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
For Steelhead, Classic Hairwings, Speys and Dees are always a good choice on the swing. Work every piece of holding water thoroughly! For trout, a hopper/dropper rig are the way to go for the rest of the summer. A Yak Caddis/Possie Bugger combination will serve you well.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing North Santiam River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 1350 cfs at the Mehama Station

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 58 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: All Day

Best stretch: Mill City to Mehama

Best access point: Fisherman's Bend Rec. Area

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 tail outs. Trout: Indicator Nymphing through current seams and riffles. Spontaneous dry fly action at times. A hopper dropper rig is a great option through the summer and into early fall..

7-Day Forecast

Flows are currently around 1350 cfs (at Mehama) and are expected to drop to 1,100 cfs by mid-week. River levels are great for boating and angling and each day brings more summer steelhead and spring chinook into the system.

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