The Upper Deschutes opened on Sunday, May 22. We heard a mix of reports. Some people did well and others did not. We heard it was crowded, as is to be expected on opening weekend. As far as tactics go, a large stonefly nymph with a small dropper mayfly or caddis nymph is the way to go. Fish in the deeper pockets you find and make sure your flies are getting down. Dry-dropper setups can be a blast in the Spring/summer months up there as well. Stripping streamers around the log jams can be dangerous on your flies but effective for targeting some larger fish. The Upper Deschutes is a gorgeous place to spend a spring/summer day so get out there and find some fish.
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