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Casting About: Deschutes Opening Report

It’s here again: fishing season on the Deschutes. The air is still chilly, but the sun’s out and the fish are rising. Our man Dan is a pretty serious fisherman (and that’s not even taking his past life as a professional into account) so when he sends over a report, it’s worth paying attention. Here are his thoughts from his opening weekend on the mystic and wonderful Deschutes.

-River was flowing at about 6100 CFS – A bit high for my liking, but fishable

-Temperature was about 34deg at shove off, but got to 70 pretty quick. The weather was phenomenal.

-Just about every slot I decided to hit was taken by guides or birds that rose earlier than I did! However, there is a slot I like to call, “Rudy’s Island”, which provided the first fish that slammed my stone so hard it broke me clean off on 4x. This small run would eventually provide seven “fish on” and 2 successful landings. I think three of the seven were “Whiteeeee’s”.

What about you? Where are you making your casts this spring?


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