October 8, 2021
Chasing steelhead with a fly in Oregon’s high-desert rivers in fall is the stuff most fly-fishers’ dreams are made of. The Deschutes River in particular is a hotbed — there’s even a famed steelhead run named for it. There’s the allure of the canyon walls, the brisk fall air and the smell of sagebrush. The experience isn’t complete without the sounds of high-desert chukar birds and turkeys flushing out of the bushes and the sight of bighorn sheep scrambling down the canyon walls. But the...
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