Deschutes River at Folly Waters

IMG_0791Coming over from the Willamette Valley, Central Oregon seems like an entirely separate state. It’s rocky and dry, and the pines and juniper make the whole region smell different too. It is much harsher than the valley, with sharp volcanic rocks, steep canyons, and of course, rattlesnakes. Continue reading


Trask River

IMG_0738Back out to the coast again! The Trask is the first new river since I’ve started keeping track. In August the water was very low, but there were still some pockets and riffles available holding fish. Sea-run cutthroat are supposed to be making their way up the river now, but all I ran across were residents—not that I’m complaining. Continue reading

Nehalem River

IMG_0711Part of the fun of fishing is exploring new places, and the drive out to the Nehalem from Portland is gorgeous. After Hwy 26, 53 is a twisty-turny 25 mph road that would be fun on a motorcycle. I decided to make a loop, and drove almost all the way out to the coast and swung up the river to fish my way back towards civilization. Continue reading