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Gorge Fly Shop | River Reports
Well, finally a bit of moisture to spice things up.† Itís been tough fishing out there for fly anglers over the past couple of weeks, leaving many scratching their shivering heads in the cold, clear waters around The Gorge.† The Sandy, Clack and Hood all got a bump in levels and already, the reports are sprinkling in about bright steelhead eating flies on the Clackamas.† Not a huge bump, but just enough to get fish moving and zest up those dour attitudes.†
Trout fishing has been good on the Deschutes for the past couple of weeks. The recent bump in water put the fish off their game for a few days but things are stabilizing and the trout are getting happy again.
While the Deschutes has been giving up some decent Blue Wing Olive hatches over the past month, dry fly season really starts cooking with the arrival of March Browns. A fairly large mayfly, March Browns are hard to miss when the come off the water. Look for the hatch to get going around 11:00am. This time of the year the fish are typically relating to back eddies and softer water. However, with the Deschutes running at 6200 cfs, donít overlook riffles that would normally be to fast for this time of the year. Come to the river armed with March Brown parachutes, blue wing extended bodies and BWO emergers. Also, itís not uncommon to see a few Skwala stoneflies out there as well. Although this is not a major hatch, it pays to have a few in your box.
Prior to and after the hatch, try nymph fishing with fox tail squirrel nymphs (#14-#16), pheasant tails (#20-#22), Jimmy Rubber Legs (#6) and San Juan Worms.
The winter steelhead game has remained somewhat spotty. Some days the fishing has been great, other days you have to work for them. -Sounds like winter steelheading, right? We had a good flush of water last week that brought new fish into theHood,Sandy and Clackamas rivers. With a dry, warm weather forecasted for the week, the rivers will continue to drop. Sunshine in the winter is a blessing and a curse. The fish are less active when the sun is shining yet the warming of the water makes them more aggressive. Bottom line; focus your fishing efforts in the low light time periods and enjoy the sun and spring weather in the mid-day.
In this article by Tom Larimer, he discusses the how changing river conditions influence sink tip selection and fishing methods.†† Itís a great read and a must read for those anglers hoping to tailor their tactics to fit present conditions.† Presently, with the added bump in levels, we are now in a time of transition.† Levels have peaked and now are on a steady decline.† This is a great time for swing anglers, as fish will spread out more and travel a little higher in the water column to take a fly.† Moving through the week, the forecast is calling for more moisture with certain rivers expecting to rise a little, which is all quite dependant on freezing levels.† Although moisture is predicted, rivers are not expected to blow out.† So with a few small bumps here and there coupled with warmer temperatures, we should start to experience some better fishing.
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