It’s a great time of year to be on the Lower Deschutes, there are hungry Redsides working hard to pack in calories and an abundance of insects giving them the opportunity to feed aggressively. We are still seeing good numbers of Caddis with some sporadic Mayfly activity, and the big October Caddis adults are all over the place. Nymphing should produce consistent action throughout the day, and there is opportunity to find opportunistic fish looking towards the surface through much of the day as well. A big Stonefly or October Caddis Pupa trailed with a small Caddis or Mayfly trailer has been our go-to set up, and a well presented Caddis dry in the area of a recent rise has good chances of getting fish here and there throughout the day.
We are starting to get more reports of run-ins with Steelhead on the day stretch. A decent portion of the fish in the Lower Deschutes have made it up to the Warm Springs area, and while low numbers mean finding one will require a little good fortune, fish are being caught on nymphs and swung flies.
Suggested Dries: X Caddis #14-18, A/C Caddis #14-18, Outrigger Caddis #14-18, Henry’s Fork Caddis #14-20, Purple Haze #16-18, Clarks Stone #10-14, Orange Stimulator #10-14, Tilt Wing Mahogany #14-18, Tilt Wing PMD #14-18, Parachute PMD #14-18, Sparkle Dun PMD #14-18
Suggested Nymphs: Deep October Pupa #10-12, Black or Brown Jimmy Legs #8-12, Jigged Tungsten Hare’s Ear #14-16, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, Real Hare’s Ear #14-18, Jigged CDC PT #14-16, Soft Hackle PT #14-18, Olive Soft Hackle #14-18, Lavender Soft Hackle #14-18, Black or Red Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Red or Black Copper John #16-20