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 now open! PLEASE ADVISE: Trout are still spawning in that stretch of river. Please do your best to remain off of redds, be it fishing or walking through. Dry fly hatches are sparse, though an occasional fish may rise to a midge or blue winged olive. Main bugs on the menu will likely be stonefly nymphs, blue wing olives, march browns, with the occasional skwala stone and caddis.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.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Deschutes River is currently Excellent

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

Water flow: Madras: 6180 CFS Moody: 9900 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

Nymphing is still going to provide the best results. Stonefly and baetis nymphs in tandem are a great combination. Don't hesitate to throw streamers to lurking fish as well. Indicator nymphing and euro nymphing have both been productive.

7-Day Forecast

The Lower Deschutes is fishing and fishing well! Great weather ahead of us.


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