Property in OR
I'm from OH and have been researching for awhile, and after a recent trip to Deschutes, I've decided I'm going to pull the trigger on property in OR. Question is now, where will that be?
Really love Deschutes (btw, if you haven't been out to see John and Amy Hazel at Deschutes Angler yet, you gotta go...great folks), but Maupin is a kinda slim pickings re: real estate. However, I don't mind the drive if located a bit more to the west. I really loved it out there and would probably say it's my first choice. Although, honestly speaking, that may be due to fact that I've never fished Rogue or Umpqua yet.
I have also been looking at Gold Beach area on Rogue as well as Glide/Roseburg area on Umpqua. Both were very highly recommended. Problem is, I've never been to either location in person and although I will obviously visit before purchasing anything, I'd rather try to focus my current search to particular areas.
Also open to any other areas, such as Mt. Hood, for a more central location.
I'm always going to be fishing for steelhead first before anything else whenever possible. So that would be my priority as far as fishing is concerned. That being said, I'm also just looking for a vacation home area (either to build or to buy existing) that I can possibly rent out as well...something in a good neighborhood that is in close proximity to fishing/river recreation.
So I guess I would like to pick your brains and see what kind of transition it is coming into the different areas as a newcomer: Deschutes v. Rogue v. Umpqua. Are there any areas you recommend I focus on or if you have some personal opinions based on experience, I'd be all ears to hear them. Just interested in hearing what people have to say.
Little info about me...I have zero drift or jet boat operation experience, although I'm certainly banking on learning and am fine with purchasing whatever set up suits the water best. Just in case this plays a role into choice of location and adjustment period.
This is a big investment, so I'm just trying to get as much insight as I possibly can from those that fish this water regularly.
Thanks in advance.