Whether you’re looking for a one day guided Deschutes trip, private lake fishing, or a multi-day camping and float trip, Deschutes Angler offers a variety of world-class fishing and guiding options. This is an operation with a passionate guide staff, an amazing level of technical competence, and a willingness to teach and instruct on everything from the intricacies of river fishing to the dynamics of Spey casting. Whether you’re looking to fish for chrome-bright, hard-fighting steelhead with floating lines and light Spey rods, or pursue wild Redside trout with a dry fly, Deschutes Angler can guide you on the area’s waters, instruct you on applicable techniques, and set you up for success. For a change of pace from the river, Deschutes Angler also books over thirty private lakes, ideal for big-fish enthusiasts who enjoy sight casting dries to huge cruising rainbows.  

Typical Length of Stay

Trips and packages of any length can be arranged, from single day float trips to multi-day camping adventures. On multi-day trips, you can choose between a 3 day / 2 night package or a 4 day / 3 night package.

Accommodations and Lodging

The Deschutes RiverWhen visiting Central Oregon to fish the Deschutes River, there is one obvious oasis in the desert that no serious angler should overlook - Maupin, Oregon. Located smack dab in the middle of the lower 100 mile section of the Deschutes, the small town of Maupin (pop. 450) welcomes fly anglers from around the world. Though Bend and Sunriver are more well-known than Maupin, those cities are 90 to 110 miles away from the blue ribbon trout and steelhead sections of the Deschutes. If you are serious about your fly fishing, you will want to station yourself in Maupin to take advantage of nearly 40 miles of river access via unpaved and paved access roads which parallel the river both upstream and downstream of our little community. Maupin offers four lodging facilities for those who desire a comfortable bed and private bath after a long day on the river. Rooms can be difficult to secure on last minute notice, so we suggest that you make arrangements for a room upon booking a trout or steelhead trip.

Small town charm is what you will find at each of Maupin's lodging establishments. These family-run businesses offer rooms which are comfortable and quiet but, for the most part, lacking in modern conveniences like televisions and telephones. Your trusty cell phone may not work down in the canyon on the river's edge, but good reception is only a short drive up the hill just minutes outside of town.

IMPERIAL RIVER COMPANY - The only lodging right on the banks of the Deschutes, the Imperial offers 25 rooms tastefully decorated in themes of central Oregon. During the high-season, the restaurant at Imperial River Company serves breakfast,lunch and dinner with river views from the main dining room and an outdoor patio. Kick back and enjoy a hearty meal and an adult beverage as you watch the river flow by. (Phone: 800-395-3903)

RIVER RUN LODGE - As you cross the bridge over the river from West to East, you will see the River Run Lodge perched on the hill facing the river. There are six rooms, each with a private bath and ranging in size from "tight quarters" to a suite with a full kitchen. If you are just looking for a clean place to leave your gear while you fish all day, and you are not planning on hanging out in your hotel room, the smaller rooms offer an economical choice for the hare-core angler. All rooms have wireless internet access, coffee maker, refrigerator, and microwave. (Phone: 877-335-8867)

OASIS RESORT - Celebrating fifty years of welcoming visitors to their family-run establishment, the Oasis Resort offers private cabins in a grassy tree-shaded "oasis" just across the street from the river. The Oasis restaurant offers world-famous milkshakes, great breakfasts, and burgers and beer for lunch and dinner May through October. (Phone: 541-395-2611)

DESCHUTES MOTEL - On the edge of town, perched on a hillside overlooking the Deschutes River, you will find the Deschutes Motel. Though none of the 12 rooms have a river view, they are the only lodging in Maupin with television sets in every single room. While there are no phones in the room, the Deschutes Motel is higher on the hill, so your cell phone may work here! (Phone: 541-395-2626)

CAMPING and CAMPGROUNDS - If you drive up or down river along the Deschutes River access road, you will come across many public fee campgrounds which are maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. The portions of the access road that are closest to Maupin are paved. As you drive further away from Maupin, either upstream or downstream, the paved access road turns into rough gravel. Driving south (upstream) of Maupin, you will find four BLM campgrounds in six miles of access road; two are on the paved stretch and two are on the gravel section. Driving north (downstream) of Maupin, you will find nine campgrounds in 28 miles of access road; four are on the paved stretch and five are on the gravel stretch. All BLM developed campgrounds have very clean permanent outhouses and several designated campsites, each with a picnic table. BLM campgrounds fill on a first-come first-served basis, and they do not accept reservations. Each campground has a self-service pay station and some have campground hosts.

MAUPIN CITY PARK - In the town of Maupin, the Maupin City Park has tent sites and RV sites with full hookups right on the river's edge. City Park also has flush toilets and shower facilities. Camping fees are payable to the camp host at the Maupin City Park. Reservations are not required but are highly recommended during the busy season, June through August. (Phone: 541-395-2252)

OASIS CAMPGROUND - Another option close to town is the Oasis Campground, offering tent sites on a soft grassy lawn. Port-a-Potties are on site. Camping fees are payable through the Oasis Resort, call ahead for reservations on busy summer weekends. (Phone: 541-395-2611)

Food and Beverages

For all standard day trips, lunch is included. the guide will provide beverages throughout the day and a large deli-style lunch that can be eaten in leisurely style in lounge chairs on the river bank mid-day, or (for the hard core anglers) scarfed down as the guide rows the boat to the next great spot. This type of lunch is designed to satisfy your river-sized hunger while maximizing your fishing time! If you are staying in Maupin, there are several restaurant options in town for an early breakfast, a late dinner, and cold beer!

Fishing Information

Deschutes SteelheadWinding its way through Oregon's beautiful high desert country, the Deschutes offers some of the Northwest’s finest and most productive fly fishing. Fish populations include rainbow trout, steelhead, Chinook salmon, bull trout, and mountain whitefish. Wildlife on the Deschutes is abundant, with a plethora of waterfowl and upland game birds. There are also cougar, deer, elk, big horn sheep, and coyote. It is not unusual to see river otter, mink, beaver, and nutria on a daily basis.

The wild trout on the Deschutes are strong, feisty rainbows known as “Redsides,” named for the deep red stripe on their side. These wild fish have the rare circumstance of being a truly indigenous species. They were not introduced to the region by man, but are natural denizens of the river. They average from 14 to 18 inches, with fish as large as 23 inches occasionally caught. These trout don’t know the meaning of the word quit, and are legendary for their strength. It's not unusual to get into your backing during a fight with a 16 incher! Trout fishing is good year round, with prime time being May through October. May has outstanding nymph fishing, and the legendary salmonfly hatch usually starts mid-month and lasts until mid-June. Mid-June brings on abundant caddis fly hatches, and mayflies and caddis continue through September.

Aside from great trout fishing, the Deschutes is also recognized throughout the world as a premier steelhead fishery, offering one of the finest summer runs in the Northwest. Each summer and fall, powerful steelhead make their way from the Pacific Ocean, swim the Columbia River and make a right turn when they reach the mouth of the Deschutes. Beginning in late July and running into November, you can choose from an early season trip on the lower 20 miles of the river, or opt for a multi-day float on the upper 50 mile section later in the season. Fly fishing for steelhead is for the determined and the patient; strong wading skills and the ability to cast a good line are definitely an asset! Deschutes River steelhead range in size from 4-15 pounds, with fish in the 20-pound range occasionally found. For those who prefer chasing steelhead with dry flies and skating patterns, the Lower Deschutes is known as one of the finest dry-line steelhead fisheries in the Northwest.

While the Deschutes offers large amounts of public access, we strongly recommend that people fishing the area for the first time, or those looking to advance their skills, take advantage of one of the professional and knowledgeable guides that we work with. You'll enjoy more time on the water, fish with less hassle, and ultimately catch more fish.

Boats and Equipment

All Deschutes trips involve floating the river in McKenzie-style drift boats. With regards to gear and equipment, our Central Oregon partners operate the area’s number one fly shop, offering a variety of tackle from the finest manufacturers. With their extensive fly selection, you will be able to address any hatch or situation you may encounter while fishing throughout the area.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

The Deschutes RiverCentral Oregon is home to every type of outdoor activity imaginable! If golf is your game, Central Oregon is home to over 20 golf courses. Hiking, camping and pack trips are all popular in the area, and almost every trail in the area is a scenic marvel. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Horse and llama pack trips can also be arranged. There are camping choices that include wilderness sites, managed campgrounds, or pampered RV sites. Central Oregon offers wonderful opportunities for climbers. The world famous Smith Rocks attracts climbers of all levels and is one of the most popular climbing sites in North America. Other activities include swimming, canoeing, whitewater rafting, snowmobiling, skiing, cycling, mountain climbing, horseback riding, boating and shopping.

How To Get There

Anglers wanting to fish Central Oregon can fly directly into Roberts Field in Redmond, or into Portland International Airport. From both places, you can then rent a car and make the short and easy drive to Maupin.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Trips can be booked and scheduled any day of the week, and anglers can arrive and depart on any day of the week at any time.

2013 Guided Fishing Rates

All trips are priced per guide/boat, per day. A guide boat can accommodate one or two anglers. Extended camping trips can be arranges. Please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.

Trip Description 1 or 2 Anglers
1 Day Trout Float Trip $495
1 Day Steelhead Float Trip $595
Multi-Day River Steelhead Camp (2 - 4 days) $850 per day
Multi-Day River Trout Camp (2 - 5 days) $850 per day

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Guided fishing
  • Streamside lunch and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transportation from fly shop to river

** Multi day and overnight trips include the above, plus all meals, baggage boat, on-river camping, and shuttles

What's Not Included

  • Oregon fishing license
  • River permits
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Beer and alcohol
  • Flies, rental gear, and terminal tackle

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

Trips are available for groups of 2-8 anglers. Every two anglers will have a guide boat to themselves and a tall spacious tent with two cots, each with a sleeping pad. Due to the nature of staffing this type of trip, the Deschutes Angler books groups in even numbers so that each guide boat has two anglers/passengers. If your group is an odd number, you will be charged at the rate of the next highest even number. For example, a group of five is charged the rate for the group of six. So, keep in mind when arranging your group size that an even number of campers gives you the best value for your dollar. If you wish to do a camp trip with only one or two paying guests, the Deschutes Angler offers two styles of camp trips for small groups: Traditional Camp Trips and Safari-style camp trips.

Traditional-Style Camp Trips are the most economical way for one or two anglers to enjoy a camp trip. Your guide on a traditional-style trip is also your camp host and personal chef. All of the camp gear will travel with you in the back of the drift boat and thus you can stop and make camp anywhere - which gives the guide great flexibility. If the fishing is hot in one area, why leave? You can make camp right there and fish until it is too dark to tie on a fly.

Safari-Style Camp Trips are very luxurious because the Deschutes Angler providse a staff member who spends the entire day preparing the camp for you while you are fishing with your guide. The camp host will float ahead of the guided anglers to find the most premier camp site on the stretch of river you are fishing that day. the host will set up a dining table under a sun shade, set up an elaborate kitchen and a table for cocktails, and will have a cooler or two dedicated to beverages for your evening enjoyment, and when you roll into camp the appetizers will be served. All of the camp trips for three or more anglers are Safari-style trips.

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