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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.


  • 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

October 8, 2018

The river below Bend is still very low. Holding water should be easy to identify. Dry fly hatches throughout most of this stretch are slowing quickly. October caddis are around in better numbers every day. Nymphing will continue to be the most efficient way to catch fish, with a typical rig consisting of a small stonefly or October caddis pupa followed by a small mayfly nymph. Flies in the size 14-18 range tend to be the most effective. Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, and Hare's Ears will all catch fish. If all else fails, size down to a size 18-20 Zebra Midge. Egg patterns will become very effective over the next couple months. Sculpins can draw out some bigger fish this time of year as well.



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