North Fork Trask


Author’s note: This is a belated post. The North Fork Trask closes March 31. Be sure to check your regs!

The Trask quickly became my favorite river of 2017. I’ve seen, hooked, and landed more steelhead on this river in the past four months than ever before. 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


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


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


Upper Wilson River

img_0860I went to my first NW Steelheaders meeting a few weeks ago where I got a tip from two Fish & Wildlife biologists about steelhead counts on coastal rivers. One of them told me about how they’d counted 125 steelhead in one pool on the upper Wilson, so I had to check it out. Continue reading