Current River Reports & Conditions
Deschutes RiverThe Deschutes flows north to meet with the Columbia River just east of The Dalles. Basically a tailwater fishery, the river is home to wild "Redside" Rainbow Trout, Steelhead, Salmon and Bull Trout. Summer Steelhead begin to show up as early as May and run into the late fall. Trout fishing gets fired up with the Salmonfly hatch in May-June, but the lower river from just upstream of Maupin, down to the mouth is open all year.
During the season Brian Silvey, Marty & Mia Sheppard, Rob Crandall and Gill Muhleman all work on this very popular Oregon river.
Metolius RiverThe Metolius is Oregon's best known spring creek. Emerging full size from the base of Black Butte, this popular crystal clear stream in home to wild Rainbows, Mountain Whitefish, Brown Trout and a healthy population of Bull Trout. With water temps at 48 degrees year round it is possible to see a variety of insect hatches at any time of year. Green Drakes are one of the favorites and start in May, depending on weather. Cloudy days on the Metolius can be magical with cloud of swarming insects calling the Trout to the surface. There is no guiding public lands on the Metolius, but plenty of camp grounds and river to roam. Bull Trout are the "big boys" of the river and move in and out from Lake Billy Chinook. Large streamers and heavier rods are the right gear for chasing this carnivores. The Metolius is a catch and release, fly fishing only fishery.
Clackamas RiverThe Clackamas is home to both summer and winter Steelhead, in addition to Coho and Chinook Salmon. Located just minutes from the shop, the Clackamas is a great place to swing a fly for Steelhead.
Although Steelhead are present almost every month of the year, fall, winter and spring offer the best conditions. Summertime anglers may have to avoid the rubber boat hatch on warmer days by fishing early in the day.
Rob Crandall guides the Clackamas during the peak months in both a drift boat and jet sled. Contact Rob through the Guide Shack page.
Sandy RiverThe Sandy River flows from the base of Mt. Hood and enters the Columbia just east of Portland. This river has been recently set free from dams that blocked fish access to miles of spawning habitat. Wild and hatchery populations of Salmon and Steelhead make this a very popular and sometime controversial watershed. The Sandy has the potential to become an incredible anadromous fishery if managed properly. Marty & Mia Sheppard and Brian Silvey guide the Sandy during the winter and early spring months. Visit the Guide Shack for more information.
Oregon's north coast offers plenty of opportunities for fly anglers to chase Salmon, Trout and Steelhead year round. From tidewater to the foot of the coast range there are miles of great fly fishing water waiting to be explored. During the winter and early spring both Gil Muhleman and Rob Crandall of Water Time Outfitters offer day trips for hot winter Steelhead.