Been awhile since the last update. We have been on the river for a few weeks now and away from the computer when at home. To make things more difficult, my camera took a swim and failed recover.
On a brighter note, fishing has been great. Steelhead have been very reactive to both traditional swing flies and dry-flies. Skating bugs has brought many fish to the surface and has proven as effective at catching fish as anything else. Sink tips are also finding fish throughout the day. While dam counts in the Columbia River remain lower than average, the Deschutes has been producing many high quality wild fish. In our opinion, catching one native steelhead can be more rewarding than multiple hatchery clones.
October is a classic time to fish for summer steelhead. We have dates available for Deschutes floats and weekend days open for North Umpqua trips. Crowds will begin to disperse soon and more fish will continue to pull into favorite spots.