Deschutes River - Middle

Tip of the week 

Dry fly fishing can be great if you spot fish feeding on the surface. Try showing them small Blue Winged Olive patterns in size 16-22, or a small black or olive caddis in a size 14-18. October Caddis are starting to hatch more consistently, so even if fish are not actively feeding on the surface, it may still be effective to search with an October Caddis imitation such as an orange Stimulator in size 6-12. A size 16 caddis pupa makes a great dropper for a dry and dropper rig. Subsurface fishing remains the most efficient way to catch fish on the Middle Deschutes. Double nymph rigs consisting of an October Caddis pupa or stonefly nymph and a small baetis or other mayfly nymph are consistently productive. Bigger fish are agressive this time of year, so swinging and stripping a sculpin pattern can produce trophy fish.

Seven-day forecast 

Flows are still dropping but have began to stabilize around 500-600 CFS, which is a very wadeable level for this stretch of the river, and the fish have been active and aggressive. This is a great time to be on the Middle Deschutes

Must Have Flies 
Tunghead Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Natural 14-18 Buy from
Flashback Baetis Nymph Olive, Brown 16-20 Buy from
Bead Head Stonefly Brown, Black 6-10 Buy from
Schultzy's S4 Sculpin Olive, Tan 4-8 Buy from
CDC Mayfly Emerger Olive 16-20 Buy from
E.C. Caddis Olive, Black 14-18 Buy from
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