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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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

Umatilla River

IMG_0805This time I put my trust in my brother in law to lead me to fish, as this was my first time fishing in Eastern Oregon and I didn’t really know what to expect. As of this post it’s August, so the water was low all around, and even the lower section of the river below 3 Mile Dam was barely over knee deep. We were probably a mile from the mouth, and who knows how many miles from the next accessible spot upstream. Continue reading

Metolius River

IMG_0582For Father’s Day the old man and I went out to explore the Metolius, an easy drive from their place. Like all the other rivers in the blog so far, I’ve been to the Metolius before. I still think it’s the most beautiful river I’ve ever fished. The spring-fed water is clear and blue and cold, and although the trees make back casting a fly rod difficult, they frame it beautifully. Continue reading

North Fork Reservoir

1506145NorthForkReservoirThe North Fork Reservoir was recommended to me on the iFish forum as a spot with some decent bank angling for trout. I keep being drawn back to the Clackamas area; I don’t know if it is the proximity, or the lure of big fish, even though I have yet to ever land a fish on this river. Continue reading