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The World Famous Deschutes Salmonfly Hatch

Fly Fishing for Chinook Salmon With Mark Bachmann

It could be a little late...

The water conditions on the Deschutes River for the salmonfly hatch are going to be a little tough this year with higher than normal water flows. The river is off-color and the flow is 5,340 cfs at Warm Springs and 7,770 cfs at Moody. The water levels are dropping rapidly, but still high. This situation was not unusual in the 1980's when I started guiding on the Deschutes.

G Loomis PRO4x Fly Rods

Stonefly Nymphs

Stoneflies are a diverse family of insects that are adapted to well oxygenated streams and rivers and cannot survive in polluted water. Stonefly nymphs have fixed gills that can only extract oxygen in clean moving water. If trapped in still stagnant water, they die quickly. Most stoneflies crawl out of the water to hatch, usually on rocks or shrubbery.

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Top Spey Rods For Kings

Salmonfly Hatch Equalizer Kit

This Equalizer Kit contains fourteen (14) flies to fish Salmonfly and Golden Stone hatches which occur in many river simultaneously across the west. These hatches start with large nymphs migrating across the bottom to find good places to crawl from the water to hatch. 

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Royal Wulff Ambush Line

Fly Floatants

There are many brands of dry fly floatant on the market. Every one of the floatants that we carry are proven to work and work well.

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Simms Foam Boat Patch

Best Salmonfly Leaders

Each RIO Powerflex knotless tapered leader is designed for superb abrasion-resistance as well as high knot and tensile strength. The long butt design provides smooth turnover while the supple tippet gives the fly life-like presentation. The graduated tapers have corresponding stepped butt diameters.

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