Central Oregon born and raised, Cory is working on his second decade of guiding the local rivers (Deschutes, Owyhee, and the John Day). Now residing in Bend, OR, Cory spends the majority of his winters fishing and improving steelhead habitat working for the Oregon Fish and Wildlife’s Trout Creek Project. A self-described “dry-fly nut,” Cory has a nose for rising fish and a knack for finding new spots where trout like to take a deftly-placed fly.
When the Deschutes season finally winds down, Cory shifts gears and goes to work for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. So really it is back to the river. Spring and winter he operates the smolt and adult steelhead trap on Trout Creek and helps with Red Band Rainbow Trout counts. This on-the-ground habitat work helps the future of the Deschutes fishery and brings him full circle on his love and quest for steelhead knowledge.
Come experience a day you will never forget with your fun and experienced guide Cory. Enjoy the majestic scenery and hard fighting rainbows as you float through the amazing high desert canyon stopping to get out an wade one of Oregon's most famous rivers, the mighty Deschutes! Cory can fit 3 people in his drift boat, so going up to a fourth person will require another guide, which he will happily provide from his team of outstanding piers! While fly fishing is usually a finesse game, being gentle and tactical is not necessary on the Deschutes! Instead Cory likes to slap a big fly hard on the water and wait for the thrilling top water strike! While the Salmon fly hatch usually runs from mid-May through EARLY-June, don’t limit your trout fishing trip to this time frame, as there are many other great hatches on the Deschutes to take advantage of as well. The river flows straight north through the high desert from Pelton Dam – which creates a classic tailwater fishery. The Deschutes runs hard and cold all year long, and this creates a multitude of insect life for its native trout to feed on. The most famous of all Deschutes Hatches is the famed Salmon fly hatch. These big bugs can top 2 inches in length and the biggest lunkers in the river are all looking up when the big bugs are on the water. They actually cannot stop eating them! Read More
This was our first guided fly fishing trip and it was a blast. Cory is a great instructor. Very positive and encouraging. We had a wonderful day on the water.
We can't express how great of an experience the Owyhee River trip is with Cory. This was our second trip out with Cory and will not be our last. This is a hidden gem tucked into this gorgeous valley and is a truly special spot. It offers such a variety of fishing - from streamers to dries, with big browns and feisty rainbows. Cory runs a great operation with fantastic food, comradery, and amazing fishing! He's one of the best guides not only to hang with and talk to for the day, but his knowledge of the Owyhee is unparalleled. HIGHLY recommend this trip - thanks Cory! …
This was our first guided fly fishing trip and it was a blast. Cory is a great instructor. Very positive and encouraging. We had a wonderful day on the water
I'm fortunate to get out on a number of annual outdoor adventures and my trip with Cory and team is one of my absolute favorites. Fishing hasn't been a big part of my past but even after our initial few hours on the water I was landing trout and having an absolute blast. Between the camaraderie, the education, the beauty of the river and the constant success of landing fish it's become one of my favorite events of the year. Would strongly recommend to those who are avid fisherman and would equally recommend to anyone who needs to create a new adventure where you can learn a new sport while also being a part of something so peaceful. …
Rainbow Trout, Steelhead
3286 NE Jonahs Ct Bend, OR 97701 | Bodies of water fished: Deschutes River