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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-15-2008, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Portland in Late Sept?

Business will take me out to Portland (Oregon) next week and I will get an afternoon/evening and the next morning off. I have never been out that way fishing and am trying to dig up some info on somewhere reasonably close in to fish, either with the two hander, or a regular fly rod (is this an "October Caddis" area?).

Have done some searching on Speypages and other online resources. Not after anyone's secret holes, just a place for someone from out of town could have some fun for an afternoon.

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several rivers close in. Clackamas, Sandy, Lewis, Kalama, Washougel, Hood. What days will you be fishing?
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Afternoon in Portland?
Clackamas River is your best bet.
Exit 10 off I 205 access to river from river walk trail.
Feldhiemer Road off Springwater road heading east down to the river, upstream and down from boat launch.
Sandy River
Dabney Park above and below to Stark St.
Oxbow park, look and you will see.
And a trip to the NW with time to spare the Kalama
head North of Portland 45 minutes on I5
Head up Klama River Road, river on your right.

An evening at the mouth the the Deschutes is worth the trip.
I 84 east 1.5 hours, river right and left from the boatlaunch or park up river. This place requires some walking and time.

Keep in mind Portland is full of crack heads, so lock your car and don't leave any valuables within
Got to love this place to stay here, however, a few less smack heads would be nice.

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Go to the Mouth of the D

At about an 1.5 hr ride from the airport is the mouth of the D and for my money and time that is by far and away your best bet. Don't bother with the stale fish (skamania) in the Clack or other local waters. If you have some time - a night and a morning go out to the real deal and Hike up and fish the lower D with all its fish and beautiful swinging h2o.

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Appreciate the help!

Thanks everyone for your replies.

Next weeks' trip will have me in Portland on Wed afternoon the 24th. I travel a good deal in my work and try to get to places I can fish in the summer. I wouldn't have even thought to try out the Portland area, but remembered I 'd seen someone on Speypages who fished out that way. (Ditto for Calgary..)

I generally make the first trip to a new place just for "reconaisssance", but sounds like it might be worth bringing a 2 hander out for this one. I will have to look up some of these rivers on Gogle Maps and figure out what kind of flies to bring along.

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All of those recommendations sound. However, I would call one of the guides for the Deschutes, like Deschutes Anglers, and see if they have an opening for a possible half day trip. This is prime time for summer runs on the D and you really need a boat to access a lot of the river.

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Don't worry about the crackheads either, i've never seen one. Portland is a great city, very safe and GREAT FOOD!
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Dornblaster has it nailed

As nice as some of the other rivers mentiond are, the steelhead are gonna be way up in the tribs by now. On the Sandy, for instance, Coho are the big thing now. And they are not known as great fly rod fish in this area as they are in Alaska.

The D, on the other hand, is lookin' good now. A guided day on the Deschutes, two hand rod, greased line, priceless! Bring some surface flies, and a few low water patterns.

Only thing to watch out for is the young braves on the reservation get restless now & then. And like to shoot arrows from the cliff tops. Study up on reading smoke signals. But don't worry too much about it. The guides are all savvy on that.

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