Fall Fishing Fantastic!

While the weather has been volatile, the fishing has been excellent throughout the last month. Trout action has been the best, with plenty of nice fish looking up for dry flies. Steelhead fishing has been steady, despite this year’s light return. In short: Fish are biting! Time to get back out there. Enjoy a few shots from the past few weeks. See you on the river!

Fall Rains and Rainbows

Fall has come all at once, with rain, wind, lightning, thunder, sunshine and plenty of good fishing. Just make sure to pack your rain gear! Trout and steelhead have been on the bite with the cooler conditions. Enjoy a few shots from the last few weeks!

Early Summer Action Heats Up

The local waters have dropped into midsummer levels, and fishing has been good. Trout action has been excellent at times, with some nice wild redsides looking up on the cloudier days.

On the steelhead front, fishing has been slow but steady. Counts are low so far, but chromers have been out there for those who put in the swings.

Enjoy a few shots from the last few weeks. See you on the river!

Deschutes Salmonfly Hatch 2019

Another season in the incomparable Deschutes Canyon is in the rearview. This year’s adventure included wind, rain, sun, trains, snakes, and plenty of trout. Now, as we settle back into the close-to-home waters, here’s a look back at some of the highlights.

After the Flood

McKenzie River at Hayden Bridge April 8, 2019

A late-season Pineapple Express in early April resulted in some of the highest water levels seen on local rivers in over a decade. On the heels of a February snowstorm that toppled countless trees into the rivers, the flood has rearranged woody structure and riverbottom strata alike. In the last couple of weeks, it has been fun getting out there to see where and how the river has changed.

As is typical of flood events, the river takes a while to recover. Mature insects that were staging to hatch have been washed away, and the fish are only now emerging from the refuge of sheltering lies along and under the banks and submerged vegetation.

But fish gotta eat, and so the action has been pretty good since the waters have subsided. And there have been some really nice ones on the move.

As things settle down into Spring proper and the weather warms, we expect the fishing will only improve. It will be interesting to see how the hatches progress after the flood.

Spring Special is ON thru April

Early season trout fishing is in full swing this month. Through the end of April, the Two Dudes are offering our McKenzie Spring Special half-day rate: $350 for a 5-hour tour. This is a late morning-through-early afternoon trip, designed to be on the water for the best time for surface activity.

March Browns are popping daily, and the redsides are noticing. Time to get out and flex that trout gear!

2019 Brazilian Peacock Party

Epic Peacock Bass!
Max Salzburg photo.

Just returned from another amazing trip to the Equatorial Amazon. Great fishing this season! Here, in no particular order, are some of the highlights. This trip is as incredible as it looks! When you’re ready to sweat for your fishing, we can show you the way.

Matt Canter photo.
Matt Canter photo.
Joseph has the eyes.
Matt Canter photo.
Sam on lunch break.
Matt Canter photo.
Giant hopper.
Irmao knew the perfect laguna for Dexter’s last-day arapaima.
Peter Widener photo.
Matt Canter photo.

2018 Fall Fishing Highlights

Fall in the southern Valley is magic!  The persistent lack of rainfall and calm conditions throughout the last month have made for some epic days on the water.  Fishing remains very good for both trout and steelhead.  Shorter daylight hours mean that half-day outings are now the rule.  As we segue into the holidays and (hopefully) the rain and darker days of winter, here is a look back at the last few weeks on the homewaters.  Enjoy!

October Caddis Time!

The much-anticipated annual emergence of October Caddis is in full swing here on the waters of the southern Valley.

These protein-packed bugs are not going unnoticed by the local trout and steelhead.  While it is commonly assumed that steelhead aren’t “feeding” on their spawning migration, at this time of year, they reveal a true weakness for a juicy October Caddis pulsing on the surface.  On a recent 3-day visit, Agua Boa Ace Angler and friend of Grover, Elizabeth P. scored perfect conditions and enjoyed great fishing and solitude.  What a wonderful time to be in the Valley!