The Upper Deschutes is fishing well. Fish haven’t been super eager to take dry flies but it’s still worth trying in the mornings and afternoons. Terrestrials are a good bet and they work super well with a dropper nymph. Caddis and pale morning duns have been hatching here and there. Blue wing olive hatches aren’t super common but they can pop off on a cooler day or when a storm rolls through. The usual nymphs are doing well out there. Size 16 - 20 mayfly nymphs, size 16 - 20 caddis pupa, and size 20 - 22 midges are what I would focus on. This time of year, the springs will start to pump out a bit more water; however, the stream is still lower than normal. The recent rain is great and it would be amazing to see more; however, the Upper Deschutes River is dependent on snowmelt. A healthy snowpack this winter will be vital for water levels next summer.
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