Upper Nehalem River: Timber–Birkenfeld


It’s finally trout season in Oregon! Beyond lake fishing, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot available to the trout angler west of the Cascades. Most of the trout streams are in Central Oregon, but some good fun can be had chasing cutthroat in the coastal streams. Continue reading


North Fork Nehalem

img_0946-2After two unsuccessful days on big water, I decided to go back to my roots with smaller-stream fishing. The Big Nehalem was a bust for me this past summer, so I was a little apprehensive about it; too big and slow for my spinners, but the North Fork is a much smaller stream, and more to my liking. Continue reading

Nehalem Bay at Wheeler


We spent a few days out at the coast, so I thought I’d test out my bigger-water chops. This was the tail-end of the fall Coho run, and since my first steelhead last month, I’ve been itching to catch bigger fish. A tip pointed me toward the Wheeler dock, right in the center of the town along Hwy 101. 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