Deschutes Equipment List for Camp-out Trips
Planning a Dream Fly fishing Trip? For Steelhead In The Deschutes River? With guides booked at The Fly Fishing Shop - Welches, OR?
Much of your comfort and fishing success will be determined by your advance planning. You want to have enough gear for maximum enjoyment of your destination fishery, but you don't want to pack more than you need. Your Pre-travel check list is your equipment list and much more. It is part of your preparation plan.
You must have an Oregon Fishing License and Steelhead Tag.
Daily licenses include this tag. Annual licenses do not.
The Fly Fishing Shop does sell fishing licenses if you stop in before your trip.
If you are boating the Deschutes River you also will need a Deschutes Boaters Pass.
If you are fishing with us the boater pass is included in the price of your trip.
Some dates are limited entry, and the boater pass can not be in the guides name.
You will need to furnish personal information to your guide so he can purchase your boater pass for you.
Steelhead Fly Fishing Pre-Travel Check List
Clothing (for 3-5 day trip)
Avoid cotton fabric except in blends. 100% cotton
fabrics are hard to dry in the field. Synthetic clothing is
much more comfortable.
( ) 2pr. Lightweight fleece under wear pants
( ) 1 Long sleeve, fleece under wear
( ) 1pr. Wool/synthetic blend socks for each day
( ) 2 long sleeve shirts
( ) 2 White Hankies in zip-lock bags
(for wiping glasses, etc)
( ) 1pr. Camp Shoes
( ) 1 Fleece Jacket for lounging around
( ) 1 Hat with bill. (might bring a
( ) 1 Waterproof Wading Jacket
( ) comb
( ) soap
( ) tooth brush
( ) tooth paste
( ) shampoo
( ) conditioner
( ) nail clipper
( ) nail file
( ) razor
( ) shaving cream
( ) 35 SPF Sun Block
( ) 15 SPF Sun Block
( ) Insect Repellent
( ) Sewing Kit
( ) Flash Light
( ) 2pr. Sun Glasses (in case you loose one pair)
( ) Glasses Cleaning Fluid and Wipe Cloth
in zip lock bag
( ) 1 Sleeping Bag (2.5 - 3 pound for July-Sept) (4
- 4.5 pound for October)
( ) 1 Pillow
( ) 1
In case it rains
during transportation from the boat ramp to camp, bring your bedding
. Nothing is worse than a soggy sleeping
bag or pillow. Please do not use garbage bags. Garbage bags are too
fragile for transporting gear. Nothing denotes a tenderfoot more
than showing up with your gear in a garbage bag.
) Digital Camera
) Memory Cards
( ) Binoculars
Nothing is more important to your steelhead fishing success than
your wading equipment. It is safe to say that no other equipment
item has ruined more steelhead trips than leaky waders. The very
best waders available are none too good for the environment that
steelhead live in. Steelhead rivers and steelhead fishing trips beat up
waders. All waders eventually will leak with prolonged use on
steelhead rivers. Some brands are more reliable than others.
The Waders We Sell
have been proven in the steelhead environment(s). During colder
weather, we recommend that you bring an extra pair of waders.
Steelhead rivers are often very large and require that fishing is
done while wading. Wading in most steelhead rivers is challenging,
and although our guides will keep you in water that you can handle,
the most skilled waders have access to more and often better water.
Steelhead live where streambed rocks are large and slippery. Wading
shoes used for steelhead fishing should be equipped with traction
devises such as
Simms HardBite Boot Star Cleat and/or
Alumibite Cleat. No, this ain't Montana where
anglers fish while floating, and guides are worried about the floors
of their cute little drift boats. This is Oregon where anglers wade
for steelhead. We know the terrain and we want you to be safe and
our boats are equipped to be "Stud Friendly". No one knows more
about the installation of traction devices than we do. We are
walking on traction devices nearly every day. Have our
install your studs.
Even better, just buy your studded steelhead shoes here.
( ) 1 Waders
( ) 1 Wading shoes with studded soles.
( ) 1 Wading belt
( ) 1 Wading staff
Rods & Reels
Most Deschutes River anglers use Spey
shooting head type lines. Several heads may be interchanged with a
reel equipped a shooting line. The
following rod/reel combinations are offered as a check list:
( ) 6 Weight
) Extra Heads/Tips
) 7 Weight Outfit
) Extra Heads/Tips
) 8 Weight Outfit
( ) Reel
) Extra Heads/Tips
( ) Hook File
( ) Nail Knot Tier
( ) Leader Clipper
/ Line Maintenance Kit
( ) Fly Line Cleaner & Pads
( ) Spray Lube
( ) Reel Oil
Leaders will vary with fishing depth:
( ) 4 12' 01X. knotless tapered leaders
( ) 4 4' 01X knotless tapered leaders
( ) 01X tippet
Flies will vary with trip timing.
The guides that book through The Fly Fishing Shop are liberal with the newest hottest
patterns, but in order to retain a measure of independence, you may
want to have a fly selection of your own.