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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-27-2015, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Early December in Oregon

Looks like I may be down in the Portland area (Wilsonville) for a conference in early December. I will try to take a couple extra days on the back end of this trip to swing for steel. Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated. Just a quick look at Google maps tells me there is lots of water around, even a few rivers I have heard of.

Thanks in advance for any feedback here or via PM. Also if anyone wants to meet up I would be into it. Be it for a microbrew or to swing a couple runs.


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Willamette Valley - or the coast

Living in Portland, I prefer the valley rivers (the Sandy, Clackamas, and North and South Santiams), but the coastal rivers are pretty interesting. I'm not experienced enough with the coastal rivers to make a suggestion, but both the Sandy and the Clack generally fish well in December. We tend to go where the conditions are best. The coastal streams respond fastest to rain events, but also recover very fast. If it is raining a lot, try the valley rivers. If it has rained recently but let up for 24-48 hours, the coastal streams would be prime. So my advise is to leave your venue open until you arrive - then call the shops and get the lo down.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-28-2015, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I will keep my options open for sure will just be DIY walk and wading it as this is mostly a work trip. My guess is once I am done a few days there I will be wishing I was a dual citizen.
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The Santiam's will be pretty void of fish in December. I wouldn't spend my time there. I would look to the Portland area or the coast.
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Thumbs up Bit of a drive ...

Checto River SW Oregon. Other Coastal Oregon river's someone with experience will have to get the 'nod' from others. December's the top end for Steelhead fishing at that time of the year. Ditto the bottom end of the Rogue River. Both places have a tonne of walk in public access. Too early for the upper Rogue.

Another easy option are the river's in southern Washington that flow into the Columbia River. Run timing I can't help but I've found both the Washington/Oregon Fish and Game Dept's are most free with 'who/what/where/when.


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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-29-2015, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys lots of options it sounds like a great place to be a fisherman. I have not been there in ten years and remember it fondly can't wait to be back.
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Maybe the North Ump will have some fish in the river at this time a bit early but still the possibility.

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