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Deschutes River, Oregon - Fishing Report - March 15, 2020
The discharges and stream levels are a little below normal levels in the upper sections
and the lower river. Conditions look b
etter for the coming week. Good numbers of trout
are being caught by our customers.
Steelhead fishing is slow.

Stream Conditions:

7 Day Weather Forecast:  
Snow on Saturday and Sunday, otherwise clear. The high
temperatures range from 40 to 46 and the lows from 23 to 31 degrees.

Recommended Trout Flies:
Upper Deschutes:
963 cfs
Level: 3.28 ft
Afternoon Water Temperature: 42
Clarity: mostly clear
USGS Real-Time Stream Flow Data Near Culver
Lower Deschutes:
3980 cfs
Level: 2.83 ft
Afternoon Water Temperature: 44
Clarity: Mostly clear
USGS Real-Time Stream Flow Data Near Madras
Blue-winged Olives, size 18 and 16, nymphs, emergers, duns, spinners
Pale Evening Duns, size 14, nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners
Brown Sculpin, White Belly Sculpin and articulated streamers, size 6
Midges: Blood (Red), sizes 20/22, larva, pupa and adults
Midges: Cream, size 20/22, larva, pupa and adults
Midges: Light Green, size 20/22, larva, pupa and adults
Aquatic Worms, size 12, pink, red, and others.
Little Black Caddis, size 18, pupa and adults

Strategies, Techniques and Tips:
Remember, there is a big difference in the lower and upper rivers as far as hatch times
are concerned.
Brown sculpin and White Belly Sculpin are two of the very best flies to use during the
entire year. Articulated streamers work good.
Various species of Blue-winged olives will hatch mostly on cloudy days.
We still think a good strategy is to fish a tandem Midge rig under a small strike indicator
with the midge lava as the bottom fly and the midge pupa as the top fly. Fish the adult
midge only when you observe trout feeding on the surface
Aquatic worms are working.

Pale Evening duns are hatching.
Little Black Caddis
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $50 are shipped via
Priority Mail.  
Recommended Steelhead/Salmon Flies:
Strategies, Techniques and Tips:
Fly Fishing Dechutes River,
A description of the Deschutes
River, Guide to fly fishing the
Deschutes River, Deschutes River
fishing seasons, and much more
Steelhead fishing is slow.