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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-17-2013, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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PNW roadtrip advice for second week of Sept.

Im headed out to Salem, Oregon second week of Sept. and I was hoping to get a little advice for swinging a fly..

Ill be passing the Clearwater, I saw they have some steelhead in already. Is it worth pissing off the Girlfriend to stop and swing a fly for a bit??

Ill be then traveling along the Columbia down to Portland and Salem..

Where can I go chase some salmon or steelhead? hopefully somewhere that will have some decent fish in. I figured the usual suspects; Clacka and Sandy would be worth a swing, anywhere a little more out of the way? Lower Deschutes or Mckenzie?

I keep secrets very well!! Plus Ill owe if anyone comes out to Montana, swing up some fall browns.


I may do some surf casting for perch with the spey if all else fails...

I appreciate any help offered!
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You're asking about doing some fishing on the way out, so what does your girlfriend's opinion have to do with any of this?

Sure, hit the Clearwater for a bit. You need a road break anyway. And you're going to drive over the Deschutes whether you stop to fish it or not. So why wouldn't you?

Don't do something you'll regret and drive by all that beautiful water without fishing it. God ain't making any more steelhead rivers. New girls are born every day. Keep things in perspective.

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Haha very good points... but my lady is gonna be a CEO of wells Fargo one day, I gotta hold onto this one if I don't ever wanna work. Haha

Anyways... the main reason i would pass up on a river is basically time constraint, I'd like to fish rivers with chrome or salmon running, only because we have big trout at home and no sea run fish.

ThNks for help though, appreciated!

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At that time of the year the Deschutes would get my vote. Foot access (to my understanding) at the mouth of the river is pretty limited but BLM has a great river map that you can print out 'on line.'

The 'whole' map is very detailed as to access, etc.




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As of Saturday Aug 17th, 146,027 steelhead have swam past Bonneville Dam in 2013. Right now is the peak of the steelhead migration on the Columbia River. If there is any other river in the world with anything close to those numbers I have no idea where it is.
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Wow that's good news. I'll see how many hours I can get in. Try to make Wednesday all about it. Thanks again for the help!

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If you're in Salem, you're less than 3 hours from the North Umpqua.

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As of Saturday Aug 17th, 146,027 steelhead have swam past Bonneville Dam in 2013. Right now is the peak of the steelhead migration on the Columbia River. If there is any other river in the world with anything close to those numbers I have no idea where it is.
Those numbers are very small when you try to divy them up between Columbia & Snake Tribs with reasonably fishable water. The Deschutes is likely a best bet wrt your time-frame and travel plans.
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Thumbs up I agree with KR.

Fishing the fly only section of the NU is a life event (Bucket List) but where your headed back, this is not a 'day trip.' The bottom end of the Deschutes is where a hell of lot of fish pull in if the Columbia water is warm to get a cooling off before heading further up stream.

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You're asking about doing some fishing on the way out, so what does your girlfriend's opinion have to do with any of this?

Sure, hit the Clearwater for a bit. You need a road break anyway. And you're going to drive over the Deschutes whether you stop to fish it or not. So why wouldn't you?

Don't do something you'll regret and drive by all that beautiful water without fishing it. God ain't making any more steelhead rivers. New girls are born every day. Keep things in perspective.

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skip the clearwater and go right to the deschutes. best chance of hooking bright chrome!!!
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Love these words

God ain't making any more steelhead rivers. New girls are born every day.
Sg[/QUOTE]

this needs to be copyrighted, mr cassidy (jack's buddy)
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Wink True, but ....

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this needs to be copyrighted, mr cassidy (jack's buddy)[/QUOTE]

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I second ringle's advice....deschutes,deschutes, deschutes !
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