Deschutes River, Upper

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GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
Deschutes
Crane Prairie
10 pm
5.16/150
123.2
7 30 year
Deschutes
Wickiup
10 pm
3.06/604
112.6
7 30 year
Deschutes
above Benham
10 pm
4.19/1390
129.6
7 30 year
Deschutes
below Bend
10 pm
3.48/802
119.0
7 30 year

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

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

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