Upper Deschutes Report 7/2/21

Upper Deschutes Report 7/2/21

Fishing has been decent on the Upper Deschutes. The hot weather may move some more fish out of Crane and into the cooler stream water. It’s really difficult to predict how insect hatches will respond to these temperatures. My best guess is that caddis and pale morning duns will be the most prominent. Fish may be reluctant to rise during the heat. Early morning and late evening will probably be the most productive times. Nymphing with the typical midges and small mayfly nymph patterns has good potential, no larger than size 16. Caddis pupa shouldn’t be overlooked. Small streamers are good choices for getting to places that a dead drift can’t reach. This heat is more than extreme, be prepared. Make sure you understand the limits of trout and yourself in the hot weather. 

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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