The Deschutes Trout fly fishing season begins in May and goes until mid-July. The enormous “Redside” trout are near the shore at this time, feasting on the many different types of fly hatches that occur in the spring and early summer. For the serious fly fisherman, this trip is a must.
The Deschutes River is a blue-ribbon trout stream. It has a flow rate of roughly 42 cubic feet per second. It’s quite deep and swift, and it’s home to a lot of powerful native trout. Due to a state regulation preventing fishing from any floating gadget, we must wade the brushy shorelines and riffles to catch our fish. This can be challenging at times, and even the most experienced anglers may find it difficult.
We provide drift boats on trips for three to four days. This popular route is 35 miles long, beginning at Trout Creek, 20 miles north of Madras, Oregon, and ending just above Maupin.
We float the Deschutes River in McKenzie River drift boats and tow our camp in a huge raft. The cargo raft heads out ahead of us to set up camp and ensure that everything is ready for us when we arrive later that evening.
Large, spacious tents, sleeping cots, lounge chairs, and even a hot shower are all available. Meals of the highest quality will be prepared for you. Outdoor camp cooking is our specialty. Dutch oven-baked breads, grilled meats, fresh tossed salads, and a variety of fresh veggies make up our meals.
There are just two fish slots available on each trip. The objective is to let the larger fish spawn and to develop a trophy trout stream, thus fish must be between 10 and 13 inches long to be kept. We’ve been fishing the Deschutes for 30 years and have observed significant variations in the number and size of the trout.
Our guides are all full-time fishing guides, just like me. We all work together as a team from May to November. The guides are all experienced boatmen who are passionate about teaching and assisting clients in catching fish. It’s a privilege for me to have the opportunity to spend so much time with true professionals.
“Do you love to cast a fly? Do you enjoy wading a river in search of feeding rainbow? Does your heart race when you see a big trout feed? Well, the Deschutes is calling you. There is no place I’ve ever been that will reward you like the Deschutes.”
—Craig Hughson, Owner