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
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The Lower Deschutes between the Pelton Regulating Dam and the northern boundary of the Warm Springs reservation is closed until April 22nd. There are still opportunities for trout below the Warm Springs reservation, near the town of Maupin. Small flies are on the menu this time of year. Dry fly hatches are sparse, though an occasional fish may rise to a midge or blue winged olive. Nymphing with a smaller stonefly nymph trailed with small mayfly nymphs and midges in a size 16-22 will be the way to go, likely until spring. We like the JuJu Baetis, Aero Baetis, Pheasant Tail, Copper John, Psycho Prince, and Zebra Midge. Pat's Rubber Legs in a size 10 or smaller are the go-to top fly for a double nymph rig. Deschutes steelhead are actively spawning, so we'd recommend heading to the coast if you're looking for chrome.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Deschutes River is currently Good

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

Water flow: Madras: 4410 CFS Moody: 5100 CFS

Visibility: 45 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 48 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:

BWO, Midge

Fish species: Rainbow trout and Steelhead

Fishing season: Some closures. Check local regulations.

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

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

With the more prolific hatches of the year having come to an end, nymphing is the key to success.

7-Day Forecast

Rain and snow will come throughout the week and temperatures will remain cold. Fishing will likely be steady, if a bit slow. If you can brave the weather, there is some good fishing to do around Maupin.

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