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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-06-2015, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Deschutes--better before Thanksgiving or after?

After my first trip to the Deschutes last month, I'm raring to go again. I can go for a week or more before Thanksgiving, or a week or more after Thanksgiving. I prefer to go around Maupin, since I already learned some of the water there, but I'm open to suggestions. I have a small travel trailer, and from what I saw of the Macks Canyon road, I won't be camping anywhere below Sherars Falls.
Anybody have a suggestion? Too late/don't bother?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-06-2015, 05:20 PM
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It's not too late, fish will still be around and willing to grab a fly. I would go before thanksgiving, and it's mainly a weather thing but also a fish thing. Even though some fresh fish still enter the river after new years there will be less as the season progresses. I personally like November a lot. The river is very uncrowded, most of the hatchery fish have moved upstream, and water is still warm enough for good action. In December the weather can turn nasty. It's not really cold too often, but the freezing fog that we often get then (and in November too) is horrid weather that just sucks the heat from your body. Either way it will be cold, and there may be freezing fog or snow, but there will be fish in the river. Camp at the city park in Maupin, you'll have hookups for your trailer, and food and drink within walking distance if it's too nasty to fish.

the fish pictured in my avatar is a mid november fish caught a few miles above the mouth of the Deschutes. She was so bright and fresh you could still see through her fins somewhat.
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That helps

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Thanks! That helps a lot.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-06-2015, 07:48 PM
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Makes little difference before or after Thanksgiving as long as its Canadian Thanksgiving (Oct 11). Otherwise take Peteo's advice.

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Same question, but at the mouth?

Peteo - Deschutes SP has full hookups, about 5mi to restaurants and no passes/steep windy grades to negotiate if it gets icy. Are they (Maupin, mouth) roughly equivalent fishing choices in Nov?
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I think everyone will agree

At that time of year it is completely weather dependent. Yes there are fish in the river from the dam to the mouth, but if your line is freezing to your reel or if you line is freezing to your guides you're going to have a bad time.

That being said...... Maupin is a great area to fish. You can drive up river or down river several miles in each direction. Everything is river right, so practice that off shoulder cast. Look for small pullouts with trails down to the river, or campgrounds. If you like the way the water looks then fish it. You may want to google map the area and pick a few spots that seem to look good from above. I don't want to think that I am being captain obvious, but I'm dead serious..... There are two outcomes, you'll catch fish or you won't. Both are better alternatives than a day at the office.
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Sometimes the road is graded late in the season. Check with the shops in town, they will update you
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Sometimes the road is graded late in the season. Check with the shops in town, they will update you
Interesting! I'll definitely check on it when I get there.

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Great insights. More than fish numbers at play on my endů a his and hers camping trip in November if only one fishes has some other considerations (that better get factored in). Got a good handle on the options now. Thanks to all.
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I'd say fish it through mid December then leave the poor old fish alone you can even catch fish down low during that season. if given a choice however I'd fish it right now through mid november

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