Mar 7, 2016

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report (3.07.16)

Fishing Report

Winter Steelhead fishing has still been fair to good almost everywhere that they are running.  It is always hit and miss, as the difference between a good day and a bad day is often just one fish… Keep on keepin’ on while you can.  The Hood River is a bit high right now as well as the other local favorites.  It looks like we are getting a big push of rain later this week and will likely blow most of our waters out of shape, but fishing should be great once levels start to drop into shape. 

Rainbow Trout fishing has continued to be fabulous on the Deschutes River. There are not a ton of guys fishing right now, but the ones that have been going out are doing very well.  A #14 Copper John has been the hot fly, but any March Brown mayfly nymph should do the trick, especially when double with a stonefly nymph; and keep an eye out for Blue Wing Olives on cloudy days. 

Smallmouth Bass fishing has not changed much.  A couple of our locals have been putting in some time and fishing is still tough, but a few fish here and there are starting to get aggressive.  Once we get our first warm week it should turn on like a light switch.    

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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