Fishing has been steady on the Lower Deschutes. We are seeing more and more caddis, and the warmer days should really help move the hatch along in the next week or so. There are various mayflies around, with PMDs and PEDs showing in strongest numbers. The potential for dry fly fishing varies from day to day, with warmer days providing the best chance to find fish feeding on Caddis. Early mornings, evenings, and overcast days will show the most promising mayfly action. To catch fish consistently nymphing has been the way to go, with Stonefly, Mayfly, and Caddis nymphs all producing decent numbers of fish.
The fire in the Maupin area has been largely contained, and the highway is open in both directions, so don’t shy away from making the drive North if you’ve got the time. It was definitely a scary situation for the folks down in Maupin, a big thanks goes out to the fire crews who prevented the fire from reaching town or damaging any structures at this point in time.
Suggested Nymphs: Brown or Black Jimmy Legs #8-12, Jigged CDC Pheasant Tail #14-16, Jigged Hare’s Ear #14-16, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, Black or Red Copper John #14-18, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #14-18, Olive Soft Hackle #14-18, Tan or Olive Sparkle Pupa #16-18, Red Two Bit Hooker #16-18
Suggested Dries: Tan or Olive Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Cutters Caddis #16-18, X-Caddis #16-18, Outrigger Caddis #16-18, Parachute PMD #14-18, Tiltwing PMD #14-18, PMD Sparkle Dun #16-18, Parachute Adams #14-18, Purple Haze #14-18