The Upper Deschutes continues to fish well. The brook trout should be moving into the system to prepare for spawning. The cool temperatures have brought on some decent hatches, mainly pale morning duns and blue wing olives. Small caddis are still around and don’t forget about late-season terrestrials, specifically the hoppers. Nymphing has been productive, mostly with small mayfly patterns and midges. I really like to fish juju baetis up there but any pattern that imitates a PMD or baetis nymph has great potential. With brookies getting ready to spawn, streamers can be a really good idea. A white sculpzilla can work really well out there, especially when swung underneath a log or undercut bank. You can smell fall in the air in the high elevations, soon enough the snow will start to fall. We’ve only got a few weeks left of fishing for the Upper Deschutes, head up there now before it’s closed.
Suggested Dries: X-Stimulator #12, Black or Tan Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Black or Tan Foam Caddis #14-18, Purple Haze #14-18, Tilt Wing PMD #14-18, Parachute PMD #14-18, Black Stimulator #14-16, Parachute Adams #14-18, CDC Flying Ant #14-16, Black or Cinnamon Foam Ant #14-16, Hackle Stacker Baetis #16-20, Parachute Baetis #16-20.
Suggested Nymphs: Red, Black or Green Copper John #14-18, Red or Black Lightning Bug #14-18, Red or Black Two Bit Hooker #16-20, Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #14-18, FB Pheasant Tail #14-18, Juju Baetis #18 - 20, Split Back PMD #18, Micro Mayfly #16-20, Pearl or Red Rainbow Warrior #16-20