Welcome Casey; and surprise! You get to buy more equipment and flies, and materials, and Oh my! When you say "desert" I don't think of Bend, OR. I grew up on the east side of Rockies, so desert is AZ, CA Sierras, NM, and CO. WA east of Cascades to Moses Lake (Ritzville) is almost desert. Where you are is close to a niche desert, Sequim at 10-inches I think; and just a jump from the Ho Rain Forest at 400. This is a crazy place.