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
Snow throughout the week will make access to this stretch difficult but not impossible. Blue winged olives and midges are about the only hatches, though very few fish are willing to eat dries. Nymphs will 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, near Benham falls. Up here, 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: 489 CFS Bend: 444 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, 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 provide better opportunities to find fish in the stretch of the Deschutes outside of Bend. Lower water concentrates these fish in areas that are more easily accessible by the angler on foot. For those seeking out the potentially larger and more aggressive fish, casting streamers with a sink tip can produce. For the best opportunity to catch fish, nymphing small stoneflies, and trailering anything from an egg pattern, to small midge, or BWO is recommended.

7-Day Forecast

Snow has come and will likely continue all week. Fishing should remain good, though we recommend having 4 wheel drive to access some of the spots that are higher on the river. Road maintenance out there is limited.

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