The Salmonfly and Golden Stone hatch is in full swing

Lower Deschutes River - Maupin, OR

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by The Fly Fishers Place
5-22-2021
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The Salmonfly and Golden Stone hatch is in full swing on the Lower Deschutes from Warm Springs through Maupin. Lot’s of bugs, but this darn cold snap has fragmented the hatch a bit as the cold weather makes them not happy to get out of the bushes and fly. The fish want to eat them for sure, so get in under the trees and along the grassy banks and fish it hard. Looks like another few days of cooler weather and then a good warm up coming again. This should be the best opportunity for the 2021 hatch to really hit it well!

Besides big stones, PMD’s are very important now. Caddis too, particularly #14-16 Tan and Olive X Caddis and Corn Fed Caddis. The Pale Evening Duns are starting to pop, and in June and July and early August that is a very cool evening hatch to match, offering great dry fishing during the magic hour along with the summer caddis hatches.

Also, while not Metolius caliber, the Lower D is a Green Drake hatch river too. This is the time it happens. In fact, today and tomorrow with the cooler and cloudier weather are perfect conditions to see a good Drake hatch there, so pop some sparkle duns in your box with the salmon flies and keep an out for the big mayflies.




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