I am going to start on the Lower Deschutes, because as many of you have heard the salmonflies are there, but hunkered deep in the riparian grasses to insulate themselves against the cold wind.
Looking at the 10 day forecast (which most people from Oregon know is only good for 4 to 5 days typically) the temperatures those big bugs want to warm up and fly is starting today. This week could be absolutely perfect conditions for the hatch.
Our guide team has reported great nymph fishing (especially euro nymphing, but also some long line indicator fishing too) on caddis pupa, perdigons and brown mayfly nymphs (2 Bit, Split Case, Micro May and Soft Hackle PT). We are also seeing PMD’s coming in better numbers now, some Pale Evening Duns and with warmer weather and the calendar knocking at the door of June, the really good summer caddis are ever so close to exploding on to the scene.
I rate the Lower Deschutes very high for the next 9 to 12 weeks for sure.