Fishing on the Upper Deschutes has been good. The flows should be improving and fish seem to be moving into the system. Dry fly action has been decent, mainly in the mornings and evenings. Terrestrials can be effective at any time of day, it’s just a matter of finding the right fish. Pale morning duns and caddis are the dominant hatches. Cooler days can offer great blue wing olive hatches as well. Nymphing has been post productive with smaller mayfly imitations, midges and caddis pupa. I find most success out there on nymphs smaller than size 16. Be stealthy while you’re out there. I’ve spooked loads of fish by getting too close to the bank.
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.