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. Beads under and indicator can be effective as well. Work every piece of holding water thoroughly! For Trout, tandem nymphs will be the go-to through the winter and into early spring.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
12 / 18 / 2014
Fishing Conditions

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

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Dave Carpenter

Water flow: 3,500 cfs at the Mehama Station

Visibility: 42 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 44 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: All Day

Best stretch: Stayton to Shellburn

Best access point: Stayton-Scio 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. Some spontaneous dry fly action at times.

7-Day Forecast

Flows are currently around 3500 cfs (at Mehama) and are predicted to rise to around 11,500 by the weekend. There is a blowout on the way - stay off the river later in the week. Winter steelhead and holdover summer steelhead that are in great shape are in the system now.

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