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.
Stocking schedules have remained consistent. Big fisha re coming out of the Fall! Euro nymphing or light weight wool strike indicators are both effective out here. Fine fluorocarbon tippet is a must. Small nymphs are getting fish consistently. Keep both flies at a size 16 or smaller and fish a mayfly, like a JuJu Baetis or Pheasant Tail, followed by a midge nymph of your choice. Small Wooly Buggers are getting fish as well on the swing and strip. Sight fishing with a tiny blue winged olive or midge dry fly, size 18-22, can be a fun challenge this time of year as well. Look for fish that are rising consistently and make your first cast count.