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Deschutes Trout Fishing Itinerary

**These steps are designed to make your trip run as smoothly as possible:

  • *Please take the time to read the release waiver. Sign, date and either fax, mail or email back to us. All guests must sign the waiver prior to trip start date. Craig will have extras on hand in.
  • *Shuttle service. We will make all shuttle arrangements at the river. You will need to have your car shuttled to the take out. Your car will be on 8 miles of gravel road. Shuttle fee $75.00 per vehicle.
  • *Pack your luggage as directed below “Things to Bring". Your luggage will be repacked into waterproof bags so please follow directions. Excess luggage will be left behind!
  • *Pack your fishing gear in a separate small boat bag, include fishing gear, wind breaker, rain gear, sun screen, all things you will need during the day. “Rod & Tackle List" Our guides all have quality fly rods and a good supple of flies however, we do recommend you bring your own rod, reel and a few recommended fly patterns.
  • *Arrive in Madras the night prior to your scheduled departure. We have a list of places in Madras and the surrounding areas to make your stay more enjoyable. Also, we have listed a few restaurants and dinner houses.


  • Sonny’s Hotel Madras: 1539 SW HWY 97, Madras, OR 97741, (541) 475-7217
  • Best Western: 12 Southwest 4th Street, Madras, OR 97741-1427, (541) 475-6141
  • Ding Ho-Chinese Restaurant: 36 Southwest I Street, Madras, (541) 475-4610
  • Black Bear Restaurant: 237 SW 4th Street Madras, (541) 475-6632


  • *After breakfast at a restaurant of your choice you will drive to Trout Creek which is the launch point for our trip. You will arrive at 8:30 a.m. Drive time from Madras is 30 minutes.


Recommended Things To Bring:

  • 2 Changes of clothes (combined fishing and camp attire)
  • 1 Warm Jacket
  • 1 Wind breaker
  • 1 Pair of shoes for camp
  • 1 Pair strap on sandals
  • 1 Set of quality rain gear (pants, coat, and hat)
  • Good sleeping bag Air matters or small pad (cots are provided)
  • Good waders and Felt Bottom wading boots (highly recommended)
  • Polarized sun glasses and holder to prevent loss Long billed hat
  • Greaseless sun screen
  • Small flashlight personal toilet items
  • Camera and film
  • Liquor and mix (plastic bottles please)
  • Iced down or cold beverages, (We provide one case of assorted soft drinks, water and lemon aid in each boat).
  • Do not forget your Oregon fishing license~


EXCESS LUGGAGE AND SUITCASES WILL BE LEFT BEHIND. Pack no more than you need for the river trip. We suggest packing cloths in large zip lock bags and then into a duffel bag or stuff sack. Duffel bags will be repacked in special waterproof dry bags. Sleeping bag and cloths all should fit easily into our waterproof dry bags. All camping equipment tents, cots, chairs and all meals are provided.


Rod and Tackle List:

Anglers visiting the Deschutes are recommended to bring at least two fly rods. One for dry fly fishing and one for nymph fishing. Our guides have extra rods however, we recommend 1 extra rod per every 3 fishermen, and this can save a trip in case of a broken rod (**Please Note if you brake a borrowed Rod you are responisble for the replacement, with a equal valued rod). The Deschutes is unique and this requires different rod weights depending on the time of year.

May ~ June
We use large dry flies and heavy nymphs. We recommend a fast action rod such as Sage RPL, SP, or G. Loomis, 5 or 6 wt. for nymphs and a 4or 5 wt. For dry fly fishing.

Late: June ~ July ~ August
We fish small nymphs and small dry flies. We recommend 4or 5 weight fast action rods for nymph fishing and 3-4 weight softer rods for dry flies such as Sage LL, SP, Powell and Scott rods.

A good drag is not necessary however, a smooth drag is important. I personally like a good clicker drag, enough to keep your line tight and smooth enough not to break light tippets.

A good floating line is very important. I like to use a good weight forward line or over load my dry rod 1 line size. For my nymph rod I recommend you match your line weight with your rod. My favorite lines are: Cortland 444, SA Ultra 3, and Orvis lines.

Leader and Tippets:
I recommend 7 ½ to 9’ good leaders. Orvis or Climax

Each fisherman should have two leaders per rod. Tippet is most important and you should have a good variety 3X, 4X, 5X and 6X, I recommend Orvis Super Strong, Dai-riki Velvet and Clear Maximum.

Our guides have a good variety of flies but remember flies are expensive and we do recommend that you pick-up a variety of a few basic patterns.


Wet Flies:

deschutes fishing camp
  • Kauffman Stone #6 #8
  • Bead Head Prince #8 #10 #12 #14 #16
  • Bead Head Hares Ear #8 #10 #12 #14 #16
  • Bead Head Pheasant Tail # 8 #10 #12 #14 #16
  • Copper John #14 #16 #18 (Red, Copper, Green, Black)
  • Case Caddis #8 #10 #12

Dry Flies:

  • Stimulator #6 #8
  • (Orange, Yellow, Olive)
  • Calves Tail Stimulator #6 #8
  • (Norm Wood Special)

Tippet’s: 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X


  • Nippers or Scissors 
  • Hook File 
  • Flash Light 
  • Forceps 
  • Water Proof Sun Block 
  • Polarized Sun Glasses 
  • Fly Dressing 
  • Pinch on Split Shot
  • Strike Indicators
  • Fly Vest
  • Good waders