CENTRAL OREGON AND THE DESCHUTES with
When we think of Oregon, the question comes down to - should we drive, or should we fly? There is no doubt that either will lead to excellent and very diverse fly fishing options. From coastal steelhead, to hidden bass lakes and outstanding trout fishing, our neighbor to the North has it all. Our guide for February’s presentation is a newcomer to the So Cal speaker circuit. His program will cover Central Oregon and the Lower Deschutes.
Griff Marshall is a lifelong angler living in Bend, Oregon where he has been a fly-fishing guide for the last twelve years. Eight of those years were spent managing the biggest guide service in the state, working on all the local rivers and lakes of Central Oregon. During that time, he developed the knowledge and understanding of these fisheries few have. He now owns and runs Griff Marshall Outdoors. His primary river is the wild and scenic Lower Deschutes, specializing in daytrips and multi-day camping adventures.
He has written the fly-fishing books, The Middle Fork-Trout Tales and My Mistress Whispers and Roars-First and Second Editions.
His passion for fishing began as a boy along the shores of San Francisco Bay. In his late teens he was properly exposed to the poetic beauty of fly fishing on one of the lakes near his home. A week later he purchased a just-add-water Cortland 6wt fly rod, a handful of flies and was on his way. The next 15 years are a blur of trips to every stream and river of the Sierra Nevada, up and down the Rockies, Vermont, Patagonia––anywhere there might be trout to fool. Somewhere in there he had his first kid, Jasper Trout. A girl would have been named Sierra Trout. An obvious sickness had descended!
When he discovered Trout Country in Northern California all sane bets were off. He feverishly fished Hat Creek, the Fall, Pit, McCloud, and Upper Sacramento Rivers. He had created a job in the film industry that allowed for lots of time off. That time was used to locate, seduce and capture trout. He started fishing bamboo, tying all his own bugs, living from the back of a series of abused pick-up trucks, and becoming an anti-social, fly-fishing freak. In retrospect, it was a quest well worth taking. He highly recommends it.
Griff arrived in Bend in 2010, his second wife and newborn daughter in tow. He’s since lost count of days on the rivers and lakes of Central Oregon, feeling that perhaps this is where he should have been all along.
He is always happy to discuss the fly-fishing options in Oregon. Anyone interested can reach out to 541-480-4280 or firstname.lastname@example.org