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Summer Steelhead Run Predictions
Summer Steelhead/Salmon Run Predictions
Summer Steelhead Fishing is a key part of the activity around The Fly Fishing Shop. Fishing forays are made weekly to keep us up-to-date with first hand proprietary information. The best part is that our crew has to collect much of this information in person.
Well that's just the way it is. It's dirty dangerous work, but someone has to do it.
At least we don't have to travel that far from home
2012 Summer Steelhead/Salmon Run Predictions and Up-dates, by River!
Clackamas River Water conditions are good. Still fair numbers of fairly bright summer steelhead. Some very bright Chinooks are still available. Fishing has been good for skilled anglers.
Clear Water River No steelhead activity at present. Will start fishing in September/October. Best period for fly fishing October 1-15. Run expected to be large.
Deschutes River Steelhead are just starting to enter the river now. Fish are scattered in the lower ten miles. Seasonal water conditions should be favorable. White River glacial run-off is always the wild card. Steelhead run is expected to exceed last ten year average. With the Columbia remaining high and cold for most of the season, Columbia river stray steelhead in the Deschutes are expected to be minimal.
Grand Rhonde River No steelhead activity at present. Will start fishing in October/November. Best period for fly fishing is October 15 to November 15. Run expected to be larger than average.
Hood River River There are still good numbers of fairly bright steelhead scattered around. The problem is water color from glacial silt can be unpredictable. Only on the cooler days is the river expected to be fishable. Best period for fly fishing May & June.
John Day River Not much steelhead activity yet. A few fish are at the mouth of the river. Predictions of run size and water conditions are favorable for fall fishing. Best period for fly fishing October & November.
Klickitat River There are fair numbers of very bright steelhead. The run will continue to build through July and August. The problem is that the Klick is in and out with glacial turbidity. When it's clear it can be great. Most predictable period for fly fishing is October.
North Santiam River Water conditions are good. Still good numbers of bright summer steelhead. Some very bright Chinooks are still available. Fishing has been good for anglers willing to cover a lot of water. Fishes well through October.
North Umpqua River A few very bright fish are scattered in the fly-only water now. This run will build throughout the summer. Seasonal water conditions should be favorable. Steelhead run is expected to exceed last ten year average. Best fishing period is August through October.
Rogue River A few half-pounders in the lower river now. This run will build throughout the summer. Adult steelhead run will start in August. Seasonal water conditions should be favorable. Steelhead run is expected to exceed last ten year average. Best fishing period is August through October.
Sandy River There are light numbers of fairly bright steelhead scattered around the river. All Sandy river runs have been above average this year. With the heavy snow pack and cool season, the river may stay clear later than normal.  Best period for fly fishing April, May & October. Expect a very large run of Coho Salmon September/October.

The Fly Fishing Shop has one of the most divers and extensive collections
of steelhead flies to be found anywhere!


12' 7" - #6 13' - #7 13' 4" - #8
Echo 3 Spey Rods
Our impressions of the Echo 3 Spey Rods so far:
We fell in love with Tim's TR Series Spey Rods. They were acquired with the thought that they would be relegated to the "client rod" classification. After all, they only retailed for $349...less than half as much as the rods we were regularly fishing, how good could they be? While showing clients how to cast them, the the TR rods seduced us into more and more time spent with them on the water until we were fishing them when clients weren't even around...leaving more expensive rods lonely in the boat.
Last winter Tim mentioned to me that he was planning on taking his rod building skills to another level. He wanted to invest in even higher grades of graphite and components. He wanted to push the envelope on fly line speed. He wanted to redefine finely detailed cosmetics.
We were the first shop to order them. Waiting for them to arrive, we were like little kids waiting for Christmas. My first test rod was the E3-6127. Loaded with a 480-grain Airflo Skagit compact and 12.5' of T-11, it blew my mind. What a canon. And what a looker. It has the sophistication and polish of the best custom rods available. If it lacks jungle cock in the finish, it has double alignment dots on the reel seat.
The cork is flawless in quality and well proportioned to both the eye and the fingers. It is the same cork used on rods that retail for over $1,000. Appointments are simple, practical, and elegant. In every way the looks are refined and understated. The quality speaks for itself. Good craftsmanship never lies.
Inside each graphite blank is the heart of a beast. E3's load off your finger tips and release unbelievable recoil, which delivers focused busts of energy that are smooth and totally controllable. Make no mistake, E3 is a game changer.

Echo E3-6127

Length: 12' 7"       Sections: 4       Line Weight 6

Spey rods are getting shorter and lighter in weight. Six weights are gaining a lot of popularity among the region's most influential steelhead anglers. This six weight, will sling a skagit, 12.5' of T-14 and a weighted fly to the other side of a fairly wide river. The E3-6127 has the butt strength to whip a respectable size steelhead in short order. Tim's top picks in Airflo Lines that bring out the best performance with this Echo E3 rod model are: Scandi Compact 390-grain, Delta 6/7 and Skagit Compact 480-grain.
Free Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Head 480-grain included with this rod.

Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
6127 E3 6 Fast A (21") $549.95 Sale Ended

Echo E3-7130 Length: 13'        Sections: 4       Line Weight 7
This is a very popular size for summer steelhead and smaller salmon. This will prove to be a great rod all Deschutes steelhead, and will also prove to be the perfect tool for all Oregon winter steelhead as well. So far E3-7130 has attracted the most attention of any rod in this series.
Tim's top picks in Airflo Lines that bring out the best performance with this Echo E3 rod model are: Scandi Compact 450-grain, Delta 7/8 and Skagit Compact 540-grain.
Free Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Head 540-grain included with this rod.
Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
7130 E3 7 Fast B (22") $549.95 Sale Ended

Echo E3-8134 Length: 13' 4"        Sections: 4       Line Weight 8
 This will prove to be a great rod for larger rivers, and larger fish. Many angler will want a E3-8134 in their quiver when visiting B.C. for steelhead, Alaska for Kings and the Kola for salmon. Tim's top picks in Airflo Lines that bring out the best performance with this Echo E3 rod model are: Scandi Compact 480-grain, Delta 8/9 and Skagit Compact 600-grain
Free Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Head 600-grain included with this rod
Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
8134 E3 8 Fast B (22") $549.95 Sale Ended

 


Deschutes River Steelhead Flies
Patty Barnes with a Deschutes steelhead

Thoughts about Steelhead Tackle

The Deschutes is world famous as a steelhead fly fishing river. This is because its steelhead will actively come to the surface for a fly. Steelhead start entering the river in late June and bright fish can still be caught in late November. The run is made up of three distinct races: the hatchery run, and two distinct wild races called the "A" and "B" runs. The hatchery run can start in late June during high water years and as late as August during low water years. It is comprised of fish which have spent from 22 to 30 months in the Ocean and average 6 to 12 pounds. The "A" run enters the river in July and August and is made up of fish that have spent 14 to 22 months in the Ocean and average from 3 to 6 pounds. The "B" run enters the river from September through November and is comprised of fish which have spent 24 to 36 months in the Ocean and weigh from 10 to 16 pounds. Larger fish can be encountered any time.

During high water years a lot of stray upper Columbia River stocks take up temporary residence in the Deschutes and add to its fishery. Barbless hooks only are allowed and all wild fish must be returned to the river.

The Deschutes maintains a unique location being the most southern of mid-Columbia River tributaries. Its water flows and fall temperatures are the most predictable. Its north/south alignment keeps late fall water temperatures in the range that allow steelhead enough energy to rise to the surface for a well presented fly.

The size and topography of the river provide an ideal setting for the traditional greased line angler. Although many diverse angling methods will take Deschutes summer steelhead, floating fly lines and a traditional wet fly swing is accepted as one of the productive approaches. Most floating line techniques work best when the water is shaded by the canyon walls or by cloud cover. The angler usually begins at the head of a long run and fishes all of the way through to the tail-out. Aggressive wading and fly casting may be required to cover the most productive water. The fly is presented down stream across the current and allowed to swing on a tight line toward the anglers shore. A series of mends may be employed to control the speed and depth of the fly. Often two flies are fished on a cast or a single fly may be riffle-hitched. Waking flies are often employed in the same cast with a wet fly. Fly speed is very important.

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Many hair-wing wet fly patterns take Deschutes steelhead. However dark patterns in sizes four or six are proven to be most productive over the widest range of water and light conditions. The favored colors are black or purple with a touch of chartreuse, orange or pink. The following is a list of proven Deschutes steelhead wet fly patterns that will take fish the majority of the time:

  • #4 BLUE CHARM
  • #6 PURPLE PERIL
  • #4, #6, DARK MACK'S
  • #2 FLY DEJOUR
  • #4,#6 FREIGHT TRAIN
  • #4, #6 GREEN BUTT SKUNK
  • #4, #6 LIMIT LANDER
  • #4, #6 MACK'S CANYON
  • #4, #6 STREET WALKER

During times of very low water or heavy cloud cover a very dark, somber fly may bring more strikes. The following is a list of patterns that are proven for these conditions.

  • #5 GREEN ANT
  • #4, #6 PURPLE PERIL
  • #4, #6 SILVER HILTON
  • #6 SKUNK

Periods of high cold water or glacial run-off from White River may require that a larger or brighter colored fly be used. The following are a list of patterns which have bailed us out of these situations.

  • #3, #5 DECEMBER DAY
  • #2, #4, POLAR SHRIMP
  • #4 STEELTUKA, PURPLE

In the late fall, steelhead seek out smooth holding areas and often congregate in tailouts. These are prime conditions to bring a steelhead to the surface with a riffle-hitched fly. The following is a list of proven waking flies.

  • #4 TUBE CONRAD
  • #4, #6 BLACK GREASED LINER
  • #4, #6 OCTOBER CADDIS
  • #6 STEELHEAD CADDIS

Most Deschutes steelhead fly anglers concentrate on the early and late hours and rest in the shade during mid-day. This is because they have tried unsuccessfully to raise steelhead to the surface in the bright sunlight. Several years ago we started fishing with sinking tip lines and weighted flies during these bright light hours and found that steelhead will still take a fly if it is presented at their level. In fact about thirty percent of our catch is now caught by this method. If you want to increase your catch, bring a fast sinking tip fly line and the following fly patterns:

  • #4 BLACK WOOLLY BUGGER
  • #4 OLIVE WOOLLY BUGGER
  • #4 PEACOCK WOOLLY BUGGER
  • #4 PURPLE WOOLLY BUGGER

Chinook Salmon return to the Deschutes River from mid-September to late October. They are extremely territorial during their spawning cycle and they actively drive the steelhead from the fine gravel sections of the river. The steelhead often seek out areas in the river where the Chinook won't harass them, such as fast water with big boulders. Often these fast water places are downstream of major Chinook spawning grounds. In years of heavy Chinook runs steelhead and resident trout will station so as to intercept drifting Chinook eggs. Don't forget your Glo Bugs and split shot.

  • #4 GOLDEN NUGGET/LIGHT ROE GLO BUG
  • #4 OREGON CHEESE/LIGHT ROE GLO BUG
  • #4 COTTON CANDY/GOLDEN NUGGET GLO BUG
  • #4 LIGHT ROE/STEELHEAD ORANGE GLO BUG

Thoughts about Steelhead Tackle

A List Of Wet and Waking Flies Meant To Be Fished With a Floating Line
Bennett's Halo
Bennett's Halo
Bennett's Last Light
Bennett's Last Light
Blue Charm
Blue Charm
Blue Max
Blue Max
Brazilian
Brazilian
Bulkley Mouse
Bulkley Mouse
Copper Top
Copper Top
December Day
December Day
Deep Purple Spey
Deep Purple Spey
Fly du Jour
Fly du Jour
Freight Train
Freight Train
Golden Demon
Golden Demon
Grease Liner, Black
Grease Liner, Black
Grease Liner, Orange
Grease Liner, Orange
Green Ant
Green Ant

Green Butt Purple
Green Butt Purple
Low Water Green Butt Purple
Green Butt Purple, L.W.
Green Butt Skunk
Green Butt Skunk
Limit Lander
Limit Lander
Mack's Canyon
Mack's Canyon
Muddler Minnow
Muddler, Original
Muddler, Red
Muddler, Red
October Caddis
October Caddis
Polar Shrimp
Polar Shrimp

Purple Peril
Red Butt Skunk
Red Butt Skunk
Signal Light
Signal Light
Silver Hilton
Silver Hilton
Skunk Fly
Skunk
Steelhead Caddis
Steelhead Caddis
Steeltuka, Purple
Steeltuka, Purple

Street Walker
Street Walker
Summer Run
Summer Run
Surgeon General
Surgeon General

Twitcher
Twitcher
Unconditional
Unconditional

Undertaker
Undertaker
Proven Mid-Day Flies Meant To Be Fished With A Sinking Tip Line
Morejohn's Bantam, Black & Blue
Bantam, Black & Blue
Morejohn's Bantam, Green Butt
Bantam, Green Butt
Morejohn's Orange Bantam
Bantam, Orange
Morejohn's Pink Bantam
Bantam, Pink
Morejohn's Bantam, Purple
Bantam, Purple
Hobbit Spey, Black
Hobbit Spey, Black
Hobbit Spey, Orange
Hobbit Spey, Orange
Hobbit Spey, Purple
Hobbit Spey, Purple
Flash-A-Bugger, Root Beer
Flash-A-Bugger, Brown
Flash-A-Bugger, Maroon
Flash-A-Bugger, Maroon
Flash-A-Bugger, Olive
Flash-A-Bugger, Olive
Flash-A-Bugger, Purple
Flash-A-Bugger, Purple

Rio Steelhead Scandi Line
Rio's latest Scandinavian style shooting head is designed for the two-hand and switch rod steelhead fly fishers. With shorter head lengths and shorter front tapers than previous Rio Scandi designs, they are ideal for casting larger steelhead flies and sinking VersiLeaders. The head size options have been carefully selected, and tuned for the most common rods used by modern steelhead fly fishers, and feature Rio's newest skinny welded loops on each end for easy rigging. In 31' lengths they are meant for very short spey rods and switch rods of 12' or less in lengths. In lengths of 32' to 34' they are meant for rods of 12' and longer.
Item Description Size Price To Top
20101 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 310 grain
31 ft.
$49.95 Sale Ended
20102 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 350 grain
31 ft.
$49.95 Sale Ended
20103 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 385 grain
31 ft.
$49.95 Sale Ended
20104 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 480 grain
31 ft.
$49.95 Sale Ended
20105 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 435 grain
32 ft.
$49.95 Sale Ended
20106 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 450 grain
33 ft.
$49.95 Sale Ended
20107 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 480 grain
34 ft.
$49.95 Sale Ended
20108 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 510 grain
34 ft.
$49.95 Sale Ended
20109 Rio Steelhead Scandi Line, Color Ivory 550 grain
34 ft.
$49.95 Sale Ended

Fish long & prosper,
Mark, Patty & Crew

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