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
Get it while you can! We have a month left to fish the Deschutes down to the northern boundary of the Warm Springs Reservation. Blue winged olives and midges are the only hatches you're likely to find. 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 next spring. We like the JuJu Baetis, Aero Baetis, Pheasant Tail, Copper John, Psycho Prince, and Zebra Midge. Steelhead are throughout system. Try Hoh Bo Speys and Silveynator Tubes are still the go-to swing flies for the guides. If nymphing is your game, try a flashy stonefly followed by an egg, Jumbo John, or larger Psycho Prince in a size 10-12.
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: 4750 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:

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

Winter 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

Cold weather is coming. Some snow is expected later this week. If you can brave the weather, fishing will remain good.

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