This Rondy, for 10 experienced anglers, is a 3-day guided float and wade fishing adventure on the lower Deschutes River in central Oregon, where we will fish for native summer Steelhead and "Red side" Rainbow Trout.
Guides will take us through miles of both calm and white water and scenic canyons where we will periodically take out to wade-fish streamers, nymphs, or dry flies, depending on the conditions (no fishing from the drift boats).
Gear suggestions are 5-7 wt single-handed fly rods, studded boots, wading staff, and a PFD (personal floatation device)*. Anglers will supply their own sleeping bags, pillow, personal items, liquor, rods, flies, and their Oregon fishing license and boater's pass. Guides will supply both sleeping pads and cots. (*Note that wading on the Deschutes can be tricky due to the large angular basalt rocks.)
There will be a gear boat that will proceed us each day and haul our gear, set up camp, and cook great meals. Personal items that are only needed in camp can be packed in a large dry bag to be supplied by the guides and transported in the gear boat. Bring your own small dry bag (or waterproof pack) with a change of clothes, rain jacket, fleece, and any small personal items that you may want to keep handy in your boat.
The trip will both begin and end in Bend, Oregon, at the Confluence Fly Shop, where we can pick up some flies, get licenses and boat passes, meet our guides, and park our cars (guides will shuttle us from the shop and back). We will put in near Madras (about an hour north of Bend) and then take out 3 days later near Maupin.
Bend, OR, is about an 8-1/2 hour drive from San Francisco. There is an airport in nearby Redmond for those who prefer to fly. We should plan on arriving a day early and staying over the night after the Rondy.
There will be a pre-meeting to discuss more logistics, gear, carpools, etc. (date tbd).
The registration cost for this 3-day trip, which includes a $25 non-refundable Rondy fee, is $1,060. The cost of travel, license, boater's pass, lodging before and after, alcoholic beverages, and guide tips are separate expenses.
This rondy is for experienced club members only and is not for current Learn to Fly Fish students or other beginners.
For any questions, contact the club leader below or the fly shop directly:
Michael Souter MKS@LSALLC.COM
Confluence Fly Shop (Jeremiah) 541-323-3007