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
Fishing well, morning or evening bite has been good. - Make sure to really work the water along seams and drops, Islands make for good fishing. Fish buckets and inside corners, as well as waist deep or deeper water. Bring three rods - Dry, Nymph and Streamer and really work each spot you end up stopping, making every stop worth the effort.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Deschutes River is currently Good

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

Water flow: Madras: 3620 CFS Moody: 4060 CFS

Visibility: 30 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 55 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Late Mornings, Late Afternoons, Evenings.

Best stretch: The Maupin area.

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, Mayflies, midges.

Fish species: Rainbow trout and Steelhead

Fishing season: Some closures. Check local regulations.

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

Person Fishing in a stream

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 for trout has been our most consistent tactic recently. Mayflies (#14-18), and flashy midges have been productive lately. Also, fishing standard nymphs like Hares Ears and PT's always produce some action. We're seeing PMD, PED, with BWO on the way soon or now, depending. You can find fish SWINGING now - makes slow fishing days interesting.

7-Day Forecast

Saw a HUGE sz 20 BWO hatch recently. October Caddis are everywhere. Fish are starting to key in on dries but very selective and only in certain spots like eddies.Euro nymphing is a good mid-day tactic and where you will find most of your fish. Evening Caddis action is always worth waiting for.


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