Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Now Booking! Oregon Winter Steelhead & 2018 Deschutes River Trips!!

Our 2017 is about in the books. It was a great season! Our busiest yet. We are now looking forward to the 2018 season, which starts with Oregon winter steelhead...

Oregon Winter Steelhead

We offer light tackle and fly fishing trips for steelhead January - March, focusing on the mid Oregon coast streams of the Siletz, Nestucca, and Alsea Rivers.  Ideally you are trying to catch these rivers on the drop and starting to clear once a winter storm cycle passes. Hitting ideal water conditions can be tricky at times. Though we have the ability to move around and fish different systems depending on conditions with some clearing sooner and others staying in shape longer. At times you have to be a bit flexible when booking trips for winter steelhead. It is best to give your self a few days and fishing to get it done!

When you catch these rivers in shape there can some incredible steelhead fishing to be had!
For more info on Oregon coast winter steelhead  Read On... 

Now Booking For the 2018 Season on the Deschutes and Crooked Rivers in Central Oregon!!

It not too early to start planning and booking your fishing trips for next spring, summer or fall. We offer day and overnight drift boat floats on the Lower Deschutes from May through October for both trout and steelhead!

Our flagship trips are our 3-4 day overnight camp trips in the Wild and Scenic Section of the Lower Deschutes! 

These trips are available starting in May for trout season which starts off with a bang with the famous Deschutes River Salmonfly hatch! Hands down the most popular time on the river. But it is a must do most serious anglers.

Overnight steelhead trips are available starting in September. These trips take you down in to some the most un pressured steelhead runs on the river!

Day trips are available on the Deschutes from May in November for both trout and steelhead as well.
For more information on Deschutes River Guided Fishing trips Read On...

Friday, February 10, 2017


Now is the time to book you Deschutes River Salmonfly trip!

The hatch typically comes off in May, this year mid May into June will be full on for the big bugs up top!

The Salmonfly hatch traditionally offers up some of the best dry fly fishing of the season! If you like throwing big dry flies for hungry trout this is the hatch for you!

This is the most busy time on the river so the best way to experience the hatch is to book a multiple day, camp trip into 30 miles of boat in only access. More water, less pressure...

Though we do have good success on the day float as well. Check out a few photos of previous years fishing. And give us a call if you have any questions or would like to book a trip!

Winter Steelhead Update!

Oregon Coast Winter Steelhead Update - 

Winter Steelheading is really just starting to get good on the coast! We have made one trip over so far, the water conditions were perfect, though fishing was a little slow. 

February and March is prime time and traditionally when fishing is best so I think it's about to turn on! 

The rivers are about to drop into shape next week. If you have had interest in trying these fisheries with me, next week should fish! 

So give me a ring and lets put something together!
For more info call 541-647-2584 or read on...

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gift Certificates Are Available for that Angler on Your Christmas List!!

Gift Certificates are Now Available for Guided Fly Fishing Trips and Fly Fishing Lessons with
River Borne Outfitters
for 2017!!

Call or email us for more information. Gift certificates can be all inclusive i.e. a full day guide trip or for a set dollar amount which can be applied to any trip or lesson we offer!

Order now so you we can mail it to you in time to put it the their stocking!!

Please visit our website for pricing and trip option at www.riverborneoutfitters.com

If you have any questions or would like to buy a gift certificate over the phone
Please call 541-647-2584 or email us at info@riverborneoutfitters.com

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Deschutes and Crooked River Fly Fishing Reports


Deschutes River: 3910 CFS

Trout - Trout fishing on the upper section of the river is good right now. The cooler weather in July prolonged the caddis hatch later into the summer. During hot spells we are still seeing large hatches of caddis. Dry fly fishing during those times has been good. Cooler weather typically cools off the dry fly bite, but nymphing has been good then.

We always see an better trout bite in September as things start to cool down and the season changes. Hatches of BWO's and Mahogany Dun's can occur, along with caddis. Trout feed more aggressively in the cooler water...

Guide trips are available for the rest of the summer into fall for trout on the Deschutes. Read on for more info on Deschutes River Guide Trips

Steelhead - Steelhead are present in the Lower, lower sections of the Deschutes (First 24 miles) Reports have been spotty, though there are a few fish around to be caught. Look for the fish to start moving up the river in good numbers towards the end of this month and into September. By the end of September fish are spread through out the river.

We always say give yourself a few days and cover lots of water when trying to catch a steelhead on the Deschutes. One of the best ways to do that is take a multi day over night camp trip down the river!

Our flagship trip the 3 or 4 day steelhead float gets you into less pressured waters and covers over 30 to 40 miles in the course of the float. The steelhead that move up the river typically pod up, by covering water and putting some time into it you better your chances of hooking into that fish of a thousand casts!

Typically in a 3 day trip we will have action most days, and get into them good at some point in the float...

Read on or more info on Deschutes River Steelhead Fishing
And for more info on Deschutes River Camp Trips

Crooked River: 304 CFS

Fishing is fair-good right now on the Crooked. The flows have not come down to what is the usual water level for this time of year, which leads me to believe there is some additional demands for water from either the city of Prineville for the Facebook Data Center or something like that.

The algae that was plaguing the river seems to have cleared out a bit. There have been some decent hatches of PMD's and caddis. Some dryfly action can been had then if you know where to look. Other wise it's a nymph show. Small mayfly nymphs, caddis pupas, Copper Johns (Red), and the like will catch fish.

Numbers are down from years past, but there are fish to be caught, and we have been have some good days of late. Crooked River guide trips are our best half day option, and  for those looking to try the sport for the first time. Beginners and/or families welcome!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Deschutes River Fly Fishing Reports


Deschutes River: 3760 CFS

The bite was a bit off this past week, most likely a result of the cooler weather and pressure changes from the low pressure system that has been hovering over Oregon.

A heat up is anticipated for the next week which should get the caddis out and wake the bite up a bit. Mornings and mid day seem the best for dry fly fishing.

Nymphing can be productive at any time of the day. This a great time to be out on the river. River traffic is relatively light, fishing pressure as well and the weather, scenery, and camping are outstanding.

We have been hanging out a lot up at the Deschutes River Fly Shop and Camp and have been having some nice evenings fishing after the shop closes.. Warm evenings spent wet wading and fishing to large native trout, it doesn't get much better!

Come check out the camp, fly shop, and store if you are traveling through Portland to Central Oregon or if your headed to the river to fish.

The Deschutes River Fly Shop and camp makes for a great spot to base out of when fishing the Warm Springs area of the Deschutes. We have rental gear, flies, equipment, fishing licenses, boater passes, and tribal permits for sale. You can stock up on ice, beer, and other concessions at our store.

Camp out at our private campground, with manicured lawns, shade, and portable water.
Small RV's and campers are welcome too, as we have 4- 30 AMP
Hook ups for power and water!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Deschutes and Crooked River Fly Fishing Report

Deschutes River: 4000 CFS

Fishing is good to excellent right now on the Deschutes. The Salmonfly hatch is now a distant memory, and we are in summer mode on the river.

Summer time is Caddis time on the Deschutes! Which means long days and warm evenings spent wet wading, and fishing small dries to sipping trout!

Dry fly fishing opportunities are best early mornings and evenings and all day during the hotter days. When the thermometer hits 90 the caddis blanket the river and get the fish feeding hard!

Other wise look for trout sipping hatching and dead spent bugs in the back eddies, bubble lines, riffles, and shaded areas morning and late. Nymphing mid day is an option when the dry fly bite slows...

When you find a riser, pull over and stalk em' with some stealth and make a well presented cast and more often than not you will be rewarded with a large reside trout.

If you want some more info or need the latest, best fly, or need some other equipment and provisions on your way to the river. Stop into our Deschutes River Fly Shop and Camp near the Warm Springs boat ramp and Mecca Flats and we will point you in the right direction.

If you need someone to show you around and put you on some fish Deschutes River Guided Fly Fishing trips are available!

Crooked River: 254 CFS

Fishing is average at best on the Crooked right now. Unfortunately the most recent fish counts show a major reduction in fish per mile on this small little tailwater. Also, the river is still running a bit on the high side and there is a lot of algae flushing down the river.

With that all said, we have been running a few trips out there and have been able to hook some trout. Fishing should improve as the flows reduce and the river clears of algae. I forecast the river to fish better in July and August. Lets keep our fingers crossed!

Crooked River Fly Fishing trips are available year round. If you are new to the sport or looking for a guided fishing trip near Bend and Sunriver, the Crooked is still one of your best options!