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Hell or High Water: Maximizing Winter Steelheading Success

Hell or High Water Jeremiah Houle Photos by Joey Houle                       Winter in the Pacific Northwest brings to mind towering trees and lush undergrowth, moist from massive storms that ripen over the Pacific. Rivers swell to unimaginable volumes during the short days of winter and drop almost as quickly as...
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By: Jeremiah Houle

McKenzie River

Starting from deep within the Lava Flows in the Cascade Range, this cold, gin-clear river cuts its way through ferns and towering evergreens. Wild rainbow trout are accompanied by hatchery rainbows which makes this a great river to turn fishing into catching! Recommended Rigs TROUT 9ft  4 - 6 weight fly rod Large arbor reel…
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By: Tye Krueger

Metolius River

The Metolius is as spectacular a river as one can imagine existing in the Pacific Northwest. Emanating from 2 clusters of springs near the base of Black Butte, the river winds some 28.6 miles through the Deschutes National Forest, until it empties into Lake Billy Chinook and ultimately the Deschutes River. Designated in 1988, as…
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By: Tye Krueger

Fall River

The Fall River is a crystal clear spring creek tributary of the Deschutes River lined with Lodgepole pine and lush green meadows. This barbless, fly fishing only river is an important contributor of high quality water to the Deschutes.  As with all spring creeks, the Fall River's flows are clear, cold, and steady as it flows…
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By: Tye Krueger