The Middle Deschutes river, likely the less discussed, is between Bend and Lake Billy Chinook. The access to the river is more difficult than other sections, but there are a few decent spots along the way. The most common access points with fishable water is near Tumalo Falls, Tethrow Crossing, Lower Bridge, and Crooked River Ranch. The most popular time to go fly fishing on the Middle Deschutes is in late April and early May. If you aren't familiar with stone and salmon fly hatches, you're missing out. It's easily the best fishing close to Bend where both browns and wild rainbows eagerly eat the giant sources of protein.
Be sure to check the Fishing Regulations and Emergency Rules for this area.
Our Middle Deschutes River fishing maps show areas we love to fish. If you've never fished here before these are great places to start.
The flies we've listed below are some of the locals favorites for this section of the water. If you're interested in learning to tie these flies, we've included links to show you how!
ODFW is not stocking Middle Deschutes River at this time. For more information on stocking schedules for Oregon rivers and lakes, please visit the ODFW Trout Stocking website.
There's nothing better than community based reports from people that are on the water! If you're seeing reports from local fly shops and guides please take some time to visit their shops or websites!
March 10, 2020 - We were out early this week and the water is still really high, but the fishing was pretty good. We tried dries early, but weren't successful. A nymph under a float with a small zebra midge trailer seemed to be the ticket. Fish the outer edges and current breaks, a lot of fish were caught near the shorelines and underwater humps.
October 31, 2022 - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDBQNs_-TiT5MHUgaY2j0GPGgMxFCjsULbOz6cvV0s7rSuJQ/viewform Hi conservation minded friends and lovers of wild trout, I am asking for you to sign up to receive information on the proposed Mirror Pond Fish Passage project. We need to show support for this and right now it is as simple as putting your name and email on this link I shared. More action … Continue reading Take a minute to help the Deschutes fish through Bend and sign up for this info now. 10/31/22
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October 26, 2022 - greeting fellow stillwater enthusiasts! It's been a wild ride on the weather for the last 5 days and this changes the game quite a bit for most of us accessing some of the lakes, and gives us new ideas for some of the others we might not have on the radar as much. Starting up … Continue reading A little update for the lakes: talking about snow, and access, + safety and fishing options 10/26/22
October 17, 2022 - It looks like one more week of glorious weather coming, and then a big change coming in next saturday. I'd say for most of us, this brings mixed feelings and may even change some fishing plans, but overall while I am going to miss the sunshine and short sleeve shirts, I am hopeful that these … Continue reading 10/16/22 Fishing Update
September 24, 2022 - A busy day and weekend are in store starting tomorrow with the Water Watch dinner and fundraiser, so if a report is to be done, tonight is the night. Tomorrow we head to the big city, and Sunday and Monday to the coast for a quick trip (hope to get some crab) and then home … Continue reading Fishing updates, closure info and good vibes for 9/23/22
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Be sure to check out nearby fishing spots, they're less than 15 miles away from Middle Deschutes River!