Feb 8, 2016

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report (2.8.16)

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We are moving into a little bit of a warm and dry spell here, which will be great for the trout fishing on the Deschutes; maybe not so good for the winter steelhead crew.  It has been a great winter so far as far as water levels and snowpack, so a week of low and clear should be welcomed. 

Winter Steelhead:  Rivers are dropping; hit them before they bottom out.  Most look like they are clearing up significantly and many could start to flatten out by the end of the week.  Low, steady flows are not ideal for steelheading, but it should be great in most rivers for the early part of the week.  The rain looks like it will return next week and rivers will bump back up, bringing a wave of new fish in. 

Rainbow Trout fishing should be absolutely stellar this week.  Sunny, warm conditions may not be good for steelheading, but they will produce nice mayfly hatches during mid-day.  Fish should eat dries during the warmest part of the day.  March Brown and Blue Wings Olives could be hatching, so be prepared for both.  Warming water temps should also create great conditions for nymphing and streamer fishing.  Nymph with a small, dark rubber leg doubled with a mayfly nymph in size #14-20.  If you want to swing/twitch a streamer, keep it low and slow through slower runs and tailouts as the water is still cold and fish are not terribly active, but they are warming and will move more than when it is just frigid out. 

As always, we are happy to talk fishing any time.  Give us a call if you have any specific questions on local rivers, gear, and tactics, or if you just want some encouragement to get out of the office.  

Andrew Perrault
Gorge Fly Shop | Product Specialist

"Fly Fish the World with Us"

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