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Deschutes Equipment List for Camp-out Trips

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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 not sell fishing licenses.
Oregon Fishing Licenses can be purchased online: Purchase License Online
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.
Pre-Travel Check List Some Thoughts On Wading Gear
Steelhead Flies (Nobody Beats Ours) No Garbage Bags Please!

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
(  ) 2     Long sleeve, fleece under wear shirts
(  ) 1pr. Wool/synthetic blend socks for each day
(  ) 2     long sleeve shirts
(  ) 4     White Hankies in zip-lock bags (for wiping glasses, etc)
(  ) 1pr. Camp Shoes 
(  ) 1     Fleece Jacket for lounging around camp
(  ) 1     Hat with bill. (might bring a spare)

Toilet Items
(  ) comb
(  ) soap
(  ) tooth brush
(  ) tooth paste
(  ) shampoo
(  ) conditioner
(  ) nail clipper
(  ) nail file
(  ) razor 
(  ) shaving cream
(  ) deodorant
Survival Items
(  ) 35 SPF Sun Block
(  ) 15 SPF Sun Block
(  ) Insect Repellent
(  ) Sewing Kit
(  ) Flash Light
Sun Glasses
(  ) 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    Bath Towel
In case it rains during transportation from the boat ramp to camp, bring your bedding in a waterproof roll-top bag. 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.

Entertainment Items

(  ) Digital Camera (  ) Memory Cards (  ) Batteries (  ) Charger/Cables
(  ) Video Camera (  ) Tape (  ) Batteries (  ) Charger/Cables
(  ) Magazines/Books
(  ) Binoculars
(  ) Munchies


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.
Wading Shoes
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 Tungsten-carbide Studs and/or Stare Cleats. 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 Freindly". No one knows more about the installation of traction devices than we do. We are walking on traction devices nearly every day. Have our Stud Service 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
How to Choose Steelhead Tackle
The following rod/reel combinations are offered as a check list:
(  ) 7 Weight Outfit (  ) Rod (  ) Reel (  ) Extra Spools
(  ) 8 Weight Outfit (  ) Rod (  ) Reel (  ) Extra Spools
(  ) 9 Weight Outfit (  ) Rod (  ) Reel (  ) Extra Spools
Fishing Accessories
(  ) Hook File
(  ) Nail Knot Tier
(  ) Leader Clipper
Reel / Line Maintenance Kit
(  ) Fly Line Cleaner & Pads
(  ) Spray Lube
(  ) Reel Oi
Leader & Tippet
Leaders will vary with fishing depth:
(  ) 4   9' 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.
Deschutes Steelhead Fly Starter Kit, Free Red Label Fly Box
This set contains all the flies you will need for your first Deschutes steelhead adventure of the coming season. These flies are of the highest quality you can buy, and they are in all the right sizes. Then they are perfectly organized in a durable fly box that fits in your shirt pocket. This set contains:

(3) Fly du Jours
(3) Golden Demons
(3) Green Butt Skunks
(3) Green Ants
(3) Purple Perils
(3) Surgeon Generals
Item Description   Price To Top
STARTER-DE  Deschutes Steelhead Starter Fly Set, With Free Red Label Fly Box 18-Flies $46.95

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