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Lakes & Reservoirs 9/12/2017
DAVIS LAKE: Bass are, still, hitting 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 still at 70%; good for this time of the year. Temps remain around 74, but much cooler nights and days are on the way. 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 25 ft of water; bigger Browns showing up in low light conditions. Callibaetis are continuing in strong numbers, but lean towards #16s. For depths under 15 ft. an indicator is working the best! Streamers continue to be very effective for the BIG BROWNS along weed edges (early & late). FLIES: Fred’s UV bead head Callibaetis,Snow Cones (Olive/Green), Double Scoops, Ricks VID Midge, Chromes, Chronaphezz (Green or Purple), Rust, Olive or Black TSW, Mini Leech Green, Belly Minnow, Beldar Olive.
HOSMER LAKE: The Lower Lake and the Channel are fishing the best. Chironomids (Black), Scuds (all colors), 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 are starting to come up from deeper water and will be more available for the fly fisher. Picking up since Labor Day. Water temperatures are becoming more comfortable! Indicator fishing can be most productive. Callibaetis are still here! (As well as midges) 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: Woolly 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 at 246 cfs, which is excellent. The best time to fish, right now, with the cooler weather setting in! Good hatches of PMDs and Midges mid-afternoon and into the evening. The Caddis are on the river in good numbers. Flies: Zebra Midge, Winkers (Black & Red), Psycho May, BH Pheasant Tail, Sparkle Pupa, San Juan Worm, Soft Hackles, Drifting Grannom, Parachute PMD, Sparkle Dun, Ex-Body PMD, Peacock Caddis, X-Caddis Olive #16-18, Renegades.
FALL RIVER: Plenty of fish to be caught down around the Falls and/or the Hatchery Grounds. Mid-day to evening will be best fishing time! Strip Streamers (White, Black or Olive Woolly Buggers) around logjams and undercut banks. Flies: Zebra Midge, 2 Bit Hooker, Psycho May, Parachute PMD, PMD Sparkle Dun, Caddis, Peacock Soft Hackle.
UPPER DESCHUTES: The Upper Deschutes has been fishing okay, but water is HIGH. Lots of White Fish, some Brook Trout and a few Rainbows. All types of fly fishing tactics have been productive. PMDs as well as Caddis 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: Flashback Pheasant Tail, Copper John, Birds Nest, Micro Stone Golden Nymphs, Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Hair Wing PMD, Ants and Humpies. Think sizes #16 & #18.
DESCHUTES SUNRIVER to WICKIUP: This section of the Deschutes has dropped, recently, from 1780 to 1330 cfs. Fishing will, still, be better late in the day, with dimmer light. Look for fish rising in the evening along the shore lines. Caddis and PMDs will be the primary hatches. Throw some big streamers to target the larger Brown Trout that haunt this stretch (edges). Flies: Sparkle Pupa, Copper John, Two Bit Hookers, Psycho May Olive & Black, Zebra Midge, Elk Hair Caddis, Missing Link Caddis, X-Caddis, Parachute PMD, Sparkle Dun, Sweeney Todd, Hopscotch Sculpin, Sculpzilla.
DESCHUTES Benham Fall’s down stream to Bend: Open all year. 1800 cfs. This part of the Deschutes will be flowing well through the early Fall while they are, still, supplying water for irrigation. Stone Flies nymphs are, always, available to the trout, as well as lots of Caddis and PMDs. Flies: X-Caddis, Missing Link Caddis, Ants, Humpies, Parachute Adams, PMD Sparkle Dun, Parachute PMD, Sculpin, Beadhead Flashback Pheasant Tail, Copper John, 22 Inchers, Birds Nest, BH Hares Ear, Zonkers. Whew!!!
METOLIUS RIVER: Open all year. All Tactics are productive with Nymphing being best. All types of Caddis and PMDs will be best. Flies: Pheasant Tail, 2 Bit Hooker, Purple Psycho Prince, Zebra Midge, Split Case PMD, Parachute PMD, Comparadun, Biot Stone, Micro Stone Golden, Sculpzilla, Hairwing PMD, Stimulators, Chubby Chernobyl.