Located in Central Oregon, the lower 100 miles of the Deschutes River river are literally known and talked about around the world. This is mainly due to the Redside Rainbow which is native to these waters. However, this river also gets a summer run of steelhead which makes fishing here very exciting! These are probably some of the hardest pulling steelhead and trout that you will find anywhere in the world.
Upstream from the White River to Pelton Dam is where some of the best fishing takes place. Part of this stretch is open year round, and great hatches take place here on a daily basis. Like many places though, winter can be the exception. The optimal time to be here is thru the months of May and June. During this time, massive salmonflies and stoneflies send both trout and the anglers who pursue them, into a frenzy. In July, steelhead start to appear at the river mouth, and fishing can be bonkers throughout the lower reaches. Fall is the time to fish the area above Macks Canyon and all the way up to Pelton. By then, the steelhead have made their way this far up the river and the big resident redsides start to become very aggressive. Above Lake Billy Chinook, redsides are available throughout the river system along with brook, brown trout and whitefish. The state record brookie came from this section. It weighed 9 lbs 6 oz. Now that's a brook trout!
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