Deschutes River, Upper

River Levels

GAGE TIME FT/CFS ℉/TB GRAPHS
Deschutes
Crane Prairie
8 pm 6.33/388 7 30 year
Deschutes
Wickiup
8 pm 6.00/1610 7 30 year
Deschutes
above Benham
1 pm 5.33/2060 7 30 year
Deschutes
below Bend
1 pm 1.79/133 7 30 year

 

What to Expect in August

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

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

 

Expect inconsistent fishing between Little Lava Lake and Crane Prairie, and between Crane Prairie and Wickiup. Both these stretches close August 31 to protect spawning trout.

Some pale morning duns may be hatching in the upper stretch (above Crane Prairie) early in the month.

Look for evening hatches of caddis throughout the month. Dark brown Elk Hair Caddis, about size 14, are effective in riffles and near the bank. Below Crane Prairie, you might entice some of the river's big brown trout with a streamer pattern cast near the bank and stripped back quickly. Evenings near dark are the best times to seek the brown trout. The best fishing in the Crane-to-Wickiup stretch is the low-gradient water between Wickiup and the bridge.

Late in the month, brown trout will move out of Wickiup Reservoir and into the area between Sheep Bridge and the Highway. You might pick up some fish with Woolly Buggers, leech patterns, and other streamers. Low light periods will offer the best fishing. This fishery ends August 31 between Wickiup and Crane Prairie.

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

What to expect in 

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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