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
We like fishing in the mornings and evenings in the middle of summer, though the days are getting shorter again, so there are fish to catch all day. Fish the shade of trees and deeper slots when possible.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Deschutes River is currently Excellent

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

Water flow: Madras: 3840 CFS Moody: 4230 CFS

Visibility: 46 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 56 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

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

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, PMDs, BWOs, and Midges.

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

Nymphing has been our most productive tactic recently. Stoneflies, mid-size mayflies, and caddis pupa have been the best nymphs for us lately. Dry-dropper rigs with a caddis pupa underneath a Elk Hair Caddis or Stimulator have done well. The caddis hatch has been thick in the evenings right before dark.

7-Day Forecast

You'll likely find Caddis, PMDs, BWOs, and PEDs on the water.


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