The Deschutes River Steelhead Camp, Sept 14-16 & 16-18 2020

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If you are like me you’re ready to stop thinking about catching Covid 19 and start catching steelhead.

If you are concerned about the current situation spilling over to Sept, skip to the end of this article and read the cancelations section.

Sept 14-16 & 16-18 2020

The Deschutes Steelhead Camp, operated by Jeff Hickman’s Deschutes Steelhead Adventures, is one of our most popular trips. The cost for this 3 day session is $2200 / $3850 for 6 nights, and includes guided fishing, instruction, lodging and chef-prepared meals.

The Deschutes steelhead camp is a blast. Jeff’s operations, both here in the states and at his lodge in BC, have a fun mellow vibe. Just good times and good fishing, no attitude or pressure. The Deschutes is a beautiful river and has a fantastic steelhead run. We fish the lower river. The Deschutes is a major cold water tributary of the mid-Columbia, so steelhead bound for all of the rivers of the upper system stray into the lower Deschutes to take advantage of the cool oxygen rich water. You have a chance to catch steelhead that are headed for Idaho there.

The Deschutes is one of the best rivers anywhere to catch a steelhead on a floating line. Casting a dry line is a real pleasure, but when a big steelhead rockets up through eight feet of fast water to eat a small traditional fly, it’s anything but relaxing. The steep canyon walls offer us plenty of shaded water through the day to take advantage of the dry line bite, and even wake dry flies. It’s super fun fishing!

We run up river in jet boats to the campsite and use that as our base.

There are only a few outfitters licensed to run jet boats on the river. The jets give us the ability to access fresh water any time we like, which is huge. After we get settled in at camp and have a bite to eat, we hit the river and fish until dark. The next two days we start fishing before first light and fish until lunch. We return to camp for a hot lunch and a big nap, then head back out in the afternoon as the shadows fall on the river and fish until dark. Then we have a big dinner (the food is awesome) maybe a drink or two, and hit the sack. The last day we fish until lunch and head back to the boat ramp.

Jeff and his crew set the camp in advance. You arrive to a big stand-up tent with cots and sleeping pads. All you need to bring is a sleeping bag and pillow. There is a screened dining tent, a tent with a camp toilet and a shower tent. There is electricity from a bank of solar cells and batteries. It’s ridiculously nice. There are also ample public composting toilets along the river if you prefer those.

The river is beautiful and the stars at night are amazing. You can see the milky way clear as a bell. The water is beautiful. There are great steelhead runs everywhere you look and dramatic rapids. It’s fishing of course, so it’s dangerous to make promises, but it has always treated us right. We often get into fish within a couple of hours and there aren’t many steelhead rivers you can say that about. It is steelheading though and it’s about the experience, not the numbers. Even one wild steelhead makes a trip you’ll never forget.

We encourage beginners to join this trip.

There’s no better place to learn than the Deschutes and no better folks to learn from than Jeff and his guides. They say there are no guarantees in fishing but I feel confident in promising this: you will leave with new friends and a shared passion for steelhead. This trip is a real highlight in my fishing season. I hope you will be able to join me.

Drop me a line at to reserve your spot!


If guests are concerned about cancelation policy they can buy trip insurance using this link:  and choose the “cancel for any reason” option. This will fully protect them in the event they need to cancel. Here is what I have been communicating to guests:

We spoke with Global Rescue, our partners in travel insurance and emergency evacuation services to gain clarity of insurance that is covered in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is what we learned:

1. To get “Cancel for Any Reason” Insurance which is what you need if you are scared to travel despite lifting of travel restrictions, etc. you must purchase a policy within 20 DAYS OF PAYING YOUR DEPOSIT. This is a no questions asked policy where you can cancel for any reason and get 75% of your trip cost back.

2. Pricing Estimate is approximately this:

-If you are over 55 years of age, the policy costs approximately 10% of your total trip cost (including your flights to Portland, OR)

-If you are under 55 years of age, the policy costs approximately 6% of your total trip cost (including your flights to Portland, OR)

3. If you have a doctors note, or can’t travel due to restrictions, etc then you will get 100% of your trip cost back minus the policy cost.

4. If you aren’t comfortable flying despite the lifting of travel restrictions, etc then you will get 75% of your trip cost back minus the policy cost.

5. Here at Fish The Swing, if you purchase a cancel for any reason policy and aren’t able to make it, we will credit you the remainder of the 25% trip cost that the policy did not cover in the event that you aren’t comfortable making the trip.

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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