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.
The Middle is into its usual summer time glory. Caddis, Pale Morning Duns and Pale evening Duns will comprise most of the dry fly fishing with some green drakes making appearances on cloudy days. Streamer fishing can always exciting and productive. Venture up or down river a little ways to get away from pressure.