There is hardly a better place to soak up the sunny Fall days than the Lower Deschutes. The lower river has been sunny, warm, and full of hungry Redsides that are working hard to put on weight before the cold of winter sets in. There is still plenty of insect activity, with a good mix of Caddis and October Caddis present on any day, there are typically some PMDs around as well. While the dry fly fishing is sporadic, nymphing has been consistent for those able to maintain a natural drift. Fish are fat and healthy and we are seeing pretty good numbers of the larger fish in the 16-18” range that the Lower D can produce. The occasional Steelhead is being hooked here and there, and those putting in time with a Spey rod are finding a few all the way up into the day stretch.
Suggested Dries: Henry’s Fork Caddis #16-20, A/C Caddis #14-18, X Caddis #14-18, Cutters Caddis #14-18, Clark’s Stone #10-12, Tilt Wing PMD #16-18, Tilt Wing Mahogany #16-18, Parachute PMD #16-18, Orange Stimulator #10-14
Suggested Nymphs: Brown or Black Jimmy Legs #8-12, Lex’s Improved Golden Stone #10, Jigged Tungsten Hare’s Ear #14-16, Jigged CDC PT #14-16, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, Red or Black Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Soft Hackle PT #14-18, Olive Soft Hackle #14-18, Orange Soft Hackle #14, Anderson’s Bird Of Prey October Caddis #10