I wonder if anyone else is as frustrated as I am with this system?
I like to plan my summer fishing trips well in advance, especially if it involves friends accompanying me. Local trips, no big deal, but further away - I don't want to wait until the last minute.
Deschutes permits are released 180, 30, 14, and 5 days in advance of your planned trip. Holding 4 one-day passes est verbieten!
Planned trip is for non-motorized weekend (Aug. 13 - 16).
So, if I apply for a permit based on my last planned trip day (Aug. 16), 180 days in advance, I realistically only have a chance of getting THAT day, because already the 13th and 14th are booked to the max! That means I'd have to wait until one of the later windows opens up, and then someone else in our party would have to try for the remaining days. And that
may or may not happen. If it doesn't, I'm out the $$ for the permit I got, and the trip is off!
Have any of you had luck with this system, and if so, how? I'm not a complete nong, but staying within the established guidelines, I don't see how you can plan a multi-day trip long-range.
Bob the confused