North Fork Santiam – Detroit to Marion Forks

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Highway 22 traces the North Fork Santiam from Salem to the Santiam Pass for close to 60 miles. The river below Big Cliff Dam is home to salmon, steelhead and trout. I focused on the 15-mile stretch between the head of Detroit Reservoir and the Marion Forks Hatchery. Continue reading

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Kilchis River

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About equidistant from Portland as the Trask, the Kilchis flows into Tillamook bay just north of the Wilson, and is one of two rivers with a run of chum salmon (C&R only). It’s a short river, and the only bank access starts above the “logger bridge” and fee parking lot. This is definitely the hot spot on the river where the majority of anglers congregate. Continue reading

Deschutes River at Mecca Flats

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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

Eagle Creek

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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