Originally Posted by Hardyreels
The only advice I will offer is to have a sink tip or lead head that you can go to when you run into conditions like I see in your photos. Tie a big feather wing streamer or whatever your selection will offer in a size 2 X long shank and start swinging as deep as you can get it to run. If the deep approach leads nowhere a marabou muddler or a Sofa Pillow, skidding on the surface is the last hope.
Yeah, I've read of a few people taking fish closer in to the bank using heavily weighted flies. Apparently the redsides on the deschutes will actually move into slacker water in these conditions. I can kind of verify this, as the only fish I've hooked/caught on the Deschutes the few times I've been out this year (and it has been high most of this year too) have been within 5-10ft of the bank.
I also don't think a whole lot of people swing for trout on the D, but you might hook a nice steelhead!