Deschutes River, Upper

River Levels

GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
Deschutes
Crane Prairie
5 am
6.25/433
7 30 year
Deschutes
Wickiup
5 am
4.99/861
7 30 year
Deschutes
above Benham
6 am
4.40/1500
7 30 year
Deschutes
below Bend
6 am
2.08/197
7 30 year

 

Recent Reports

08/25:

Between Little Lava Lake and Crane Prairie, water has been high enough to support good dry fly fishing for smallish trout.

 

Major Hatches for September

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.


Pupa

Size 12-18 Soft Hackle, , Deep Sparkle Pupa. Body: tan, green; Shroud: tan

Riffles, runs, just below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph

Adult

Size 12-18 Goddard Caddis, X Caddis, Parachute Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis. Body: brown, green, dark gray; Wing: tan, brown

Egg-layer

Size 12-18 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Body: brown; Wing: black

Riffles, current seams, backeddies below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph, rising nymph

► The Parachute Caddis works best in slow sections.

► Look for evening hatches. Size 14-16 dry flies and pupa patterns should cover most situations. Use flies with tan or brown bodies.

Adult

Size 4-10 Madam X, Daves Hopper, Morrish Hopper. Tan/yellow, olive/yellow, green

Bankwater with grass: standard dry fly

Adult

Size 2-8 Muddler, Woolly Bugger, Clouser Minnow, Possie Bugger. Browns, olives, silver, greens

Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing

Adult

Size 2-8 Muddler, Woolly Bugger, Clouser Minnow, Possie Bugger. Browns, olives, silver, greens

Lakes; rivers over gravel and cobble, undercut banks: count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, wind drift, deep swing

► Besides rainbow trout, the upper Deschutes has some enormous brown trout (5-10 pounds, some even bigger). They're unlikely to rise for your caddis patterns, but if you cast a large streamer near the bank and retrieve it, you might tie into a real trophy. The best brown trout fishing will be near dusk.

 

September Tips

Trout


► Below Wickiup, you'll probably find better fishing below the Fall River confluence.

► The river closed above Wickiup Reservoir at the end of August.

General


► This part of the river is best fished from a boat, but there are several good bank-fishing spots.

 

Other Months

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Other Rivers or Lakes

 

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Weather

La Pine

 

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

 

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