Reports from Maupin have the annual Salmon Fly Hatch on the Deschutes beginning to move it’s way up river. Fishing both adult Salmon and Golden Stone patterns worked this weekend near Maupin. If you are headed to the Deschutes make sure to have a variety of adult Golden Stone patterns and Salmon Fly patterns. Nymphing will produce as well, Tungsten Trout Retrievers, Beldars Double Bead Stone, Carnazzo’s Stepping Gold Stone and Moab Stone will help get a dropper fly to the bottom in fast water. Drop a smaller nymph 12-18″ off one of the Stone nymphs. Patterns like Copper Johns, Possie Buggers and Prince Nymphs in sizes 14-18.
Below you will fine some of this years adult stonefly patterns. So far the Norm Woods is the leading fish getter according to early reports from the Deschutes.–CD