We’ve continued to see solid fishing on the Upper Deschutes, and not much has changed as far as the productive areas or methods for targeting the aggressive Rainbows and Brookies of the upper river. Throwing attractor dry patterns with a light rod will provide exciting action through the day, and is a great way to cover water quickly while avoiding the various snags and logjams that create structure throughout the upper stretches. In the areas of deeper water or around cut banks fishing a light nymph rig with a small indicator can be effective for enticing some of the larger Brookies in the area. Early mornings and late evenings can be the best times to target larger fish, which typically try to avoid the sun through the hot afternoons we’ve had.

Suggested Dries: Purple Haze #16-20, Parachute Adams #16-20, Parachute PMD #16-20, Mahogany or PMD Tilt Wing #16-18, Cutters Caddis #16-18, Elk Hair Caddis #16-18, Black Stimulator #16, CDC Flying Ant #16, Black Flying Ant #16, Peacock Chubby Chernobyl #14-16

Suggested Nymphs: Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #16-18, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #16-18, CDC Jigged Pheasant Tail #14-16, Red Two Bit Hooker #16-18, Copper Microstone #16-18, Black Lightning Bug #16-18, Black Rainbow Warrior #18

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