Fishing Bamboo on the Middle Deschutes River

I got out on the Middle Deschutes River about 30 minutes from my house yesterday with my good friend, Jonathan Walter, from Denver. What a beautiful day on the river. I set Jonathan up with one of my medium fast action 7′ 6″ 5 wt bamboo rods and I took out my 9′ 0″ 4 wt bamboo EuroNymphing rods. We had a great time tempting the feisty browns and rainbows…Jonathan did well swinging wet flies through the riffles and I picked up quite a few fish on a yellow sally nymph in the faster water. Here are a couple photos of our afternoon.

A beautiful sunny afternoon on the river for Jonathan and me.
Here is Jonathan swing wet flies through a beautiful riffle.
A nice little brown that took my nymph.
A colorful rainbow.

More on Dave Hughes’ Wet Fly Techniques

I’ve been reading Dave Hughes’ book “Wet Flies” recently, and it’s caused me to think a lot more about how I fly fish.  On a brief outing to the Middle Deschutes River last week, I took my 8′  0″  5 wt slow action rod to swing some of Dave’s recommended patterns for the local browns.  The “Silver Invicta” in a size 14 proved to be a great fly to swing through shallower riffles, and it brought many feisty browns in the 7″ to 12″ range to the net.  I think I’ll be using Dave’s wet fly techniques a lot more in my fishing outings, especially on smaller water.  Check it out:

Wet Flies by Dave Hughes

The Silver Invicta

The browns in the middle Deschutes River couldn’t resist a swung fly.

 

Yesterday on the Middle Deschutes River

Mary Ann and I made it out to the Middle Deschutes River yesterday for a couple of hours to try our luck.  The water levels have been quite high but they are starting to drop…yesterday was high, but fishable.  Water clarity was good, but boy, the water temperature was very cold.  We both tried EuroNymphing techniques to tempt the fish.  Not much was hatching but we managed to pick up a few smaller browns on nymphs.

The two anglers!

A feisty brown that I picked up drifting a nymph.

A beautifully colored brown that Mary Ann got on a #16 red snowcone.

Salmon Flies and Browns on the Middle Deschutes River.

I’ve been hearing a lot of reports for the past two weeks of salmon flies on the Middle Deschutes River here in Central Oregon so I was finally able to get out today for a few hours.  I took my 7′  6″  5 wt Freestone Series bamboo fly rod.  Fish were quite hungry for both nymphs and dry flies, and I picked up several…the rainbows were between 10″ and 15″ and the browns were between 12″ and 18″.  The river is relatively small where I fished so the 7′  6″ medium fast action rod was perfect.  Here are a few photos of my afternoon.

Middle Deschutes River Salmon Fly.

Middle Deschutes River Salmon Fly.

#8 Orange Bodied Stimulator.

#8 Orange Bodied Stimulator.

 

Nice Middle Deschutes River Brown that took a #8 Black Girdlebug.

Nice Middle Deschutes River Brown that took a #8 Black Girdlebug.

A beautiful Middle Deschutes River Brown that took a #8 Gold Bodied Stimulator.

A beautiful Middle Deschutes River Brown that took a #8 Orange Bodied Stimulator.

 

The Middle Deschutes River Yesterday Evening

It’s not always about big fish.  Mary Ann and I hit the Middle Deschutes below Bend yesterday evening for a couple of hours for some dry fly fishing with our bamboo rods.  She chose a 7′  0″  4 wt rod and I used my 8′  0″  5 wt slow action rod.  Blue Winged Olives, March Browns, Small Caddis, and a few Golden Stoneflies were out.  While we didn’t get into any large fish, we had a great time throwing dries for smaller rainbows and browns.  When you have a great fishery like this less than 30 minutes from the house, it’s so great to just get out for a couple of hours in the evening.  Here are few photos of our time on the river:

Mary Ann stalking rising trout on the Middle Deschutes River.

Mary Ann stalking rising trout on the Middle Deschutes River.

A nice Brown Trout that took a March Brown dry fly.

A nice Brown Trout that took a March Brown dry fly for Mary Ann.

A smaller Brown Trout that I picked up yesterday evening.

A smaller Brown Trout that I picked up yesterday evening.