It’s been a super busy season for Water Time Outfitters on Central Oregon’s Deschutes River this fall. Each day our guides our working the best water to help our clients find the treasured steelhead. Our strategy is to swing flies with spey rods for the ultimate steelhead fishing experience. The fall season is a favorite and many of our guest are repeat customers that have been living the steelhead dream with us for over 15-20 years. Camps are comfortable and warm with the necessary amenities to make camping riverside the best possible experience. Meals are hearty and served hot in our canvas dining tent. The overall river experience in this 32 mile stretch of wild canyon is an amazing opportunity not to be missed. Each day we see wildlife such as: otter, mink, Golden Eagle, deer, ducks, osprey and big horn sheep.
Recent conditions: the water has been in good shape but bumped up the night before last (Oct 29th) to 4410 cfs near Madras. The water temperatures have been around 50 degrees. The last few days the night time temperatures have been in the 20-30’s and the warm part of the day has been 50-60 degrees. Most of October it has been much warmer and pleasant with most days reaching around 70 degrees or more. For trout anglers the season on the upper section closes Oct 31. Below that consider blue winged olives mid-day.
The swung fly technique is one of the most addicting ways to catch as Steelhead. A tight line is held against the current as the fly swings across. Cast, swing, step is the montra as we work through the run looking for the aggressive take of the steelie. “The Tug is the Drug” is our favorite saying. (See WTO’s “Tug is the Drug” Teeshirts on our website: Click Here
Water Time Outfitter guide Gil Muhleman and “Victor Two Casts”
Spey rods are the “weapon of choice” for fly fishers on the Deschutes River. Covering water is the name of the game for the swung fly technique. If you haven’t tried a spey rod, they are essentially 2 handed rods that are commonly 12’6″ – 13’6″ and really make casting easy.
Client Matt S. holds a dandy steelhead he caught using a Vision- Cult 13’3″ #7 Spey rod.