Saturday, June 25, 2011

2011 Deschutes Steelhead Camp!

River Borne Outfitters is happy to announce limited opening for the best Steelhead Camp on the Deschutes River. Our camp is fixed and set up for two ten day slots from August 1 through August 10th and August 29 through September 7th. Trips include single or dual occupancy tents, cots, sleeping pads, and a sheltered dining area. You will taxi up and the down the river in one of two 20 foot Alumaweld Super Vee jet sleds. All trips initiate from Heritage boat ramp on the mouth of the Deschutes River. Openings are slotted to maximize your fishing opportunities. Trips are two days but it feels like three. Your trip will start at 1:00 PM at the boat ramp on day one. We will ascend several class three rapids including Moody, Rattlesnake, Colorado, Gordon Ridge, and Washout on our way to camp. After we drop off our gear it is off to fishing. Camp will be set on some of the best steelhead water the Deschutes has to offer. Your next day is a full day interrupted only by Brunch and Dinner. On day three we will fish hard until brunch, then work our way down river. Our goal will be to get you back to Heritage Boat ramp around Noon. In total you will have two evening sessions, and two morning sessions with one uninterrupted day of fishing. 

Our guides are expert boat handlers, Spey casters and Steelhead Anglers. Sled Camp guides are Matt McCrarry and myself. Anglers are welcome to fish their own rods. In the event you want to fish our stuff, both boats are armed with an arsenal of Winston Spey Rods. Our camp host will make sure that you are well accommodated with a first class camp and plenty of good food. A list of recommended items for overnight guided trips can be found here:

Pricing is $800 per person, minimum of two anglers and maximum of six. We hope to see you this summer on the best trip for two handed anglers.

Contact me directly for current availability.


Sam Sickles
c 541-521-9054
o 541-400-9602

Friday, June 10, 2011

Deschutes River Fly Fishing Report

Just spent the last eight out of ten days on the river. Salmonflies are still out all the way to Maupin. Fishing with the big bugs is best above Whitehorse. Fish are still taking them lower, but there are fewer bugs and fish are gorged. They are also starting to key in on other smaller offerings (PMD's, Drakes, Little Olive Sallies, etc..) The hot and or over cast days were best. Good hatches of PMDs and Green Drakes also occurred. River traffic on this section has been light for this time of year. Water conditions are high, but stable. The abundance of water, and the light pressure has me looking forward to the rest of the summer, the fishing should be great!

We still have availability for late June and July Caddis trips!

Let us know if you would like to get in on the second part of the trout season, where the river is usually even less crowded and the fishing is still great!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Warm Springs to Trout Creek Report

Deschutes salmonfly action is in full swing and the fish are eagerly attacking anything that resembles a salmonfly when presented the right way in the right water.  Don't let the higher than average water levels be a deterant, you just may need to adjust a bit on some of your favorite spots as they may be deeper and less accessible than normal.  We are starting to see the switch to Goldens but fish are still taking adult salmonfly patterns; have both in your arsenal.  Be sure you are fishing 3x or heavier tippet as these fish are violent on the strike and often times will take you on a long powerful run once hooked; they are not leader shy!  As usual fishing is more successfull in the harder to reach places that we so kindly refer to as 'jungle water'!  Don't be in a hurry to race to the likely spots, fish are feeding all over the river so venture out to spots you may not normally fish as you may be pleasantly surprised.  Be sure to switch your patterns regularly if you are not getting activity as this can often be the difference between fishing and catching!  If nymphing is your thing it too is extremely productive right now with stonefly patterns rolled along the bottom of the riffles and typical nymph water.  You will want a little more weight than normal as the higher flows have the river moving along at a pretty good pace.  In terms of where to go, you will find active fish in all stretches of water from Maupin to Warm Springs.  Right now is that magic time of year that we get to pitch two inch long dry flys at the most aggressive fish of the year.  Leave the yard work for later in the month, this doesn't last forever!