Our Award Winning Multi-Day fly fishing and camping trips on the Lower Deschutes River are the best way to fully experience the beauty and the superb fly fishing the river has to offer. We float a 32-mile section of this wild and scenic river, where towering canyon walls and exciting white water guard wild rainbow trout and summer steelhead from over-fishing. The fishing itself is outstanding, but the camp and the meals add a surprising level of sophistication to this adventure.
We are an "educational" outfitter, so our professional staff will not only indulges the expert angler, but welcomes novice enthusiasts to the sport we love. All skill levels will enjoy the learning, the catching, and the beauty of the canyon.
Our Boats - Your Experience
A 2-5 day camping trip down the Lower Deschutes River most commonly done in 4 days, is as relaxing as it is exciting. Your only job is to:
Our staff of highly trained guides will make your experience on the Lower Deschutes River one to remember for years to come. Fishing from the boat is prohibited; all angling is done from shore or wading. Back channels, islands, gravel bars, and back eddies offer easy access and great fishing year round. Our guides know all the spots on the river and can make sure all anglers are wading safely and catching fish.
Our "Bagger" will go ahead of you down the river and have camp set up with hour d'vours prepared when you arrive at our mobile Mecca. Once at camp, you may choose to fish the prime water a few feet from your tent, or relax in the calm serenity of the outdoors. A gourmet dinner is served every night by our camp chef. Our camp meals are a source of great pride here at Deep Canyon Outfitters, and we know you'll never leave hungry.
After dinner there is time for drinks, discussing the day's catches and enjoying the starry night...that's if you haven't already retired to the comfortable cot in your tent. As the sun rises, so will you to find hot coffee brewing, and a warm breakfast on the griddle. Then it's off to the river with your guide for another great day of fishing.
Our guests arrive as clients and depart as friends. The staff of Deep Canyon is passionate about sharing the best fly-fishing experience with you and connecting you with nature, your family or friends, or with yourself. fisheries, or a stay at our lodge, we'll cater each experience to meet your specific needs.
We offer fly fishing and camping trips from May 1 to mid November. Here is what to expect on the camping trips by the month:
May - Great fishing, and mostly nymphing in the beginning of the month. By mid-month, the stoneflies are hatched and the trout are eating them. The last 10 days of the month offer red-hot dry-fly fishing.
June - Great fishing. The stonefly hatch begins to wane, but the first 10 days are still full of red-hot dry-fly fishing. Later in the month the caddis hatch is building and the trout have shifted focus to them, resulting in excellent dry-fly fishing and good nymphing opportunities.
July - Great dry-fly fishing. The caddis hatch is on! The entire month is superb. The weather is warm and we are often wet wading. By the end of the month, the first steelhead are being caught in the lowest 10 miles; steelheading can be extremely good this time of the year.
August - Good fishing. The caddis hatch is still rocking, but the hot weather can slow the fishing some. The best fishing is early and late in the day. Steelhead are being caught. By the end of the month, steelheading can be very good.
September - The upper river is empty. The fishing is excellent. Caddis and mayflies are the main attraction. While dry-fly fishing can be great, some nymphing is needed. This is an awesome month for steelhead. By the end of the month, the steelhead run is peaking and the entire river has steelhead.
October - Excellent fishing. Trout are often forgotten about, but they are eager to bite. Most anglers are focused on steelhead, and this is the best month for steelhead.
November - Great steelheading in the first half of the month, but the winter weather starts to create difficult fishing environment.
All of our trips include guide, carpooled transportation, non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, and meals for full day and multi-day trips. We also include any needed rods, reels, boots, and waders.
Camping trips include all camping gear: tents tall enough to stand up in, cots to sleep on, sleeping pads on the cots, dining tents/canopies, kitchen, shower (on 4+ day trips), and bagger/chef.
Each guest on the camping trips is given a giant dry bag to keep their sleeping bag, pillow, and personal items dry through the white water.
The lower Deschutes River offers world-class fly fishing for native steelhead and wild rainbow trout.
The lower Deschutes River is framed by tall rim rock, dangerously dropping into the beautiful desert tail water. The desert oasis of steelhead and rainbow trout-laden waters flows 100 miles north to the Columbia River. Along the way, the river is dotted with campsites strategically placed near great fishing holes. This spectacular river rambles through an immense canyon in sections, dropping sharply in spots, creating exciting whitewater opportunities. Besides great fly fishing, the Deschutes river is home to some of central Oregon's most striking scenery and wildlife, including bald eagles, osprey, blue heron, bighorn sheep, mule deer, playful otters and, of course, strong rainbow trout and summer steelhead!
In the 1930s, a law came to pass that outlaws angling from a floating watercraft. All angling is done on the bank or in the river. Due to this rule, the river must be waded, creating some challenges for anglers with reduced mobility. We highly recommend a wading staff. We still use drift boats to float the river, but we use them more as taxis, floating from one fishing hole to the next.
Our half- and full-day trips focus on the best fly-fishing streams, creeks, rivers, and lakes within a one-hour drive of Bend, Oregon. We lead groups to small creeks, forest streams, desert rivers, high elevation lakes, and private ponds. With so many options near Bend, Sisters, and Sunriver, we can create the experience you desire for the day.
Fly fishing in central Oregon spans the year. There are great fishing opportunities each month. Below is a description of the weather and the fishing opportunities for each time of the year. With an annual average precipitation amount of 9 inches, and over 200 days of sun per year, central Oregon is a great place to come fishing. The best fishing takes place from May through mid-November.
January-February: Winter weather. The lower elevations can have snow, but rarely does accumulation last more than a few days. Upper elevations get a lot of snow. Temperatures in the low elevations are 25-45 degrees. The Fall River and Crooked River fish well during this time, while the lower Deschutes isn't quite as productive.
March-April: Winter and spring mix. It can still snow, but we will more than likely see rain. Temperatures are warming. The sun is more present. Fishing on the Fall and Crooked Rivers is still very good. The Lower Deschutes starts to fish well at the end of April.
May: The first best fishing month of the year. We experience more sun and warmer temps that can reach up to 90 degrees by the end of the month. Spring weather can include rain. The fishing is superb on the lower Deschutes, and the stonefly hatch is on by mid-month.
June: Another great fishing month. By the middle of the month, summer weather patterns are in place, featuring lots of sun and warmth. All the waters fish great. The stonefly hatch is still happening during the first half of the month on the lower Deschutes.
July: More great fishing weather. The weather can be hot, with lots of sun and temps up to 95 degrees. Fishing on all waters is excellent. The dry-fly fishing on the Lower Deschutes is great and the caddis hatch is in full effect.
August: Great weather, good fishing. August can be very hot and sunny. The hot weather can affect the fishing. Fishing is still good everywhere, just not as good as it is in June and July. Steelhead are in the lower sections of the lower Deschutes. Fishing can be very good or very slow. It's steelheading, after all.
September: Hot early, cool later in the month. This a great month to fish, especially for steelhead. Early fall rain creates great fishing conditions for both steelhead and trout.
October: Cooler, but the temperatures can still reach 70 degrees. Some rain is possible. This is traditionally the best month for steelheading, although the trout fishing is great too. This is also a perfect time for a cast and blast.
November - December: Fall become winter. Early in November the weather can still be very enjoyable for fishing. Typically, by mid-month the weather is cold. Steelheading in the lower Deschutes is great. Some of our highest catch rates happen in November.
A multi-day fly-fishing and camping trip on the Deschutes River is the best way to fully experience the beauty and the superb fly fishing the river has to offer.
Day one: Launch day. You will meet your guide at designated time and place (around 6 am for trout trips or 1 hour before sunrise for steelhead trips), carpool to the launch, gear up, fish, enjoy a BBQ lunch mid day, fish some more, arrive at camp (around 8 pm for trout or near dark for steelhead), enjoy appetizers, eat dinner, then rest.
Day two (3-4): Coffee early (daybreak for trout trips or before sunrise for steelhead trips), breakfast, fishing, BBQ lunch, fishing, arrive at camp, appetizers, dinner, rest.
Day 3: Take out day. Coffee, breakfast, fishing, lunch, fishing, arrive at take out around 4 pm. Travel back to your vehicle or hotel. You may choose to have your vehicle shuttled to the take out.
The Lower Deschutes River boasts some of Oregon's finest fly fishing for rainbow trout. Known locally as “redsides,” these native fish grow thick shouldered and extremely powerful for their size. Averaging 15-16 inches, and topping out around 22 inches, these unique rainbow trout are notorious for their strength, often running harder and jumping higher than any rainbow trout in any other Western rivers.
Each year consistent runs of summer steelhead enter the river system. These ocean-going cousins of the redsides grow big and powerful during their time at sea. They return to spawn, entering the system in July and are present well into December. The best months are September, October, and November for steelhead.
Price does not include:
Fishing licenses, boater's passes, flies, alcohol, or gratuities. We can purchase necessary licenses, passes, and flies on your behalf.
Q. Is there cell service on the camp trips?
A. No. The camp trips are truly a wild and scenic experience. We enjoy the time unplugged. We think you will too.
Q. Can I fish from the boat?
A. The Lower Deschutes River is a wading fishing river only. Mid-century, the lawmakers in Oregon decided to ban fishing from a floating device on the Lower Deschutes River. To this day the rule remains. While it does add some challenge in places, the rewards are big fish that don’t get much pressure.
Q. How many fish will I catch?
A. During the best trout fishing, you can expect to catch between 10-20 trout per day. During slow trout fishing, you can expect to catch 5-10 trout per day. Steelhead: Red-hot steelheading is landing over 5 steelhead per day. Slow steelheading is not catching any. Average steelheading is 1-3 steelhead per angler per day.
Q. What airport do we fly into?
A. Redmond, Oregon Regional Airport is the closest airport to Bend, Oregon. There are direct flights daily from Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, and Salt Lake City. Please arrive the day before your launch. If you need to fly home on the take out day, please schedule flight after 5 pm.
Four Day Fly Fishing/Camping Trip
2 anglers - $1,700/angler
3+ anglers - $1,500/angler
Three Day Fly Fishing/Camping Trip
2 anglers - $1,275/angler
3+ anglers - $1,125/angler
Two Day Fly Fishing/Camping Trip
2 anglers - $850/angler
3+ anglers - $750/angler
Five Day Fly Fishing/Camping Trip
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Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 38 reviews
38 of 38 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Steelhead Nov 2014 -
By: SMS2014 from San Diego, CA, USA
What can I say but I landed 12lb + Steelhead on the final day of the three day trip. This was the second Steelhead of the day. As a novice angler and relatively new to working with a spey rod, my guide, Cullen was patient but determined to get my casting up to the level of efficiency that it needed to be. On top of the expert instruction we were treated to a first class camp each evening. The biggest surprise was the propane heated dining tent to relax in and enjoy a first class meal. Big plus when dealing with the cold November evenings.
Great Trip -
By: corbinbrands from bend, or
I had the fortunate opportunity to fill the last seat on a 4 day steelhead trip with Deep Canyon Outfitters. From beginning to end everything was top notch: foods, service, scenery, you name it. We even talked some Steelhead in to eating on the swing, which was icing on the cake in my book.
12th year with DCO -
By: LilFella from Roseburg,OR
So many amazing fishing trips, so many memories. Been fishing with Damien for so long now, I think he was in diapers rowing through whitehorse (expertly I might add) the very first time with him. 12 years later, the line between client and friend once again becomes blurred, and it’s all about the fishing. The expert accommodations provided in such a remote environment are wonderful, allowing time to laugh, enjoy and expound upon the experience of the day, and past days.It doesn’t get any better than this.
Giving Back -
By: fishylady from Bend, OR
Hooked five, landed three steelhead on a very special trip with Cullen fishing on the Warm Springs Reservation from Trout Creek to Maupin on the Lower Deschutes. This was a trip that Deep Canyon Outfitter donated at the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) Tight Lines Auctions. Damien is a board member on the DRC and generously donates every year. In my book, he is the most generous and most community minded of all the guides in town. Working with the tribe, this very special trip allowed us to fish on the tribal side of the river. A very rare event. The fishing was great, the guide wonderful, the food exquisite. Not your average river food, the chef owns his own private catering firm. First class all the way. Can't recommend Deep Canyon highly enough.
Wonderful trip that everyone should experience -
Damian and his staff create a wonderful overnight experience on the Deschutes river in central Oregon. They are highly knowledgeable and exceptional teachers and guides. Steelhead fishing is a challenging game and they give you every extra advantage possible. Camp accommodations were clean and comfortable and the food was exceptional! Can't wait to come back next year!
Just a first class operation -
By: Travelguy from Roseburg, OR, USA
Spey heaven -
By: Swedenspey from Stockholm, Sweden
This was the third time, I came from Sweden to fish with Deep Canyon. I have always been very satisfied with the service, the food and the professional guiding. This time I caught three steelhead in three days and every time I fish with Deep Canyon I always learn something new about fishing for steelhead. I always have a lot of fun! Damien is the best.
Steelhead fishing trip -
By: brenna from Deschutes River
My husband and I had a great experience fly fishing with Deep Canyon. The 3 day trip was a blast and the highlight was catching big steelhead on our last day! Michael and Cullen were great guides and made the whole experience fun. We are looking forward to being repeat customers! Thanks again - we are hooked!
Best Guides! -
As a customer I rarely take time to review fishing operations in a public forum but DCO has provided such an incredible experience that I owe them some positive feedback. The Deschutes River was beautiful as advertised, the fish were plentiful as advertised, the food was delicious as advertised, the camp was superbly comfortable as advertised and the trip was awesome as advertised. The guides on my trip were by far the most impressive duo I've ever fished with. Michael and Austin are two of the most humble, humorous, knowledgable, and hard working guides I've ever hired. They know where to fish, how to fish and what each client needs to make a trip complete. My friend who accompanied me on the trip was from Brazil and he had no english language skills to speak of. Michael and Austin made him feel at home and were ready for his every need even before he started to look for a translator. They provide an incredible experience through a dedication to customer service and knowledge of their fishery. Just Awesome in every respect!!
Awesome Steelhead -
By: fishylady from Bend, OR
Awesome steelhead trip from Trout Creek to Maupin through the stunning Deschutes canyon where we were the only boat on the river. Catching beautiful steelhead multiple times a day never got tiresome. Damien's expert advice and knowledge of the river meant that we were fishing high potential water all the time. This was probably my seventh or eighth trip with Deep Canyon. As always, the food was killer and the company unsurpassed.