Our first stop after departing Portland was Camp Sherman, an outpost on the Metolius River, outside of Sisters, OR. We discovered this gem on our last trip and we were excited to return to the area.
The Metolius River is a designated Wild and Scenic River that is birthed from springs just above Camp Sherman, and runs at a steady 100 cfs or so constantly, with an average temp around 48 deg. This makes for an amazingly stable, chilly, and productive river = big, smart, well-fed fish. You know the odds aren’t in your favor when the first three people you encounter related to fishing the river note that it is an “expert fishery”. Even still, I bought my three day license and hooked a few fish, lost a few flies, and had a great time. I met a mysterious, wise-in-the-ways-of-the-river native american man one evening, and shamelessly asked for advice. Bud light and cigarette in hand, he looked as if he was done fishing for the day. He was beyond helpful and humorous, sharing his own disappointments and battles from years of trying his luck with these elusive bull trout. I walked away from that exchange and realized that I was actually fishing for ghosts. That took the pressure off.
Camp Sherman was supposed to be the launching point for Crater Lake and then Redwoods in California. We decided it was best for us to stay put for a week longer, skip Redwoods, and day trip to Crater instead.
Crater Lake was awesome in every way. It is a truly beautiful, natural wonder. It is hard to take your eyes off of it.
We settled in the Bend/Sunriver area for the next week or so, and took it easy. We kayaked on the Descheutes, and pretty much laid low. We thought about heading home at that point to take care of family issues, but decided instead to head on to Lake Tahoe.
We very much enjoyed our high desert time and know we will return.