Feb 12, 2017

Columbia Gorge Fishing Report (2/12/17)

Old Man Winter has finally released his grasp!  

At least for the moment...

We have had a good warm up and a bit of rain early in Feb.  Local rivers have finally gotten some flows, though most didn't get the projected spikes we were hoping for.

The coast, on the other hand, has been at flood stage or higher on many rivers, but is now on the drop and should be fishing great.

The fisher folk are suddenly out in droves, I counted 8 at the mouth of the Hood yesterday...  But I haven't heard of many fish being caught.  I think the higher flows got fish moving, but maybe not biting.

The Sandy is finally back at average flows, with hopefully more rain in the forecast it should start to fish well.

Still some good reports coming from the Deschutes trout bums, with a stonefly nymph bite really starting to materialize.  The D had a nice spike in flow, which should help clean out some of the super silty areas that once were great spots.

Skwala Nymph Eater!

With some steady (and warmer) weather expected this week, the fish should get happy and start snapping!

The warmth has gotten me fired up for spring bassin', so keep your eye on the report as I will be out there a lot come early March!

If you do get out this week we would love to hear your reports and see some fish porn!

Want to see your ugly mug in our fishing report?

Drop us a line to info@gorgeflyshop.com

See you out there!

Flows:  The USGS sites give us real-time flows, while the NOAA site shows us predictions based on weather patterns.  Both are invaluable tools.

Hood River:



Deschutes near Madras:

Deschutes at the mouth:

Columbia River
Bonneville Dam Water Temps
Columbia @ Hood River (The mouth of the Hood backs up at 75 feet)

As always, we are happy to talk fishing anytime.  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.  541.386.6977

Ryan Van Duzor
Gorge Fly Shop | Product Specialist

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