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April 23 . 14

Upper Deschutes

    The Upper Deschutes from Benham Falls down is currently in great shape. Stonefly nymphs are moving around and nearing the stage of hatching. Nymphing a stonefly nymph with a small mayfly dropper is the perfect setup all through the Deschutes River. Small caddis and bwo's are around especially on the cloudy warm days. This time of year can be very productive on the Upper Deschutes. Don't pass it up on considerations of where to fish. The fish and fishermen now whats around the corner. Salmonflies!
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March 07 . 14

Upper Deschutes Report

    The Upper Deschutes is also higher than normal. Seems to be the story everywhere. Fishing close to the banks is your best bet. Nymphing big stones and bigger dropper nymphs surely would produce. Bigger prince and pheasant tail nymphs would be a great choice under a heavy stonefly nymph. Throwing streamers would be the next best option. Those big fish should be right on the bank in these conditions. Can't catch fish complaining about conditions. Give it a shot!
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February 25 . 14

Upper Deschutes

   The Deschutes for once has too much water but dropping. Below Benham falls last week, the Deschutes looked like Chocolate Milk. Flows are dropping and water clarity continues to improve. Nymphing is the best option as of late. Streamers close in near undercuts or structure could also produce the big town brown. Keep a close eye on flows before going out.
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January 30 . 14

Upper Deschutes Report

    The Upper Deschutes in town has been fishing good. Nymphing the riffles lately has been producing. Using a stonefly nymph and a dropper is the perfect combo for nymphing in town. Dropper flies to use are any small mayfly nymphs. If your looking for the big brown in town, streamers and covering lots of water is the name of the game. Were lucky to have the mighty Deschutes run through town and the beer Deschutes Brewery brews. I can't think of a better combo. Maybe an in town fishing session followed by a Deschutes Brewery beer. Yeah go do it!
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January 14 . 14

Upper Deschutes Report

    The water level around town on the Deschutes has raised. This should help fish feel a little more comfortable and allow more spots to be fished. Some tactics to use around town are nymphing a Stonefly and pheasant tail dropper. Nymphing little mayfly nymphs and soft hackles can produce. Other tactics are throwing smaller buggers and streamers. Looking to fish an hour or so, check the Deschutes out in town.
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January 06 . 14

Town Water on the Deschutes

    The best part about the Upper Deschutes in town is the numerous places you can fish. All the parks, bridges, spillways, river trails, and recreation sites have fish. If you have the itch to fish and don't have the time or money, take a look in our backyard. The Deschutes River has so many different characteristics and new places to explore. Think outside the box and sometimes the Deschutes river in town might surprise you.
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October 27 . 13

Upper D Report

   The Deschutes through town is extremely low. Yes it is that time of year where irrigation is shut off and winter flows are taken place. This means the fish will hunker down in some of the deeper pools or anywhere they can feel secured. The advantage for the angler is fishing water that can not be fished during high water. Streamers or nymphs would be the best choice. Benham falls upstream to Wickiup closes Oct. 31st.
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October 08 . 13

Upper Deschutes

   The water levels around town are low. This can be an advantage to anglers for fishing spots that are impossible when water levels are higher. Streamers and nymphing will be the most productive. Bugs for the Boxes would be: Stonefly Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Wd40, Rainbow Warrior, Zebra Midge, Bwo, and Streamers
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September 14 . 13

Upper Deschutes Report

    The Upper Deschutes between Little Lava and Crane closes at the end of this month. Get up there before it closes for last call chances at the awesome Brookies that thrive in the Upper D. Little Caddis and Pmd's have been working well for dries. Nymphing and throwing small streamers are your best chances for hooking into the bigger Brookies.

    Town Water can be a fun outing especially when you are looking to save some money on gas. The access around town is pretty amazing. If you are looking for some access points don't hesitate to give us a call or swing by the shop to get some ideas. It is easy to overlook fishing in town but if you are looking to wet a line for a little bit, it's the perfect option.
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August 18 . 13
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Upper D Browns and Bows

    The Upper Deschutes that feeds into Wickiup Reservoir can be a great place for targeting big browns and rainbows. Hucking big streamers and nymphing have been the best techniques. White Streamers have been getting some action, along with big stonefly nymphs with a dropper pheasant tail, egg pattern, and etc. Kokannee are moving into the deschutes arm and are getting ready to spawn. EGGcellent!! If you are looking for the trophy brown, rainbow or whitefish get out there!!
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July 28 . 13

Browns or Brookies. Your Choice?

    Fishing between Little Lava and Crane has still been producing some quality Brookies. Attractor dries and terrestrials have been fishing great near trees. Streamers and nymphing can produce some of those larger brookies that stay hunkered down in the deeper pools and down fall.

    If your looking for some big browns, the Deschutes from Crane to Wickiup or Wickiup to Benham falls is the place to be. Streamers is one of the best ways to fish for the big browns. Sink tips can be a huge advantage for getting down and in the strike zone.

 
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July 16 . 13
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Mid-July on the Upper D

My son Eric tells me  that the Upper D is producing some nice brookies.  He swore me to secrecy re the spots, but he's getting them on both buggers & dries.  Certain areas hold native Cranebows, and they're even dominant in a few spots.  Good news for both the Upper D and Crane.  The 'bows (and the usual numbers of smaller brookies) are mostly taking dries.  What a beautiful place, especially this time of year . . . tight lines -



     
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July 02 . 13
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Upper Deschutes Report

Fishing the Upper D has been productive, although not spectacular.  Lots of small brookies and a few rainbows can be caught on dries in the morning and evening, floating them along structure and in shallow riffles.  Stripping buggers in deeper water can produce bigger brook trout, with the occasional decent rainbow thrown in.  Surprisingly, casting buggers to rising fish can also produce.
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Upper Deschutes

The Upper Deschutes River, Oregon: Easing its way from Little Lava Lake through the tall canopies of the Ponderosas, the Upper Deschutes River changes its Read More... character at every turn. Spring creek beginnings offer tremendous walk and wade opportunities for eager Brook, Brown and Rainbow trout on a fly. Incredible flora and fauna abound, home to Rocky Mountain Elk, soaring Bald Eagles, and wild flowers from the brush of Monet. This section offers some of the summer's most intimate dry fly fishing. From here, river flows south creating two significant impoundments; Crane Prairie and Wickiup Reservoirs. These two vast reservoirs offer up the areas most significant populations of monstrous lake released Rainbow and Brown Trout. Then the river spills from Wickiup creating the only opportunity to fish from a boat on the entire Deschutes River. This section meanders through vast meadows featuring long "cut-banks" and island braids to challenge the anglers casting abilities. This stretch fishes dries both early and late with the bulk of the day hunting down large carnivores lurking under the banks casting large streamers. The Upper Deschutes River, Oregon has easy access either by foot, boat or SUV. The scenery is just short of magnificent and the fishing is spectacular. Itís located less than an hour from Bend and minutes from Sunriver making it ideal for a half or a full day outing.

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Rain showers. High near 41. Southwest wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Apr 24
Thursday
41°
32°
Cloudy
Winds: 18 mph
Humidity: 94%
Dew Point: 30°
Chance Precip: 90%
Apr 25
Friday
38°
32°
Cloudy
Winds: 14 mph
Humidity: 96%
Dew Point: 27°
Chance Precip: 81%
Apr 26
Saturday
41°
28°
Mostly Cloudy
Winds: 9 mph
Humidity: 95%
Dew Point: 27°
Chance Precip: 49%
Apr 27
Sunday
43°
28°
Cloudy
Winds: 9 mph
Humidity: 96%
Dew Point: 29°
Chance Precip: 67%
Apr 28
Monday
51°
30°
Mostly Cloudy
Winds: 9 mph
Humidity: 99%
Dew Point: 27°
Chance Precip: 32%

Upper Deschutes

 

March Brown

Pheasant Tail Nymph 12-16 Morning /
Afternoon
Flick March Brown 12-14 Afternoon
American March Brown 12-14 Afternoon

Blue-Winged Olive

Pheasant Tail Nymph 16-18 Morning /
Afternoon
Parachute Adams 16-18 Morning /
Afternoon
Para Wulff BWO 16-18 Morning /
Afternoon
Hi Vis Para BWO 16-18 Morning /
Afternoon
Compara Dun Purple 16-18 Morning /
Afternoon

Pale Morning Dun

Pheasant Tail Nymph 16-18 Morning /
Afternoon
Hares Ear Nymph 16-18 Morning /
Afternoon
Parachute PMD 16-18 Morning /
Afternoon
Hi Vis Para BWO 16-18 Morning /
Afternoon
Para Wulff BWO 16-18 Morning /
Afternoon

Spotted Sedge

Hares Ear Nymph 14-16 Mid Day /
Evening
Sparkle Pupa 14-16 Evening
Olive Elk Hair 14-16 Evening

Rock Worm Caddis

Serendipity Olive (Larva) 14-16 Mid Day /
Evening
Sparkle Pupa Apple 14-16 Mid Day /
Evening
Olive Elk Hair 14-16 Evening

Cream Stonefly

Hares Ear 10-12 Mid Day /
Evening
Trinas Carnage Tan 10 Mid Day /
Evening
Henry's Fork Golden 10 Mid Day /
Evening

Green Drake

Hairs Ear Nymph 10-12 Mid Day /
Evening
Extended Body Drake 10-12 Mid Day /
Evening
Green Drake Wulff 10-12 Mid Day /
Evening
Trina's Carnage Drake 10-12 Mid Day /
Evening

Ant

Blk Flying Ant 14 Mid Day

Upper Deschutes

 

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Upper Deschutes/Benham Falls 7 Day

 

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Upper Deschutes/Benham Falls 120 Day