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Oct 4, 2019: Deschutes River, Oregon

Updated: Sep 11



I love fishing in the fall on the Deschutes River in Oregon. I have made this trip a part of my annual fishing schedule for many years and it never disappoints. I was joined today by Dan Radkee, Brian Raab and Brian Kurzbein of Big Rock Sports.


Our Crew for the day!

We fished with guide Forrest Foxworthy. Fishing with Forrest is alway a fun, entertaining and productive. Forrest is one of the most experienced guides on the river. Forrest works hard to help his clients catch fish, and has a great time doing it. I have been fishing with Forrest Foxworthy for over 10 years and I have never had a bad day on the water. I highly recommend contacting Forrest if you are interested in Fishing for Steelhead on the Deschutes. You can contact Forrest at: 503-720-6993



Forrest in his native habitat!

We met Forrest at 6:30am at Heritage Landing on the Deschutes River at 6:30 am. It takes about an hour and a half to get there from portland, but I always give myself a little more time just in case of traffic or weather.


It was a brisk morning with temps in the low 40’s, so the boat ride up the river was more refreshing than usual! On the way up river, we spotted a flock of wild turkeys along the river bank - a sight that is becoming more common along the lower Decchutes.


Dan Radkee with a nice Deschutes River Steelhead

Even though steelhead runs are down this year we were all able to catch fish today. Dan caught two wild Steelhead, Brian Rabb and Brian Kurzbein each caught one and I caught a Chinook, a whitefish and had a LDR on a nice steelhead.


Releasing a Chinook

The water was a little low and very clear today, so we primarily fished jig and bobber and tadpollys. Dan caught both of his on the jig and bobber. Brian R, myself and Brian K caught ours on the Tadpolly. My Whitefish ( Considered a gamefish by the way ) came on a jig and bobber.



On the way down river we were treated to a Big Horn sheep sighting, a perfect cap on another beautiful day on one of the most beautiful rivers in the NW!

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