Confluence Fly Shop

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.


  • 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

November 7, 2018

Winter flows are in effect with irrigation season over. The river below Bend has come up to a healthy, yet difficult to fish, level and the river above Bend has dropped substantially. This time of year can be excellent on the river above Bend. October caddis are still around but tapering off. Blue winged olives and midges are the heaviest hatches, though fewer fish are looking up. Nymphs will catch you the most fish. October caddis pupa or stonefly nymphs followed by your favorite mayfly immitation in a size 16-20 will catch fish. Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, JuJu Baetis, and Zebra Midges are the shop favorites. Wooly Buggers on the strip have been catching us lots of fish recently.



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