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Oregon is home to some of the world's most famous trout and steelhead waters, with thousands of miles of pristine river systems.

Whether you’re spey casting to migrating steelhead or bouncing bait off the bottom for flounder, Oregon is one of the fishiest states in the US. Arguably the home of American two-handed fly-fishing, the Deschutes River is a prolific trout and steelhead fishery that flows powerfully through northern Oregon. The gorges that the river carves through the basalt cliffs of the Oregon high desert are absolutely breathtaking places to cast a line. Well known for its steelhead migration, the Deschutes is also home to countless resident trout that will eagerly smash a well presented dry fly.

The Deschutes flows down until it meets the Colombia River. The Columbia is home to a healthy steelhead and salmon population that can be caught with the right guide and the right amount of patience. We encourage anyone looking for a beautiful day out on the water to book their next fishing trip in Oregon.

Basic Info
Weather
  • 47° 38° Dec-Feb
  • 64° 48° Mar-May
  • 80° 58° Jun-Aug
  • 60° 48° Sep-Nov
Waterways
Deschutes River, John Day River, Grande Ronde River, Clackamas River, Columbia River, Pacific Ocean
Licenses
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in Oregon

Flounder

Flounder are a group of flatfish species. They are demersal fish found at the bottom of oceans around the world; some species will also enter estuaries.

Rainbow Trout

Adult fish are distinguished by a broad reddish stripe along the lateral line, from gills to the tail, which is most vivid in breeding males.

Steelhead

These are migratory rainbow trout cousins which can get into the 20-30 pound range. Their name comes from their chrome head and rainbow stripe.

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