Fishing Oregon’s Famous Rivers

The Deschutes River, located in central Oregon, is renown as one of the best native trout streams in America.  Summer steelhead and large rainbow trout provide an exciting challenge for the fly fisherman.  Late spring and early summer you can enjoy the famous salmon fly hatch where the fish feed voraciously on these large insects.  Then later, the warm weather brings on various other caddis, midge and mayfly hatches.  In late fall the steelhead fishing can be awesome.  These steelhead can be readily coaxed to a fly and offer good opportunities for even the novice steelheader.   The Deschutes River canyon is very scenic and the trip is worthwhile even if you don’t fish.  We primarily guide the upper section of the river from Warm Springs to Trout Creek in 16′ driftboats.   There is no fishing from a flotation device on the Deschutes so everyone must wade.    Book with us early as we fill up for season.

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North Santiam River – This river is located close to Salem, Oregon and is known for it’s abundant runs of summer steelhead.  Fishing for summers can be good from June through the end of October.  The Santiam also offers trout fishing with the average trout size ranging from 10-13″.  Each year larger trout are also taken from the river.   The North Santiam provides some winter Steelhead fishing from January through March when water conditions are favorable.  This is a beautiful river offering some great scenery.

The McKenzie River – This classic western Oregon river is located about 1 hour south of Salem (close to Eugene and Springfield) and is perfect for flyfishing right from the drift boat.  Several anadromous fish species are found in the McKenzie including spring Chinook Salmon and Summer Steelhead.  Dry fly fishing for trout is excellent from spring through late fall and this river offers great fishing opportunities for flyfisher’s of all skill levels.  There is a strong population of wild rainbow, with more numbers of wild cutthroat in the lower river and a small population of bull trout.  The McKenzie trout average 8 to 14 inches, with some up to 18 inches or better. Many of the larger rainbows have the dark coloration with red stripe that identifies them as redside trout.