It only takes a few hours sitting in an airport to make us miss being up in Alaska. Returning to the Deschutes salmonfly season is something to get excited about, however, it’s tough to leave a place like the Prince of Wales. The season was full of awesome memories and we would like to thank everyone that came along with us.
Fishing this season was different in many ways from the last few years. We never saw large pods of fish that we usually encounter in the peak of the season. Rather, the fresh fish were spread out over the entire month. You might find a chrome steelhead or two everyday but rarely more than one to a pool. Water levels seemed to be either very low or sometimes borderline-fishably high. For instance, the first week we guided, we were stuck to one river. The following week, we had to wait to find places to fish due to flooding. In the end, it was a great time and we wouldn’t have asked for anything to be different. As always, we are looking forward to next season!
Salmonfly and caddis season are the next venues. The big bugs are crawling around the banks on the Deschutes as I write this post. Should provide for some action over the next few weeks, especially if some cooler weather can prolong the hatch. Caddis season will be close on the heals of the salmonflies. Little bugs in big swarms. Smaller tippet and stealthier approaches.
Summer steelhead action isn’t too far away either. The early fish on the North Umpqua and Deschutes are tough to find. Consider yourself blessed to hook one because they are some of the hottest fish of the season. I’ll start guiding the North Umpqua in late June or early July. As for the Deschutes, we look to begin trips in August on the lowest stretch if water temps are favorable. Give us a call if either these or the caddis hatch sound interesting.