The Upper Deschutes is fishing well. There has been good action with both dry flies and nymphs. Pale morning duns and caddis are the main hatches. These are typically most productive in the morning and evening. Terrestrials, specifically hoppers and ants, are very productive, especially with a dropper nymph. Nymphing has been productive with small mayfly nymphs, midges, caddis pupa, and many different jigged euro-style flies. Streamers can be a great option for covering water fast and searching for a large brookie or rainbow. The Upper Deschutes is a good choice during heatwaves due to its cold springs; however, no matter where you are fishing, it is good practice to fight and release fish as quickly as possible during warmer than average temperatures. Pretty soon we will start to see signs of fall in the higher elevations, with any luck the snow will fly early this year.
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, Black or Green 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, Split Back PMD #18, Micro Mayfly #16-20, Pearl or Red Rainbow Warrior #16-20