Salmon fly action is full swing on the Deschutes here at the May 20th marker. Both golden stones and black stones from Maupin,OR to Warm Springs area farther north the big bugs are out in good numbers. Our recent trips are starting to show waning numbers of the big bugs in the Maupin area. Other Deschutes River hatches are making a showing at the same time and we are seeing trout feed on caddis, PMD’s, PMD spinner fall, and PED’s.
Water levels are very nice for fishing this time of year and are relatively low. Oregon’s snow pack in this region is billed to be about normal. Water clarity is good and the weather has been fairly nice with some great days in the mid-80’s. We have not seen the super hot 90+ degree weather that really gets the egg laying action of the salmon flies in crazy mode. Just a nice spattering of egg laying on the warmer days. In addition the killer to the dry fly action – cool wet days have mostly missed this season so far.