As the weather continues to warm and spring transitions to summer, we are seeing changes in bug activity on the Lower Deschutes. We are on the tail end of the Salmonfly hatch, and it is time to begin focusing on some of the smaller mayfly and caddis hatches that become more prevalent this time of year. There are still a few Salmonflies in the Warm Springs area and fair numbers of Golden Stones are still bringing fish to the surface. Make sure to have a large Stonefly dry over the coming days, particularly when fishing the upper stretches of the lower river. Keep in mind that this may not be the most productive way to fish, and know that nymphing and keeping an eye on other hatches could lead to greater opportunities to catch fish consistently. Nymphing has been good, with the usual stonefly, mayfly, and caddis pupa patterns producing fish consistently. We are also seeing increasing numbers of PMDs and PEDs on the water, and fish have been keying in on the emergers and adults in low light conditions. There are also some Green Drakes around, and an overcast or rainy day may provide an excellent opportunity to find fish consistently gulping size 10-12 mayflies. There are plenty of caddis flying around on most days, look for the hatch to become more prevalent and for the fish to key in on them in coming weeks.
Suggested Dries: Golden Chubby Chernobyl #8-12, Clark’s Stone #10-12, Parachute PMD #14-18, Tilt Wing PMD #14-18, Parachute Adams #14-18, Purple Haze #14-18
Suggested Nymphs: Black or Brown Jimmy Legs #8-12, Tung Jighead Hare’s Ear #14-16, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, CDC Pheasant Tail #14-18, Red or Black Two Bit Hooker #16-18, Black Lightning Bug #14-18, Juju Baetis #16-20