North Santiam River - Big Cliff to South Santiam, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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North Santiam River - Big Cliff to South Santiam, Oregon Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Classic Hairwings, Speys and Dees are always a good choice on the swing. Work every piece of holding water thoroughly! For Trout, a tandem nymph rig is the way to go for the rest of winter. A Leggy Stone/Lightening Bug combination will serve you well.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing North Santiam River is currently Fish somewhere else this week

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Dave Carpenter

Water flow: 10700 cfs at the Mehama Station09

Visibility: 20 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F

Water condition: Slightly Turbid

Best time of day to fish: All Day

Best stretch: Stayton to Shellburn

Best access point: Stayton Bridge

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Caddis (Speckled, Tan, Brown, McKenzie and October) Stoneflies(Skwala, Golden, Giant Salmonfly) Mayflies (March Brown, BWO, PMD) Terrestrials (Hoppers, Ants, Beatles)

Fish species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout

Fishing season: Year Round

Nearest airport: Portland, Oregon (PDX) - Euguene, Oregon (EUG)

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North Santiam River Description

The North Santiam is a very diverse and rich system with a variety of fishing options. Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout (resident), Summer and Winter Steelhead, Spring Chinook Salmon and Fall Coho Salmon are present in the system at various times of year making the North Santiam a year round fishery.

The North Santiam River is a tributary of the Santiam River approximately 90 miles long. It drains ...

Techniques & Tips

Steelhead: Classic Wet Fly Swing in runs and tailouts, Indicator Nymphing through boulder fields. Trout: Indicator Nymphing through current seams and riffles.Spontaneous dry fly action at times. Hedge your bets by running a Yak Caddis up top with a basic nymph underneath.

7-Day Forecast

Flows are currently around 10900 cfs (at Mehama) but are expected to drop to 7500 during the week. Winter Steelhead (wild) are above Stayton and there are still some holdover summer steelhead (hatchery) spread throughout the system.

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