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Lower Deschutes River Float Trips, Oregon

As we approach Fall, Oregon’s Lower Deschutes River becomes one of the most versatile and rich fisheries in Oregon. By October, steelhead have spread throughout the river upstream of Maupin, making float trips from Trout Creek to Maupin an extremely viable option. While the word is still out on this year’s returns, plenty of fish are present to warrant the efforts of swinging flies, and there have been steelhead caught in this stretch of river so far. As for the resident rainbows, Fall marks another window for great hatches. October Caddis and Blue-Winged Olives can be prolific through the early fall months and can provide some memorable dry fly fishing. Nymphing with stoneflies and smaller patterns can also be very successful, with the occasional steelhead hooked incidentally.

On any given day, anglers can cast a four weight with a dry fly to a sipping rainbow trout, roll cast a nymph rig in a classic riffle and swing a traditional fly through a fabled steelhead run. The goal each day is to enjoy whatever opportunities exist, whether that be an evening hatch or a landed steelhead. This is truly the best way to experience all that the Deschutes has to offer.

During these trips, the boats can be loaded with a few trout rods and few spey rods, giving guests a full quiver of opportunity as they drift down the legendary Deschutes. As with any other season, Renton River Adventures (our preferred outfitter on the Deschutes), can provide all the trout and steelhead equipment for anglers looking to enjoy the river.

Contact Andy at 800.552.2729 for more information on the Lower Deschutes River


Available Dates:
October 1 – 3: 4 spots
October 8 – 11: 2 spots
October 14 – 17: 4 spots

2 night/3 day float trip: $1,500 per person based on double occupancy
3 night/4 day float trip: $2,000 per person based on double occupancy

Included: On the water meals, guided fishing, fishing tackle, camp gear, dry bags

Not Included: Alcohol, waders/boots, fishing licenses, guide gratuities, sleeping bag, vehicle shuttle, boater pass, personal items