I am always reading fishing reports for the upper Deschutes that read something like this; “Fishing has been good with just about any kind of caddis in size 16-20 working on the feisty little brook trout”. Most of you may have had these experiences up there, but I have to say I have not. Only once or twice have I had some luck on the stretches between Little Lava Lake and Craine Prairie Reservoir and it’s not been what I would call hot. I do think that I need to work on my presentation this small stream, but come on, I’m no slouch angler. Timing may also be the problem. I usually wined up fishing the Little Deschutes as a last resort when nothing else seems to be going on and it may not be the best time for it either. I don’t know. Maybe this year I’ll try going in June when the fish are still really hungry and the hatches are getting good. With the snow level being so low this year we might be able to get in there even earlier than usual too.
It would be nice to have a good recommendation for dry-dropper combo from someone who knows how to really fish the stream. Anyone out there feel up to helping us all out? We would love a short comment or two.