Rod and Tackle List

Rod and Tackle List:

Anglers visiting the Deschutes are recommended to bring at least two fly rods. One for dry fly fishing and one for nymph fishing. Our guides have extra rods however, we recommend 1 extra rod per every 3 fishermen, and this can save a trip in case of a broken rod (**Please Note if you brake a borrowed Rod you are responisble for the replacement, with a equal valued rod). The Deschutes is unique and this requires different rod weights depending on the time of year.

May ~ June

•Dry fly fishing; 9 or 9 1/2 foot 5wt. for the big flies
•Nymphing; 9 1/2 or 10 foot 5 or 6wt. Rod for mending and lifting line

Late: June ~ July ~ August

•Dry fly fishing; 9 foot 3wt or 4wt for the small flies
•Nymphing; 9 1/2 or 10 foot 4wt or 5wt

A reel is a line holder however you do want a reel with a good smooth drag especially when fishing light tippet.

Lines are the most overlooked and maybe the most important. Make sure your lines are clean. We recommend a weight forward or a cut down double tapper. I also like to overload my rod 1 line size especially when casting larger flies.

Leader and Tippets:
Each angler should have 2 good leaders. We recommend a 7 1/2 foot leader for fishing the larger flies and a 9 foot leader for the smaller flies. Tippet is important I am a big fan of flouro carbon tippet. For the big flies you will need Ix, 2x, and 3x tippet and for the smaller flies you will need 3x, 4x and 5x tippets.

Dry Flies:

**May early June – Stone Patterns
•Norm Woods special (calf tail wing stimulator) #8, #10
•Chubby Chernobyl #6, #8
•Stimulator (orange, yellow, olive) #8
**June, July
•EC Caddis #14, #16, #18
•Elk hair caddie #14, #16
•Comparadun # 16, #18
•Purple haze #14, #16, #18
•Parachute Adams #14, #16, #18


•Bead head prince #6, #8, #10
•Bead head pheasant tail #12, #14, #16
•Copper johns #14, #16, #18
•Bead head hairs ear #8, #10
•Case caddis #8, #10
•Kaufman stone #8, #10
*Flies are listed in the order of most recommended


•Good wading boots ( felt sole, spiked sole or both)
•Polarized sun glasses
•Dry shake
•Nippers or scissors
•Strike indicators
•Pinch on Split Shot
•Fly vest
•Flash light
•Long billed hat
•Rain wear
*Items listed by importance


Recommended Things To Bring:

2 Changes of clothes (combined fishing and camp attire)
1 Warm Jacket
1 Wind breaker
1 Pair of shoes for camp
1 Pair strap on sandals
1 Set of quality rain gear (pants, coat, and hat)
Good sleeping bag Air matters or small pad (cots are provided)
Good waders and Felt Bottom wading boots (highly recommended)
Polarized sun glasses and holder to prevent loss Long billed hat
Greaseless sun screen
Small flashlight personal toilet items
Camera and film
Liquor and mix (plastic bottles please)
Iced down or cold beverages, (We provide one case of assorted soft drinks, water and lemon aid in each boat).
Do not forget your Oregon fishing license~

EXCESS LUGGAGE AND SUITCASES WILL BE LEFT BEHIND. Pack no more than you need for the river trip. We suggest packing cloths in large zip lock bags and then into a duffel bag or stuff sack. Duffel bags will be repacked in special waterproof dry bags. Sleeping bag and cloths all should fit easily into our waterproof dry bags. All camping equipment tents, cots, chairs and all meals are provided.

Deschutes Trout Fishing Itinerary

**These steps are designed to make your trip run as smoothly as possible:

*Please take the time to read the release waiver. Sign, date and either fax, mail or email back to us. All guests must sign the waiver prior to trip start date. Craig will have extras on hand in.
*Shuttle service. We will make all shuttle arrangements at the river. You will need to have your car shuttled to the take out. Your car will be on 8 miles of gravel road. Shuttle fee $100.00 per vehicle.
*Pack your luggage as directed below “Things to Bring”. Your luggage will be repacked into waterproof bags so please follow directions. Excess luggage will be left behind!
*Pack your fishing gear in a separate small boat bag, include fishing gear, wind breaker, rain gear, sun screen, all things you will need during the day. “Rod & Tackle List” Our guides all have quality fly rods and a good supple of flies however, we do recommend you bring your own rod, reel and a few recommended fly patterns.
*Arrive in Madras the night prior to your scheduled departure. We have a list of places in Madras and the surrounding areas to make your stay more enjoyable. Also, we have listed a few restaurants and dinner houses.

•6 Hotel Madras: 1539 SW HWY 97, Madras, OR 97741, (541) 475-7217
•Inn at Cross Key Station 541-475-5800
•Quality Inn 541-475-6141
•Black Bear Restaurant: 237 SW 4th Street Madras, (541) 475-6632
•Geno’s Italian Grill
•Rio ( Mexican)

*After breakfast at a restaurant of your choice you will drive to Trout Creek which is the launch point for our trip. You will arrive at 8:30 a.m. Drive time from Madras is 30 minutes.