The Lower Deschutes has been fishing well with pretty consistent Caddis hatches providing great opportunity to throw dries. Nymphing has been consistent as well, and we are seeing good numbers of quality fish throughout the day and camp stretch. The best fishing will start early and last through midday. Hot weather and warm water temperatures will slow the fish down in the afternoon, and it is time to start considering giving the fish a break through the warm hours of the afternoon. The warm water will continue to be a concern going forward especially farther down the river towards Maupin and the mouth, so keep an eye on temperatures and enjoy the incredible fishing we’ve been seeing through the first half of the day!
The Substation fire which scorched much of the area surrounding the Lower Deschutes from Mack’s to the Mouth is mostly under control. The damage to the vegetation and canyon itself is pretty substantial, but this stretch of river is again open to the public. Steelhead are in the lower stretches of the lower river and those who put in the time and effort are seeing some success.
Suggested Dries: Cutter’s Caddis #16-18, Tan Outrigger Caddis #16-18, Tan Henry’s Fork Caddis #16-18, PT A/C Caddis #16-18, Parachute PMD #14-18, Tilt Wing PMD #14-18, Purple Haze #14-18, Parachute Adams #14-18
Suggested Nymphs: Jigged CDC Pheasant Tail #14-16, Jigged Hare’s Ear #14-16, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #14-18, Pheasant Tail #14-18, Olive Soft Hackle #14-18, Olive or Tan Sparkle Pupa #16-18, Nitro Caddis Pupa #16-18, Red or Black Two Bit Hooker #16-18, Brown or Peacock Jimmy Legs #10-12