Here in the valley we awaited the pending drenching storm, but it never came. High winds rolled through the area, but lacked the moisture forecasted to raise local waters. While most of the wet stuff caused havoc in the areas south of Puget Sound and farther north, we basked in relatively mild conditions after the gusty night time wind moved through. Temperatures climbed into the high fifties and some rain made it to Mt Hood which did add to the flows on the Sandy as snow liquified bringing the river up to over 13.5 on Monday. It was a very brief bump as by Tuesday morning the river was falling nicely and producing fish as witnessed by the photos provided here by Brian Silvey. Current conditions are near perfect.
The Clackamas faired much better by ignoring the expert’s forecast and bumping along in the 12.5 to 13 foot range with premature dam releases probably the cause for any increases in flow. While the river may be a bit high for wading some favorite spots, it is still very fishable and producing. I will admit it turned a cold shoulder to me on Monday as I swung a fly through a couple runs, but mine was a mid-day adventure and more of an effort to take in some fresh air during this warm spell. Having dusted off my Spey cast for the first time in the New Year, it’s time to get serious.
Looking ahead we have great fishing opportunities in every direction. Conditions are favorable and fish are in the rivers. What are you waiting for? See you on the water.