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Headed to Oregon this Winter- where to fish

Greetings all:

I have a relative in Salem Oregon and an invitation to come out for a visit this winter to fish. He hasn't done much Steelhead fishing, and so I'd like to treat him to a day of steelhead fishing with a local guide.

So here are the questions:
1. When would you recommend I go?
2. What river would you recommend?
3. Are you able to recommend a local walk / wade guide?

I know that the Willamette runs very close to his house, and I know that he fishes it. Thus, it would be nice, I think, to give him some exposure to a different river, if that makes sense.

Many thanks,

Jim

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Greetings all:

I have a relative in Salem Oregon and an invitation to come out for a visit this winter to fish. He hasn't done much Steelhead fishing, and so I'd like to treat him to a day of steelhead fishing with a local guide.

So here are the questions:
1. When would you recommend I go?
2. What river would you recommend?
3. Are you able to recommend a local walk / wade guide?

I know that the Willamette runs very close to his house, and I know that he fishes it. Thus, it would be nice, I think, to give him some exposure to a different river, if that makes sense.

Many thanks,

Jim
John Larison is a guide who lives in Corvallis area, not far from Salem. John is a great and very fishy guy. I would highly recommend him for a day on the river. He has a lot of different options for rivers that he fishes. Definitely worth a call to talk to him, 541-250-2437. I got to fish with him a day last year and he is just a great guy to spend a day with as well.
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Santiam, North Umpqua or a handful of coastal streams. The guide should have a better idea of whats hot. It may also depend if you want to wade or ride in a boat...
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I second the Larison vote. You will have a great day on a coastal river and learn as much as you want. Might even catch a steelhead.
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It depends on what time of year, January is on of the best months on the Upper Rogue. I would take a boat if it were you as you could do both wade and boat fishing. just my 2 cents
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My $.02

The upper rouge is a fur piece from Salem. Medford at approx river mile 130, the bulk of our winter fish are not here yet in January. Could be someone trying to toot their own horn?

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The upper rouge is a fur piece from Salem. Medford at approx river mile 130, the bulk of our winter fish are not here yet in January. Could be someone trying to toot their own horn?
JD, your missin out if your not fishing January, and they aint winters. or Kelts, just sayin

I catch more fish in January than May, all you gotta do is watch when the ODFW returns fish to the river.
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all you gotta do is watch when the ODFW returns fish to the river.
Seriously?
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Greetings all:

I have a relative in Salem Oregon and an invitation to come out for a visit this winter to fish. He hasn't done much Steelhead fishing, and so I'd like to treat him to a day of steelhead fishing with a local guide.

So here are the questions:
1. When would you recommend I go?
2. What river would you recommend?
3. Are you able to recommend a local walk / wade guide?

I know that the Willamette runs very close to his house, and I know that he fishes it. Thus, it would be nice, I think, to give him some exposure to a different river, if that makes sense.

Many thanks,

Jim
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Heard a blurb on the radio this morning ... Hatchery is over run with too many fish. Dumped them in a re-tread truck and plopped hundred's of them back in the river at Tou Velle.




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Ya there are more hatchery fish then fishermen. Its either retred them or kill them.ODFW feels its better to let them be caught, as I do also, just as long as its not out of the chute they are dumping them out of. These are all hatchery fish. They stop this practice once the wild fish start to breed. Last year alone they had thousands of left overs. I think its because the fish make it up the River so fast now. December and January seem to be the time of year this takes place. March seems when the kilts and the fresh fish start to mingle in the upper section, and May is supposed to be peak, but January fishes just as well in upper . Its hard to get people to believe there are good fish in there then. January is when a lot of the guides fish for their own pleasure. Of course, September, October, and November fish the best. I don't fish Feb. As there are way to many down runners.
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