Fishing Highlights Around the State

The Deschutes River near Maupin is experiencing it’s annual Summer Steelhead run and fishing has been pretty good. The White River is puking out quite a bit of color on hot days but fish are still being caught. The Deschutes is your best bet in the state for Summer Steelhead.

East Lake continues to be very good with Callibaetis, Damsel Nymphs and sparsely tied leeches and buggers. Evening temps in the Cascades have been pretty cool of late. We may experience an early fall this year and lakes like Crane Prairie and East are fishing really well now.

The Middle Fork of the Willamette River near Oakridge continues to produce good trout fishing. Not much has changed in terms of successful patterns since our last report: http://oregonflyfishingblog.com/2015/07/26/middle-fork-of-the-willamette-gets-a-refresher/

The main-stem of the Umpqua is fishing really well for smallmouth bass between Umpqua and Elkton. The water is extremely low and a pontoon boat or raft is a great bet for a float. You don’t need to float a large section of river to find success with Thin Mints, small clousers and rubber legged nymphs.

The McKenzie River above Leaburg Dam is fishing well for trout despite minimal hatches. Small Caddis patterns and hopper dropper rigs have been the best methods of late.

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