The Clackamas River is a Spey casters paradise! It is home to some of the most classic swinging water in the state. Around the turn of the 20th century, the Clackamas River was called the "crown jewel" of all of the Columbia River drainages. It still has strong runs of both Winter and Summer Steelhead as well as the opportunity to hook into a chrome-bright Spring Chinook in the spring and early summer. This river is a "must fish" for the spey casting enthusiast.
We will meet at Barton Park and float from McIver Park to Barton Park. A gourmet lunch, coffee, soft drinks and water will be provided. Alcoholic beverages are not provided, but you may bring them if you desire. We also provide you with any fishing equipment that you might need, incuding waders and boots.
The North Santiam River is a favorite choice of our guide Cullen Whisenhunt. Growing up in Stayton, Oregon, he cut his teeth on this river. The North Santiam offers a unique opportunity to fish for an exclusively wild stock of winter steelhead. Summer steelhead of the hatchery origin show up in early spring to provide lots of opportunity to see your backing!
The North Santiam flows from the western edge of the Cascade range, and travel over 60 miles eventually dumping into the Willamette River south of Salem, Oregon. This river is a favorite among steelheaders. Steelhead can be found in this river year-round below Big Cliff Dam. The wild winter steelhead start entering the Santiam river in December and can be found through May. The summer hatchery generated steelhead run starts in May with the best fishing from late June through July.
The Sandy River originates on the slopes of Mt. Hood, located just east of Portland, Oregon. From there the river flows due west through the villages of Zig-Zag, Welches and into the town of Sandy, then turns north to enter the Columbia River near Troutdale. The Sandy River, though still a guarded secret among fly fishing enthusiasts, offers some of the best year-round steelheading in the region. However, it is best known for its powerful winter steelhead returns.
Located just 20 minuets from Portland, the Sandy River is a real gem. Floating the designated wild and scenic section through the beautiful canyon is worth the trip alone. Throw in steelhead that average 10-12lbs and you have a truly special fishery. We will meet in the town of Sandy. From there we will float from Dodge Park to Oxbow Park. The Sandy River is a very special fishery that should be on every steelheader’s list. We will provide a gourmet lunch, coffee, soft drinks and water. Alcoholic beverages are not provided, but you may bring them if you desire. We also provide you with any fishing equipment that you might need, including waders and boots.