Upper Nehalem River: Timber–Birkenfeld

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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

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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

Nehalem Bay at Wheeler

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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

Necanicum River

img_0892We had a decent rainstorm last week, and from what I’d read, the Necanicum is supposed to clear faster and be fishable when the bigger rivers are still blown out. It’s a short river that runs along Hwy 26 out to Seaside. The Necanicum doesn’t offer a lot of access except for a few miles above and below Klootchy park. Continue reading