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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Lower Deschutes river question

After a 20 year absence I would like to swing flies on the lower Deschutes again hiking up the trail from the state park. After reading a few articles about how packed the holes are and how rude the fishermen I'm having second thoughts, Anyone willing to share their thoughts? Would this be worth a try? Any information would be appreciated very much. pm's would be great too.
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Forty years ago this August, I steelhead-fished the Deschutes for the first time. Has it changed since then? Hellya! Is it worth it to go again? Hellya for me, but who knows for you. There are, indeed, more people. There are likely the same proportion of great, so-so, and "other" people on the river. Just more of them.

I suspect that there is a world class footrace up from the mouth every morning when the fish are in. If you're somewhat ambivalent as to which rock you start flinging from, you can probably walk up any time of the day and still stand a chance of touching a fish when they're in.

If you're after a pristine experience, hire a guide to take you up (or down) the river to escape the walk-ins and congested areas. Or, go fish it in early to mid-July. Or, fish it in October. Or, fish a different river. It won't be the same, but it can be great.

Remember though, you can't go home.
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I have floated the lower as well as jet boated it, I still think I prefer hiking up from the mouth or biking up. If you bike up and leave early enough you will find good water to fish. There will for sure be a few people around but i never found that took away from the fishing experience. There is 25 miles of river to access off the east road, and it's some of the best steelhead water you will lay your eyes on.

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If you are looking for a solitary experience, then you should avoid the Big D all together. However, I almost always get to spend the first hour and a half of dawn by myself. Most people don't show up until the sun rolls out and they have rubbed the little crusties out of their eyes.
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Cool Jarad nails it

I encourage you to go fish the Deschutes this summer. No doubt about it - if you are willing to walk/bike up from the park at 4A, you will find it mostly deserted. If the idea of setting your alarm for 3 A so you could be hiking by 4 ish, then focus on the weekdays. My favorite flies are gurglers and the Undertaker. Watch for rattlers.
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I've rode up from the mouth for a few years now and just took a quick trip up to Knock Knock a few days ago to wet a line (no fish at all, still pretty early). There are LOT of snakes in that area. Saw two rattlers on Wednesday and that was only a 3 mile ride. If you ride or walk early in the morning or late at night the rattlers seam to be out more. During the day I normally see them on or around rocks. One trip last year I saw over a dozen rattlers. You'll love the water you can get to (like said early it's some of the best steelheading), but just keep your eyes open and look where you walk / ride. Snakes want to get away from you just as much as you want to get away from them. Keep your eyes open and you won't have any trouble. I've found you have to really not be paying attention to get bit.
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Thanks for the help guys, Looks like I might have to purchase a bike. Im looking forward to being on the Deschutes again!
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