Trip Overview 

Whether you’re looking for a one day guided Deschutes River trip, private lake fishing, or a multi-day camping and float trip, Deschutes Angler offers a variety of world-class fishing and guiding options. This is an operation with a passionate guide staff, an amazing level of technical competence, and a willingness to teach and instruct on everything from the intricacies of river fishing to the dynamics of technical Spey casting. Whether you’re looking to fish for chrome-bright, hard-fighting steelhead with floating lines and light Spey rods, or to pursue wild redside trout with a dry fly, Deschutes Angler can guide you on the area’s waters, instruct you on applicable techniques, and set you up for success. For a change of pace from the river, Deschutes Angler also books over thirty private lakes, ideal for big-fish enthusiasts who enjoy sight casting dries to huge cruising rainbows. 

Destination Quick Facts 

Deschutes Angler - Yellow Dog Flyfishing AdventuresLOCATION:  Maupin, Oregon

SEASON:  Year-round

CAPACITY:  Groups of all sizes can be accommodated

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Portland, Oregon (PDX)

TARGET SPECIES:  Steelhead and wild "redside" rainbow trout

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Oregon fishing license, available Deschutes Angler Fly Shop

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com


Lodging Details
When visiting Central Oregon to fish the Deschutes River, there is one obvious oasis in the desert that no serious angler should overlook - t Maupin, Oregon. Located smack dab in the middle of the lower 100-mile section of the Deschutes, the small town of Maupin (pop. 450) welcomes fly anglers from around the world. Though Bend and Sunriver are more well-known than Maupin, those cities are 90 to 110 miles away from the prime, blue ribbon trout and steelhead sections of the Deschutes. If you are serious about your fly fishing, then you’ll want to station yourself in Maupin to take advantage of nearly 40 miles of river access via unpaved and paved access roads which parallel the river both upstream and downstream of this little community. Maupin offers four lodging facilities for those who desire a comfortable bed and private bath after a long day on the river. Rooms can be difficult to secure on last minute notice, so we suggest that you make arrangements for a room upon booking a trout or steelhead trip.

Small town charm is what you will find at each of Maupin's lodging establishments. These family-run businesses offer rooms which are comfortable and quiet but, for the most part, lacking in modern conveniences like televisions and telephones. Your trusty cell phone may not work down in the canyon on the river's edge, but good reception is only a short drive up the hill just minutes outside town. Loding options (hotels and campgrounds) include:

Imperial River Company
The only lodging right on the banks of the Deschutes, the Imperial offers 25 rooms and a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

River Run Lodge
Six rooms, each with a private bath and ranging in size from "tight quarters" to a suite with a full kitchen. If you are just looking for a clean place to leave your gear while you fish all day, and you are not planning on hanging out in your hotel room, this is a solid option.

Oasis Resort
Celebrating fifty years of welcoming visitors to their family-run establishment, the Oasis Resort offers private cabins in a grassy tree-shaded "oasis" just across the street from the river.

Deschutes Motel
On the edge of town, perched on a hillside overlooking the Deschutes River, you will find the 12-room Deschutes Motel.

Camping and Campgrounds
If you drive up or down river along the Deschutes River access road, you will come across many public fee campgrounds maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. The portions of the access road that are closest to Maupin are paved. As you drive further away from Maupin, either upstream or downstream, the paved access road turns into rough gravel. Driving south (upstream) of Maupin, you will find four BLM campgrounds in six miles of access road; two are on the paved stretch and two are on the gravel section. Driving north (downstream) of Maupin, you will find nine campgrounds in 28 miles of access road; four are on the paved stretch and five are on the gravel stretch. All BLM campgrounds have very clean permanent outhouses and several designated campsites, each with a picnic table. BLM campgrounds fill on a first-come first-served basis and they do not accept reservations. Each campground has a self-service pay station and some have campground hosts.

Maupin City Park
In the town of Maupin, the Maupin City Park has tent sites and RV sites with full hookups right on the river's edge. City Park also has flush toilets and shower facilities. Camping fees are payable to the camp host at the Maupin City Park.

Food and Beverages
For all standard day trips, the guide will provide beverages throughout the day and a large, deli-style lunch. If you are staying in Maupin, there are several restaurant options in town for an early breakfast, a late dinner, and plenty of cold beer.

Typical Length of Stay
Trips and packages of any length can be arranged, from single day float trips to multi-day camping adventures. On multi-day trips, you can choose between a two (2) nights / three (3) fishing days package or a three (3) nights / four (4) days package.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Central Oregon is home to every type of outdoor activity imaginable. Hiking, camping and pack trips are all popular in the area, and almost every trail in the area is a scenic marvel. There is something for everyone to enjoy. The world famous Smith Rocks attracts climbers of all levels and is one of the most popular climbing sites in North America. Other activities include swimming, canoeing, whitewater rafting, snowmobiling, skiing, cycling, mountain climbing, horseback riding, boating and shopping.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available at several motels in the Maupin area. Most cell phone will not work in the river canyon, but will if you drive to the top of the hill and leave the canyon.


General Information
Winding its way through Oregon's beautiful high desert country, the Deschutes offers some of the Northwest’s finest and most productive fly fishing. Fish populations include rainbow trout, steelhead, Chinook salmon, bull trout, and mountain whitefish. 
The wild trout on the Deschutes are strong, feisty rainbows known as “redsides” – named for the deep red stripe on their side. These wild fish have the rare circumstance of being a truly indigenous species. They were not introduced to the region by man, but are natural denizens of the river. They average from 14 to 18 inches, with fish as large as 23 inches occasionally caught. These trout don’t know the meaning of the word quit, and are legendary for their strength. It's not unusual to get into your backing during a fight with a 16-incher. Trout fishing is good year round, with prime time being May through October. May has outstanding nymph fishing, and the legendary salmonfly hatch usually starts mid-month and lasts until mid-June. Mid-June brings on abundant caddis fly hatches and mayflies and caddis continue through September. 

Aside from great trout fishing, the Deschutes is also recognized throughout the world as a premier steelhead fishery, offering one of the finest summer runs in the Northwest. Each summer and fall, powerful steelhead make their way from the Pacific Ocean, swim the Columbia River and make a right turn when they reach the mouth of the Deschutes. Beginning in late July and running into November, you can choose from an early season trip on the lower 20 miles of the river or opt for a multi-day float on the upper 50-mile section later in the season. Fly fishing for steelhead is for the determined and the patient; strong wading skills and the ability to cast a good line are definitely an asset. Deschutes River steelhead range in size from frou to 15 pounds, with fish in the 20-pound range occasionally found.

For those who prefer chasing steelhead with dry flies and skating patterns, the Lower Deschutes is known as one of the finest dry-line steelhead fisheries in the Northwest. 

While the Deschutes offers large amounts of public access, we strongly recommend that people fishing the area for the first time, or those looking to advance their skills, take advantage of one of the professional and knowledgeable guides that we work with. You'll enjoy more time on the water, fish with less hassle, and ultimately, catch more fish.

Boats and Equipment
All Deschutes Angler trips involve floating the river in McKenzie-style drift boats. With regard to gear and equipment, Deschutes Angler operates the area’s number one fly shop, offering a variety of tackle from the finest manufacturers and an extensive fly selection.


How To Get There
Anglers wanting to fish Central Oregon can fly directly into Roberts Field/Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) in Redmond, OR or into Portland International Airport (PDX). From both places, you can then rent a car and make the short and easy drive to Maupin.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Trips can be booked and scheduled any day of the week and anglers can arrive and depart on any day of the week at any time.

Documents Required
Oregon fishing license, available Deschutes Angler Fly Shop or by logging on to the following website: 
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.


Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All trips below are priced per guide/boat, per day. A guide boat can accommodate one or two anglers. Extended camping trips can also be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.

Full day trout float trip (1 or 2 anglers) = $550.00 
Full day steelhead float trip (1 or 2 anglers) = $650.00
Multi-day trout or steelhead float trip (2 - 4 days) = Call Yellow Dog for more information

What's Included

  • Guided fishing
  • Streamside lunch and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transportation from Deschutes Angler fly shop to river

*Multi day and overnight trips include the above, plus all meals, baggage boat, on-river camping, and shuttles

What's Not Included

  • Oregon fishing license
  • River permits
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Beer and alcohol
  • Flies, rental gear and terminal tackle

Overnight trips are available for groups of  two to eight anglers. Every two anglers will have a guide boat to themselves and a tall, spacious tent with two cots, each with a sleeping pad. Due to the nature of staffing this type of trip, the Deschutes Angler books groups in even numbers so that each guide boat has two anglers/passengers. If your group is an odd number, you will be charged at the rate of the next highest even number. For example, a group of five is charged the rate for the group of six. Keep this in mind when arranging your group size that an even number of campers gives you the best value for your dollar.

If you wish to do a camp trip with only one or two paying guests, the Deschutes Angler offers two styles of camp trips for small groups:

Traditional-Style Camp Trips
These are the most economical way for one or two anglers to enjoy a camp trip. Your guide on a traditional-style trip is also your camp host and personal chef. All camp gear will travel with you in the back of the drift boat and thus, you can stop and make camp anywhere--something that gives the guide great flexibility. If the fishing is hot in one area, why leave? You can make camp right there and fish until it is too dark to tie on a fly.

Safari-Style Camp Trips
A bit more luxurious since the Deschutes Angler provides a staff member who spends the entire day preparing the camp for you while you are fishing with your guide. The camp host will float ahead of the guided anglers to find the most premier camp site on the stretch of river you are fishing that day. The host will set up a dining table under a sun shade, set up an elaborate kitchen and a table for cocktails, and will have a cooler or two dedicated to beverages for your evening enjoyment, and when you roll into camp the appetizers will be served. All of the camp trips for three or more anglers are Safari-Style trips.

Client Testimonials

“After our terrific trip to Central Oregon this past week, we wanted to let you and your staff know how much we appreciated the superior level of service that you all delivered. It is not often that we take time out of our hectic schedules to recognize such outstanding service, but, in your case, it truly made our trip a memorable one. The way you and your staff handled our guide booking and endless river questions left no doubt as to how you run your operation.”

- Dan R.