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Lakes & Reservoirs 7/19/2017
DAVIS LAKE: With the warmer water temps, Bass are starting to hit the top water stuff. FLIES: Joom Diver Yellow, Joom Diver Black, Diver Frog. Larger streamers on sink-tips. OTHER FLY CHOICES: Joe Dirt 4/0, Diving Shiner (Gold & Silver), Beldar Lemon Drop, Lady Gaga Rainbow, Hopscotch Sculpin Black, Sweeney Todd Chartreuse, Eric’s Jealousy Bighorn.
CRANE PRAIRIE RESERVOIR: Water is around 74 and Damsels are moving. Lots of Midges and Callibaetis are still showing up with a few fish eating on top water. FLIES: Fred’s Bead Head U.V. Callibaetis, Juju Chironomid Zebra, Olive & Purple Chirona-phezz, Frostbite Pupa, Rick’s Vid Midge Olive, Epoxy-back Caillbaetis, Fred’s Callibaetis, Squirrel Leech Olive, Pumpkin Head Leech, Damsel Nymphs, Bottom Walker Dragon Fly Nymphs.
EAST LAKE: Look for fish to be in about 15′ of water along the Eastern shoreline. Callibaetis are showing in strong numbers. Depths under 15 ft. and indicator fishing will work the best! Streamers continue to be very effective for the BIG BROWNS FLIES: Snow Cones (Black), Double Scoops, Ricks VID Midge, Chromes, Chronaphezz, Rust, Olive or Black TSW, Mini Leech Green, Belly Minnow, Beldar Olive.
HOSMER LAKE: The Lower Lake and the Channel are best, all along the weeds. Chironomids, Scuds, and Leeches will be most productive throughout the afternoon and into evening. FLIES: Chromies, Snow Cones #14-18 , Olive or Purple Chironaphezz, Zebra Midge #18 & 20, Hatching Midges, Mayhem Midge, Juju Midge Zebra, Olive/Pink Scuds, TSW’s Rust, Olive, or Black, Belly Minnow, Pumpkin Head Leech, Mini Leech Olive.
LAVA LAKE: Fish will be concentrated along Western or Northern shorelines. Indicator fishing can be most productive. Callibaetis are here! FLIES: Fred’s U.V. Callibaetis, Timberline Emergers, Feather Duster Callibaetis, Snow Cones #12-14 Black/Silver, Chromies, Ricks VID Midge, Twin Lakes Special, Black Bead Mini Leech in Olive , T.S.W. Olive with Red Bead, T.S.W. Black with Gold Bead, Squirrel Leech Olive.
NORTH & SOUTH TWIN LAKES: These lakes welcome fly fishermen, as well as families looking to fish with bait and gear with the kids! Chironomids & Leeches around the edges. FLIES: Wooly Bugger, TSW, Black and Olive, Dragon Nymphs, Chromie Halo Red, Chronophezz (Black & Purple), Yankee Buzzer Red, BH Prince Nymph, Water Boatman, Zug Bugs.
DESERT LAKES: Haystack, Ochoco, Ana, Antelope Flat, and Thompson can fishing well! Chironomids, Leeches, Scuds & Boatman. FLIES: Tan & Olive Scuds, Prince Nymphs, Water Boatman, Zug Bugs, Wooly Buggers, TSW, Goat Leech, Yankee Buzzer, Chromies and Snow Cones.
CROOKED RIVER: Flows have stabilized and the river has been holding around 270 cfs, which is perfect. The best time to fish will be through the middle of the day. 10am-4pm. Good hatches of PMDs and Midges mid-afternoon. The Caddis are starting to show up on the lower river. Flies: Zebra Midge, Winker (Black & Olive), Psycho May, BH Pheasant Tail, Sparke Pupa, San Juan Worm, Drifting Grannom, PMD Para, Sparkle Dun, Ex-Body PMD, Peacock Caddis, X-Caddis Olive #16-18, Leeches #12-14
FALL RIVER: Plenty of fish to be caught down around the Falls and the Hatchery Grounds. Mid-day will be best fishing time! Strip Streamers around logjams and undercut banks. Flies: Zebra Midge, 2 Bit Hooker, Psycho May, EB Baetis, Para B.W.O., Sparkle Dun, Beldar Bugger.
UPPER DESCHUTES: The Upper Deschutes has been fishing okay. Lots of White Fish and a few Brook Trout starting to show up. All Tactics have been productive. The Green Drakes have been hatching and will produce some good fish on dry flies with a little cloud cover. Fish are scattered throughout the river. Lots of good access along Cascade Lakes HWY. Flies: Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, Birds Nest, Micro Stone Golden, Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Hair Wing Green Drake, Killer Green Bug,
DESCHUTES SUNRIVER to WICKIUP: This section of the Deschutes really fishes better late in the day when the light is a little dimmer. Look for fish rising in the evening along the shore lines. Caddis and BWO’s will be the primary hatches. Throw some big streamers to target the larger Brown Trout that haunt this stretch. Flies: Sparkle Pupa, Copper John, Two Bit Hookers, Psycho May Olive & Black, Zebra Midge, Elk Hair Caddis, Missing Link Caddis, X-Caddis, Parachute BWO, Sparkle Dun, Sweeney Todd, Hopscotch Sculpin, Sculpzilla.
DESCHUTES Benham Fall’s down stream to Bend: Open all year. 1910 cfs. This part of the Deschutes will be flowing high through the summer while they are drawing water for irrigation. Access can be minimal when its up, but still some decent fishing can be had. Stone Flies nymphs are available to the trout. Lots of Caddis and PMDs. Flies: X-Caddis, Missing Link Caddis, Fall Out Stone, Chubby Chernobyl Ant, Parachute Adams, Sparkle Dun, Para PMD, Sculpin, FB Pheasant Tail, Copper Johns, 22 Inchers, Birds Nest, BH Hares Ear, Zonkers.
METOLIUS RIVER: Open all year. Now can be a very good time to fish the Metolius. Wild flowers are in full bloom and the Green Drakes are still there. This river will get hatches of Golden Stones and Salmon Flies through June and into July as well. All Tactics are productive with Nymphing being best. Look for the Drakes to hatch in the afternoon in side channels and bailouts. When they aren’t around Caddis and PMDs will be best. Flies: Pheasant Tail, 2 Bit Hooker, Purple Psycho Prince, Zebra Midge, Split Case BWO, Parachute BWO, Comparadun, Biot Stone, Micro Stone Golden, Sculpzilla, Hairwing Green Drake, Killer Green Bug, Stimulator, Chubby Chernobyl.