Deschutes River Trout, Steelhead, Salmon Trips

Booking now for 2017

Conducted by: Mark Bachmann — 40+ years experience
2017 Prices Jet Boat Days Directions to Mack's Canyon

All Deschutes River Fishing Trips conducted by me In 2017 will be downstream from Mack's Canyon campground using a jet boat for transportation. Parties will meet at the Mack's Canyon boat launch. State regulations disallow fishing from a floating device. All fishing is done while wading.

You are waist deep in the riffle, shadows of the basalt ramparts above turn the water golden brown. The fly rides in the surface film under light tension, the long rod balances lightly in your hand. Your eyes wander to the Great Blue Heron stoically perched in an alder tree across the river.

You are content in this soft fluid world. The line tightens in a slow, but deliberate pull and the heavy fish twists and turns trying to dislodge your hook. Your rod arches with his power and the line melts from your screaming reel. An incredible distance away the huge silver and gunmetal fish bolts through the surface. You are caught in the frenzy of your first Deschutes steelhead and time stands still...

Extended river camping is my specialty. We will be camped on prime water. In addition, we have another fifteen miles of prime water, all of which are within easy reach from camp with our big powerful jet boat.

You get up early after a great night's rest on a deeply padded cot. You let the sage-laden air fill your nostrils. Drink a steaming cup of coffee, eat some pastries, then don your waders and step into the sparkling river as your guide explains the finer points of fishing for trout, steelhead and salmon in this desert paradise.

Your fully licensed and insured guide is an avid fly fishermen and has many years' experience landing and releasing these beautiful fish. He has lived and worked many days in the area where you will be fishing. You are part of his fishing team. He provides the boat, camping gear and food, special flies and expertise. It is his job to operate the boat effectively and safely, entertain you, cook, set camp, locate fish, teach skills and help you in any way he can.

Detailed dissertations on regional history, geology, morphology, biology, and ecology are available at no extra charge.

"That's what I do." –Mark Bachmann


River Camping Trips

Arrive at Mack's Canyon around noon. Load gear in the boat which is already in the water and run to camp. Stow your gear and get comfortable in camp. Enjoy some refreshments as you prepare your fishing gear for the afternoon hunt. Fish that evening, the subsequent full days of your trip, and the last morning. Depart from Mack's Canyon around noon on the last day, leaving right after brunch.

Prices listed below do not include State Fishing Licenses, or Deschutes Boater Pass. You will need an Oregon Fishing License for the duration of your trip. Your guide will purchase your Deschutes Boater Pass in your name. The cost of the boater pass will be included in the invoice for your final payment.

Deposits: 50% of total price is due when trip is booked. Final payment is due 30 days in advance of your trip starting date.

Email: mark@flyfishusa.com for reservations


2017 River Camping Trip Prices

Two-Night Trips

1 angler: $1,750 (1 angler has entire camp)

2 anglers: $2,000 ($1,000 each - 2 anglers have entire camp)

3 anglers: $3,000 ($1,000 each - 3 anglers have entire camp)

4 anglers: $4,000 ($1,000 each - 4 anglers have entire camp)


Three-Night Trips

1 angler: $2,750 (1 angler has entire camp)

2 anglers: $3,000 ($1,500 each - 2 anglers have entire camp)

3 anglers: $4,500 ($1,500 each - 3 anglers have entire camp)

4 anglers: $6,000 ($1,500 each - 4 anglers have entire camp)


Four-Night Trips

1 angler: $3,750 (1 angler has entire camp)

2 anglers: $4,000 ($2,000 each - 2 anglers have entire camp)

3 anglers: $6,000 ($2,000 each - 3 anglers have entire camp)

4 anglers: $8,000 ($2,000 each - 4 anglers have entire camp)


Five-Night Trips:

1 angler: $4,750 (1 angler has entire camp)

2 anglers: $5,000 ($2,500 each - 2 anglers have entire camp)

3 anglers: $7,500 ($2,500 each - 3 anglers have entire camp)

4 anglers: $10,000 ($2,500 each - 4 anglers have entire camp)


Extra 20' Jet Boat for larger Groups = $700 per day for up to four anglers

The Deschutes River is regulated so that all fishing is done while hiking or wading. Fishing from a boat is not allowed.

I use a large, stable, state-of-the-art Alumaweld Jet Boat for transportation. This boats haul lots of gear and will give you maximum comfort and access to all parts of the river.

I provide all meals and camping gear. Meals can be customized to fit any dietary requirements. You will sleep on a comfortably padded cot in a large, secure dome tent (double occupancy). I do not furnish sleeping bags, waders or personal items.

Cooking and eating is done in a screen house. A hot water shower and privacy shower stall will be available at all times. The potty has its own special tent for privacy.

Guide Trip Equipment List


The chart below shows the dates the Lower Deschutes is closed to motorboats.



The chart below shows the best fishing months. Darker colors signify better fishing.