The wild and scenic Deschutes has one of the most prolific fly hatches in the world. Match your wits and hatches against the Redsides, and feel the joy of duping and landing a 4 lb Wild Rainbow Trout on a 4 wt. fly rod.
You’ll find broad scenic vistas and cozy camp spots. There is ample opportunity for viewing an array of wildlife. Curious river otters, osprey, golden eagles, deer, coyote, bobcats, skunk and raccoon are all familiar creatures you may encounter. Occasionally, wild horses can be seen on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation!
With a little luck and good timing, you can book a multi-day drift boating safari for the famous Deschutes River Redsides on Oregon’s mighty desert river with author Dan Alsup (Riverman Dan) as your guide.
Oregon Fishing Trips
Enjoy amazing springtime and summer catches of the beautiful football shaped Redside variety of rainbow trout. While we fish year round for Redsides, early April brings the onset of an amazing hatch of Salmon Flys which continues into late June. This is prime time for targeting those famous Redsides. The competition for space on the boat becomes fierce so book early to secure your seat.
During the later summer and fall months you can target the fierce fighting, aerobatic metal heads – ocean going Steelhead Trout
Enjoy gourmet riverside cooking morning and night with a great deli style lunch when the sun is high. Please be sure to let us know of any dietary restrictions or special meal or snack requests ahead of time so we can tailor make your fishing adventure as enjoyable as possible.
In the evening, tip a glass and enjoy tales – tall and true – of wild fish and wilder times; times when railroads battled over fortunes still waiting to be made, and pioneers and settlers tested their mettle against the land, hostile natives, and even themselves. Cattlemen and sheep herders, vigilantes and lynch mobs – this is the land of Indian raids, cattle rustling and posses – you will be right where it all happened. History, wild beauty, the mighty Deschutes River and, of course, the majesty of a beautiful Redside rising to morning flies.
Trips vary in length from a very long one day fishing adventure to a 7 day river safari. One day trips will include a deli lunch and extra flies and leader. Deschutes River Trips will begin at the shop in Maupin with complete transportation to and from the river provided.
Your river trip will be either in a rowed raft or a McKenzie Riverboat (drift boat). For multi-day trips, a separate raft will transport our kitchen and your gear down stream where it will be ready for you at the end of each day.