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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-03-2009, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Oregon Help...where to go in March!!!

Alrighty gents, I am in a pleasant perdiciment. I have 3 - 4 days of fiishing (starting around the March 22) to do around the Albany, OR area. My problem: I seem to have picked a transitional phase in the runs.

I was thinking, N. Umpqua, N. Santiam, Alsea, Siuslaw, but I am unsure of where to put my eggs (1 or 2 baskets).

This is also an open invite to join up w/ some fellow SpeyClave folk for lying and tying!

We don't have access to a boat, so we'll be hoofing it as usual. If you are interested in joining us for a 1/2 day or so, you are welcome to eat and drink with us!

Thanks for any and all the help you can give!!!

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By the end of March there should be decent numbers of winter steelhead in the North Santiam. One option would be under the Stayton bridge. It is not too far from Albany and sets up pretty well for flyfishing. On the lower river, there is a rest stop where I-5 crosses the Santiam. Just below the bridge is a nice run. There are plenty of other access points along the river upstream from Stayton. It just kind of depends on how far up the fish are.

I would also take a hard look at the Siletz or Nestucca although both are better fished from a boat.
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Thanks Coov, I have heard that the Siuislaw is a good option, unfortunatly along w/ the Nestucca, are out of my access.

All in all, I think that our problem is a good one. Now to narrow down the options and possibly find some fishing partners in the area.

Open invite for all!!! You can leave your honey holes at home along with your Silver Bullet patterns, all we are looking for is some good conversation, tips on casting the long rods, and to kill a couple cold ones.

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You might want to get a couple of options based on current conditions.
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The winter SH run at this point, isn't looking too hot, although we have had a lot of low water in the past few weeks; there are less than 500 counted over Willamette Falls when I checked earlier this evening. You can track the counts online by searching Willamette falls fish passage report. We guestimate it takes about 10 days for the fish to reach the town of Jefferson after crossing the falls, assuming fairly normal flows and water temperature. Jefferson is roughly a mile below the forks of the N and S Santiams. Should a spike in the number of fish crossing the falls happen before you get here, and I sure hope it does, this might help in deciding where in the river to try and target the biggest concentration of swimmers.
If we are't looking at 100 + fish/day crossing the falls in the next month, then the Siletz might be worth the extra 45 minutes in the rig.... Best wishes SS
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