Guided Deschutes River fly fishing trips
River Runner Outfitters provides guided float trips on the Lower Deschutes River in Central Oregon, fly fishing for wild rainbow trout. Located in Maupin, Oregon, our guides know the Deschutes intimately and are on the river nearly every day. Current knowledge of where the trout are and what they are eating is incredibly important for a successful day of fly fishing. A guided float trip increases the amount of productive water you will fish in a day, using the right flies, resulting in more trout to hand.
River Runner Outfitters' guides are friendly experienced instructors, and will gladly teach beginning anglers. For seasoned fly fishers, your guide will be like a bird dog, hunting and pointing trout for you. In addition to fly fishing, your guide will talk about the geology, wildlife, and history of the Deschutes River Canyon. For a day of guided fly fishing on the Deschutes River, RRO provides two options...
guided fly fishing trips near Bend, Oregon
A full day float trip from Warm Springs to Trout Creek provides a day of fly fishing near Bend, Oregon. The Lower Deschutes River is released from Pelton Dam, just two miles upstream from Warm Springs. This section of the Deschutes is a tailwater fishery, holding the highest concentration of wild rainbow trout. For this guided trip you will meet your guide in Madras. Madras is 42 miles north of Bend and is an easy day trip. You will be transported from the meeting place to the river and back to your vehicle at the end of the day. The Warm Springs to Trout Creek float opens the last Saturday in April. The salmonfly hatch happens in this section of the Deschutes by mid May, and great dry fly fishing extends into mid June. Caddis flies create dry fly fishing in July. Steelhead begin to show up in the Warm Springs to Trout Creek float early October, and provide a unique day of fly fishing for both resident and sea run rainbow trout.
guided fly fishing in the Maupin area
The Lower Deschutes River near Maupin, Oregon is also a great place for a guided fly fishing trip. A 35 mile road provides access to four different sections of river to float. Upstream of Maupin the Deschutes holds many trout, and has a clear and consistent flow. Half day float trips are available in this section, as well as longer full day trips. Down river from Sherars Falls the Deschutes Canyon grows immensely. While the White River occasionally makes this section unfishable, there are many trout per mile and the fishing pressure is considerably less. The salmonfly hatch happens in the Maupin area in early May and lasts through Memorial Day, followed by mayfly and caddis fly hatches through the summer. Steelhead are present in the Maupin area by August and are available for morning or evening fishing during guided trout trips. North of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation boundary the Deschutes River is open to fishing year 'round.
We can recommend which section will be best for your guided trip, or you may let us know what your agenda will allow for.
a day of fly fishing
For a day of guided fly fishing, anglers typically meet their guide at 8:00 am. There is no fishing from the boat allowed on the Lower Deschutes, so all fly fishing is done while wading or from the bank. Trout hold along the edges of the Deschutes, so this works out in the angler's favor. The Deschutes is a dry fly angler's river, with many hatches and rising trout. Nymph fishing is very productive and the Deschutes has a ton of riffles and pocket water. We will accommodate your angling preferences. Although the Lower Deschutes is a large river, we concentrate on fishing the stream within the river. The water you will fish may include riffles, back eddies, foamy pools, boulder strewn pocket water, grassy cut banks, and in the shadows of alder trees.
A streamside lunch will be provided. We believe good food is important, but realize you are here to fish. Our lunches are prepared with fresh tasty ingredients and don't eat up too much of your fishing time. Deschutes River guided trips last until 5:00 or 6:00 pm. The duration of a Deschutes fishing trip is flexible (usually around 8 hours on the river) and we will accommodate your schedule. After arriving at the take-out you will "car pool" with your guide back to your vehicle.