Guided Fly Fishing trips at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop.
Spend time on the water with our Deschutes Angler Fly Fishing Guides perfecting your skills and hunting big fish.

GUIDED FLY FISHING FOR WILD TROUT AND SUMMER STEELHEAD

Oregon’s Deschutes River is a scenic waterway that cuts a nearly 300 mile long path through the heart of Central Oregon’s high desert. The river has humble beginnings in the mountains south of Bend, but as it flows northward the Deschutes grows larger and larger thanks to many tributaries and boiling desert springs. The most famous stretch of this magnificent river, known as the Lower Deschutes, starts just North of the town of Madras and flows 100 miles north to the confluence with the Columbia River. It is the Lower Deschutes River that draws fly anglers from around the world in pursuit of wild trout and summer-run steelhead. The Lower Deschutes River is spectacular to float, with many roadless miles and riverside camping spots along its banks. Where there are roads that parallel the river, they are mostly primitive gravel roads or hiking trails. The Deschutes River is in the 1% of our nation’s rivers to be federally designated as a wild & scenic river. This designation has protected the land along the river from development. On a few of our floats you will see a couple of cabins along the river, but the majority of what you will experience is pure wilderness.


Visitors can count on the high desert setting of the Deschutes to be warm, dry, and sunny from spring through late fall. The golden grasses on the hillsides surrounding the river are blanketed with sweet smelling sage and juniper. Big horn sheep, mule deer, coyotes, ospreys, golden eagles, bobcats, otter, mink, and wild horses are frequently seen while floating the river. For more than 80 years, the law on the lower 100 miles of the Deschutes has prohibited fishing from any floating device. This is just one of the unique aspects that sets the Deschutes apart from most other western rivers. This unusual regulation has given thousands of native trout sanctuary habitat, and has maintained the quality of the fishing experience for both trout and steelhead. Whether you float the river by boat or access it from a gravel road, everyone who fishes this river must do so while wading on the edges.


Maupin, Oregon is the only town located on the entire 100 mile stretch of the Lower Deschutes River. The access roads that parallel the river run north and south out of Maupin, which makes it the perfect oasis for the visiting angler. Maupin is a quaint riverside village with a population of 400 and a handful of lodging options and restaurants. Known as The Gateway to the Deschutes, Maupin is located 90 miles north of Bend and roughly 100 miles southeast of Portland.

Our fly shop, Deschutes Angler, is located in the heart of Maupin. Fly anglers flock to the shop daily for great hatch information, and to pick up the hot fly patterns. We have an incredible selection of rods, reels, lines, and gear to outfit visiting anglers. When you make it to Maupin, stop into Deschutes Angler for the best advice on where to fish, or to arrange a float trip with one of our friendly guides.

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OREGON'S MOST REMOTE WILD STEELHEAD FISHERY


The John Day River is the longest free-flowing undammed river west of the continental divide. This river is wild and remote, boasting the longest stretch of designated Wild & Scenic River in the nation. Over 150 miles of the John Day River are roadless and there are only a handful of places to launch boats.

Located about 30 miles due east of the Deschutes River, the John Day River flows north through a desert canyon to its confluence with the Columbia River. The land along the river is majority owned by large private wheat and cattle ranches, most of which are measured in the tens of thousands of acres. There are no towns or houses or roads along the river for mile after mile after mile. Motorized boats are not allowed, nor is there any way to access the river with any sort of vehicle, including aircraft. The only way to see vast stretches of the John Day is to float the river and this float is about as remote as you can get in North America.

The John Day is well known as a wonderful smallmouth bass fishery in the summer time and the river can be quite busy during June and July when most people float and camp. What most people don’t know about the John Day is that it hosts the largest return of wild summer steelhead in North America. Water levels dictate when the steelhead will be able to begin their upstream migration, and water is scarce in the desert until about mid-October. We guide overnight camp float trips for steelhead on the John Day from mid-October through early December and day steelhead floats from December through February.

OREGON'S FINEST WINTER STEELHEAD RIVERS

North Oregon Coast trips are based out of Netarts. The North Oregon coast is an easy day trip from Portland, but there are also some nice lodging options and restaurants for anglers who wish to stay for a few days. Winter days are short, so we will be making the most of the light that we have by getting to the river early and fishing until sunset. We float from spot to spot and exit the boat to wade and fish beautiful steelhead water. The water types will vary from easy wading gravel bars to ledge strewn deep cuts.

Deep old growth rainforests covered in moss and ferns line the banks of the rivers we fish. The steelhead green water flows cold and clears up within a day or two after a hard rainstorm. The flies we fish are large and colorful and we use sink tips of various densities to get those flies down deep where the steelhead hold. Using a Spey rod will make easy work of casting heavy sink tips and weighted flies. For clients who don’t have a Spey rod, we will have rods available to use. After spending years on these waters, our guides know the rivers intimately. Let us share with you the magic of steelhead fishing the North Oregon Coast.

OREGON COAST LODGING:

THE TERIMORE - LODGING BY THE SEA
Perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Netarts, the Terimore offers traditional motel rooms as well as rental cottages and cabins.
Winter rates range from $60 for motel rooms to $115 for a two bedroom cottage with kitchen and fireplace.

OCEANSIDE INN
Located two miles north of Netarts in Oceanside, the aptly named Oceanside Inn offers rooms and two bedroom suites with Pacific views.
Winter rates start at $75 for the smallest rooms and range up to $140 for two bedroom suites with a view.

THE ASHLEY INN
Located about 5 miles from Netarts in the famous dairy town of Tillamook, the Ashley Inn has 51 well-appointed guest rooms.
The inn offers king or double queen rooms for $75 to $90 per night.

VACATION RENTALS:
The North Oregon Coast has a wide range of vacation rental houses and wintertime offers great deals and plenty of options from Forest Retreats to Beachfront Mansions. VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) is one of many websites that organize rentals in Netarts, Oceanside, and Tillamook.

HELPFUL LINKS:

VRBO VACATION RENTALS
OREGON BEACH VACATIONS
FLIPKEY
BEACH BREAK

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THE MOST EXCLUSIVE RANCH FISHING IN CENTRAL OREGON

GRASS VALLEY $125.00 / DAY PER ROD

We have nine lakes on a private ranch near Grass Valley - which is about a 25 minute drive from our fly shop. The lakes range in size from a couple of acres to 25 acres, all very manageable in a float tube or pontoon boat. The insect hatches are thick on these lakes, and the rainbow trout that live here are eager to grab dry flies. In March and April the lakes are easily fished from shore by wading the edges. By May and June the weeds in the shallows make it too difficult to shore fish, but a pontoon boat or float tube will put you in good water all day long. A few of our Grass Valley lakes are open year-round.

BADGER CREEK MEADOWS $100.00 / DAY PER ROD

We have two spring-fed lakes in a canyon setting adjacent to Badger Creek near Tygh Valley. These are small lakes, 2-5 acres, which hold healthy fat rainbows. The ponderosa pine forest and basalt cliffs that ring the lakes provide a stunning setting for a day of fly fishing. A four wheel drive is required to access this ranch.

SHANIKO LAKES $100.00 / DAY PER ROD

Near the ghost town of Shaniko, Oregon we have a series of nine small lakes. The lakes may be small, but the fish that swim in them are large. For someone who likes to move around from lake to lake, Shaniko offers room to roam. A four wheel drive and a good set of hiking legs are required in order to reach every one of the lakes. A few of the lakes are easy to access with a regular vehicle.

JACKKNIFE CANYON LAKES $85.00 / DAY PER ROD

Three small lakes near the town of Kent, Oregon offer the most economical private lake fishing to be found anywhere. The fish here are fat and healthy and eager to grab flies as they see very little pressure. These lakes are only open for a short time span because they are the first to get weedy when warm weather sets in. Most of the Jackknife lakes can be fished easily by casting from shore, making this a great venue for introducing first time anglers to fly fishing.

ROCKY RIDGE LAKES $95.00 / DAY PER ROD

Located about 20 minutes from our fly shop in Maupin, Rocky Ridge consists of 3 nice-sized lakes which are home to many fat rainbow trout. The ranch has a small cabin on the edge of one lake which is available to rent. Two of the lakes are in an open field setting and one of the lakes is surrounded by tall trees which offer a great wind break. In all likelihood, you will be sharing the lakes with other anglers who have paid to fish the ranch for the day.



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THE BEST OF THE BEST

Since 1978, John Hazel has prided himself on building an elite group of highly skilled fly fishing guides. To make the cut, a guide must possess an extensive knowledge of entomology; must prove himself as a master boatman; must be an exceptional instructor with great communication skills; must be dedicated to guiding as a full-time occupation; and must shine during tough situations and challenging conditions with energy and enthusiasm. Simply put, the guides that you will meet on our staff are hand-picked as the best of the best.

EVAN UNTI

Evan Unti

Evan was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, but spent a full eight years living in the southern region of the state. After graduating from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Evan worked in a fly shop and fished like a wild man on his days off. We recruited Evan to join our team on the Deschutes in 2006. He has been guiding for us full-time since then, and has earned his tenure within the guide staff.

Even spends a lot of time at the tying bench creating effective new fly patterns to use on the waters that we fish. He is a skilled and creative fly tyer who is always ready to share his unique patterns with our fly fishing guests. On his days off you might find Evan trail running with his dogs, skiing on Mt Hood, biking, hiking, or rock-climbing. He is a passionate saltwater fly fisher and enjoys spending a significant chunk of his off-season chasing permit in Belize.


STEVE LIGHT

Steve Light

Steve originally hails from Michigan where he grew up fishing and camping in the north woods. After college, Steve decided to move west and he landed in Bend, Oregon in the mid 1990s. After a few years of living in a van down by the river, Steve decided that the guide’s life was the life for him. Though he has guided on other Central Oregon rivers such as the Crooked River, the Fall River, and the upper Deschutes, the lower hundred miles of the Deschutes River has been Steve’s focus for nearly twenty years.

Steve is an excellent casting instructor as well as a focused, driven guide who will work endlessly to give his clients the best opportunities to hook fish. He knows the river like the back of his hand, and loves to share his knowledge of habitat and fishing strategies with his clients.


HARLEY FARIA

Harley Faria

Harley grew up in the greater Portland area and went to college at University of Portland. We met Harley through his frequent visits to the Deschutes where he would camp and fish nearly every weekend during college. Through many over the counter conversations, we came to understand that Harley was one of us – a truly passionate fly angler more at home on the river than in any city. We asked him to join our team in 2007 and he has been guiding with us ever since.

Harley has the uncanny ability to simultaneously work his tail off and come across as the most laid-back dude on the river. He is an excellent instructor of all disciplines of fly casting and is always requested by anglers who have been guided by him in previous years. When not fishing, you might find Harley biking, or skiing. On his days off, Harley is often exploring the remote corners of Oregon on a mountain bike, in a drift boat or on an ATV.


ALEX GONSIEWSKI

Derek Brown

Alex grew up in Portland with a passion for fly fishing that was fueled by frequent trips both east and west of the city to chase steelhead and trout. After college, Alex made his home in Sisters, Oregon where he worked for the local fly shop and spent hours driving to and from the Deschutes River where he guided for trout and steelhead.

Alex is a skilled caster with both a single-handed rod as well as a Spey rod. He loves to share his knowledge of fishing and casting with our guests. His steelhead flies are works of art from his tying bench, and they catch fish under the toughest of conditions. He is our North Oregon Coast winter steelhead guide, and he stays busy from December through mid-April guiding anglers on the Trask, Nehalem, Wilson, and Nestucca Rivers.



POPULATION 400 PEOPLE - 90,000 TROUT

Due to the limited number of motel rooms and its popularity for weddings and other events, Maupin can be completely booked nearly any time from May through October. We highly recommend that you book your rooms several months in advance if you plan to stay in Maupin during the high season (June-September). Our private rental houses are a great option for those who wish to stay in the heart of Maupin but not in the heart of the festivities.

KAUFMANN CABIN

Located on the edge of the Deschutes River just upstream from town, the Kaufmann cabin is the most exclusive fishing property available in Maupin. This very private retreat is one of only three houses on the east bank of the river upstream of Maupin. It is within easy walking distance of five restaurants - but there is no need to go out to eat when you have the full amenities of a large kitchen and outdoor BBQ grill. Load up a cooler with juicy steaks and feast on the deck overlooking the Deschutes River. The Kaufmann house is a legend in and of itself. For nearly three decades the well-known fly shop had their base of river operations here. Anglers from around the world attended the fly fishing and fly tying schools which were taught over the years by John Hazel, Randy Stetzer, Gordon Nash, Dec Hogan, Bob Guard, Steve Rajeff, and Randall Kaufmann. Fly fishing personalities who have stayed in the house include everyone from Gary LaFontaine to Ernest Schwiebert to Jimmy Buffet.

LAUGHING TROUT LODGE
The Laughing Trout Lodge is offered exclusively through Deschutes Angler fly shop and is available to our fly fishing clientele. Located on the river in Maupin, you will be able to walk out your back door with your fly rod in hand be on the water in just minutes. The house offers spectacular views of the Deschutes as well as plenty of room for four to six people. There are two queen beds, one in each of the downstairs bedrooms, and two adult-sized twin beds in the upstaris sleeping loft. Laughing Trout has two full bathrooms - one downstairs and one on the main level - each with bathtub/shower. Towels and linens are provided for your convenience. Perhaps the greatest feature of the Laughing Trout lodge is the large fully equipped kitchen and big propane BBQ on the back deck. Bring your own grub and save yourself the hassle and expense of going out to restaurants for every meal! For additional guests, the Laughing Trout also has two super thick sleeping mattresses in the downstairs storage area - which would allow a group of six buddies, or two families (each with two kids), ample sleeping areas. Six occupants is the maximum for the Laughing Trout Lodge.

CITY OF MAUPIN MOTELS / INNS:
Maupin has four motel-style lodging options ranging widely in price. The following is a list of Maupin’s lodging establishments ranked from most expensive to least.

IMPERIAL RIVER COMPANY

Located on the east bank of the Deschutes River near the Maupin bridge, this motel has several river view rooms as well as a bar and a restaurant. The outdoor fire pit is often a lively center of activity on summer nights. Rooms are simple and tasteful, many with a beautiful view of the river. The absence of televisions or phones in the rooms is compensated by free wi-fi throughout the property. Included in your stay, a free continental breakfast open 24 hours to satisfy early rising anglers.

RIVER RUN LODGE

Located a stone’s throw from the Deschutes River at the east end of the Maupin bridge, this small two story motel offers a variety of clean simple rooms. All of the guest rooms at River Run Lodge have satellite television and wireless internet as well as mini fridges and coffee makers. The River Run Lodge offers its guests a common room with a full kitchen, dining tables, big screen tv, guest computer and lounge area. Outdoor common spaces have a barbeque and shaded tables. Continental breakfast is included.

DESCHUTES MOTEL

This motel is the only lodging establishment on the west side of the river and is the first motel you will see if you are driving into Maupin on HWY 197 south from The Dalles or from Portland. Under new ownership since December of 2010, the Deschutes Motel has been completely remodeled over the past several years. New features in every room include brand new high-quality mattresses, flat screen televisions with satellite service, Wi-Fi, coffee-makers, and mini-fridges.

OASIS RESORT

Located just across the highway from the Deschutes River on the East side of the river, the Oasis Resort offers small rental cabins. This cute little place is definitely a throwback to the 1950’s, though the décor has not changed significantly since that time. The cabins have not been updated for quite a while, which is reflected in the low rates. There is a restaurant on the property that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the high season. World famous malts and milkshakes are the signature of the Oasis Resort.

CAMPING IN MAUPIN:
Below is a list of public and private campsites near the town of Maupin.

MAUPIN CITY PARK

Located on the river on the east side of Maupin just downstream from the bridge, the Maupin City Park offers full hook ups for RVs and Campers, flush toilets, showers, and tent sites. This has to be one of the nicest spots in all of Oregon to park your RV – the river bubbles just outside your door and you are nestled into a cool shady oasis.

OASIS RESORT CAMPGROUND

Located on the east side of Maupin upstream from the Maupin bridge, the Oasis Resort Campground is a large open grassy field for dry camping. They do not have RV hookups, so this campground is best if you are tent or car camping. Sites are $20 per day. Port-a-potties are the only type of toilet facility offered.

BLM DRIVE-IN CAMPGROUNDS

No Reservations – FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS ONLY

BLM fee campgrounds are located on the edge of the Deschutes within close proximity to the town of Maupin. Upstream from the Maupin bridge on the east side of the river there are four campgrounds and downstream from Maupin there are nine campgrounds. Only six of these thirteen campgrounds are on the paved road and the rest are located on rough gravel roads. The BLM campgrounds offer pit toilets, which are very clean. There is no running water at any of the BLM campgrounds.

Let us help get your Deschutes River guided trip underway  -  Call us 8am-6pm 7 days a week  -  (541)-395-0995
Deschutes Angler Fly Shop's Classes.
Deschutes Angler Fly Shop offers hands-on Fly Casting and Fly Fishing lessons with our staff of professional instructors.

WE ARE HERE TO MAKE YOU A BETTER ANGLER AND IT'S BIG TIME FUN!

If you love fishing, but you have yet to try fly fishing, this is a great way to get started. During this half day class on the Deschutes River you will learn the basics of fly casting, knot tying, bug identification, and strategies for taking trout with a fly rod and fly. No fly fishing gear? No problem! The price of the class includes the use of rods, reels, lines, waders, and wading boots. This all-inclusive class is great for couples, friends, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, or anyone with an interest in fly fishing.

The goal of the class is to teach you how the fly rod works; to help you become completely comfortable with the lingo of fly fishing; and to have a fun on the river. Everyone in the class will learn the knots used to tie a fly to the leader; how to retie the leader when it breaks; and how to rebuild the leader should it become a giant snarly mess. Once everyone has mastered the basic knots, the next lesson will cover the rod, reel and line and how they work together to cast the fly. Learning to cast the fly rod is fun and easy when you have a skilled and patient instructor at your side. The fly fishing guide with whom you will spend the day explains concepts of fly casting in a way that makes it easy for everyone to understand, and he keeps the lessons fun.

After learning how to cast the fly out onto the water in such a way that it lands lightly and gracefully as if it were a living insect, it will be time for you to learn about both the insects that the trout eat and the flies that we use to imitate those insects. This class will offer a glimpse into the fascinating world of entomology, or the study of insects. You will learn about the basic life cycles of some of the most common river insects and how to choose the flies that imitate them during each of these life cycles. Trout eat insects all day long, so the fly angler must act as a river detective in order to figure out which insects the trout are eating at any given moment. Your instructor will help you get started with the correct tools for identifying insects and fooling the trout with flies that imitate these insects. After learning all about the knots, the gear, how to cast, and the relationship between the bugs on the river and the trout that feed on them, it will be time to put your skills into action. Your instructor will take you to several stretches of river in order to show you the many different water types that trout use throughout the year for feeding and for resting.

After a day on the water with your instructor, you will become a self-sufficient fly angler who knows his/her knots, who can cast the fly with some accuracy, and who has a new understanding of where trout live and what they feed on throughout the seasons. With your new-found passion for fly angling, you will be able to return to the Deschutes to put your skills to the test, or take your bag of tricks to any other river or stream where trout swim.

Class Topics:

  • Basic Fly Fishing Knots
  • Understanding Fly Fishing Equipment
  • Casting a Fly Rod
  • Types of Insects Important to Trout
  • Life Cycles of River Insects
  • Feeding Habits of Trout
  • Water Types Where Trout Live and Feed
  • Tactics for Presenting Flies to Feeding Trout

TRUST US, EVERYONE NEEDS ONE

SPEY CASTING CLASSES

Spend four hours on the water getting hands-on focused Spey casting instruction from an experienced Spey casting professional. Whether you are brand new to Spey casting or looking to perfect the more difficult two-handed techniques, this private clinic can help you achieve your casting goals. If you are a beginner, a private clinic will propel you through the stages of the learning process that would otherwise take years to achieve. If you’re an experienced caster, this is the ideal environment in which to break bad habits or learn the many subtleties to each technique that can greatly enhance your Spey casting ability. Looking to try a few different models of Spey rods? This clinic is perfect for that. Curious about the different types of Spey lines out there and how they will work on your Spey rod? We can bring a variety of lines to the river for you to experience.

The tuition is the same whether you have one, two, or three people. The only limitation to having three people instead of one is that the instructor will have less one-on-one time with each caster. Private Spey Casting Clinics are by appointment only. Advanced reservations and deposit upon booking are required. Please call for available dates.

John Hazel is available for private Spey casting clinics for a four hour rate of $600.

ON THE WATER IMMERSION FOR 3 DAYS. IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER!

THREE DAY SPEY CASTING CAMP $995.00 / DAY PER ROD

Join us on the Deschutes River for our famous three-day Spey casting camp. Over the course of three days, you will be immersed in all things Spey and you will emerge from the camp with both a solid two-handed casting foundation and new confidence in effectively swinging flies for steelhead. You will float the river all three days, focusing solely on technique for the first day and applying your skills on the second and third days by swinging flies for steelhead with floating and sinking lines. No matter what your current skill level as a Spey caster, you will learn techniques that will make you more efficient and more effective with the two-handed rod. John and Amy Hazel will teach you on the first day and two of their top steelhead guides will guide you and continue to develop your casting skills on days two and three of the camp.

John and Amy Hazel live on the Deschutes year-round and spend hundreds of days each season guiding steelhead anglers form around the world. John Hazel is truly the pioneer of Spey casting in the Pacific Northwest. A full-time steelhead guide since 1978, John has been teaching anglers to use two-handed rods since the early 1980s. He has been a Spey rod consultant for the top rod companies in the world and has been instrumental in the design of Spey rods and Spey lines for the past 30 years. Amy & John have shared their Spey curriculum with a large audience through numerous appearances on Fly Fish TV as well as through their best selling Spey casting DVDs. The Hazels were featured in the award-winning fly fishing film, DRIFT. Over the many years of teaching Spey casting, the Hazels have successfully mixed anglers of all Spey casting skill levelsin their schools. Advanced anglers will get as much out of the Sepy Camp as a first-timer thanks to the small class size which enables the instructors to spend hours with each student one-on-one.

Whether you are brand new to Spey casting or a seasoned veteran, you will come away from this intensive Spey immersion with new skills and an enlightened understanding of Spey techniques. In addition to learning the finer points of Spey casting, you will also learn how to be a more effective steelhead angler with a two-handed rod.There is no need to purchase a Spey rod before the school, we will have dozens of rods on hand for you to test. It is always best to try before you buy, and you will have very experienced instructors on hand to help you determine which model and size of rod will be best for the type of fishing for which you plan to use it. If you already have a Spey rod or rods, the camp is a great time to try different type of Spey lines to find the line that brings you and your Spey rod to the highest level of performance. We are happy to help you set up a balanced Spey outfit and keep it within your budget. Our fly shop carries the largest inventory of Spey equipment in the country. Come join us for three great days on the river.



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