Oregon Outdoor Excursions (Dave Carpenter), OR

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Lyons, Oregon


We offer professionally guided fishing trips year-round for a variety of species. Spring and Fall Salmon, Summer andWinter Steelhead, sea-run cutthroat, native rainbows and resident cutthroat - all within a short drive of our headquarters in the Santiam Canyon.

Date Range

Year-round fishing is available for steelhead due to the fact that our rivers have both summer- and winter-run fish. Spring fishing for chinook runs from April through July. Fall chinook and coho runs are available from September through November. Trout species are available year-round as well, with retention season from May through October.

What is Provided to Customer

We provide rods, reels, line, flies, and other terminal gear.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

We offer full and half day driftboat trips on the North Santiam, Nestucca Estuary and Siletz Rivers. The North Santiam is located on the east side of the Willamette Valley and drains a large area of the Cascade Range and eventually empties into the Willamette River. The Nestucca River Estuary is near the town of Pacific City, Oregon. The Siletz River is located near the Oregon coast and drains a portion of the Coast Range, ending in Siletz Bay along the Pacific Ocean.

Typical Weather by Season

Spring weather in Oregon is generally wet from March through June. We fish rain or shine and only cancel trips when water levels are dangerous. Summer weather is mild, with highs in the 80s-90s. Fall weather is mild as well with highs in the 60s-70s. Winter weather is wet again with rain most of the time from November through February. Some snow, but generally temperatures are above 30 degrees.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Typical launch times are between 8am and 10am with trips lasting between 6 and 8 hours. Launch points vary with the season, water levels, and progression of fish migrations.

North Santiam launch locations are Stayton, Mehama, Santiam Park and Fisherman's Bend Recreation Area. Streamside grilled lunches are provided on full-day trips on the North Santiam, along with non-alcoholic beverages and snacks throughout the day.

For the coastal river trips - Siletz River, the launch points are HeeHee Illahee Park or Twin Bridges. Nestucca Estuary/River launch points are Mugg County Park, Farmers Creek, 1st-6th Bridge.

All gear is provided as well, but bring your own waders and clothing appropriate to the season.


Species You Fish for by Season

Steelhead fishing is available year-round with both summer and winter runs throughout the year. Spring chinook fishing is available from April through July. Fall chinook and coho salmon are in the river from September through November. Native rainbow and cutthroat trout inhabit the river year-round as well. The steelhead and salmon species are most often targeted using classic wet-fly swing tactics, with occasional nymphing. Trout species are targeted with both nymphs and dry files depending on hatches. Prominent hatches are: golden stoneflies, BWO/PMDs, several varieties of caddis, including the famed October caddis in late summer/early fall.


What Should Customers Bring?

Customers are expected to provide their own wading and seasonal clothing items.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where are you located?
A. Our primary river, the North Santiam, is located 30 miles east of Salem, Oregon, the state capital.

Q. Where is the closest airport?
A. Nearest airports are in Portland and Eugene, approximately 90 minutes away.

Q. Where can we stay when going on a trip?
A. We can assist with lodging if needed; some B&Bs and guest houses are right on the rivers we fish!


Oregon Outdoor Excursions
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
Dave Carpenter
11703 Riverwood Drive SE
Lyons, OR 97358

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