Fishing Reports

5 reports total
Deschutes River - Upper - July 21st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 71 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

            Thu & I fished the Upper Deschutes above Crane Prairie the other day. We drove up in the afternoon and had a great time chasing small Rainbows and Brook trout upstream from the Cow Meadow camp.

            It’s a beautiful area if you haven’t been there before, with a much smaller version of the Lower Deschutes that meanders through wooded areas and open pastures filled with wild flowers. The river repeatedly turns, splits and braids around small islands as it snakes it’s way downhill creating an endless array of inside corners, undercut banks and pocket water to fish.

            There wasn’t a big hatch going on, but we still caught a few fish on dries using X-Caddis, Parachute Caddis and Parachute Adams in size #14 and #16. We had a little more success nymphing good-looking water with Soft Hackle Pheasant Tails, Caddis Pupa, Amber Anato-Mays, and Red Copper Johns in size # 14 & #16. You will sometimes find with some of the smaller fish found in these waters that the choice of fly is not as important as covering the potential water well. 

            We had a nice afternoon walking and fishing along the upper river and if you haven’t fished this area before, you should give it a try. Just make sure that if you go, Bring Your Bug Spray! The Mosquitoes are really bad this year. If you’re looking for a good Insect Repellent, Ultrathon from 3M is the best stuff out there. I use it all the time and it works.


The Patient Angler

Peter Bowers

Deschutes River - Upper - August 13th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
   After my luck fishing streamers on the Fall I have been on a bit of a streamer binge, trying my luck in spots where I know big fish live but haven’t been interested in any of my previous offerings. So far I have focused on the Deschutes River through and just above Bend. While I haven’t been able to land one of the big ones that I know are around, its nice to get to know the river closer into town. Even if streamer fishing isn’t your thing some of our more urban water has plenty of opportunities and is a great place to go unwind after work.  Caddis hatches have been coming off pretty consistently during the evenings and an x-caddis with a sparkle pupa dropper has seemed to be the winning combination recently. Most of the fish feeding on the surface seem to be on the smaller size but occasionally you will hook into a nice fish, especially in those last few minutes before dark. If you do want to go chase after the big guys try swinging a heavily weighted streamer pattern into some of the likely looking pools and along cut banks. I have been throwing a silver/white rabbit strip matuka type pattern on a sink tip and giving it a fairly fast retrieve but any large streamer should do the trick as long as you can get it down to where the fish are holding.

While it might not compare to some of the more famous rivers and lakes in the area, its hard to complain when your fishing only 20 minutes after getting off work.

Tight Lines               

Ira Miller
Deschutes River - Upper - June 17th, 2009
  • Recorded:
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Hey now everyone,

Just thought I’d drop a report on the upper Deschutes.  I was able to get out for a while on Monday for a few hours. I was above Crane Prairie Res. fishing for brook trout with my 3wt.  It was a great time.  I caught around 8-10 brookies before I had to leave.  I was using caddis, tilt wings and adams for dries and soft hackles for my nymphs.  On the way back, I hit the Fall River.  I caught a few fish on dries and called it a day.  I was using caddis there.  The road to the Fall is under construction and a pain, especially when coming from Cascade Lakes Hwy.  You have been warned.  If you want more details on my trip, stop by and chat. 

See you out there,

Deschutes River - Upper - June 27th, 2008
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great

Upper Deschutes River                                                                                                                         June 24, 2008


            I hope everyone else’s life has not been as crazy as mine and that you are getting to fish to your heart’s content. Between family and work, my fishing outings have been far and few between.

            Even though I had commitments Tuesday afternoon, I grabbed a buddy and headed to the way upper Deschutes above Crane Prairie reservoir for some small stream, little fish, pure, unadulterated fun!  The water may only be knee deep, a trophy fish may only be 8", and the mosquitos may be bordering Alaska-ish, but that didn’t stop 2 grown men from laughing like school girls!  If you’re fishing anything more than a 3 weight, you’re over gunned.  This is perfect water and perfect fishing for a Sage TXL 0 weight or smaller.  Casts aren’t more than 25 feet and the average fish is 4-5 inches.  Any seam, boulder, drop off, or plunge pool holds multiple fish.  Purple smogs and x-caddis were our flies of choice, but your favorite dry pattern in size 18 or smaller will work just fine.  The mosquitos were atrocious.  Make sure you have your repellent close at hand as soon as you open you truck door because the little blood suckers show no mercy.        

            On a side note, check out our website,, for information on our first ever 2008 Patient Angler River Rendezvous.  We will have casting instruction, ½ day floats, product demos and seminars, and more information than you can shake a stick at.  Clear your calendar for August 8, 9, and 10, and come join us for a great weekend.  Sign up for the ½ day floats as soon as possible.  There are a limited number of seats and they will be going fast.

            Get out, embrace you inner school girl, and wet a line!


Happy fishing!


Reed Teuscher

The Patient Angler Fly Shop
Deschutes River - Upper - June 25th, 2006
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 81 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Fished the upper Deschutes between Little Lava lake & Hwy 40, and had a great time chasing little Brook trout with my 1wt. The water is a little high, but still pretty easy to wade. The slower water on inside corners and below logs across the river that had shade on it was the most productive. Small dry attractor patterns all worked well, but a tan parachute caddis that I stock in the shop worked the best. It was a dead on match to the caddis that we flying all over the place.

    Speaking of flying around. The mosquitoes were pretty thick as evening came on, so I used some Ultrathon lotion and remained bite free.

   The upper has a lot of small fish, my biggest fish was 11 or 12 inches, but every once and a while you can hook into a good size fish. The state record Brook trout 9 lbs 6 oz, came from these waters.

  The Patient Angler

   Peter J. Bowers

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