Fall River Fly Fishing Report
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.
- 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
(All available for purchase at CONFLUENCE FLY SHOP)
June 22, 2017
The Fall continues to fish well. This spring creek runs gin-clear so wearing drab colors and stalking fish usually produce the best results. As the weather heats up, grab your terrestrial box and fish beetles, flying ants and hoppers to seduce those fish to the surface. The streamer fishing continues to pick up with sparkle minnows and sculpin patterns counting for most of the fish.
If dry fly activity is minimal, be ready to nymph with those patterns representing those insects that are active in spring. Traditional 2-fly nymphing rigs under a strike indicator is the best approach. Critical to success are utilizing the smallest strike indicators available (New Zealand Strike Indicators are ideal) and employing 6x-7x Fluorocarbon tippet to your nymphs.