Upper Deschutes Report 6/25/21

Upper Deschutes Report 6/25/21

The Upper Deschutes has been fishing well. We may see a few more fish move into the river as Crane Prairie heats up. These abnormally high temperatures will probably make caddis hatches more prevalent. Pale morning duns will probably still hatch, maybe a bit earlier than normal. Blue wing olives could hatch early or late in the day, but definitely don’t expect them once it gets hot. Caddis will likely be around size 14 - 18, in tan, olive or dark colors. Terrestrials are a great searching pattern. Caddis pupa and small mayfly nymphs are great choices for subsurface flies. I really like fishing baetis patterns on the Upper, the juju baetis is one of my favorites. Small midges are always on the menu in smaller streams. A small weighted streamer pattern can get to those pesky fish hanging out in the hard to reach places. Be prepared for the extreme heat. Have sun protection and lots of water to drink, heat exhaustion is no joke. 

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.

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