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
Dry fly fishing has been decent on the Lower, though more fish will come on nymphs. Look for caddis throughout the late morning into dusk and PMD's throughout the afternoon. October caddis are already beginning to show up, though not in huge numbers yet. Keep an eye out for more of them as the month progresses. Swinging soft hackles and caddis pupa can be very effective from mid-morning to dusk. Nymphing with a smaller stonefly nymph trailed with small mayfly nymphs (#16-#20) caddis pupa/larva (#14-#18) and attractor nymphs (#12-#20) will be the way to go, likely until next spring. Our favorites are the Pheasant Tail, Frenchie, Psycho Prince, Poxyback PMD, and Copper John. An October caddis pupa can make a good substitute for your stonefly nymph as well. Steelhead are in the system and are being caught above Maupin, though we have yet to catch any between Warm Springs and Trout Creek. However, you definitely have a shot at a fish down here. We have been seeing fish caught on the swing with traditional hair wing flies on an intermediate leader, as well as on nymphs.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Deschutes River is currently Good

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

Water flow: Madras: 3930 CFS Moody: 4130 CFS

Visibility: 45 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 55 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

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

Temperatures at Moody are down to 59 degrees, which means steelhead will start moving soon. Weather should remain great all week.

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