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Deschutes River, Lower

Saturday, February 28, 10:54 a.m. PST


Current River Levels

For 7-day, 30-day, and one-year graphs, click bold type below.

GAGE LOCATION

DAY/YEAR
GRAPHS

CURRENT
STAGE/FLOW

WHAT TIME

Shitike Ck / Peters Pstr

7 30 year

4.90 / 291

9 am

Shitike Creek / Warm Springs

7 30 year

1.10 / 61

10 am

Warm Springs / Kahneeta

7 30 year

1.57 / 396

9 am

Deschutes / Madras

7 30 year

3.17 / 4850

10 am

Deschutes / Moody

7 30 year

3.08 / 5630

9 am


Weather

Click bold type for weather from NOAA, Accuweather, or The Weather Channel

CITY

Madras

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC

Maupin

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC

The Dalles

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC

Government Camp

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC


What to Expect in February

How to use this section.


Hatches divided by half-month.  Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

HATCH

NYMPH/
LARVA

PUPA/
EMERGER

DUN/
ADULT

EGG-
LAYER

Blue-winged olive

Saddle-case caddis

Spotted caddis

Green caddis

Golden stonefly

Salmonfly

Little brown stonefly

Midge

Sculpin

Crayfish

Roe


Look for blue-winged olive hatches just past noon, but don't confine your efforts to dry flies. A gold-ribbed Hares Ear or Pheasant Tail (size 18-20) presented near the bottom is a good tactic when there's no hatch. Another good nymph pattern is the Zug Bug. It imitates drifting spotted caddis larvae, which are common in the upper 60 miles of the river.

Watch the rise forms during a hatch of blue-wings. If you only see the dorsal and tailfins, the trout are probably taking emergers below the surface. A good choice is a small Soft Hackle or a Smurf Emerger. The latter is tied on a size 18 hook. Use a rust Antron tail, then twist a strand each of peacock and black KrystalFlash and wrap it for a body. The thorax is dark gray dubbing, and the wing is one turn of quail breast. Fish either fly just below the surface on a dead drift in a back eddy.

Don't ignore spinner falls. They're happening around 2:00 p.m. to 4:00. A Rusty Spinner or Diving Baetis can work well.

On a good day, you can encounter a blizzard hatch of BWOs. This can be hard to deal with because your fly is one speck amid a multitude of naturals. Two ways to deal with this: concentrate your fishing at the beginning and end of the hatch when there aren't as many bugs; use a larger fly, such as a size 16. At this time of year I've been able to get away with a bigger fly during a BWO hatch. It's not only easier for you to spot, but trout are attracted to it too (maybe; no promises!). Sometimes a darker pattern can be more effective, as well.

A size 14 black Elk Hair Caddis or Parachute Black Stone is a good February choice, too. The little brown stoneflies are not a prolific hatch, but the adults are seldom ignored by trout. See Small Brown Stoneflies for details.

Egg Flies are a productive tactic at this time of year. The river has more whitefish than trout, and they are spawning now. Trout will take roe that is drifting near the bottom. Near the mouth, Egg Flies are a good plan because that section of the river has a lot of whitefish and they are still spawning.

You may encounter some caddis around mid-month, as well as a few Skwala stoneflies.

Some steelhead are still available. Most of them have moved into tributaries by now, but a few fish are left in the mainstem. They will be heading onto their spawning redds, so it's best to leave them alone this month.

For more on February tactics and flies, see the Rivers in General forecast

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Other Info Sources

Phone or click on links

The Caddis Fly Angling Shop 541-342-7005

Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351

Deschutes Angler Fly Shop 541-395-0995
Online report

Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop 541-395-2565
Online report

Fin and Fire 541/548-1503
Online report

Fly and Field Outfitters 541-318-1616
Online report

The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474
Online report

The Fly Fishing Shop 503-622-4607

Gorge Fly Shop 541-386-6977

The Hook 541-593-2358
Online report

Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters 503-252-1529

The Patient Angler 541-389-6208

River City Fly Shop 503-579-5176

Royal Treatment Fly Shop 503/850-4397


Feature Articles

Steelhead Tactics: Spey Casting for Noobs

Tactics: Thoughts on Flies and Presentation

Is the Deschutes River in Danger? Yes!

Oregon Spring Fishing--Beyond Salmonflies

Deschutes River Spring Trout

Tower of Doom or Tower of Better River Management?

Deschutes Late Season Steelhead

Lower Deschutes Steelhead with Sam Sickles

Deschutes Blue-Winged Olive Hatch

Deschutes December Steelhead with John Smeraglio

Hunting Trout in the Trees with Chris O'Donnell

Deschutes Trout, July

Deschutes Steelhead, 2010 Season

Deschutes Salmonfly Hatch

What to Expect on the Deschutes

Westfly Makes Donations

Fishing the Deschutes with Chris O'Donnell

The Drift--March 2004

The Drift--February 2003

An Oasis of Tradition on the Deschutes


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