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
The river below Bend is still very low and will remain so until October. It's fishable, but focus on the deeper pools. They should be easy to identify. Dry fly fishing can decent this time of year with Caddis and PMD's being the main bugs on the river. October caddis are starting to show up, though numbers won't likely be inspiring until later this month. Nymphing will continue to be the most efficient way to catch fish, with a typical rig consisting of a small stonefly followed by a caddis or mayfly nymph. Flies in the size 14-18 range tend to be the most effective. Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, and Hare's Ears will all catch fish. If all else fails, size down to a size 18-20 Zebra Midge. October caddis pupa make an excellent addition to a nymph rig and can fish well on the swing as well.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Deschutes River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Deep Canyon Outfitters

Water flow: Benham: 1519 CFS Bend: 104 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:

Caddis, Pale Morning Dun, 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

Nymphing will remain the most effective method on the Middle Deschutes for most of the year. Dry fly fishing is continuing to improve and there have been good numbers of caddis throughout the stretch.

7-Day Forecast

Temperatures in Bend should remain in the mid 60s to low 70s all week, and flows should remain fairly steady until the beginning of October. This is a great time to fish the Middle Deschutes.

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