The Lower Deschutes in the Maupin Area is fishing well with Stonefly Nymphs, Caddis Larva and Pupa (Green Rock Worm is a favorite spring pattern #14-18) Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail, Hares Ear, Various Perdigons, Rainbow Warrior and 2 Bit’s.
There has been a good afternoon hatch of March Browns #12-14 going in the riffles most days. Look for BWO’s #18 before and after, or sometimes mixed with the bigger mayflies too.
I’ve been hearing good reports of redsides eating streamers of various colors and sizes. I have to admit we always said Deschutes Redband Trout were not streamer chasers and focused on insects, but as more knowledge and skills are acquired by anglers who are willing to try new things we find that indeed Deschutes fish eat streamers. Try it.
Warm Springs, Mecca, Dry Creek, Trout Creek and South Junction are still closed until April 22.