Deschutes River - Middle, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Deschutes River - Middle, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Don't forget that everything up river of Benham Falls is still closed until May 22th. The river has dropped considerably in the past couple weeks. Adult salmonflies have been seen, and should be in full force for the near future. Blue winged olives and midges are about the only other hatches happening. Nymphs will probablt still catch you the most fish. Stonefly nymphs followed by your favorite mayfly immitation in a size #16-20 will get the job done. Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, JuJu Baetis, and Zebra Midges are the shop favorites. Wooly Buggers and small sculpins on the strip have been catching us lots of fish recently as well. The best fishing is above Bend, below Benham falls. Up there, the water is nice and low and easy to wade.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Deschutes River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Deep Canyon Outfitters

Water flow: Benham: 800 CFS Bend: 475 CFS

Visibility: 35 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 55 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mid-day

Best stretch: Tetherow Crossing to Lake Billy Chinook

Best access point: Steelhead Falls, Lower Bridge, Tetherow Crossing

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Salmonflies, Blue Winged Olives, Midges.

Fish species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout

Fishing season: Open all year

Nearest airport: Roberts Field Airport (RDM), Redmond, Oregon

Middle Deschutes River Description

Most anglers and river users call the section of the Deschutes river between Bend Oregon and Lake Billy Chinook, the "Middle" Deschutes. This section of the Deschutes is unique in character, with it intense canyon walls, and rugged regions. By far this part of the Deschutes is the most difficult to access. There are a number of access points from both BLM and County property, but there is also a far amount ...

Techniques & Tips

Streamers can be a great way to hook up, if you happen to encounter off-color water. Nymphing, and now dry flies will also be productive.

7-Day Forecast

Access is improving as the river comes down. Further north where irrigation is starting to reduce flows on the Middle Deschutes fishing will be better. Adult salmonfly's are out along the banks of certain stretches of the middle Deschutes.


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