Deschutes River near The Dalles, Oregon
Rainbow trout, (redsides), (steelheads), and (redband), all different names for one fish that makes the Deschutes River worth fishing. In fact the fishing here for that fish is so good that the river was named in the top 100 trout streams in the country. One of the things that makes the fishing here so good is the fact that there are a lot of big fish. This is because of one major thing. As the river flows over the basalt and various other indigenous rocks that make up the riverbed it leaches minerals out of them. As a result the hatches here are huge! The biggest hatches are those of the stoneflies, mayflies, and caddis. But that does not mean you should overlook all the other, smaller hatches as well as the terrestrials during summer. If all of that interests you I’ll bet you want to know how to catch these fish. One of the best ways is to cast streamers downstream and mend the line so it just brushes the bottom and, hopefully, the noses of the trout. Another good way to go after these fish is to use skate bombers and other big dry flies on the surface in hopes of a spectacular strike from below. If your arm gets tired from catching all those big fish you can go upstream to the headwaters where you will find good fishing for brookies, browns, and rainbows that are more plentiful but not as big. You will of course need to downsize your tackle. As a final note before you go out fishing I recommend you check the fishing regulations. They change from year to year so much that I am not even going to try putting them in this report Spending just a few minutes checking can save you a whole lot of time and money if you get caught doing something you didn’t know was wrong. Oh, yeah, did I mention the river is often stocked with salmon? Good luck fishing!
Deschutes River Fishing near The Dalles, Oregon
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Access: Public Property
Body of Water Type: Stream
Lat/Long: 45.635403 -120.914513
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Description for Deschutes River, Sherman County, Oregon
Deschutes River is a stream located just 13.1 miles from The Dalles, in Sherman County, in the state of Oregon, United States, near Celilo Village, OR. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including coho salmon, steelhead trout, sockeye salmon, brook trout, chinook salmon and rainbow trout here. Whether you’re fly fishing, spinning or baitcasting your chances of getting a bite here are good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Deschutes River. Alternate names for this stream include Riviere des Chutes, Clarks River and Deschutes River Scenic Waterway.
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