The Lower Deschutes has been getting more productive as the weather cools. Temperatures are shifting from the high 80s down to the 70s which will provide much-needed relief for our favorite canyon. Keep in mind that the regulations have changed for the river below Sheras Falls, make sure to check the ODFW website before you head out. The shifting temperatures will likely get fish more eager to rise to the surface. When things cool down, you will often see more productive pale morning dun hatches. Caddis will definitely still be prevalent as well. It’s too early for October caddis on the surface but the pupa will start to be in the drift. Nymphing has been productive with the usual patterns. Caddis pupa, pale morning dun, and other mayfly nymphs are productive, especially if you can match a nymph to a hatch. Stonefly nymphs and euro jig flies work very well for nymphing deep. Now is a great time to swing soft hackles and small streamers for trout, it can be a great way to cover lots of water in a time-effective manner. Now that the heat is passing, the canyon is much more inviting.
Recommended Dries: Hackle Stacker PMD #14-18, Parachute PMD #14-18, Black or Tan Elk Hair Caddis #12-20, X-Caddis #12-20
Recommended Nymphs: Jimmy Legs #8 Black or Brown, Jigged Hares Ear #14-16, Jigged Pheasant Tail #14-16, Psycho Prince #14-16, Duracell Jig #14-18, Copper John #14-18, Split Back PMD #18, Olive or Tan Sparkle Pupa #16-18, Nitro Caddis Pupa #16-18