Sep 7, 2017

Fishing and Shipping Update

Sam Sickles [Steelhead Outfitters] - "I caught this nice fish yesterday in the late afternoon on a sink tip."
9/15/17 Update

Yes we are still OPEN in beautiful smokey downtown Hood River, OR. I84 Westbound is open from Hood River to Troutdale. So if you need or want to drive over via 26 or 14 you can drive back to Hood River via I84 Westbound only as of this writing. As of Thursday afternoon  evacuation zones have been updated for Hood River County and surrounding area's. Lost Lake Resort is now closed for the season (re-open Spring 2018). Kingsley Reservoir is also closed (closed prior to the fire). 

Evacuation Map 

9/7/17 Update

As of Thursday morning (9/7/17)  boat restrictions are in place for the Columbia River, river mile 126-146 for all non commercial boats. 

Fishing Report
Sam Sickles (Steelhead Outfitters) reports in. The Deschutes is smokey but the river is cold and clearer than I've seen it in a long long time. The last jet boat opening (ten days). We had no action on three of those days, on the other days we put 17 fish on the reel and landed 10.

Sam has openings next week with single night fishing/camping opportunities Monday and Tuesday. 

Todd Harris of Harris Anglers had a great week with clients last week. The smoke was very bad yesterday and will most likely be bad today and tomorrow.

August Klickitat on a floating line before the Eagle Creek Fire.
That river has been sub-par lately with clarity and changes from poor to okay frequently. Fish are there though and can still see your fly.

Cody (Gorge Fly Shop) will be heading out later today for some local water.
Eagle Creek and Indian Creek as of Tuesday (9/5/17) - photo credit UA S Copilot
Gorge Fly Shop Shipping
As of right now shipping has not been interrupted. We would ask that customers plan ahead though. The store remains open and we are monitoring air quality and conditions.

I-84 Mile Post 62 - 17 Closed as of 10:35AM 9/7/17

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 (but watch the air quality in the Gorge).  541.386.6977

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