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Fall River

Fall River

8 mile Spring Creek Tributary of the Upper Deschutes River

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.

Recommended Rigs


    • 7 ½ – 9ft  3 - 5 weight fly rod
    • Large arbor reel with a strong drag
    • Rio Gold, Orvis Nymph, Orvis HD Trout
    • 9 - 12 ft 3x-6x tapered leader
    • 3x-7x Fluorocarbon and Nylon tippet

Required Licenses/Permits/Passes

(All available for purchase at CONFLUENCE FLY SHOP)

Fall River Regulations


Guide Report

September 16, 2018

Dry-dropper rigs can be effective out here but nymphing continues to produce the most fish. Fish have been taking caddis pupa, baetis nymphs, midges, and Pheasant Tails. Use a light weight indicator and little or no split shot to spook fewer fish, and cast well ahead of the fish you're targeting. Keep an eye on the behavior of the fish as your fly drifts past. Often, takes are too delicate to be detected by a strike indicator. Fine fluorocarbon tippet is a must out here. If you're not finding fish, try swinging small streamers for a fun change of pace. White streamers in a size 4-8 tend to work well around here on clear days. If it's overcast, try fishing a fly that is a bit darker.



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