Deschutes Salmonfly Hatch Update
This year's salmonfly hatch began near the mouth of the Lower Deschutes late April. By mid May trout were keying into adult salmonflies as far up as Whitehorse Rapids! This is about ten to fourteen days earlier than most years.
Our first four day float was amazing. Few boats on the water, and almost no fishing pressure between Trout Creek and Maupin. The cooler weather has kept most of the big bugs in the grass and trees, and out of the water. Trout have been totally keyed in with few naturals drifting down river.
Fishing with dry stoneflies is good from Warm Springs all the way to Maupin, although trout have also been keying into PMD's and other small bugs.
Trout fishing should stay hot through July as caddis begin to dance over the sagebrush.