Siletz River


The Siletz flows out of the coast range between Salem and Corvallis and into the Pacific just south of Lincoln City. We were out at Newport for a long weekend, so I had to take a day to explore a new river! Continue reading


The Lower Salmonberry


This one is a little out of the way. The Salmonberry is a tributary of the Nehalem, and about 1.5 hours out of Portland off Hwy 26. The disaffected Old Tillamook Railroad runs from the coast almost into the city along the Salmonberry and the Nehalem. 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

Yes, we have no bananas

The “snowpocalypse” put fishing on hold for almost a month in Oregon as everything froze over, was covered in snow, then spent another week thawing and blowing out all the local rivers.  My cabin fever symptoms were somewhat assuaged by the arrival in the mail of Jed Davis’ Spinner Fishing for Steelhead, which I had time to read while stuck indoors. Continue reading

2016 Recap

I thought that it would be good to recap this year with everything good that has happened fishing wise. 2016 will probably go down as one of the weirdest years in our lifetime, but in spite of all the strange exterior happenings, it has been a very good year for me personally, professionally and anglingly. Continue reading

Deschutes River at Mecca Flats


The Central Oregon Thanksgiving fishing outing has become a tradition for the men in the family. Last year was the Fall River, and the year before the Crooked. This year we ventured down to Mecca Flats. Although summers have come and gone on the coast range, and winters are just about to come in, the fishing report said there were plenty of steelhead throughout the Deschutes. Continue reading