The Lower Deschutes is a bit drier and a bit warmer than most other trout fisheries; although, it’s still looking a bit rainy down there this week with some cool night temperatures. Trout fishing has been excellent. Steelheading is closed, check the MyODFW page for more information. Right around midday, there have been some decent blue wing olive hatches. The October Caddis hatch has slowed down but the dries can still work well as an indicator for a dropper nymph. Nymphing has been the most consistent way to pick up fish. We’ve been having good luck with stoneflies and euro-style flies. Classic patterns like hare’s ears, pheasant tails, and copper john are some of my favorites on the Lower. Having baetis nymph patterns is a great idea, fish them in the mornings before the hatches. Midges are also important to have in the winter. Don’t forget about eggs, they’ll be a big source of protein for a while. Fall is quiet in the canyon, go out and enjoy some solitude.
Recommended Dries: Hackle Stacker BWO #18-22, Parachute BWO #16-20, Black or Tan Elk Hair Caddis #12-20, X-Caddis #12-20
Recommended Nymphs: Black or Brown Jimmy Legs #8, Deep October Caddis Pupa #10-12, Jigged Hares Ear #14-16, Jigged Pheasant Tail #14-16, Psycho Prince #14-16, Duracell Jig #14-18, Copper John #14-18, Slim Shady Olive #18-20, Olive or Tan Sparkle Pupa #16-18, Nitro Caddis Pupa #16-18