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Lower Deschutes River

Lower Deschutes River Fly Fishing

Deschutes River Fly Fishing

The Deschutes River is an amazing Oregon fly fishing destination. The Lower Deschutes River flows south to north from Pelton Dam near the town of Madras to the Columbia River, winding through some of the most gorgeous and pristine canyon lands in the U.S. It is famous for the native, genetically pure rainbow trout, known as “Redbands”. These are some of the most beautiful, hard-fighting trout anywhere. The river has fairly consistent flows, ranging from 4000-5500 cfs throughout the year.

It is known as one of very few “Blue Ribbon” fisheries for both native trout and wild steelhead. The river runs over eighty miles from the last dam to the mouth at the Columbia River. The Deschutes River in Central Oregon has been a “must-fish” destination for generations of anglers from around the world. The canyon is epic in every way. Towering walls, basalt pillars reaching tabletop ridge lines, archetypal high dessert terrain, diverse birds and wildlife, and all the while an ancient, powerful river tugs at every synapse you possess. It is a place that awes and inspires on every level.

The season typically begins around the end of April. The big bugs begin hatching soon thereafter and abundant insect life defines the river throughout the summer and into fall. Late spring is renowned for the Salmon Fly hatch with stonefly as long as your pinky! The dry fly fishing from mid-May to early June is some of the most explosive you’ll ever experience. The rest of the summer is spent pursuing the Redbands in any fashion you desire. You can spend the days wet wading riffles, fishing nymphs under an indicator, working every seam. Or prowl the banks looking for heads tipping to caddis and PMDs behind overhanging branches. Or swing large articulated “Skulpzillas” through drop-offs for truly exhilarating grabs! Read some of our Deschutes River fishing reports to learn more about our experiences over the seasons.

Late summer brings steelhead season. Beginning in the lower reaches and progressing up river and into the short, cold days of late autumn, steelhead fly fishing can be done on swung flies with spey rods or with large subsurface offerings under an indicator using single-hand rods. Whenever and whichever species you prefer to fish while on the Deschutes River, the surroundings will capture your heart and soul every time you look up from the water’s surface. It is so easy to imagine the history of the canyon; the massive migratory tribes that set up camps every year to greet tremendous runs of salmon and steelhead; the fierce battles waged over prime fishing areas; great herds of elk and deer. The spirit still breathes through the canyon in every afternoon zephyr.

Fly and Field Outfitters here in Bend, Oregon offers Deschutes Fly Fishing guided trips down every mile of the Lower Deschutes. From single-day drifts to multi-day camp trips, we will show you everything the great river has to offer.  Check out our Oregon fishing guided trips page to learn more about what options are available for Fly Fishing the Deschutes River and which trip best suits your needs. If you already know the trip you’d like to book, click below on the “Book This Trip!” image. We are honored to have such a mighty river to call our office! And proud to continue the great tradition that is fly fishing the Deschutes River in Central Oregon. We look forward to having you down there! Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at the shop for more information on Oregon Fly Fishing. Email us at or call 1-866-800-2812.

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Lower Deschutes- This is river levels.

Blue-Winged Olive

Pheasant Tail Nymph16-20Afternoon
Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph16-18Afternoon
Tailwater Tiny Olive18-20Afternoon
Para BWO16-18Afternoon
Hi Vis Para BWO16-18Afternoon
Spun Dun Beatis16-18Afternoon

Slate-Winged Olive

Olive Hare's Ear Nymph10-14Afternoon
Olive Pheasant Tail Nymph10-14Afternoon
Copper John Green Nymph10-14Afternoon
Olive Sparkle Dun10-14Afternoon
Western Green Drake10-14Afternoon
Olive Haze10-14Afternoon

Green Drake

Poxyback Green Drake Nymph10Afternoon
Olive Hare's Ear Nymph10-12Afternoon
Hunchback Green Drake Nymph10-12Afternoon
Green Drake Wulff10-12Afternoon
Trina's Carnage Drake10-12Afternoon

Pale Morning Dun

Pheasant Tail Nymph16-18Aternoon
Trina's Bubbleback Nymph16-18Aternoon
Copper John Nymph16-18Aternoon
Parachute PMD14-16Aternoon
Para Wulff PMD14-16Aternoon
High Vis Para PMD14-16Aternoon

Pale Evening Dun

Copper John Nymph12-14Evening
Hare's Ear Nymph12-14Evening
Pheasant Tail Nymph12-14Evening
Parachute Adams12-14Evening
Parachute PMD12-14Evening
Lite Cahill12-14Evening

Mahogany Dun

Copper John Nymph14Afternoon
Hare's Ear Nymph14Afternoon
Pheasant Tail Nymph14Afternoon
Compara Dun14Afternoon
Compara Dun Purple14Afternoon
Parachute Pheasant Tail14Afternoon

March Brown

Pheasant Tail Nymph12-14Afternoon
Hare's Ear Nymph12-14Afternoon
Copper John Nymph12-14Afternoon
Purple Haze12-14Afternoon
Parachute Adams12-14Afternoon

October Caddis

Anderson Bird of Prey (Pupa)8-10Afternoon
Super Pupa Amber8-10Afternoon
Stimulator Orange8-10Afternoon
Elk Hair Caddis Orange8-10Afternoon

Cased Caddis

Sparkle Pupa14-20Evening
Peeking Caddis (Pupa)14-20Evening
Silvey's Beadhead Pupa14-20Evening
Outrigger Caddis14-20Evening
Elk Hair Caddis14-20Evening

Net-builder Caddis

Hair's Ear (Larva)12-16Morning /
Dubbed Caddis (Larva)12-16 Morning /
Serendipy (Larva)12-16 Morning /
Deep Sparkle Pupa12-16 Morning /
Silvey's Beadhead Pupa12-16 Morning /
Edible Emerger (Pupa)12-16 Morning /
Elk Hair Caddis12-16 Morning /
Swisher's Dancing Caddis12-16Evening
PT Caddis12-16Evening

Rock Worm Caddis

Serendipity (Larva)14-16Morning /
Caddis Larva14-16 Morning /
Brassie (Larva)14-16 Morning /
Silvey's Beadhead Pupa14-16 Morning /
Edible Emerger (Pupa)14-16 Afternoon /
Sparkle Pupa14-16 Afternoon /
Elk Hair Caddis14-16 Afternoon /
X-Caddis14-16 Afternoon /
Outrigger Caddis14-16 Afternoon /


Lex's Improved RL Stone Black (Nymph)4-6Morning /
Tung Trout Retriever Black (Nymph)4-6 Morning /
Kauffman's Stone Black (Nymph)4-6 Morning /
Rouge Foam Orange4-6 Afternoon /
Stimulator Orange4-6 Afternoon /
Clark's Stonefly6 Afternoon /

Golden Stonefly

Lex's Improved RL Stonefly (Nymph)6-10Morning /
Rubber Legs Golden (Nymph)6-10 Morning /
Kauffman's Stonefly (Nymph)6-10 Morning /
Golden (Nymph)6-10 Morning /
Norm Wood's Special6-8 Afternoon /
Chubby Chernobyl Golden8-10 Afternoon /
Stimulator Golden6-10 Afternoon /

Yellow Sally Stonefly

Kyle's Little Yellow Sally (Nymph)12-14Afternoon /
Pyscho Prince (Nymph)12-14 Afternoon /
Little Yellow Solan (Nymph)12-14 Afternoon /
Slow Water Sally14 Afternoon /
Yellow Stimulaor12-14 Afternoon /
Trina's Para Sally12-14 Afternoon /

Winter Black Stonefly

Prince Nymph14-16Afternoon
Dark Lord (Nymph)14-16Afternoon
Trina's Copper Micro Stone Black (Nymph)14-16Afternoon
Black Parachute14-16Afternoon
Stimulator Black14-16Afternoon
Elk Hair Caddis Black14-16Afternoon

Skwalla Stonefly

Speckled Girdle Bug Brown (Nymph)8-10Afternoon
Kauffman's Stone Brown (Nymph)8-10Afternoon
Biot Stone Brown (Nymph)8-10Afternoon
Stimulator Brown8-10Afternoon
Bullethead Skwalla8-10Afternoon
Trin'a Carnage Stone Skwalla8-10Afternoon


Silvey's Cranefly Larva14Afternoon
Serendipity (Larva)14Afternoon
Cranefly Larva12Afternoon
Idyl's Parachute Cranefly12-14Afternoon
Silvey's Cranefit16Afternoon
Parachute PMD12-14Afternoon


Tung Zebra Midge (Pupa)18-22All Day
Serendipity (Pupa)18-22All Day
Rainbow Warrior (Pupa)18-22All Day
Griffith's Gnat18-22All Day
Renegade18-22All Day
Winker's Midge18-22All Day

River Levels

Lower Deschutes


Deschutes/Madras7 day30 day120 Day3.0545308:00 pm
Deschutes/Moody7 day30 day120 Day3.1960907:45 pm
Shitike Creek/Warm Springs7 day30 day120 Day4.551347:45 pm
Warm Springs/Kahneeta7 day30 day120 Day2.126017:45 pm

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