Deschutes – Trout Spey is a dba of Steelhead Outfitters LLC, Steelhead Outfitters is a permitted outfitter/guide service on the lower Deschutes River
Our focus is Trout Fishing and Trout Spey. We are a jet boat guide service on the lower Deschutes River and we offer a truly unique trout experience and that is trout without people! We offer drift boat fly fishing in the non-motorized sections of the Deschutes!
Sam is based in Hood River, OR where he has been guiding the Deschutes River for trout and steelhead since 2009. A native Oregonian, Sam was born and raised in Oregon and has well over twenty-five years of experience fishing its waters. Over the last decade, Sam has become one of the most recognizable and respected fishing guides on the Deschutes. Sam runs guided trips on the Sandy and Clackamas Rivers as well as Washington’s Klickitat River. You will not find a harder working, more experienced and conscientious guide than Sam. Along with being a great guide, Sam is an expert boat operator, spey casting instructor and angler. Sam Sickles holds a US Coast Guard License, a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) through the Bureau of Land Management to operate a powerboat on the Deschutes, both Oregon and Washington Guide Licenses, First Aid and CPR training and is insured and bonded.
With close family ties to Sweet Creek and Mapleton, Oregon, Marni Sickles is the real deal original Oregon girl! ”Marn” was pretty much raised in a tent. Her people are loggers, commercial fisherman, crabbers and more than a few hippies. Yep, a native and an endangered species. More importantly, Marn’s in charge of everything that matters and is our camp host during steelhead camp. Last year we missed her on a trip and the first thing out of the clients’ mouths was “Where’s Marn?” Obviously, we won’t do that again! Aside from all that, Marn loves to swing flies and has been nicknamed, among other things, the “Hoover”, because she vacuums up all the fish in a run. But seriously, we are glad to have Marn around to keep us straight. If you get a chance to spend some time with her, you’ll get used to it, then expect it and be disappointed when she’s not there!
This is our camp dog Boone. If you are lucky enough to camp with us in the summer when Marn isn’t teaching third grade you’ll meet Mr. Boone, AKA Booneski, AKA DumDum. He’s quite the dog.
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