Deschutes River, Upper

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
Deschutes
Crane Prairie
10 am
5.16/157
160.0
7 30 year
Deschutes
Wickiup
10 am
6.22/1610
147.2
7 30 year
Deschutes
above Benham
10 am
5.11/1930
141.2
7 30 year
Deschutes
below Bend
10 am
1.82/135
143.3
7 30 year
08/01:

Look for caddis in the evening. In slow sections, you might see a midday callibaetis hatch. Small streamers retrieved near the edges can be productive.

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

Egg-layer

Size 12-18 Diving Caddis, Soft Hackle. Body: brown; Wing: black

Riffles, current seams, backeddies below riffles: surface swing, shallow nymph, rising nymph

► 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.

Adult

Size 4-10 Madam X, Daves Hopper, Morrish Hopper. Tan/yellow, olive/yellow, green

Bankwater with grass: standard dry fly

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

Trout


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

► 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.

General


► 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.
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