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Swinging in the Rain

Joel La Follette - Thursday, February 01, 2018

With all the high water last week fishing opportunities have been a bit uninspiring. Steelhead fishing has gotten a little interesting with sea lions being spotted in the lower Clackamas and Sandy rivers, their presence can push fish around and make your finned friends a little stressed out. Fear not, as our water levels drop those beasts will probably move back out to the Columbia and Willamette. Reports of Steelhead being caught are scattered across the area depending on the day.

The smaller coastal rivers stayed in good shape during this last weather system and Water Time Outfitters say that there has been a push of fresh fish. The Clackamas has been spotty, but has stayed fairly fishable even in this high water. The Sandy River was the place to be with a few more fish being reported there, when it is not blown out. Our friend, Brian Silvey does have some February openings.

So my tip to you this week for you Steelhead chasers is watch your water levels, fish whenever possible, and don't give up. Your next pull on the Steelhead slot machine could be the one. You'll never know unless your out there.

Other angling possibilities include the east side of the Cascades for some winter Trout action. If you haven't noticed it kind of feels like spring around here, which doesn't seem right because its only the 1st of February and the Ground Hog is making his appearance tomorrow. Well, if the world gives you lemons... go trout fishing. Weather reports look almost look pleasant over in Maupin, so if you have the itch to chase Trout this winter, the east side rivers may not be a bad choice. I would start out nymphing with Stone Fly nymphs and your favorite dropper or stripping streamers. If a hatch starts to bring fish to the surface it mostly likely will be a Blue Wing Olives ringing the dinner bell. The weather man says it could be in the low 60's in Maupin this weekend and that sounds like t-shirt weather to me.


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