Having fished the Hood a handful of times, you have received all of the information that there is to give. It is a small river with not a lot of bank access and few fish. You have already been given information on the best access point. If you are looking for alternatives, the Sandy is a bit of a drive, but has plenty of access and a lot more fish.
I realize that you apologized, but your throwing out a lot of negativity when people were genuinely trying to help you...
I say again, you have received all of the information that is fit to print.
Ok thanks for the suggestion there. The Sandy is not that far from Hood river, so if that would be a more likely option I'd be fine with the drive. I was a bit concerned about crowds, being so close to Portland I sort of guessed that it might be a bit of a zoo?
Sounds like I could easily busy myself for a bit hiking along the Hood, and probably be a happy camper, or head to the Sandy for what sounds like a bit better chance at some hook ups. Either way that's what I was originally hoping to find out, just some options/comparisons for what might be available that time of year up there.
As for negativity, I really didn't intend to dump any negativity into the mix, and I recognize that my one post was made in great haste out of frustration (mostly unrelated to this thread). That's why I DID apologize. I know some very specific tips were offered; and appreciated.
Perhaps I wasn't the clearest in my original post, but I was really looking more for suggested options in the vicinity (the rivers I listed were just my own guesses). I don't really know the seasons, or current state of runs, or crowding, access, favorable water levels, etc on any of the rivers up there. It seems the thread got a bit stuck in debating the merits of the Hood itself and thus left my original questions mostly unanswered. Although I did get a lot more info about the Hood itself than I had expected (thank you all for that beta).
To everyone who gave their specific suggestions and those who gave kind offers to fish THANK YOU :-)