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.
January 9, 2021 - This coming week of January 10-16 looks warm again. At least warm from a January perspective. Lots of days in the 40's and a couple hitting the 50's coming up. It should be a pleasant week to slip on the waders and be on the water.
October 31, 2020 - Happy Halloween and the end of the general Trout Season! It's crazy to think of all the great days we've had since the general opener on April 22nd. I would guess each and every one of you had some wonderful days on the water, through all kinds of weather, clear skies and even smoke this … Continue reading Jeff’s Spooky Fishing Report 10/31/20
October 4, 2020 - Hello everyone, I am writing today from Seaside on the Oregon Coast. There is no fishing this weekend but I am looking forward to my week ahead which includes 4 more days of guide trips on the lakes (and if the stars align a day on the Metolius). We walked the beach in Gearhart today … Continue reading 10/3/20 Fishing Update
September 26, 2020 - If you are reading this from Oregon you know we got a small blessing of fall weather and some good rains in many areas around the state. Places that had been hit hard with wild fire earlier this month were soaked. I don't know how that moves us along with getting the fires all out, … Continue reading Jeff’s end of September fishing report 9/26/20
Be sure to check out nearby fishing spots, they're less than 15 miles away from Middle Deschutes River!