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.

 

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

December 31, 2018

Flows are fairly steady from Benham Falls all the way to Lake Billy Chinook. Blue winged olives and midges are about the only hatches, though very few fish are willing to eat dries. Nymphs will catch you the most fish. Stonefly nymphs followed by your favorite mayfly immitation in a size 16-20 will get the job done. Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, JuJu Baetis, and Zebra Midges are the shop favorites. Wooly Buggers and small sculpins on the strip have been catching us lots of fish recently as well.

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