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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-03-2009, 11:26 AM
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If you were to pick one week in the summer to fish the Deschutes with a two hander, a Watermaster and a Mountain bike, what week would it be?

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Mid September To mid October. Anytime in that window should be good as it gets.

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Adding to that question...

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Are you talking about steelhead or trout?
Ken,
Are you planning to camp somewhere and ride or how?
I've never fished it but was talking with a friend just this past weekend, don't think we're interested in trout, but maybe steelhead.
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This is going be helpful as hell since I have never fished the D-What kind of bike do you have? I'm a big MB myself but never have combined the two always wanted to but never had the chance.

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Ya, it sounds good, have any ideas about rod racks?
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If you use your hard rod tube, I bet you could fashion something out of an aluminum water bottle cage and hang it from the non rear deraileur dropout, especially on a 29er. I am a bike geek, do you have the carbon hifi?
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29ers!

Hey, I know this isn't a bike forum, but I ride a 1st Gen. 29er, Fisher Mt. Tam. Best bike I've ever had! Damn does it Rollll! Rod rack? I'm having a hard time invisioning a "rigged" rod holder for a double hander on a bike. Pack and rod tube has always worked for me.

Caihlen, not trying to hi-jack the thread. I've had some of the best steelhead experiences of my life on the Deschutes the last week of Sept.
(5 guys, 3 days, 16 fish to hand!, that was trip was rediculous.) Beautiful weather, amazing river, can't wait for fall!

My only problem, to chaise Elk or Steelhead, that is the question!
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I am talking Steelhead. I have fished trout everymonth of the year there, and Steelhead from Late July until Feruary. But my favorite time is September October. Normally the water temp has dropped by then and the fish are cooperative.

I will be there in my Avitar as many days as I can in September and October. Also there are B run fish then.

You can ride your bike up the east bank from I-84 just about as far as you want to. In the Maupin area you can go up or down but it can be a long ride. Mac's Canyon is 30 + miles.
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Thanks Skilly

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Also there are B run fish then.
Skilly was that a question or are you saying the D has a B run?

Last week in Sept if I was picking.
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Whoa!!

So like I forgot about this thread for a day or two!
One: 29ers SMOKE! I raced for a lot of years. Road and MTN bike, and I still have my Gary Fisher Xcal 29er. I love that bike. I have a BOB trailer that I pull and I can carry anything I need that way including a big three piece T&T. Nice stuff
Two: I guess I should have been more specific. I'm after Steelhead. I heard from a pal of mine last summer, ( mid August) that the last bit of July , first bits of August could be fine fishing. Anyone confirm that?


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B run

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I don't believe the Deschutes has a B run but Idaho fish do go up the Deschutes and spend some time there. I have caught them mostly below Mac's Canyon. Several just above Colorado. I have not caught one above Maupin.

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It was a leading question. There has just been some confusing on the subject in the past and some of the newer steelheaders assume B run means any fish over 28”. B – Run is an Idaho terminology that even confuses Idaho steelheaders. I have never caught a “Killer B” in the Deschutes but then I have never really studied the different fin clippings on hatchery fish, so it is possible that I have. I have caught main stem spawning fish on the Deschutes that are much like a B-Run. Some of the locals call them October Brights. They are a wild 12 lb plus fish that enters the system late in the fall. It’s hard to tell what you have got on the D, that’s what makes it so fun.
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I use my mountain bike as my shuttle vehicle when I float rivers a lot, normally stashing my stuff in the woods out of site. When that isn't possible, the best way I've found to carry a fly rod on the bike (not set up for fishing) is to fasten the rod tube to the front fork, extending up past the handle bar. Other gear gets strapped to the rear rack.

A co-worker tells me that if you peddle the D, be sure have have a flat repair kit and pump. Goathead thorns abound!

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