The Upper Deschutes River starts its journey as a narrow stream exiting the southwest corner of Little Lava Lake. In the shadow of Mount Bachelor, the Upper Deschutes continues roughly 7 miles southward until it enters the north end of Crane Prairie reservoir. Although generally in the 6-9 inch range, anglers can enjoy the fantastic brook trout and redband fishing in this stretch. Casting dries and terrestrials during the summer months can offer hours of excitement. Undercut banks and fallen timber provide excellent habitat for these fish, but can make casting a bit challenging at times. The remaining stretch downstream from Wickiup Reservoir to Bend is generally meandering, shallow gradient, and sand bottomed.
The Upper Deschutes is still a little high, but fishing can still be productive. Heavy streamers near undercuts can produce the biggest fish. Terrestrials and small attractor dries and nymphs can put a lot of numbers on the board. Try a dry-dropper wet up with a 2-4wt rod and get ready for some of the most fun Central Oregon has to offer.