Deschutes River Trout Fishing Kick-off

Some friends and I made a recreational trip down the Deschutes that weekend. It’s an exciting time: the fishing bonanza that is the salmonfly hatch is only a couple short weeks away. This is the time that we who guide for a living still have some free time to fish for ourselves while anticipating the busy weeks to come and making preparations. It was a good group: Matt and Nate Stansberry came along, my old friend TJ Matteri (he and I worked together on the Deschutes when I started in the mid-90s), as well as Kyle Duke and myself.

We had great conditions: warm weather, a few rain showers, and relatively light traffic on the river. Although there were decent mid-day mayfly hatches, the surface activity was limited mainly to smaller fish, and we caught only a few nice rainbows throughout the trip on dries. The nymphing, however, was good, and the action was fairly steady. All in all, a great trip; a lot of laughs, a lot of good fish. In short, good times. Here are some highlight photos:

Setting up camp on the Deschutes

Deschutes River Fly Fishing

We were all wondering what Nate would look like with a mustache. Unfortunately, the caterpillar wouldn’t sit still.

Deschutes River Fly Fishing

Evening light on the Deschutes Canyon walls

Deschutes River Fly Fishing

Nate with a beautiful Deschutes Redside

Deschutes River Fly Fishing

Matt with a great Deschutes Rainbow

Deschutes River Fly Fishing

TJ poses with a nice trout, weird wide angle shot

Deschutes River Fly Fishing

More Deschutes Trout Fish porn

Deschutes River Fly Fishing

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