Deschutes River, Upper

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
Deschutes
Crane Prairie
1 am
5.22/157
151.6
7 30 year
Deschutes
Wickiup
1 am
5.26/1310
133.3
7 30 year
Deschutes
above Benham
1 am
5.05/1880
136.7
7 30 year
Deschutes
below Bend
1 am
1.81/133
137.8
7 30 year
06/01:

The upper-upper Deschutes--above Benham Falls--is now open.

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

► Look for afternoon and evening hatches in soft water below riffles. Several species are active, so try to match the size and color of whatever is hatching. If you carry adult patterns in size 14 (tan, olive) and size 16-18 (brown or dark gray) you will cover many situations. Throw in some Sparkle Pupas of similar size and color and some size 14-16 brown Soft Hackles; that will cover most caddis situations you will encounter.

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 the 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. There are many rainbow fry in the river this month, and brown trout gobble them up.

Trout


► In June, the upper stretch between Little Lava Lake and Crane Prairie Reservoir opens, and the section below Bend is less fishable due to the onset of irrigation season.

► The area between Crane Prairie and Little Lava Lake can produce some nice brook trout. Brook trout are partial to flies with red, so Royal Wulffs can be productive. A Parachute Adams or Purple Haze can also be effective.

General


► Take mosquito repellant when you fish between Little Lava Lake and Crane Prairie Reservoir.
La Pine

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