Deschutes River Steelhead Report

Scott Nelson and Colin Carr floated from Macks Canyon to the Mouth twice this week. The fly fishing for Steelhead was consistent but slow. Their guests got up early and stayed out late polishing up their spey fishing techniques and were rewarded with some beautiful Wild Steelhead.

The fishing should continue to improve over the next few weeks as the fish counts are ticking up. Additionally, water temps in the Columbia River are warming, so more up river fish will take thermal refuge in the lower reaches of the Deschutes River.

These straying fish mixed in with the Deschutes Natives provide an opportunity to angle in some of the highest concentrations of Steelhead anywhere in the world. Throw in the unreal rimrock canyon light and you have a truly magical fishing trip.

We prefer to spend 3 or 4 days camping and floating through the canyon, but there are 1 day trips available. Either way, this is one of Oregon’s Blue Ribbon Fisheries that needs to be seen to be believed. Heres a few photos that might help: