Fishing the Middle Deschutes River

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.


Middle Deschutes River Fishing Regulations

  • Open all year for trout.

Be sure to check the Fishing Regulations and Emergency Rules  for this area.


Middle Deschutes River Weather


Fishing Maps of the Middle Deschutes River

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.

Lava Island Trailhead

Meadow Camp Day Use Area

Big Eddy Trailhead

Steelhead Falls

SW Jordan Road Bridge


Middle Deschutes River Recommended Flies

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!


Middle Deschutes River Stocking Schedule

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.


Middle Deschutes River Fishing Reports

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!

Community Reports

High Water - Decent Fishing

written by John Ellis

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.


Local Fly Shop and Guide Reports

written by flyfishersplace

November 21, 2021 - Good sunday morning from a sunny and chilly Sisters, OR. It's been a few weeks since the last update. Between our Mexico trip, then catching up a little at the shop finishing orders for 2022, but mostly to catch up on pine needle raking, cleaning gutters and burning needles, it has been a full time … Continue reading (Happy) Thanksgiving Week Fishing Report

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written by flyfishersplace

October 23, 2021 - Good morning from the rainy Oregon coast. It appears some of this rain is headed over to the rest of the state for the next few days too. Hallelujah, we need that water, and I hope it just keeps coming and coming. I am pretty sure this storm is going to be about the end … Continue reading 10/23/2021 fishing report & update

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October 2, 2021 - It's Folk Festival weekend in Sisters. I got home from my guide trip last night and we headed out on the town to listen to some great music. All the town is a stage and it feels vibrant and good here. We are lucky. We are also lucky to have so much good fishing here, … Continue reading Jeff’s fishing report and more (10/2/21)

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written by flyfishersplace

September 25, 2021 - How many more of these days will we get in 2021? It is perfect, but the winds of change are blowing in soon it looks like. We will take anything we get and we will fish in anything we get. The Metolius is still getting a good afternoon Green Drake hatch, mostly in a size … Continue reading Fishing Report 9/25/2021

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Fishing Spots near Middle Deschutes River

Be sure to check out nearby fishing spots, they're less than 15 miles away from Middle Deschutes River!