Why The Deschutes River

If you’re a fly angler and you love trout and summer run steelhead fishing, then you need to experience the Deschutes river with Northwest river outfitters. If you book a 2, 3 or 4-day trip you will encounter every trout fishing scenario you can imagine, from long casts across multiple currant lines to a short bow and arrow under over hanging alders. Riffles, eddies, grassy banks, tree lined banks the Deschutes has it all. If you have ever caught a steelhead while swinging a dry line in fast currant then you know there is nothing like the tug!



The Deschutes is a large tail water river flowing through high desert country from Pelton dam 101 miles to its mouth at the Columbia river. We offer our trout fly fishing trips May, June and July at this time you can expect water flow releases to be 5,500 to 4,000 cfs (cubic feet per second). Our trips begin approximately 9 miles below Pelton dam at trout creek and end 35 miles down stream at the small town of Maupin.

We fish steelhead the month of August. Starting at the mouth of the Deschutes at Heritage landing and jet boating up stream 4 to 25 miles. The Deschutes is one of the few Oregon rivers where fishing from a floating device is not aloud. All fishing must be done from shore or by wading the brushy shore lines. This is a major draw for the avid angler. Wading puts you one on one with the fish.