Upper Deschutes Report 8/20/21

Upper Deschutes Report 8/20/21

The Upper Deschutes has been fishing well. The brookies should be getting ready to move up for their spawn. Given this week’s cooler temperatures, there will likely be more mayflies on the water than caddis. I’d expect some productive emergences of pale morning duns and blue wing olives. Terrestrials are great this time of year, especially with dropper nymphs. For nymphs, small mayfly nymphs around size 16 - 20 and midges are excellent choices. Caddis pupa and small stonefly nymphs can also be worth trying. The brook trout are probably getting mean so streamers are a good idea right now, I like white but olive, brown, and black can get the job done. The fish in the Upper know that winter is on the way, they need to fatten up before the hatches slow down and the snow starts to fall. Now is a great time to head out there and search for a big brookie or rainbow. 

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

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