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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-15-2008, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Deschutes River in Mid-September?

Hey Guys,

First time out to the West coast and planning a week long vacation to the Deschutes in mid-September.

Looking for advise on gear, flies and campgrounds around the Maupin area.

Was considering hiring a guide for one day from the Deschutes Angler or can you guys recommend any other reputable guide services in the Maupin area?

Thanks for all replies in advance and feel free to PM me if you want.

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The guides out of the Deschutes Anglers are great. Iíd encourage you to use them for a day or two. You won't see all the fishable sections around Maupin in a day. Look at their website for flies. Call them up ... they are helpful. Fishing the Deschutes is NOT a solitary experience ... there is pressure on the accessable runs from the road side esp.

I largely use a 6 wt spey with a scandi floating line. The brush can be in close to where you are casting from so scandi heads work well. You can use a 7 also ... it is a large river and the wind can come up.

The D is in a large canyon and the best fishing is when the sun is NOT directly on the water. When it is ... people either fish anyway, take a nap, or put on a type 3 - 6 sink tip to see if they can entice a strike. So it is an early rise and late to bed sort of deal.

Flies are often in the 6 Ė 10 range in Sept and fished just below the surface with a long leader on a floating line. The Streetwalker is a common fly. Iíve heard of everything being used. I usually throw something with a little flash and a have a smaller drab come back fly for missed strikes.

You canít fish from a boat, but having a pontoon or something is nice so you can fish the non road side of the river or float a section of water.

I'll be down there in Sept ... on a float from Macks canyon to the mouth.

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Is pretty much a given... I fish a Burkie 1389 which is more an 8/9 rod. It is a little more work than a light 6 or 7, but when the wind comes up in the last afternoon/evening, I have less problems with it then my counter parts w/ their lighter gear. If you got room and the rods, take both.

Just because I like longer lines, I fish the above rod w/ a delta long. Have never had problems w/ back casts, nor have I felt limited. that being said, the shorter scandi's are popular in tight. If you got that set up, great. If not, a delta/windcutter or delta long/midspey will work just fine...

Flies~ I fish size 3 alec jacksons and 4 bartleets w/ classic steelhead speys and have done as well as anyone else. The guides at Deschutes Angler fish the range that steve listed in traditional hairwing steelhead flies and do well. they'd certainly be worth a day's float with, know the water as well as anyone that fishes there...

Other wise, what Steve said is right on...

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