Sure it’s crowded, but scenic beauty and the chance to bag a five-trout limit lines ’em up on one of Oregon’s best trout streams. Unless you can get a driftboat, access is limited. On weekends, driftboats and rafters vie for space. You can cast worms or spinners, though you’re better off using flies when you’re fishing off a boat for rainbow trout April–October.
Anglers might want to book a trip with Helfrich Outfitters (541/741-1905 or 800/507-9889, www.helfrichoutfitter.com, full-day trip $350–375). Consult the Oregon Guides and Packers Directory for other local guides (531 SW 13th St., Bend 97702, 541/617-2876 or 800/747-9552, www.ogpa.org). The best pools tend to be west of Blue River, but it’s harder to get to them because of private landholdings.
Be sure to check for rules and regulations before you go fishing; the Department of Fish and Wildlife (503/947-6000, www.dfw.state.or.us) can give you the information you need.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel