Dave and I recently made a move to Central Oregon – allowing us to pursue trout multiple days of the week and in the fall for me to pursue that elusive steelhead. Good news or bad news between fishing and unpacking I haven’t done many posts – until today. I have spent my days on the water on either the Crooked or the Deschutes. As you will see with the photos these are two distinctly different fisheries. To contrast simply on flows and water depth. The Crooked the fall cfs is in the mid 70’s and you can pretty much cross back and forth across the Crooked at most spots. Whereas the Deschutes we’re talking more like mid to high 4000’s on cfs and you typically can’t wade more than 5 to 10 feet into the river. The Crooked River has murky water and lots of visible structure – great for new and skilled anglers. The Crooked River is loaded with fish always willing to show themselves and take a fly on the surface or sub-surface. The Deschutes is a large river with clear flowing water, the structure (feeding lies) for fish not as obvious and in the fall the fish rarely give their location. The essence of Deschutes Canyon is a must for new and skilled anglers. However, the number of fish taken on a fly is smaller. But when a trout takes you fly it is a strong trout and with the current always a fun game regardless of the fish size.
A photo album of this falls photos will show the spectacular scenery and fish that will treat any angler.