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sapo

Member
Deschutes doesn't get a winter steelhead run...the summer steelhead run is pretty much over (it peaks in Maupin around October) but I've hooked some in late December before, if you're planning on keeping them that's not gonna happen but they're in there. Oh, and they love trout flies...stonefly nymphs work well
 

1ofthesedays

New member
Was under the impression that I could catch steel head around mecca flats this time of year. Brand new to this game and had a wild hare a short time ago to put this on my bucket list. So I messed up again. Is there anywhere close to Bend that I can go to mark this off my list. Spent a small fortune on extra gear and the license, wow! Want to go. Thanks, Ron
 

WGS55

Member
I guess my first question is ; is there a reason the Deschutes does not get a winter run? Second, its not gonna happen if i want to keep them?? Why, is there a problem with the fish (please remember I'm new to this)? According to the new regs its open from I84 up to Pelton dam. (New regs book page 47)
 

sapo

Member
Not exactly sure why there isn't a winter run but the Columbia doesn't get many winters and that is what it's a trib to.

As far as keeping them, we are in January and you're talking about keeping summer steelhead...any steelhead in there will taste like dirt at this point
 

OnTheDrop

Well-known member
Not exactly sure why there isn't a winter run but the Columbia doesn't get many winters and that is what it's a trib to.

As far as keeping them, we are in January and you're talking about keeping summer steelhead...any steelhead in there will taste like dirt at this point
To the contrary, Summer Steelhead come in with WAY more fats and oils as opposed to Winter Steelhead. If you're summer Steelhead looks decent, it will probably still cut just fine. Not like how it was when it first entered a few months ago, but probably no worse than a Winter Steelhead...

Go catch a Hatchery fish and let us know how it cuts..
 

sapo

Member
Yeah, but either way I've never had much success fishing for summers on the Deschutes in January...latest month I've hooked em is December
 
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