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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Wilson River

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I discovered the Wilson when I first moved to Portland and had set my sights on winter steelhead. With a buddy and no experience, I stubbornly crisscrossed it all winter chasing “the fish of a thousand casts”, to no avail. Cold and frustrated we gave up Continue reading