Deschutes River, Upper

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS
Deschutes
Crane Prairie
11 pm 5.98/464 7 30 year
Deschutes
Wickiup
11 pm 5.48/1530 7 30 year
Deschutes
above Benham
0 am 5.15/1960 7 30 year
Deschutes
below Bend
0 am 1.78/131 7 30 year

 

What to Expect in July

HATCH NYM/
LAR
PUPA/
EMER
DUN/
ADLT
EGG-
LAY
Caddis
Midge
Baitfish
Ant

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

 

Evenings should offer fair fishing with caddis patterns. Watch for afternoon pale morning dun hatches; if it's an overcast day, these can be quite strong.

When nothing is hatching, a streamer is a good bet, and sometimes even when there's a hatch on. The river's brown trout can be huge (there are browns over ten pounds here) and they are predatory. They are most likely to strike during low light times, so early morning and late evening offer the best chances.

Late in the month you should try some grasshopper patterns near the grassy banks.

The stretch between Crane Prairie and Little Lava Lake can have good fishing for brook trout and rainbows. It's just a little creek up there, and a pleasant place to go--but the mosquitoes can be fierce.

Between Pringle Falls and Benham Falls, bank access is excellent from a network of dirt/gravel roads. You can also launch a boat and--unlike the lower Deschutes--you can fish from it. Before you set forth in your boat, however, make sure you know where you are and where you should take out; this stretch of the Deschutes is mostly placid water punctuated by occasional life-threatening cataracts.

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

What to expect in 

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NOAA, Accuweather, Weather Channel
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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