Deschutes River - Below Lake Billy Chinook and Pelton Dam, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Deschutes River - Below Lake Billy Chinook and Pelton Dam, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Typical nymph rigs on this stretch consist of a stonefly followed by any small mayfly you like. Our favorites are the Pheasant Tail, red Copper John, and purple Psycho Prince. Caddis hatches have been good. Fish are rising primarily in the early morning and late evening to Pale Morning Duns and Caddis.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Deschutes River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Deep Canyon Outfitters
Bischof's Flyfishing

Water flow: Madras: 3710 CFS Moody: 4100 CF

Visibility: 45 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 58 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mid Day

Best stretch: Trout fishing: Warm Springs to Mack's Canyon Steelhead fishing: Warm Springs to the Mouth

Best access point: Heritage Flats, Maupin, Locked Gate, Mack's Canyon, South Junction, Trout Creek, town of Warm Spings

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Caddis, Pale Morning Dun, BWO, Midge

Fish species: Rainbow trout and Steelhead

Fishing season: Some closures. Check local regulations.

Nearest airport: Roberts Field Airport (RDM), Redmond, Oregon

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Lower Deschutes River Description

Healthy populations of rainbow trout and growing returns of steelhead inhabit the Lower Deschutes River. This spectacular river rambles through an immense canyon, dropping sharply in spots creating exciting whitewater opportunities. Besides great fishing, the Deschutes is home for wildlife, including Bald eagles, Osprey, Blue Heron, Big Horn sheep, Mule deer, playful Otters and of course strong rainbow trout ...

Techniques & Tips

Nymphing will be the go-to method for most of the summer. Look out for some hatches of caddis and pale morning duns, and dont be afraid to swing a sculpin down here.

7-Day Forecast

Weather is expected to remain in the high 90s to 100 degree temperatures all week. Bring sun protection and practice safe catch and release techniques.

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