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Deschutes River, Lower

Friday, March 27, 1:33 p.m. PDT


Current River Levels

For 7-day, 30-day, and one-year graphs, click bold type below.

GAGE LOCATION

DAY/YEAR
GRAPHS

CURRENT
STAGE/FLOW

WHAT TIME

Shitike Ck / Peters Pstr

7 30 year

4.06 / 53

11 am

Shitike Creek / Warm Springs

7 30 year

1.15 / 67

1 pm

Warm Springs / Kahneeta

7 30 year

1.37 / 331

12 pm

Deschutes / Madras

7 30 year

3.27 / 5120

12 pm

Deschutes / Moody

7 30 year

3.08 / 6000

12 pm


Weather

Click bold type for weather from NOAA, Accuweather, or The Weather Channel

CITY

Madras

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC

Maupin

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC

The Dalles

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC

Government Camp

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC


What to Expect in March

How to use this section.


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

HATCH

NYMPH/
LARVA

PUPA/
EMERGER

DUN/
ADULT

EGG-
LAYER

Blue-winged olive

March brown

Saddle-case caddis

Spotted caddis

Green caddis

Golden stonefly

Salmonfly

Little brown stonefly

Skwala

Midge

Sculpin

Crayfish


Blue-winged olives will be around all month, and will be an event through April. Expect the blue-wings to hatch around 1:00 p.m. (standard time). Slow runs and backeddies are the best places to find fish. For tips on backeddy fishing, see Three Quick Tips for Backeddies.

During a hatch, a size-18 olive Sparkle Dun, Parachute Baetis, or Comparadun should work well for you. If the hatch is intense, a slightly darker pattern will help you spot your fly among the naturals; the trout don't seem to mind the darker color.

The best hatches will be on overcast days, preferably with a light drizzle. This prolongs and intensifies the hatch, getting trout into a proper frame of mind to accept your imitation.

The Smurf Emerger is another option for blue-winged olive hatches. It's a fly developed especially for the Deschutes and is available at Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop in Maupin.

Outside the hatch times, a gold-ribbed Hares Ear or Pheasant Tail (size 18-20) presented near the bottom is a good tactic. Another good nymph pattern is the Zug Bug. It imitates drifting spotted caddis larvae, which are common in the upper 60 miles of the river.

Saddle-case caddis (Glossosoma) are very active this month. A size 16-18 creamy Sparkle Pupa can be productive when dead-drifted near the bottom. If caddis are hatching, this is the most likely genus.

A size-14 black Elk Hair Caddis or Parachute Black Stone should also be in your fly box. The little brown stoneflies are not a prolific hatch, but trout seldom ignores the adults. See Small Brown Stoneflies for details.

Egg Flies are another productive tactic at this time of year. The river has more whitefish than trout, and they spawn in winter. Trout will take roe that is drifting near the bottom.

March browns can become locally important about the second week of the month. A water temperature around 48-50 seems to get the March browns moving in numbers. A size 12-14 brown CDC Cripple or Comparadun works well during the hatch; Deschutes March browns have a tan or creamy underside, so pick your pattern accordingly. This is not a prolific hatch here, but some parts of the lower river have large pockets of March browns.

You may also see an occasional Skwala stonefly this month.

If you dredge a stonefly nymph on the bottom, you might pick up a spawned-out steelhead that is headed downstream. Let it go on its way.

For more on March tactics and flies, see the Rivers in General forecast

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Other Info Sources

Phone or click on links

The Caddis Fly Angling Shop 541-342-7005

Confluence Fly Shop 541-678-5351

Deschutes Angler Fly Shop 541-395-0995
Online report

Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop 541-395-2565
Online report

Fin and Fire 541/548-1503
Online report

Fly and Field Outfitters 541-318-1616
Online report

The Fly Fisher's Place 541-549-3474
Online report

The Fly Fishing Shop 503-622-4607

Gorge Fly Shop 541-386-6977

The Hook 541-593-2358
Online report

Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters 503-252-1529

The Patient Angler 541-389-6208

River City Fly Shop 503-579-5176

Royal Treatment Fly Shop 503/850-4397


Feature Articles

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Deschutes River Spring Trout

Tower of Doom or Tower of Better River Management?

Deschutes Late Season Steelhead

Lower Deschutes Steelhead with Sam Sickles

Deschutes Blue-Winged Olive Hatch

Deschutes December Steelhead with John Smeraglio

Hunting Trout in the Trees with Chris O'Donnell

Deschutes Trout, July

Deschutes Steelhead, 2010 Season

Deschutes Salmonfly Hatch

What to Expect on the Deschutes

Westfly Makes Donations

Fishing the Deschutes with Chris O'Donnell

The Drift--March 2004

The Drift--February 2003

An Oasis of Tradition on the Deschutes


Recent News Articles

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