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!
May 7, 2019 - The big bugs (salmonflies and golden stones) are out in the Steelhead Falls area. There are also March Browns, Pale Morning Duns, Pale Evening Duns and Caddis throughout the Middle Deschutes. Water is perfect, a little low actually. Normal for when all the canals are getting "juiced". Besides dry fly fishing we are also having … Continue reading Middle Deschutes Salmonflies! 5/7/19
May 1, 2019 - The water is down a lot, but still a little high at just over 200 cfs. 140 is pretty standard summer flow. March Brown hatches are very good and there are a lot of Caddis and some BWO's and the 1st of PMD's out already. This basically means a March Browns, Purple Haze, Yellow Sparkle … Continue reading Middle Deschutes 5/1/19
April 24, 2019 - The water is still a bit high but has come down Substantially this week! March Browns are out and if you can stand the wading there are a lot of good options for fishing the middle river from LBC up to Benham Falls. I know someone who saw ONE salmonfly yesterday on the middle river … Continue reading Middle Deschutes fishing report 4/24/19
March 22, 2019 - The water is still high, and that makes most of the Middle D access points tough
Be sure to check out nearby fishing spots, they're less than 15 miles away from Middle Deschutes River!