Lower Deschutes River Report

Lower Deschutes River - Maupin, OR

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Orvis

by Orvis Company
4-16-2020

Be aware of Covid-19 boat ramp closures on the river! Trout fishing remains solid in the Maupin area, but it sounds like the people of Maupin are not keen on individuals traveling down there from out of area. Fishing a double nymph rig under an indicator will produce trout and whitefish. Steelhead are settled in to their spawning grounds so we'd recommend avoiding any areas that appear to have steelhead spawning habitat and keep an eye out for redds as you wade. DON'T FORGET: everything upriver from the Warm Springs Reservation Boundary is closed until late April.
Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:Deep Canyon Outfitters Bischof's Flyfishing

Water flow: Madras: 3980 CFS Moody: 4730 CFS

Visibility: 29 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 43 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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