Trout fishing on the Lower Deschutes has been good, and should continue to improve as we move into fall. Cooler weather and water temps have made the fish a little more active, and we are finding good numbers of fish with two-fly nymph rigs. A small Stonefly followed by a baetis pattern or Caddis pupa is a good go-to on most days. Late mornings and afternoons can bring out decent numbers of PMDs and Caddis which can turn fish towards the surface.
We are seeing more numbers of fish between the dams on the Colombia, and fish should continue to trickle into the Deschutes but we’ve been getting mixed reports on Steelhead success for now. There are a small number of fish in the Warm Springs-Trout Creek section but fishing the lower portions of the lower river will provide the best opportunity for getting into a Steelhead.
Suggested Dries: Purple Haze #14-18, Tilt Wing PMD #14-18, Sparkle Dun PMD #14-18, Hackle Stacker PMD #14-18, Henry’s Fork Caddis #16-18, A/C Caddis #16-18, Cutters Caddis #16-18, Outrigger Caddis #16-18
Suggested Nymphs: Jigged Hare’s Ear #14-16, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, Flashback PT #14-20, Soft Hackle PT #16-20, Olive Soft Hackle #16-20, Red or Black Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Black Tailwater Tiny #18-20, Black Juju Baetis #16-20, Jimmy Legs #10-12