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/fall. A Yak Caddis/Possie Bugger combination will serve you well.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing North Santiam River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 2300 cfs at the Mehama Station

Visibility: 52 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 56 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Morning

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)

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 2300 cfs (at Mehama) and are expected to remain at that level through the weekend. Spring Chinook are spawning - give them some space. Summer Steelhead will begin spreading out throughout the system. Trout are looking up and taking dries more consistently. Cutthroat are especially aggressive right now.

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