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

The Catch

Top fish species to target in Oregon


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.


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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Fishing with Marvin's Guide Service in Portland

Marvin's Guide Service

Portland, OR

Marvin Henkel JR. owner of Marvin’s Guide Service is one of Oregon’s and Washington’s top fishing guides, and Charters based out of Portland,Oregon, offering professionally guided fishing trips for Salmon fishing, Steelhead fishing, Sturgeon fishing, halibut fishing, Walleye fishing, and Shad. You will be fishing in some of the Pacific Northwest’s best waters, on the Columbia River, Willamette River, Clackamas River, Sandy River,Tillamook Bay, and Buoy 10. We go where the fishing is the hottest. On the Columbia River, we offer guided fishing trips from Buoy 10 the mouth of the Columbia River Which is on the beautiful Oregon Coast all the way up to Bonneville Dam in the breath-taking Columbia River Gorge. We also will be fishing the best seasons on the Willamette River, Clackamas River, and Sandy River close to Portland and on Tillamook Bay on the Northern Oregon Coast. We fish from a new 2014, 23 foot Covered/Heated Alumaweld Intruder. Marvin’s Guide Service works together along side many of other Oregon and Washington Fishing Guides. Therefore, we are able to accommodate all sizes of groups, from very small to large. We only use top quality gear and FRESH bait. Marvin Henkel grew up in the Portland, Oregon area, and has been fishing these Oregon rivers and Bay’s since he was a toddler, along side his father. Fishing for Salmon, Steelhead, Sturgeon, Walleye, and anything else that would bite. Family and friends always knew Marvin’s love for fishing would eventually lead to a career doing what he loved most. Marvin’s Guide Service is US Coast Guard Licensed! Now that Marvin Henkel is among Oregon’s elite fishing guides, let his 30 plus years of experience guide you to an unforgettable fishing trip of a lifetime.

Fishing with Deep Canyon Outfitters in Bend

Deep Canyon Outfitters

Bend, OR

In the world of Outdoor Outfitting experience counts. With over 25 years of fly fishing heritage in Bend, Oregon, Deep Canyon Outfitters is the best choice for your next expedition vacation. Our Award Winning guided fly fishing adventures have been specially designed to create the most enjoyable and productive experience in Central Oregon. A Day Planned Just For You Enjoy a day with us on the Rivers! Either with your family, a group of friends, or on your own, Deep Canyon Outfitters has a strategy to provide you with a memorable fly fishing experience. We offer a wide variety of trips from Half Day wade-in trips to one of several local rivers or Lakes, to remote multi-day Camping Trips and fly fishing adventures on the Lower Deschutes catching trout and/or steelhead depending on the season. Whatever your fishing desire, there is something here to satisfy it. The Upper and Lower Deschutes, Fall River, Crooked River, a dozen local lakes, all offer an amazing array of options. Additionally, we have access to several private Lakes. Our Award-Winning Fly Fishing Expeditions We specialize guided fly fishing and camping trips on the Lower Deschutes river.Whether you choose a Full Day Trip or a 2 to 5-day fully outfitted Camping Trip, we know you’ll have a memorable time fly fishing on this special river. Orvis enjoyed our multi-day trip so much they awarded this expedition: Orvis 2012 Endorsed Expedition of the Year.Orvis also enjoyed our commitment to providing a high quality hunting experience so much, we earned their Orvis Endorsed Wingshooting Grounds award. We are honored to have been given these awards and fully intend to uphold the standards they recognize. Join Deep Canyon Outfitters for a memorable fly fishing adventure.

Fishing with Tradewinds Charters in Depoe Bay

Tradewinds Charters

Depoe Bay, OR

Ahoy! Welcome Aboard! Since 1938, Tradewinds Charters in Depoe Bay has been providing "Top Deck" ocean charters for whale watching, sportfishing, bird watching, and Ecology Tours. With a fleet of ten modern, fully equipped vessels, experienced, knowledgeable, and very friendly captains and crew, Tradewinds is the premier ocean charter service on the Oregon Coast. From the moment you check in at our charter office and board our vessels, you will definitely feel a part of the crew and right at home. We strive for not only the best in whale watching and fishing, but the best in fun. "Quit Wishin' Go Fishin". Tradewinds Charters, with our vast experience and friendly crews, is preferred by ocean fishermen world-wide. Several world records have been caught on our boats. We provide fishing charters year around for Bottom Fish, which include Sea-Bass, Ling Cod, Red Snapper, Cabezon, and many other varieties of rockfish. We also fish seasonally for Halibut, Salmon, and Tuna. Tradewinds fishing charters are for both experienced and first time fishermen. Our crews will provide you with all the fishing gear, instruction, and personal help you will need. Remember, relax and leave the traffic and telephones behind. In addition to top notch fishing tackle, we also provide hot coffee and raingear if needed. Fish cleaning is available at our docks. "Fish On" is the call heard around our vessels as excited anglers hook and battle fish. Not only is fishing great sport and fun for all ages, but the fish you catch are yours to keep, take pictures of, and best of all, eat. All the fish you catch are fresh from the Pacific and are excellent eating.

Fishing with All Waters Angling in Tygh Valley

All Waters Angling

Tygh Valley, OR

All Waters Angling is the premium option for fly anglers looking to fish some of Oregon’s best waters, at the best times of the year. With two runs of Steelhead and a blue ribbon trout stream in our backyard, AWA can make sure your time is well spent. AWA guided fishing trips are focused on the Deschutes River, Clackamas River and Sandy River in Oregon. The fishing waters we use are within 1.5 hours of the greater Portland area, making access easy for clientele. We teach and promote the use and angling methods of the double-handed rod. The Sandy and Clackamas rivers are proven hunting grounds for chasing winter steelhead with spey rods, and the Deschutes River is one of the finest summer steelhead destinations, but the pursuit of trout is not to be overshadowed by their sea-run cousins. The Deschutes River provides options for both trout and steelhead fly fishing adventures, with half-day, full-day, and multi-day camp trips available for each. Spey Casting and Fly Fishing Instruction If you are looking for classes to kick-start your fly fishing, we offer lessons for all ability levels and provide all the gear a growing angler needs. Beginning trout, single-handed and spey classes are available for a single person up to large groups. Custom fly casting classes can be set up with your schedule in mind and for affordable rates. We also have the ability to set up many other angling opportunities in Oregon, Washington and California. We are open to try any type of trip you can dream up—if we have not tried it already. Please Contact Us with any questions. We are always prepared and excited for a new challenge.

Fishing with Ethan Nickel Outfitters in Eugene

Ethan Nickel Outfitters

Eugene, OR

At Ethan Nickel Outfitters, we take pride in providing you with the best guided fly fishing trip possible. Over 18 years of experience, enthusiasm for the sport, as well as a patient, professional, and focused attitude distinguish the service we provide. From the most inexperienced angler to the seasoned veteran, we look forward to helping you improve your skills with expert instruction and to putting you on fish. We are fly fishing guides because we love what we do, and look forward to sharing it with you! Based in Eugene, OR, at the southern end of the Willamette Valley, we fish many of Oregon's finest trout and steelhead streams including the McKenzie, Willamette, and Umpqua Rivers. We also offer trips seasonally for smallmouth bass and fall chinook salmon on the fly. We offer trips from one to five days in duration, and can accommodate nearly any size party, from a single angler to large corporate groups. Each boat can fish up to two anglers, for larger groups I work in conjunction with a number of other fishing guides who are all exceedingly competent, seasoned professionals. We operate the majority of trips out of McKenzie-style drift boats. This safe, stable, and maneuverable craft, expertly rowed by your boatman, offers a comfortable ride and is the perfect platform from which to fish the area's rivers. Additionally, we recently added a jet boat to the fleet and offer jet boat steelhead trips on the Willamette River throughout the summer and fall, as well as the Umpqua River for the winter steelhead run. Western Oregon is arguably the best place in the country to be a fishing guide. We offer world class flyfishing opportunities year round for an exciting array of species. Come experience what fly fishing in Oregon has to offer! Region/Terrain Where You Fish We fish a number of western Oregon's best rivers including the McKenzie River, Willamette and Middle Fork Willamette, North Umpqua, Main Umpqua, Siuslaw River, Lake Creek, among others, most of which are within an hour of the Eugene area or around 2 hours from Portland. Typical Weather by Season Late Fall, Winter, and Spring are often rainy in western Oregon, but with as many pleasant days as wet and cold ones. With the proper clothing and rain gear, however, almost any day can be comfortable, particularly with the help of the propane heater systems in our drift boats! Spring: Typical weather ranges from cool (40s) and rainy to warm (low 70s) and sunny. It is good to be prepared for anything this time of year. Summer: Though it rains a good deal in Oregon at times, summers are usually warm (highs in the mid 70s-90s) and dry. Though we rarely get much rain in the summer, it is not a good idea to go fishing in western Oregon without a rain jacket. Fall: Starting sometime in October some rainy weather generally starts to creep back in. Fall weather ranges from warm and sunny (highs in the 60s and 70s) to wet and cooler. Often the clouds that fall brings make for some of the best summer steelhead and trout fishing of the season. Winter: Typical low temperatures on winter days are in the mid 30s and 40s, though freezing temperatures first thing in the morning are not uncommon. Afternoon highs usually range from the low 40s to low 60s. Don't let the cooler temperatures of winter scare you off. Winter steelheading is awesome! Sample of Typical Trip Day trips are typically around 8 hours in duration. We will meet up somewhere adjacent to the stretch of river we will fish for the day. Trout fishing trips: meet time is usually between 8 and 9 am. The rivers in our area fish best by boat, so waders aren't necessary.

Fishing with ROE Outfitters in Klamath Falls

ROE Outfitters

Klamath Falls, OR

ROE Outfitters is owned and operated by its founder and a handful of fantastic guides ready to introduce you to this section of Oregon unexpected. Taking pride in their history, knowledge and diversity in Southern Oregon ROE Outfitters has pioneered many new fisheries in the region. We've developed techniques to enhance your fishing experience and pass along this valuable knowledge to you. We love our home area, take great pride in all it has to offer and we're excited to share it with you! Many fly fisherman have a bucket list of lifetime-rivers they'd like to visit. Here we are in laid-back Southern Oregon with not one lifetime river but four! Open the curtain to reveal the Upper Klamath River, Williamson River, Rogue River and Wood River. Here in Southern Oregon you can fish for native, giant, Redband Rainbow Trout, wild steelhead and chinook salmon. You can seriously fish a week and never see the same water twice! From March - December you can find great fishing opportunities. Options abound: Choose to fish for native redband rainbow trout on a remote wild and scenic section of the Klamath River where most days we never see another boat. Explore the famous Williamson River, a crystal clear spring creek where landing 10+ pound native redband trout is often the reality, 3-6 pound fish are typically caught daily! You can also stalk big browns on the Wood River or chase wild steelhead and Sea Run Cutthroat the Rogue River. Plus, the exclusive Keno Section of the Klamath River with it's fat football size native redbands is spectacular! Dreaming of fishing a National Park? We can help make it a reality! We'll hike into this famous caldera and then after a quick boatride to Wizard Island we will fish for rainbow trout that we lure up from the depths! Region/Terrain Where you Fish The Klamath Basin in Southern Oregon is a land of rivers, spring creeks and high mountain lakes so it can be hard to wrap your mind around the high desert definition of the area. The area is an exercise in diversity! Heavily timbered the Fremont Winema National Forest spans the basin interrupted by spring creeks spilling and bubbling from the earth. These spring fed creeks serve fish well as they annually trek there for spawning and again as a retreat to their cooler waters in summer. Slow moving and clear as gin the Williamson, Wood and Sprague Rivers play host to the native redband rainbows of the area and colorful brown trout. Cutting through private farm and ranch lands these spring creeks are best accessed by boat. With deep holes and numerous ledges we primarily fish from the boat on these ice cream cold waters. Wading is not necessary. These spring creeks make their way into Klamath and Agency lakes where the water temperature warms considerably in summer. With an average depth of 13 feet the Lake, while shallow is massive at 30 miles long and about 15 miles wide. A real Stillwater fishery Klamath Lake offers a challenge for any who want stalk its impressive native redband rainbows. As the diverse watershed transitions into the Upper Klamath River the diverse landscape reveals a completely different personality with boisterous big water cutting through steep canyon walls into a federally designated wild and scenic section of river where fisherman raft from rapid to rapid eating up pools along the way with quick and decisive casts. Just above the first class five of Caldera and Hells Corner we exit to remote and unimproved roads to find our way back to pavement. Just over the hill of the Cascades in the Rogue River Basin expect a freestone river made famous by Zane Greys penmanship surrounded by oaks and conifers. With the removal of all but one dam on this inland river system, we have seen the fishery rebound back to is previous glory! The North Umpqua drainage is very similar to the Rogue with the exception that this river has NO dams on it at all, wild steelhead reign supreme in the winter here! Typical Weather by Season Klamath Basin High desert weather means cool nights and warm dry days. April - May expect cold mornings and...

Fishing with Morrison's Rogue River Lodge in Merlin

Morrison's Rogue River Lodge

Merlin, OR

The only Orvis-Endorsed Lodge on the Rogue River, Morrison's Rogue River Lodge has been catering to fly anglers and the pursuit of steelhead since it was built in 1946. We have some of the most experienced guides available. We pride ourselves on the ability to cater to all anglers at every skill level from the beginner to the most experienced fly caster. Our full-service resort is set in a breathtaking canyon on the renowned Rogue River just outside of Grants Pass in Southern Oregon. It is a timeless place of exceptional beauty, an escape from the ordinary. As we celebrate our 70th anniversary, we have expanded our fishing season from February 1st through November 20th. We remain the premier destination for lower Rogue River fishing, lodging, dining and rafting. A place where hospitality meets some of the best river fishing you will find on the West Coast of the U.S. Date Range February through April - Winter Steelhead May through June - Trout July through November 20th - Summer Steelhead What is Provided to Customer Fishing equipment is provided on all guided trips. We offer Rogue River steelhead fly patterns in our tackle shop and fishing licenses are available at the lodge as well. If bringing your own equipment we recommend 7-, or 8-weight rods with nymphing lines and sink tips. For Switch or Spey we recommend a 6/7-weight. Region/Terrain Where You Fish Morrison's is located along the Rogue River in the rolling foothills of the Cascade Range of Southern Oregon. It is only 20 minutes by car from Grants Pass and I-5, and a little over an hour from the Rogue Valley International Airport in Medford. The Rogue is a large river with a flow during the fishing season of 1,200 to 1,500 cfs. At Morrison's the elevation is 800 ft. above sea level. We float some mild Class II rapids. Our trips are done from drift boats, we offer swinging flies, nymphing, twitching (dragging flies) and Spey casting. Typical Weather by Season Short hot summers, short extreme winters, long cool springs and long warm fall season describe the weather on the Rogue. There are approximately 14-16 hours of daylight in the summer months, and 11-13 hours of daylight in the fall. Average high and low temperatures are; Spring: March 59-37, April 64-40, May 72-45 Summer: June 80-50, July 89-55, August 89-54 Fall: Sept. 89-47, Oct. 69-41, Nov. 52-39 Winter: Dec 44-35, Jan. 47-35. Feb. 53-36.

Fishing with Eagle Cap Fishing Guides in Joseph

Eagle Cap Fishing Guides

Joseph, OR

Mac was fortunate to learn fly fishing as a small boy and has fly fished for decades. He discovered steelhead 30 years ago and has guided for steelhead, trout, smallmouth, and bull trout for the past 25 years. He is a wildlife biologist and enjoys sharing flora, fauna, and geology observations with guests during the day and lifelong fly angler in single-hand and Spey casting techniques. Date Range June through September: trout and smallmouth October through early December: steelhead December, January, and February: I'm available to guide but fishing is very weather dependent. Late February through April 15: finishing out the steelhead season. What is Provided to Customer Trip includes lunches, flies, transportation from Joseph or Enterprise, Oregon. Rods can be provided. No waders are available, but fishing from the boat is an option if you don't have waders with you. Region/Terrain Where You Fish The Grande Ronde River is a medium-sized river and a Snake River tributary, originating in northeast Oregon and entering the Snake in Washington. My fishing on this river is primarily in Washington for rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, and Pacific steelhead. Trout fishing is primarily from a driftboat or raft and steelhead fishing is primarily floating to access a reach and then wading the river to fish. Typical Weather by Season I consider June the start of my season, when the rivers reopen after a 6-week closure following steelhead season. June trips are usually on the Wallowa River, a small tributary of the Grande Ronde. Once water levels drop in July, then I focus on the Grande Ronde. The river elevation in Washington is about 1,000 feet, warm to hot in the summer, pleasant in October when steelhead fishing begins, and cooling to sweater and jacket weather in November. I am happy to guide through the winter months, but most anglers prefer to wait until late February, fishing during the last two months of the steelhead season, ending April 15. I've "cracked the code" on true winter steelhead fishing and catching steelhead through flowing ice is my newest steelhead passion.

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