Details Regarding Deschutes Trips

Details for both types of trips are below. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the shop at 734-580-2102 or email

October Steelhead Trip

  • Two-handed casting:  you should be able to switch/spey cast a double-handed rod. If you don't have the equipment, the guides can provide, as long as they know ahead of time.  Having said that, there are plenty of people who go on this trip and have never held a two-handed rod in their lives, but they catch the most fish! If you decide to go on the trip, I provide a free casting lesson if you want one.
  • Skagit style of rigging and casting is recommended, but I fish Scandi Style, as do others.  If you aren't sure what I mean, don't worry - I can fill you in on all that.
  • You will be fishing for both wild and stocked steelhead, and you will likely get into a red-side or rainbow trout also, possibly even a Bull trout. 
  • The weather is never cold, but not hot either.  Plan for both, however. I brought layers but didn't use them all.  Mornings are chilly.
  • The 2017 trip is hosted by Lauren Kingsley, owner of The Painted Trout and experienced well with the float trips down the Deschutes River. An IFF Certified Casting Instructor, Lauren offers free basic instruction for this trip.

Steelhead AND Stonefly Trips:

  • The price includes guiding, meals during the float, local permits, and the extremely opulent camping accommodations.  You will want to budget for:  getting to Portland, getting to Maupin (many people carpool, saving $$), one night before the trip in a local hotel (generally, everyone stays at The Imperial River Company in Maupin), a Portland fishing license, and gratuities for the guides. Most people tip between 10 - 20% of the cost of the trip.  The gratuities are pooled and redistributed, so you don't have to worry about the "per guide" thing. Some people stay the night at The Imperial the day that the trip ends (mid-day), while others scoot back to the airport and catch a flight home.  The driving time is about 2 hours.
  • Camping means large stand-up tents, where cots and pads are provided.  Bring your own sleeping bag.
  •  In advance of the trip, we will provide a comprehensive list of things to pack.  
  • The guides are quite resourceful with flies, but you might want to bring your own, depending on the style of fishing you like.
  • If you have food allergies of the like, this can be accommodated, just let us know.  Otherwise the  cuisine is first class, and plenty of it.  If wine or other alcoholic beverages are important, you must bring your own.
  • The fishing is NOT done from a boat; you will be wading.  Plan on using boots that have either studs or metal bars to help with traction.
  • The guides are without a doubt the most wonderful I've ever worked with: knowledgeable, funny, warm, patient, smart, experienced, and energetic. You will really enjoy that aspect of the trip.
  • The Salmon Fly trip in May is hosted by Lauren Kingsley, owner of The Painted Trout. An IFFF Certified Casting Instructor and graduate of the Wulff Fly Fishing School Instructors Program, Lauren offers a free casting lesson to anyone who signs up for any trip offered by the shop.
  • The trip itself is guided by Water Time Outfitters -- and their owner, Rob Crandall is also a guru in the fly fishing world -- fly designer, writer, guide, and casting instructor. He will be the lead guide on the trip.