Upper Deschutes Report 7/16/21

Upper Deschutes Report 7/16/21

The Upper Deschutes has been fishing well. The cool springfed waters are resilient to the heat. It is still good practice to check water temperatures throughout the day. More fish may start to move into the system as Crane Prairie gets warm. Dry fly hatches are mainly in the morning and evening. Pale morning duns, caddis and terrestrials are the main surface bugs. Stonefly’s hatch periodically up there so a size 12 stimulator is good to have around. For nymphs, focus on small mayfly nymphs, caddis pupa and midges. We’ve got some great split back PMDs that would be super killer during a hatch. Small streamers can be really effective when swung underneath a cutbank or log jam. The forecast shows average temperatures on the way. Hopefully we get some rain along with cooler temperatures. 

Suggested Dries: X-Stimulator #12, Black or Tan Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Black or Tan Foam Caddis #14-18, Purple Haze #14-18, Tilt Wing PMD #14-18, Parachute PMD #14-18, Black Stimulator #14-16, Parachute Adams #14-18, CDC Flying Ant #14-16, Black or Cinnamon Foam Ant #14-16, Hackle Stacker Baetis #16-20, Parachute Baetis #16-20.

Suggested Nymphs: Red or Black Copper John #14-18, Red or Black Lightning Bug #14-18, Red or Black Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, FB Pheasant Tail #14-18, Juju Baetis #18 - 20, Micro Mayfly #16-20, Pearl or Red Rainbow Warrior #16-20.

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