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Central Oregon Fishing Report – Contributor Glenn Zinkus reports:

Much of Central Oregon will be in the 50s through the weekend, with some possible rain showers on Sunday.

The Cascades Lakes area will be cool like most of Central Oregon, with highs in the 50s through the Saturday, and 40s first few days of next week.

The Deschutes Canyon will have temperatures in the 60s through Saturday, with some showers and temperatures in the 50s on Sunday. Highs in the 50s going into next week.

Lower Deschutes River: Now that we are into October, water temperatures are looking good and I will only report on anything beyond the norm.

October caddis are happening; this makes for a good dry – dropper combination. October caddis pupa patterns have been especially effective – I’ve had success with a Morrish Deep October Caddis Pupa pattern.

Nymphing this past week has been effective, as well fishing a bead head leech. Copper Johns, Perdigons, 2 Bit Hookers, Zebra Midges have been good this past week.

The usual selection of caddis that have been consistent through the summer are still active as we approach fall, with tans, greys, olives (even some black late in the day), in sizes 14-16.

Expect to see some October caddis are popping up on the river, and Mahogany duns should be in your box this time of year.


Middle Deschutes River: The Middle Deschutes is fishing well; euronymphing in the morning and caddis in the afternoon and evenings.

Water levels are at good levels, and Jeff Perin of The Flyfisher’s Place opines that he thinks the Middle Deschutes should be fishing well over this month of October

Friends did well last week fishing above Steelhead Falls; a couple of brown trout and a redside.

Haystack Reservoir: Fill level is 31 %. Bass fishing has been excellent.

Crooked River: Crooked River flows are 160 CFS at the dam, although there is some variability. There was a spike last weekend, and there could more more ahead. Fishing is great with afternoon dry fly fishing with PMD, BWO, and mahogany dun hatches.

Fall River: Fall River was stocked last week with 500 trophy trout. There have been some BWO and caddis hatches, midges, as well as some action on terrestrials (ants, beetles, hoppers). Mahogany duns are hatching.

Metolius River: Last week the most prevalent bugs I saw were the PMDs and Mahoghany duns that the fish seemed to be crushing on the opposite bank. Some places on the lower river were a virtual hatch factory.

Prineville Reservoir: Josh Pardee for Tim’s Fishin Tackle Shop in Lapine reports ridiculously good fishing for Crappie in Prineville Reservoir. The reservoir is at 20 % full as of today.

Check out Glenn’s detailed report with much more information and forecast in this week’s Member’s version.

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