A guided overnight jet boat trip on the lower Deschutes with the Renton family is one of the most unique experiences in the steelhead angling world. The high desert canyon offers incredible scenery, a remote feel, consistent weather and a run of aggressive summer steelhead. Guided jet boat trips are done on the lower 25 miles of the Deschutes River, where motorized boats are allowed for limited days during the prime window of July through September 30. After September 30th there are no restrictions on motorized boats. To make these trips possible, guides Dillon and David Renton operate under All Star Rafting’s permit to enable jet boat trips of the highest quality. The Renton family has dedicated decades to learning and guiding the Deschutes. The foundation of this family-run outfitting business centers on incredible camps, great food, and a deep commitment to quality instruction. A comfortable base camp will be set up before guests arrive. From there, guests will set out to spey fish some of the most unique steelhead water in the West.
Much of the steelhead fishing here is done with floating lines and small traditional flies. Deschutes steelhead tend to be aggressive, chasing flies swung across the even currents of countless seductive runs. A typical one-salt fish here weighs five to six pounds, two-salt fish weigh in around 10 pounds and a few fish in the teens are seen each season. Be prepared for long days on the water. Catching tends to be most productive in the low light hours of the day. Your guide will typically have you out on the water at the first hint of light and you fish hard until mid-day. At that point you’ll stop for a streamside lunch and perhaps a siesta. In the afternoon your guide will have you back out on the water for the “evening session.”
Jet boat trips are a unique and productive way to fish the river, following the shade and accessing the prime runs of the lower 25 miles of the Deschutes. The jet boat is used for transportation only and all angling is done while wading. Guests need only to bring their own sleeping bag and waders with felt soled, studded boots. The wading on the lower river can be slick, so wading staffs are suggested.
Accommodations and meals:
All Star and the Renton Family sets up one of the most comfortable camps on the Deschutes. Guests stay in double occupancy 12 x 12 Montana canvas spike tents. Camp will have a solar shower as well as a solar charging station. Tents will have cots and pads and guests will bring their own sleeping bags and towels. All meals will be delicious and thoughtfully prepared by Debbie and are served in the dining tent.
**Note: Make sure to bring your own sleeping bag
Day 1: Arrive Portland, OR and overnight at your elected accommodations
Day 2: Take rental car to predetermined launch point to meet guides for an afternoon of guided jet boat fishing. Lunch and dinner provided riverside. Overnight at riverside camp.
Day 3 - 4: Full days of guided fishing with all meals and riverside accommodations included
Day 5: A morning of guided fishing with breakfast and lunch. After fishing depart for home
Note: Lower Deschutes River jet boat trips operated under a BLM special use permit owned by All Star
2019 Rate: $2,400 per person for a 3 night/4 day package based on 2-3 anglers
*Stays of varying length available
Included: Guided fishing, on river meals and accommodations, fishing tackle, boater pass, camp gear
Not Included: Alcohol, waders/boots, fishing licenses, guide gratuities, sleeping bag, personal items
Species: Summer steelhead
Season: August - October
Capacity: 6 anglers
Map: Maupin, OR