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 tandem nymph rig are the way to go for the rest of the spring. A Stonefly/Caddis combination will serve you well.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing North Santiam River is currently Good

Water flow: 2200 cfs at the Mehama Station

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 52 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)

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.

7-Day Forecast

Flows are currently around 2200 cfs (at Mehama) and are expected to drop to 2000 cfs by the weekend.


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