April 28-May 1
I had a last minute cancellation so when I got a phone call from a friend to spend an extended weekend on the Deschutes River I jumped at the opportunity. The Deschutes is my favorite river outside of my homewater in Northern California and so I make the pilgrimage north at least a few times each season. The Deschutes has it all, amazing geography and scenery, world class whitewater and camping, wildlife and birds (we saw Bighorn Sheep), great weather, good hatches and some of the hardest pulling wild trout and steelhead on the planet.
I typically plan trout trips around the spring hatches of mayflies and caddis and the incredible stonefly hatches which are as good as it gets, bringing the biggest trout to the surface. We knew we were a bit early for the stoneflies on this weekend so we mostly nymphed the first few days, finding several fish in each run we sampled. The weather dawned bright and sunny on Sunday, some Salmonflies and Goldenstones took flight, so I committed to a dry dropper for the final day and was not disappointed, landing a number of hearty Deschutes Redband Rainbows. I unexpectedly even found a late season steelhead! Watching the sun set and the moon rise over the vermillion cliffs after one of the most satisfying days of trout fishing I’ve ever experienced made me want to howl with the coyotes.
The Stonefly hatches will be in full swing in the coming weeks, consider this your notice to get to the Deschutes now! If you have experienced casting huge dries tight to the banks of the Deschutes you know what I mean, if you haven’t you should seriously consider adding it to your bucket list. This is a great trip for family members, I’ve taken mine who enjoyed it immensely. As a Flywater Travel agent I work with the finest guides and outfitters on the Deschutes and they still have some limited availability for groups of two to six. Drop me a line at your earliest opportunity to schedule a trip on this beautiful river.
May 9 – 12
May 24 – 31
Rate: $1500 per person for a 2 night / 3 day package (4 anglers minimum)
Note: Additional packages available upon request.