Deschutes River, Upper

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS
Deschutes
Crane Prairie
0 am 5.49/282 7 30 year
Deschutes
Wickiup
0 am 3.22/630 7 30 year
Deschutes
above Benham
1 am 4.39/1540 7 30 year
Deschutes
below Bend
1 am 2.76/414 7 30 year

 

What to Expect in April

HATCH NYM/
LAR
PUPA/
EMER
DUN/
ADLT
EGG-
LAY
March brown
Grannom
Small black stonefly
Midge
Baitfish

Hatches divided by half-month.
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

 

The middle Deschutes (between Bend and Lake Billy Chinook) can have fluctuating flows in April, so check the river levels before heading over. After irrigation starts (around mid-April), draw-downs will make the river more fishable. However, warm weather can melt snow and add muddy flows to the river (e.g., Tumalo Creek).

March browns will be available. Carry size 12 CDC Cripples , Parachute Hares Ears , or Comparaduns , all with creamy-brown undersides and brown wings.

Standard nymphs also work, and you may encounter blue-winged olive hatches. Between Benham Falls and Bend, a streamer is a good choice.

The area near Terrebonne has decent public access.

For more information on April fishing, see the Rivers section of the General Oregon Report

What to expect in 

Map (enlarge)

NOAA, Accuweather, Weather Channel
La Pine noaa
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Bend noaa
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Other Info Sources

Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351

Fin and Fire 541/548-1503

Fly and Field Outfitters 541-318-1616

The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474

The Hook 541-593-2358

The Patient Angler 541-389-6208