"If I could choose only one river to fish, the Deschutes would be it. It has it all: beauty, variety of fish, challenging water, and a true test of fly fishing skills. Yet it’s possible to take a real neophyte to the river and, with some assistance, get him or her into fish. For these and other reasons, the Deschutes is probably the finest overall fly fishing river in western America. Its complement of big redside trout, salmon, steelhead, and whitefish offers a wide range of high-quality fly fishing.
The river lies east of the Cascade Mountains and runs mostly north from Little Lava Lake into the Columbia River east of the town of The Dalles. From Crane Prairie Reservoir, the Deschutes is a relatively small, meandering stream. From Wickiup Reservoir on it becomes a full-flowing big river. The majority of the quality fishing is on this part. Types of Fish: Predominantly redside rainbow trout, some bull trout, and browns. Whitefish can supply some exciting fishing. Many hatchery-reared steelhead, which have one or more fins clipped for identification. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."