3 days on the Lower Deschutes

I camped last Sunday through Tuesday on the Lower D, one of my favorite annual trips. In my opinion, camping is the only way to fish the stonefly hatch. The fishing is best early and late when there are few other anglers, I spend the middle of the day at camp, maybe have a beer and watch the insane crowds float by, and have a relaxing, productive trip. I caught 23 redbands, the biggest I measured at 19″. My fishing partner Scott, did equally well and landed a 21″ bull trout. If you pick a spot where you can row across the river you can fish many miles of water on both sides so you don’t have to bring your own rock to stand on. BTW, the river is in great shape. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise.

The bugs are out.
It really does not get much better than this.

If you made it this far, here are some bonus photos of yesterday on Paulina Lake fishing with Jeff Perin of The Fly Fisher’s Place in Sisters.

Jeff made a few casts while I was eating. I hate to say this (not really), but he was using a fly that I brought along.
I got in on the action as well. The boat had 13 in the net, a few long releases, and many soft grabs that did not turn into hook ups. The water temp was only 39 degrees, so the fish were being finicky.
It was a beautiful but cold day.
Those are icicles.