Thanks, Juro. Hope some of the information proves helpful.
Right now is really the cusp of the great fishing. For the past several years, the best Deschutes steelheading has been in September. The fish are moving past The Dalles dam at better than 2,000 per day, always a good sign, so the up-river migration is in full swing.
Best places now are anyplace you can get to. On the lower river, walk in to Wagenblast, Cottonwood (basalt breaks just below Colorado Rapid), Blackberry, Kloan. Fish down the Access Road to Macks Canyon. The fishing will start to get good above Shearars Falls now, too. Unfortunately, the best fishing along the road between Maupin and the Locked Gate is on the west bank of the river, so you need a small inflatable, or some other means of gaining access to that bank. There is some fishing on the east bank, particularly if you're willing to walk.
A September convergence is a possibility, although the Kalama is another good bet.
Cheers and Petri Dish,
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