FISHING REPORT: LOWER DESCHUTES RIVER
APRIL 3, 2009
Although the times I've been fishing lately hasn't led me to the big D, I just got a great report from a few fellas who floated from Warmsprings to Harpham Flats last weekend (yes they knew fishing is closed along the Reservation, that's why they didn't fish until they floated past the deadline). The wind was wicked, but they hit the skwala hatch perfectly. They said they saw many of the dark bodied, green stone flies on the banks, and did well fishing yellow and olive stimulators.
This hatch is spurratic and not as prevailing as the salmon fly and golden stone fly hatch coming this spring. But, when you hit it, it's great. Skwalas represent the first big fly, surface fishing of the season.
FACT: the male skwala has underdeveloped wings and can not fly. They are small and fast runners. The females are bigger and can fly. When fishing a Skwala, be sure to make it "skitter" on the surface. Rubber legs help give the illusion of movement.