Upper McKenzie River


The fly fisher’s dream! This river is talked about in just about every fly fishing book, and even has a boat named after it. I went to U of O, and although I’d already started fishing, didn’t realize I had so many great fishing rivers so close at hand. Continue reading


Bull Run River

IMG_0123This is going to be a short post, because there really isn’t a whole lot to say. I was lured to the Bull Run River with promises of being able to keep up to five hatchery trout, and it is open for salmon and steelhead too. Continue reading

The Upper Sandy


The Sandy is one of the easiest rivers to access from Portland; only a 30 minute drive out to the mouth at Troutdale. There’s plenty of bank access on the lower river: Lewis & Clark, Dabney and Oxbow, as well as a few pullouts along the highway. I thought I’d try my luck further up the river as it’s getting later in the winter steelhead season and the fish should be spread throughout. Continue reading


Eagle Creek


I’ve often hit Eagle Creek at Bonnie Lure Park and bushwhacked my way down to the Clackamas, but I’ve never caught a fish here. Fishing in Oregon said the upper creek runs through mostly private property, and for years I’d never ventured higher. Last spring I spent a morning around Eagle Fern Park, but again, no success. Continue reading


North Fork Reservoir

1506145NorthForkReservoirThe North Fork Reservoir was recommended to me on the iFish forum as a spot with some decent bank angling for trout. I keep being drawn back to the Clackamas area; I don’t know if it is the proximity, or the lure of big fish, even though I have yet to ever land a fish on this river. Continue reading


Sandy River

1506026SandyThe Sandy is probably the easiest river to access from Portland. I started downstream outside Troutdale where the river flows under some very neat steel bridges beside the old Hwy 30 on its way to the Columbia. I made my first stop under one of these, but was quickly joined by three other fisherman. Continue reading


Hagg Lake

1505271HaggLakeMemorial Day weekend is when everyone and their dog heads out to “enjoy nature”. Having tried to go out during this three-day crazyfest in years past, I know that “enjoying nature” is generally defined as consuming excessive amounts of light beer, blasting country music from anything with speakers and using the outdoors as one’s personal Continue reading