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Middle Deschutes River

Middle Deschutes River

Benham Falls to Lake Billy Chinook

Spring weather is in the forecast! The snow is starting to melt making access a little easier. Before the canals open up, try fishing the soft edges with stonefly nymphs or your favorite sculpin pattern, ours is the Frankenstein Sculpin. Once the canals open up and divert water, making the Middle Deschutes lower, get ready for the stonefly buffet, starting with nymphs either high sticking or under your favorite indicator with a little split shot to get them down, then progressing to dry flies.

Guide Report

May 2, 2019

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

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