DESCHUTES RIVER OREGON FLY FISHING – JETBOAT GUIDE
We use a Jetboat to navigate and guide the lower 25 miles of the Deschutes River for rainbow trout or “resides”. Section four, the lower 25 miles is by far the most secluded section of the Deschutes River. There is virtually no access between the two boat ramps. We offer guided single day trips and camp trips on this section of the river.
Rainbow trout or “resides” in the lower river are relatively unmolested. Although section four is busy during steelhead season, it is underutilized for trout fishing in the spring. On an average day we will hook a dozen feisty resides and not see another boat all day. Having an open river allows us to cherry pick only the best spots, many days we will travel upstream more than twenty miles.
The lower Deschutes is wide and full of steelhead water, or “swing water”. For the same reason we use spey rods for steelhead we use them for trout. Swinging flies for trout is an effective way to cover vast amounts of the river otherwise impossible to fish with a fly.
We primarily fish dry flies in the month of May, especially when the salmon flies and golden stones are around. Adult stones usually show up the first couple days of May and the trout key on them slowly, spot by spot until eventually they are keying on them throughout the entire river. Lower river fish will key on dry flies clear through the month of June.
European Style Nymphing, or “euro nymphing” has become very popular on the Lower Deschutes. For those interested in doing something different we have a lot of great water to play with “euro rods”. We are prepared to fish a number of styles to make your day a success. We carry a small fly shop on board.
A guided day of trout fishing includes rods and reels, flies, ice cold water, and we usually find a spot in the shade for lunch. Anglers need to be prepared for all weather conditions but it’s generally warm and sunny. The new solar hoodies are popular as well as a “buff” but don’t forget sunscreen, polarized glasses and a good hat.
This is a trip that does not disappoint! Did I mention the boat ride?