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Middle Deschutes River

Middle Deschutes River

Benham Falls to Lake Billy Chinook

 Beginning at the base of Benham Falls, this section of the Deschutes travels north through the town of Bend, through Redmond, Terrebonne, and then all the way to Lake Billy Chinook. Anglers can expect to encounter everything from smooth meandering flows over sandy bottom, to rolling whitewater characteristic of steep elevation drops in this year ‘round fishery.  Increased irrigation needs and reduced flows make the summer months the most preferred time of year to fish the Middle Deschutes. Outside of the city limits, most river access requires a walk or hike into a small canyon.  However, a little exploring will generally reward you with wildlife, scenery, and hungry trout.

 

TROUT

  • 9 – 10ft  4 - 6 weight fly rod
    • Large arbor reel with a strong drag
    • Rio Gold, Orvis Nymph, Orvis HD Trout, Rio InTouch Indicator
    • 7 ½ - 9 ft 3x-5x tapered leader
    • 3x-5x Fluorocarbon and Nylon tippet
  • 4 - 6 weight switch rod or trout Spey
    • Large arbor reel with a strong drag
    • Switch Chucker, Airflo Scout or OPST Commando Head
    • Sinking Poly leader
    • 0x-3x Fluorocarbon tippet

Required Licenses/Permits/Passes

(Available for purchase at CONFLUENCE FLY SHOP)
  • Angling License… required for any and all fishing

Middle Deschutes Regulations

Guide Report

February 9, 2018

Barring any major fluctuation in flows fishing is good. Hatches continue to consist of BWO's and midges which will typically be found during the peak temperature of the day. For this reason I enjoy sleeping in this time of year and hitting the water around 10 or 11 a.m. If you enjoy streamer fishing  you could be rewarded in a big way. Large brown trout call these waters home and fishing rainbow or sculpin patterns is your best best.  I fish a floating line with integrated 12' sink tip and about 3-4' of straight 12lb tippet to my fly.

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