Steelhead season is here and going strong. For late August there are a good number of fish in the river, and the good news is bulk of the steelhead are still on their way. With the nights cooling down water temps are dropping which should start bringing in more and more fish into the Deschutes. We have been catching the occasional steelhead up river but you will wan’t to focus your efforts on the lower stretches of the Deschutes. Down river of Maupin is still the best bet.
If you are still in need of a trout fix this is a great time to hit the Deschutes. Most of the people fishing the Deschutes have switched gears and are now fishing for steelhead. So if you prefer trout you should have the bulk of the spots all to yourself. The trout have seen a lot of different fly patterns by this time of year, so this is a good time to be fishing attractor patterns. You will also want to have some bigger caddis dry flies and nymphs with you. The October Caddis should start to show up in anytime. Back eddies and riffles is where you want to spend most of your time.
Deschutes River Anglers