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Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Spring Fed Rivers Producing – Fall River and Metolius Fishing Well

Weather Outlook Across Central and Eastern Oregon:


The first weekend of October is looking great

Friday will be a bit cool, with temperatures in the mid-60s and some overcast. Temperatures throughout Central Oregon will in the 70s through the weekend and through the first couple of days of next week.

The Cascades Lakes area will be the same as most of Central Oregon, with highs in the 70s through the weekend and first few days of next week.

The Deschutes Canyon will have temperatures in the 70s, possibly 80s through the weekend.

Angling Restrictions

Lower Deschutes River steelhead angling restrictions have been extended.

From the Deschutes River mouth at Interstate 84 Bridge upstream to the marker at the lower end of Moody Rapids the following regulations apply:

Lower Deschutes River:

Water temperatures range from lows of 55.5 degrees to highs of 57 degrees near Madras.

Nymphing this past week has been effective, as well fishing a bead head leech. Copper Johns, Perdigons, 2 Bit Hookers, Zebra Midges have been good this past week.

The usual selection of caddis that have been consistent through the summer are still active as we approach fall, with tans, greys, olives (even some black late in the day), in sizes 14-16. With temperatures in the 70s going into next week, this caddis activity should continue.

Upper Deschutes River: Closed as of Oct 1 for the season.

Crooked River: Crooked River flows are 161 CFS at the dam. Fishing is great with afternoon dry fly fishing with PMD and BWO hatches. Nymphing is also great when the dry fly action is off.

Fall River: Fall River was stocked earlier this month with a total of 1500 trophy trout over the month including last week with 500 trophy trout. Fall River is scheduled to be stocked again next week. There have been some PMD, BWO and caddis hatches, as well as some action on terrestrials (ants, beetles, hoppers). Mahogany duns are hatching.

Metolius River: I saw a few bigger drakes yesterday, but these were few in comparison to some of the PMDs and Mahoghany duns that the fish seemed to be crushing on the opposite bank. Some places on the lower river were a virtual hatch factory. Saw some golden stones fluttering through the air up-river.

Hosmer: Hosmer is fishing well, with September and October being some prime months. Hosmer remains popular with the recent and upcoming warm weather weekend.

This week’s report from Gorge Outfitters Supply (541-739-2222) in Rufus, between the John Day and Deschutes Rivers indicates that fishing in the area has slowed down. Maybe because of the recent rains. The folks at Gorge Outfitters are hoping for fishing to pick up now that rivers are receding, and a weekend warmup is coming.

Find our complete Oregon and SW Washington summary for the week right here.
 

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