Lower Deschutes is arguably the greatest fishery in the north west. With over 3000 rainbows per river mile, plus thousands of summer steelhead, the huge amount of fish in the lower Deschutes River is staggering. From the quaint canyon town of Maupin Oregon to the rivers confluence with the Columbia River, anglers can access over 50 mile of ribbon water.
Summer Steelhead move into the lower Deschutes from mid-July through October. Hefty sea-run Rainbows can run up to 20lbs, but average from 4 to 12 pounds. We love to fly fish this section of the river, in August through September. The are most aggressive in early morning and late evening. Swinign small to medium steelhead flies across the riffles and run is an excellent way to attract Deschutes River Steelhead. Many fisherman will say this is one of the toughest ways to fish for Steelhead, high winds, wadding up to your chest, and hiking over some very slick rocks make it day in day out tough to do. Those same fisherman also say it’s the most rewarding.
We start the morning with breakfast in the dark. A short boat ride later, were fish’n. As the sun is coming up we are expecting our first hook up. The anticipation can not easily be matched… If you Fly Fish this trip is a must. We only have limited time for this season, and very limited space, if interested we recommend booking ASAP.