For those folks looking for a top notch steelhead spey guide on the Deschutes river I can recommend, without reservation, Travis Johnson, guiding out of The Fly Fishing Shop
, OR (a Spey Pages sponsor).
My wife and I did a three night/four day float/camp trip with him on the lower 40 miles of the lower river (Pine Tree to the mouth) last week. It was a great trip (and not just because we got into plenty of fish). Travis is a superb steelhead spey guide, excellent boatman, and great river camp cook (our only complaint was that there was too much good food to finish!).
He knows the river (certainly the part we floated) as regards swinging flies for steelhead, as well as I know my backyard. When we set up the trip we gave him individual instructions as to how we wanted the trip to be structured and how we wanted, individually, to be guided (no hands-on for me - just aim me and leave me alone - more classic side-by-side "guiding" and casting coaching for my wife). He followed those guidelines to the letter. As a result, the trip was virtually perfect for us. About Travis I can add great people skills, great attention to detail, passionate about the eco health of the river and the fish, safety oriented, huge energy.
In a week when the fishing was universally referred to as "spotty" for summer steelhead, we brought to the beach more fish than any other boat on the river, according to the floating state police wardens who were on the river at the same time, checking boats and camps.
I rarely hire guides, but when I do, I want the best for my needs. Based on a recommendation from Mike "Poppy" Cummins of the Red Shed (another Spey Pages sponsor), I hired Travis, and I am very glad I did.
p.s. He also guides for winter steelhead on the Sandy river.