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
Blue winged olives, midges, and October caddis are around, as well as some smaller caddis and midges. Nymphing with a smaller stonefly nymph or October caddis pupa trailed with small mayfly nymphs (#16-#20) will be the way to go, likely until next spring. Our favorites are the Pheasant Tail, Frenchie, Psycho Prince, and Copper John. Zebra midges are a great fallback when all else fails. Small caddis larva and pupa patterns can be a good addition to a nymph rig as well. October caddis pupa are a necessity this time of year so be sure to have a few in the box. Steelhead fishing continues to be decent but not spectacular. Swinging traditional flies as well as nymphing have both been producing fish. As the water gets colder, try swinging a bit deeper with a bigger fly like an egg sucking leech or a Hoh Bo Spey.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Deschutes River is currently Good

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

Water flow: Madras: 4330 CFS Moody: 4610 CFS

Visibility: 45 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 54 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:

October caddis, 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

Fall tactics are in effect. Nymphs are still catching the most fish, and we're getting steelhead on nymphs as well as on the swing.

7-Day Forecast

Much needed rain is expected late this week and early next week. Fishing is good but will improve when we start getting some rain.

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