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Deschutes Summer Steelhead

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  • 3 to 7 Day Trips
  • Group : 3-10 People
  • Difficulty : 4
  • Portland Internation Airport
  • Min Age : 12+

Go on a hosted fly fishing trip with Dave from the Wet Fly Swing Podcast and Guide by the crew at Fish the Swing.  Common on now – Fish the Swing and Wet Fly Swing?  Now that’s a solid combo.  You can choose from jet boat trips or more secluded drift boat trips from single to multi-day summer steelhead fly fishing trips.

With jet boats, we run our guests from the mouth up to camp mid afternoon on the first day. From there we access countless runs, pools and out of the ordinary known steelhead holds. The jet boat gives us the best fishing access and flexibility on the water. We can stay in the shade longer for fishing floating lines and even skated dry flies. We can also fish each spot in the order we want to fish them, some spots fish better in the mornings others fish better in the afternoon. We have the ability to keep you fishing in spots that have a more favorable wind direction for your casting. Not to mention there is little time wasted between spots, your fly will be in the water fishing longer. Plus jet boat rides through class 3 rapids and whitewater are just plain fun. 

Our jet boat camps can accommodate groups of up to 6 guests using two jet boats. Single or double angler? No problem we have folks to join you to round out a fun group. Standard length trip is three nights though custom lengths are available. We concentrate our fishing at first light and last light and take a break/siesta hour after lunch. Our gourmet chef prepares all the food for us. All you need to do is relax and fish. We will have you back at the boat ramp at 1pm on the last day.

 

Recommended Airport

Portland International Airport 

Meeting Point

PDX 

Price Includes

  • Roundtrip transportation from the Airport to the River
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day

Price Excludes

  • Clothes, rain-gear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)
  • BLM Deschutes River Pass

Complementaries

Additional Trips and Details

FLOAT TRIP CAMPS:

Prefer the quiet solitude of peacefully floating down river? We offer overnight camp trips using drift boats to access the best steelhead water on our way to camp which is set up before you arrive by our crew. This 24 mile long float gives you the full experience of the lower canyon wilderness. Our float trips begin at Mack’s Canyon mid afternoon on the first day. Days mid-trip start before dawn and are full days fishing, usually moving to the next camp location down river each day. That is unless you’re thick in the fish, we don’t leave fish to find fish. Mornings start in the camp water followed by a quick breakfast. Your guide will have your lunch in the boat each day and dinner will be ready for you when you arrive at camp in the evening. On the last day we will float you out to the river’s mouth at noon where our vehicles have been shuttled. 

Our float trip camps can accommodate groups of 2 to 6 guests using one to three drift boats, and a gear raft. Standard length trip is three nights though custom length trips are available. We concentrate our fishing at first light and last light and take down time to relax in the shade after lunch. Our camp host sets and breaks camp each day and prepares all the food for us. All you need to do is relax and fish.

RATES: (2 PERSON MINIMUM, 4 PERSON MAXIMUM)

3 NIGHTS, 2 FULL DAYS, 2 HALF DAYS FISHING – $2000/PERSON  

EXTRA NIGHT AND FULL DAY OF FISHING – $500/PERSON


JET BOAT DAY TRIPS:

Prefer to get off the river at night and sleep in a bed or maybe you only have one day to go fishing. Our day trips start at first light at the mouth of the Deschutes at Heritage Landing and end at Heritage landing after a full days fishing. These trips have easy access to stay the night in The Dalles or Hood River. We maximize the morning fishing in the shade with floating lines. We will fish our way upstream into the canyon, typically taking you 10 to 15 miles up into the roadless canyon.  Most days, when the sun comes on the water we switch to sink tips. We fish only the best spots in the order we would like to fish them. We grill and serve a hot lunch on the river. In the afternoon shade we will switch back to floating lines and often times dry flies.  At the end of the day, the thrilling jet boat ride back downstream is worth the trip alone. Day trips are 8-10 hours of guided fishing.

RATES: 

1 OR 2 ANGLERS – $695/DAY

3 ANGLERS – $850/DAY  


FLOAT TRIP DAY TRIPS:

Our Deschutes River day floats concentrate further upstream in the Maupin section of the river. In this zone we have several different options for day floats to give you the best odds at catching fish while having the best experience possible. Float trip day trips start before first light at a meeting point agreed upon with your guide. These trips have easy access to stay the night in Maupin. We maximize the morning fishing in the shade with floating lines. We will fish our way downstream through the canyon.  Most days, when the sun comes on the water we switch to sink tips. We fish only the best spots that best suit your abilities. We grill and serve a hot lunches on the river. In the afternoon shade we will switch back to floating lines and often times dry flies. Day trips are 8-10 hours of guided fishing. 

RATES: 

1 OR 2 ANGLERS – $650/DAY

3 ANGLERS – $795/DAY  


FISH THE SWING IS THE EXCLUSIVE BOOKING AGENT FOR ALL DESCHUTES RIVER TRIPS. ALL TRIPS ARE RUN BY DESCHUTES STEELHEAD ADVENTURES LLC WHICH IS OWNED BY JEFF HICKMAN AND RICK SABOL. DESCHUTES STEELHEAD ADVENTURES DOES NOT HAVE ITS OWN WEBSITE.

***SPECIAL NOTE***

ALL DESCHUTES RIVER TRIPS REQUIRE A SPECIAL BOATERS PASS FOR EACH PERSON AND FOR EACH DAY OF THE TRIP.

INCLUDING ENOUGH TO COVER THE STAFF.

ONE ADDITIONAL BOATER FOR DAY TRIPS, TWO ADDITIONAL BOATERS FOR DRIFT BOAT CAMPS, THREE ADDITIONAL BOATERS FOR JET BOAT CAMP TRIPS.

 

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SELECT THE “MOTORIZED” BOX  

FOR JET BOAT TRIPS: 

SELECT THE “MOTORIZED” BOX AND “HERITAGE LANDING” FOR LAUNCH AND TAKEOUT

FOR DRIFT BOAT TRIPS: 

SELECT “MACK’S CANYON” FOR LAUNCH AND “HERITAGE LANDING” FOR TAKEOUT

SELECT THE “GUIDED” BOX

SELECT “DESCHUTES STEELHEAD ADVENTURES” FROM THE DROP DOWN MENU

ENTER YOUR PERSONAL INFO

PLEASE PRINT TWO COPIES AND NOTIFY US WHEN COMPLETED

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