Deschutes River - Middle, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Deschutes River - Middle, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Winter flows are in effect with irrigation season drawing to a close. The river below Bend has come up to a healthier level and the river above Bend has dropped substantially. This time of year can be excellent on the river above Bend. October caddis are around in better numbers every day. October caddis pupa are a must-have this time of year. Nymphing will continue to be the most efficient way to catch fish, with a typical rig consisting of a small stonefly or October caddis pupa followed by a small mayfly nymph. Flies in the size 14-18 range tend to be the most effective. Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, and Hare's Ears are the shop favorites. If all else fails, size down to a size 18-20 Zebra Midge or baetis nymph. Egg patterns will become very effective over the next couple months. Sculpins can draw out some bigger fish this time of year as well, so have a 6 or 7 weight rod rigged up with a sink tip line.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Deschutes River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Deep Canyon Outfitters

Water flow: Benham: 1140 CFS Bend: 75 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

Uncharacteristically warm weather is on the way. Expect flows above Bend to remain fairly steady. Fishing should continue to be good.

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