Salmon Fly Hatch ready to peak

Outfitters returning from their three and four day trips this past week reported good to excellent fishing on the lower Deschutes. Cooler than normal weather conditions have the Salmon flies and Golden Stones present but less active. Short bursts of heat get them going, and the fish immediatly recognize the activity,  looking up on the surface, gobling the big bugs. The river has been high, although currently it is below 5000 cubic feet per second (a slightly high but decent level) and should drop closer to 4500 by mid week coming. All indications are that the improving weather will make this week the so called “peak” for the famed Salmon Fly hatch on the Deschutes. Have the box full of Norm Woods #6-10, Clarks Stones #8-10, Barely Kicken Golden #10 and a carry a good selection of mayfly imitators as well. Green Drakes and Pale Morning Duns have been needed bugs for those selective feeders on the Deschutes. CD

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