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I just got home from Maupin, a 2-day drive towing my travel trailer. I stayed for 7 days and fished 6 days; after 4 days I was so sore from the wading I had to take a break.

No hookups for me. I tried Skagit and sink tips on the lighter side with big flies; I tried Scandi and slow sink polyleaders with smaller flies. I fished water where I’ve caught steelhead in the past, water where I’ve not caught steelhead in the past, and water I’ve never fished before. The weather was clear with a few clouds the first few days, then pretty much the rest of the week it rained off and on with good cloud cover most of the time.

Had a big wind event Sunday—50 mph gusts—and I helped a guy whose tent was trying to pull him into the river with it at Longbend. It was all the two of us could do to hang onto that tent in those gusts. I found a spot somewhat protected from the wind after that, but it was a short run and I called it a day after fishing for 3 hours that day. I fished one spot below the White river before it started puking. After the White turned white, all the places above White river became very popular. I mostly fish upriver of Maupin anyway.

I talked to a fellow spey-caster in the RV park who had caught 2; I believe he had been there for at least 2 weeks. He left a few days after I got there. A group in the RV park that came for the weekend and had a driftboat said they hooked one and lost it but I think they hooked it using nymphs and a bobber. I also met a guy who I shared a few runs with who said he had been chasing them all summer without a hookup.

It’s great to read other reports in other threads from guys who’ve had better luck than I have. It makes me want to keep going back even though this is my second season of being skunked for steelhead.

And, to paraphrase Bob Nall, at least I didn't have any stinky fish to clean....

I can't figure out how to insert text between my photos, so I'll explain them here. First, there is one of three jack o' lanterns that were on rocks mid-river and on a cliff above the river...there are some gnarly boaters on the Deschutes! Next is a family of raccoons I happened to spot while I was taking photos of the jack o' lanterns in the middle of the river. And because I'm a lifelong train nut, here comes the BNSF heading downriver under the highway bridge in the evening.
 

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Thanks! The Deschutes is awesome without fish, but better with them.... Get 'em next year.
 

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Sorry to here that fishing was so tough. I suggest fishing the D before or a couple weeks after the canals get shut off. Generally this happens around mid October. The increase flow slows fishing down quite a bit. As far as the white goes, you just had bad luck. It’s been one finicky river this year.
 

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Sorry to here that fishing was so tough. I suggest fishing the D before or a couple weeks after the canals get shut off. Generally this happens around mid October. The increase flow slows fishing down quite a bit. As far as the white goes, you just had bad luck. It’s been one finicky river this year.
I didn't know that about the canals. I'll have to look at that when planning a trip next year. Thanks for the info!
 
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