The Upper Deschutes has continued to fish well, and we are seeing good numbers of fish both above and below Crane Prairie. There are nice Brookies and Rainbows to be found above, and a decent number of Browns and Rainbows below. Dry flies have been productive in the upper stretches of the upper river, with a variety of stimulator, terrestrial, and small mayfly patterns finding good numbers of small, aggressive trout. The small water below little lava can be a great place to grab a 3wt and head to for an afternoon of surface action. In the lower stretches nymphing has been most productive, and there is opportunity to fish streamers and target larger fish in slower, deeper, pockets!
Suggested Nymphs: Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #14-18, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, Olive or Brown Micro Mayfly #16-20, CDC Pheasant Tail #16-18, Brown Jimmy Legs #10-12, Rainbow Warrior #18-20, Black Depth Charge #16-18
Suggested Dries: Black Stimulator #16-18, Peacock Chubby Chernobyl #14-16, CDC Flying Ant #14-16, Foam Black Ant #14-16, Purple Haze #16-18, Parachute Adams #16-18, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18