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Deschutes River  Lower Section

– Below Lake Billy Chinook and Pelton Dam, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions

 

Water flow: Madras: 4230 CFS Moody: 4890 CFS

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Mid-Morning-Early Evening

Best stretch: Trout fishing: Warmsprings to Mac’s Canyon Steelhead fishing: Warmsprings to the Mouth

Best access point: Heritage Flats, Maupin, Locked Gate, Mac’s Canyon, South Junction, Trout Creek, town of Warmspings

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Caddis, PMD’s, Yellow Sally’s, Golden Stone

Fish species: Rainbow trout and Steelhead

Fishing season:

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

Lower Deschutes River Description

Healthy populations of rainbow trout and growing returns of steelhead inhabit the Lower Deschutes River. This spectacular river rambles through an immense canyon, dropping sharply in spots creating exciting whitewater opportunities. Besides great fishing, the Deschutes is home for wildlife, including Bald eagles, Osprey, Blue Heron, Big Horn sheep, Mule deer, playful Otters and of course strong rainbow trout …

and summer steelhead!

The Lower Deschutes boasts some of Oregon’s finest fishing for rainbow trout. Known locally as Redsides, these native fish grow thick shouldered and extremely powerful for their size. Averaging 14-16 inches, and topping out around 21 inches. This unique strain of trout is notorious for their strength and acrobatics.
Open to fishing all year, the Lower Deschutes is home to many species of insects, which hatch to Biblical proportions. May marks the famous Stone fly hatch, which lasts through the first weeks of June. These huge bugs prove to be the ultimate meal for the trout, which eat them with recklessness. Anglers who fish during this hatch will be rewarded with the largest, hottest rainbow trout of the season. Like all rivers, the Deschutes has ever-changing hatches, creating great dry fly opportunities through out the year.
The Deschutes River is equally famous for its Summer Steelhead run. These anadromous fish begin migrating from the Pacific in July. As the weather cools in September, the steelhead respond. Steelhead this time of the season are notorious risers to surface presentations, which will leave your heart racing. October is a best month to catch a steelhead. The weather is pleasant, and fish can be caught in the entire river.

If you enjoy fly fishing for feisty rainbow trout and powerful steelhead, the Deschutes River is an experience you can’t afford to neglect.

Techniques & Tips

It is Caddis season, so seek out those back eddies and seams where fish can comfortably feed on emergers and pupa. If dry fly fishing is slow, nymphing with stonefly nymphs and PT, Hare’s Ear, Copper John droppers is a great technique.

7-Day Forecast

Fishing is turning on with caddis! A lot of the action will still be in the soft water: edges/eddies. Don’t overlook targeting over hanging vegetation, fish will hold under this type of cover to feed on pupa and emergers, especially during high sun. PMD’s using crippled or emerger patterns for these mayfly species is often critical. Plenty of caddis are out there too. Go deep with your nymphs, if your not losing them, your not using them. Pat’s Rubber Legs and a March Brown nymph/soft hackle, PT’s, Frenchies, Hares Ear, have been picking up fish. Visit or contact… CONFLUENCE FLY SHOP 375 SW POWERHOUSE DRIVE, SUITE 100 BEND OREGON 97702 541-678-5633 For fly pattern recommendations and directions to the most productive stretches of water.


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