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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-24-2016, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Sept 2016 Oregon &Washington loop?

Plan so far is to enter Oregon from Idaho on I84, and spend the month of Sept. spey fishing for steelhead in Oregon and Washington. We'll be pulling a 30' fifth wheel. Returning to Idaho in Oct.

Our only musts: Cannon Beach, and see brother in Seatle.

Would appreciate suggestions on itinerary - route and destinations, where, when and how long. If you were making a loop for steelhead in Wash. and Ore. where would you go?

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I don't know much about Washington, but you could probably spend your entire time fishing the Deschutes in September. That's where I'll be!
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I don't often fish Washington, so I can't comment on that except to check the closures they announced earlier this year. In Oregon I'd start on the Deschutes, then head south to the North Umpqua and/or Rogue. After that head to the coast and head up hwy 101 to Cannon Beach, maybe stoppng at the occasional coastal river that has summer run fish, searun cutts, or early salmon returns. Then I'd head up to the Olympic Peninsula before heading to Seattle. On the way back maybe hit the Clearwater or Grand Ronde.
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For the Deschutes and towing a 30 footer, you'll be limited to the state park at the mouth (where I haven't fished or camped) and the area around Maupin. Turn off I-84 at The Dalles and head south to Maupin. For campgrounds, there's the city park just across the bridge and downstream from town; there are a couple of BLM campgrounds off the paved road upstream and downstream from Maupin where you could fit a 30 footer. No hookups (or even water) at those, but they are also cheaper. You can get water in town if you bring a couple of jugs to fill.

I doubt you'll want to take the trailer off the pavement in either direction, although if you don't mind extreme washboard road you could find a spot to fit your 30 footer in a couple of the campgrounds downstream of Sherars Falls. I won't take my 21-footer down that road, as tempting as the river is down there. Check it out without the trailer first.
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For the Deschutes and towing a 30 footer, you'll be limited to the state park at the mouth (where I haven't fished or camped) and the area around Maupin. Turn off I-84 at The Dalles and head south to Maupin. For campgrounds, there's the city park just across the bridge and downstream from town; there are a couple of BLM campgrounds off the paved road upstream and downstream from Maupin where you could fit a 30 footer. No hookups (or even water) at those, but they are also cheaper. You can get water in town if you bring a couple of jugs to fill.

I doubt you'll want to take the trailer off the pavement in either direction, although if you don't mind extreme washboard road you could find a spot to fit your 30 footer in a couple of the campgrounds downstream of Sherars Falls. I won't take my 21-footer down that road, as tempting as the river is down there. Check it out without the trailer first.
Park the trailer (GET RESERVATIONS!!!!!!) in Maupin! The road(s) from there down river are well maintained by BLM, but these are not a place I'd want to pull my unit. And you'd really have no place to park/turn around if memory serves.
That said, less than a half mile from the RV Park is the road that heads down the east side of the river so no big deal.

As for scheduling your coastal trip this is going to be one heck of a long drive in both miles and hours ... Plan Ahead.

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Especially because the trip begins in Southern Florida, and final stop on the way back is pheasant hunting in South Dakota.

Last year we did 2 1/2 months and 10,00 miles up the East coast to Maine from Florida after selling our place in Montana.

We're planning 4 months this time. Gotta find ways to keep my wife entertained. She's a good sport. Before the fifth wheel we had a pick up camper for 13 years. We spent a total of 3 1/2 of those years in the camper. Longest trip was 7 weeks, Montana to Alaska & back.
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Your getting some sage advice...I like Peteo's suggestions. Shoot, I wanna join.

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Especially because the trip begins in Southern Florida, and final stop on the way back is pheasant hunting in South Dakota.

Last year we did 2 1/2 months and 10,00 miles up the East coast to Maine from Florida after selling our place in Montana.

We're planning 4 months this time. Gotta find ways to keep my wife entertained. She's a good sport. Before the fifth wheel we had a pick up camper for 13 years. We spent a total of 3 1/2 of those years in the camper. Longest trip was 7 weeks, Montana to Alaska & back.
Sounds like a heck of a fun trip. Only thing I've found is the 'limited space' takes some 'adjustment' as you can't bring all your toys with you. I started out with a 17' fifth wheel when the kids were very young, then to a 24 foot ... then dropped the dime and got a 33' motor home (all the toys, bells and whistles). Now a 33' foot and I, and dog(s) just rattle around in the place. Actually lived in it for close to 8 months very-very comfortable.

Only thing to remember is you have to 'pick up' after yourself; no 'I'll do it later' stuff!




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Then there was the time back in '72 when my brother and I took 6 months and a VW Van from Frankfurt Germany south across the Sahara to Kilimanjaro (before the Paris - Dakar had been dreamed up). Tried trout fishing on Mt. Kenya. But had better luck spear fishing from a beach south of Mombasa for a couple months.
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Prime time to pick up coho with bait fish patterns from the beach, both in Washington and Oregon...but you just mention steelhead.
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Please tell me more. I know nothing of beach fishing for salmon. I've trolled for salmon in Lake Michigan and Alaska. But never taken one on a fly rod.
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I don't know much about Puget Sound but at the mouth of the Columbia the coho run close to shore along the Oregon side (Fort Steven's State Park) and we pick them up with clouser/baitfish patterns. This coming run is not projected to be very good but I think it is a lot of fun, and quite a bit different than steelhead fishing. I think Puget Sound is really similar, I just don't know where exactly to go.

We catch fall chinook off the beach as well, but with spinners. They tend to run just a bit further out than the coho.
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