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
Flows are fairly steady from Benham Falls all the way to Lake Billy Chinook. This time of year can be excellent on the river above Bend. Blue winged olives and midges are the heaviest hatches, though fewer fish are looking up. Nymphs will catch you the most fish. Stonefly nymphs followed by your favorite mayfly immitation in a size 16-20 will catch fish. Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, JuJu Baetis, and Zebra Midges are the shop favorites. Wooly Buggers on the strip have been catching us lots of fish recently as well.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Deschutes River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Deep Canyon Outfitters

Water flow: Benham: 547 CFS Bend: 473 CFS

Visibility: 35 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 55 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Early Morning-Evening

Best stretch: Tetherow Crossing to Lake Billy Chinook

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

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Blue Winged Olive, Midge

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

Winter flows are in effect, which means that your best shot at catching fish will be on small nymphs or streamers. Wooly Buggers and sculpins have been moving fish, and baetis and midge nymphs are must-haves this time of year.

7-Day Forecast

Snow is expected late this week but fishing will remain good all winter as long as you're willing to trudge through some snow.

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