Deschutes River

​Guided Fly Fishing Trips


The Deschutes River is what makes Oregon's fly fishing famous.

It starts high in the Cascade Mountains, by Lava Lake, then flows north through Maupin, OR, reaching its destination at the mouth of the Columbia River. The Deschutes River consists of three different sections, all featuring their own fishing styles and species.

The upper and middle Deschutes River are the sections closest to, and flowing through Bend, Oregon. This is the heart of Bend, Oregon's fly fishing community.  If you are on vacation around Central Oregon, you don't want to miss out on this section of the river. 

The lower Deschutes River is the last 100 miles leading to the Columbia River.  This section is what makes Deschutes River such a sought after fly fishing destination.  All 100 miles are home to native Redband Trout, and annual Steelhead and Salmon runs. Anglers from all over the world travel to this section of the river. Some just to have their hand at the infamous dry and stone-fly hatches, and others to swing a Spey rod a returning summer Steelhead.

Here at Direct Adventures, we are the connection between you and the river.  

Direct Adventures offers one day to multiple day camp trips on the lower sections of The Deschutes from Warm Springs to the Columbia River.  Come experience this fishery either by drift boat or jet boat.  Either way, our professional and experienced staff will ensure that you have the guided fly fishing adventure that you are looking for. Book your trip today!


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Trip Details


Duration: Single day to multi-day guided fly fishing packages 

Season:  All year 

Trips: Multiple trip options available for booking not online please call us at 541-633-3120 for trip options

Highlighted seasons:

Salmon Fly: April-June

Trout Anytime: April-October

Steelhead/Salmon: July-December

Species:  Rainbow Trout, Steelhead, Salmon 

Lodging: Camp on multi-day packages, or various motels around Central Oregon

Pricing:  pricing starts at $250 per person then up depending on the style of trip

Included: Guides, meals, and camp (multi-day packages)

Not Included: Fishing license, tribal permit, BLM boaters passes, client vehicle shuttles,  alcohol, gear and guide gratuity

What Gear and Rigging do I need for the Lower Deschutes?

For Trout Fishing:

Setting up for trout fishing setups on the Deschutes need not be overly complicated.  A 9’ 5 weight rod will cover almost all of your bases.  When the conditions permit, a 4 weight rod can be a great tool for fishing dry flies.  Additionally, if nymphing for trout while steelhead are in the river, a 6 weight rod is a good idea.  No matter what rod you opt for, an appropriately matched reel with a smooth drag and at least 100 yards of backing is recommended.  9 foot tapered leaders in sizes 4x and 3x will be most useful.  5x tippets may be used for fishing to selective trout on the surface, but the heavier 3x and 4x tippets are a must for nymphing.

For Steelhead Fishing:

Steelhead fishing on the Deschutes is primarily done with two-handed (Spey) rods.  These rods excel in covering large pieces of water in windy conditions.  We are patient instructors with many years of experience and we love sharing our knowledge of Spey casting.  However, a little practice before your trip will pay off in dividends on the water!  The Jack-of-All-Trades rod for the Deschutes (and just about the entire PNW) is a 12.5’ to 13.5’ 7 weight.  These rods are a perfect combination of power while also allowing the angler to enjoy the fight of a 5-10 pound fish.  5 and 6 weight Speys in the 11.5’ to 12.5’ range are an awful lot of fun and certainly have their place in the quiver, but can be a challenge to cast if the wind picks up.  Single hand rods (7 and 8 wt.) are still a great option and with the new line options (OPST Commando, etc.) they are efficient tools, especially in the “small water.” Your reel should be able to hold 150+ yards of backing, plus your running line and head.  A reel that balances out your two-handed rod is very important and will make your fishing far more enjoyable.  Throughout most of our season, floating lines and leaders see the most use.  Scandinavian (Scandi) style heads are ideal for this application.  These lines, paired with an appropriate poly leader, allow for an immaculate presentation of unweighted flies at or near the surface.  This type of fishing lends itself to the shade sessions.  When the sun is on the water, Skagit style heads and matching sink tips (type 3 and 6) will increase your odds of a hookup.  Flies fished on sink tips tend to be weighted and have a larger profile than traditional summer steelhead flies.  Think Intruder or leech patterns.  At the end of your poly leader or sink tip, we recommend Maxima Ultragreen as tippet material.  Spools of 8,10 and 12 pound are all you need.