Trout Fishing Can Be Good This Time of Year

Lower Deschutes River - Maupin, OR

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Orvis Company

by Orvis Company

Trout fishing the Maupin area can be very good in the winter. Fishing a double nymph rig under an indicator will produce trout. There are summer run steelhead throughout the river at this point of the year, but I would focus my attention on those big resident redside trout. DON'T FORGET: everything upriver from the Warm Springs Reservation Boundary is closed until late April.
Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: Madras: 4510 CFS Moody: 6610 CFS

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 44 Degrees F

Water condition: Slightly Turbid

Best time of day to fish: Late Mornings, Late Afternoons, Evenings.

Best stretch: The Maupin area.

Best access point: Heritage Flats, Maupin, Locked Gate, Mack's Canyon, South Junction, Trout Creek, town of Warm Spings

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

BWOs, stonefly nymphs, midges.

Fish species: Rainbow trout and Steelhead

Fishing season: Some closures. Check local regulations.

Nearest airport: Roberts Field Airport (RDM), Redmond, Oregon

Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet: 4X Tippet

Best fly fishing rod: 9' 6" 6 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line

Best sinking fly line: Bank Shot Sink Tip Fly Line

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