The Fall River is a crystal clear spring creek tributary of the Deschutes River lined with Lodgepole pine and lush green meadows. This barbless, fly fishing only river is an important contributor of high quality water to the Deschutes. As with all spring creeks, the Fall River's flows are clear, cold, and steady as it flows to join the Deschutes between the towns of Sunriver and LaPine. The river varies in depth and structure but is a smaller, intimate river. Downed timber that crisscross the river and undercut banks provide habitat for the river's trout while weedbeds dot the white pumice bottom and provide habitat for the river's insect population. The brook and brown trout average between 8 and 10 inches, with rainbows regularly in the 12 inch range. Occasionally a holdover rainbow approaches and sometimes exceeds 20 inches with whitefish typically ranging 6 to 12 inches.
The most popular access points, include: Fall River Hatchery, Fall River Campground (the river's only campground), and Forest Route 4360 to a river-crossing called "the tubes". At "the tubes", the river passes under the road through culverts with parking areas on each side. A well-worn trail help you trek up or downstream.
The Fall River has been fishing very well. ODFW has continued to stock it about twice a month and fish are sticking around. You can find them in the usual areas like the hatchery stretch and around the tubes by La Pine State Park. We are getting fish on every method of fishing. Even though these are stocked hatchery reared fish, sometimes they tend to be picky with presentations so make your first cast count and run lighter tippet. Ants, Beetles, PMD's and Caddis are all present, so have a well stocked dry fly box to cover any situation. Fishing nymphs to specific targeted fish can be good too. Keep them small (#16-#22). Often times you do not need a strike indicator if you are sight fishing. Takes can be subtle, so keep an eye on the fish and watch his behavior as your fly drifts past. Zebra Midges, Two-Bit Hookers, and Euro Jigs are all working. If the dry fly bite is off or they aren't eating your nymphs, then try throwing a streamer around structure like logs and undercut banks. Small Sculpzillas and Zonkers are the shop favorites.