Trout fishing the Deschutes River in July has been up and down but recently the up’s have been way up! Water temperatures released out of the “selective water withdrawl” system at Pelton dam on the Deschutes river are now selecting to cooler waters and that is great news for trout and the bugs they feast on. Caddis action has reached a new ferver with a spade of cooler flows and the trout are feisty and fat.
Water Time Outfitters guides favorite stretch for rainbows on the Deschutes is the most remote part of the canyon floating from Trout Creek down. These waters have great riffles, legendary back eddies and big rapids. We’ve been guiding this section for over 20 years and love to share our favorite strategies for working productive riffles, sudsy back eddies and stalking big bows under the shade of our favorite trees.
Caddis patterns this time of year are generally size 16 or 18 and the most common color is tan. A smattering of mayflies are found this time of year with the magany dun the most common.
The Deschutes River flows north towards the Columbia River. It is near the towns of Madras, Maupin and the Dalles, OR. It’s not a bad drive from Portland (about 2 hours), Salem and Eugene.
For more information about fishing the Deschutes River in July visit our website or give us a call! www.watertimeoutfitters.com