Deschutes River - Below Lake Billy Chinook and Pelton Dam

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Remember the river is now closed to all fishing where it borders the Warm Springs Reservation. This means everything is closed--both sides of the river--upstream from near river mile 69 (Maupin is at river mile 54; the Locked Gate is river mile 61).

Water temperature should dictate where your fly is in the water column. Double Bead Peacock Stones, Psycho Prince, Red Copper John, 3-Dollar Dip and Lightning bugs are a few favorites for nymphs. Mini Intruders in black, purple, and blue and any other pattern you've got confidence in for swinging. If you are swinging try throwing a sculpin pattern, it's a good way to hook up with both trout and steelhead.

Seven-day forecast 

March brings snow melt and rain, which means the Lower Deschutes is pretty darn high and muddy. When flows are higher, the trout will move to slower water, most often to the edges off the banks and within reach of nymph presentations. Nymphing will probably be the most effective technique, big stonefly nymphs and little midge/baetis/egg droppers, and remember: if your not losing them, your not using them.

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