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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-21-2015, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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I`ll be in Happy Valley/Clackamas for Dec 30-jan2
I`ve heard there can be a steelhead/salmon run that time of year,any suggestions for access to swing fly? Is it worth it to fish?
What fly shop would you suggest to call ahead of time
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Royal Treatment is a fly shop in West Linn that can get you squared away if needed. It might be on the early side, but there might be some steelhead around. Nothing really doing on the Sslmon front.

There's a little water to swing in Riverside park, and more as well at Barton Park. Lots of people fish McIver park too.

Another relatively close option would be the Sandy. It'll be early for Steelhead there too, but you can find some swing water in and around Oxbow park.
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Great ! Thanks for the info,sounds like just enough water to work for a few hours ( trying to sneak away, while everyone sleeps),The sandy is too far,and I hear its best in feb/March/early april)
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Great ! Thanks for the info,sounds like just enough water to work for a few hours ( trying to sneak away, while everyone sleeps),The sandy is too far,and I hear its best in feb/March/early april)
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thanks- just being on a different river is good,new sights,and possibilites !
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The Clackamas is very close to Happy Valley and the Sandy is pretty close as well. it's always worth fishing if river conditions are right. But, it's a roll of the dice to plan ahead in the winter. Rivers could be blown at flood stage or very low, cold and clear. It could be said that both rivers fish best from Feb. on because that is when the bulk of the wild fish and broodstock hatchery fish return. Niether river gets the early big run of hatchery fish as they historically did. However, some winter fish will always be moving after a freshet. The Clackamas has the most bank access and as mentioned at the parks. The guys at Northwest Flyfishing Outfitters are also in the know about winter steelheading in the area. Good luck...
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Great info- thanks
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PM me and we can connect, I live on the Clack and will start swinging about that time. Most likely a jet boat trip out of Barton but may float depending on levels.
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Thanks for the info,I`am not fishing this time,as the trip was cut short-but I`ll be back in feb for sure,I`ll contact you before,and thanks
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