Deschutes River, Upper

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
Deschutes
Crane Prairie
3 am
5.25/171
122.1
7 30 year
Deschutes
Wickiup
3 am
3.71/784
114.1
7 30 year
Deschutes
above Benham
3 am
3.99/1290
117.8
7 30 year
Deschutes
below Bend
3 am
1.56/79
120.7
7 30 year
04/20:

The irrigation season has started, so the middle Deschutes has dropped. For the next couple of weeks, expect the March brown and blue-winged olive hatches to fade out.

Due to the lower water level, the water temperature will rise. This means the salmonflies will become active. The hatch starts sooner on this stretch of the Deschuts than it does lower down.

The upper Deschutes--above Benham Falls--is closed until May 22.

Importance by half-month
 Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

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


Nymph

Size 16-20 Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear. Brown, brown-olive

Moderate runs, just below riffles: indicator, tight line, rising nymph

Emerger

Size 16-20 Sprout Midge, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

Dun

Size 16-20 Sparkle Dun, Comparadun, Hairwing Dun. Olive-brown body, gray wing

Flats, runs, backeddies: standard dry fly

► Expect hatches around 1:00 to 2:00 (daylight time) on cloudy days or drizzly days that aren't too cold.

Emerger

Size 10-14 Soft Hackle, Quigley Cripple, Film Critic, Hackle Stacker. Tan to red-brown body, brown wing

Near riffles, flats: surface swing

Dun

Size 10-14 Sparkle Dun, Hairwing Dun, Comparadun. Tan to red-brown body, brown wing

Near riffles, flats: standard dry fly

► During the hatch, trout may be more receptive to emerger patterns than to duns.

► During hatches, look for feeding fish in the slow-to-moderate runs that are within about a hundred yards (upstream or downstream) of a good-sized riffle. Hatches start around 2:00-2:30 p.m., daylight time.

► Prior to the hatch, nymphs can be productive if you drift them near the bottom.

Pupa

Size 10-22 Chans Chironomid Pupa, Zebra Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

Adult

Size 10-22 Griffiths Gnat, Sprout Midge. Black, gray, olive, red, creams, browns

► When trout are midging, a Sprout Midge can work well, but a pupa pattern is always a good choice.

► Trout can be very picky about size and color of the pupa. You may need to swap flies several times to find the right combination.

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

► When fishing a streamer, try matching your fly to the sky color: dark patterns on dark days, lighter patterns on bright days.

► Resident brown trout can whack a streamer that is presented in the pools and alongside the river bank where the water is over two feet deep.

General


► The river is closed from Little Lava Lake to Benham Falls until May 22.

► There is good public access near Terrebonne. This area holds a mix of brown trout and rainbow trout.
La Pine

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