trout are happy, and any time on the river is a good time.
Amy Hazel and the crew at Deschutes Angler