Signs of summer: Salmonflies are on!

It's big bug time on the Deschutes, the most wonderful time of the year.

Signs of summer: Salmonflies are on!
CFS Fellow Ariana captured this one near Maupin the other day. A delicious duo of Pteronarcys californica, a salmonfly, with a golden stonefly (Hesperoperla pacifica) hitching a ride.

Salmonflies and golden stones are making their annual emergence on the Deschutes, driving fish wild and anglers even wilder. It's the time of the year when the big redsides lose all modesty and stealth and feed with abandon.

So get out there, early as you can, and tread carefully along the bank casting a big foamy imitation upstream. If you can plop it underneath a bunch of grass, or an overhanging branch, imitating the actual ill-fated course of one of these jumbo critters, all the better. Big trout wait just inches off the bank for these morsels to make one false move.

And let me know how it goes! Pictures are always welcome. We'll share the best ones here.


The weekend of May 31 is TroutFest in Maupin, and there are a whole load of fun events stacked up over the weekend. I'll be out there—get in touch if you're planning on attending.


Upcoming Classes

We'll be offering the Intro to Fly Fishing and Fly Fishing Outing: Clackamas River again as part of Portland Community College's Summer term. Classes go on sale Wednesday, May 29th at 07:00.

You can find more info on classes here. Spread the word if you know anyone who should take either course.

This is your chance to grow-your-own fishing buddy.

New on Current Flow State

Trout fishing and the truth
“For all the aggravation a trout can cause, it cannot think and does not consider you. A trout is very much like truth; it does what it wants, what it has to.”
Streamers and triggering trout aggression
Here are two examples of videos depicting the most visible and dramatic types of eats you’ll ever get: territorial brown trout going after streamers.