Local Steelheading is Red Hot

We have now exceeded last years run size for Summer Steelhead over Willamette Falls. The Willamette from Dexter Dam to the confluence of the McKenzie is fishing great for Summer Steelhead. Swing flies on floating lines and sink tips in tail-outs and 4-8ft walking pace runs.


My daughter Patsy got here first Summer fish the other morning. We tried to get one on the Echo Gecko but the 10′ 7wt SAGE ONE, Bauer CFX 5 and a sink tip got the job done on a large and red hot Summer Steelhead.

tony torrence willamette river summer steelhead

Tony Torrence is back to his fishy ways and took this fish on a floating line and a Silver Hilton.

leaburg ramp

Finally please do be careful at your next boat launch.

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4 Responses to Local Steelheading is Red Hot

  1. Will says:

    a unclipped fish? interesting to see up there.

  2. David Jensen says:

    That is why I don’t like putting in at the dam this time of year. It can take hours, if not days, to get your boat in.

  3. Nicholas M. Kenney says:

    Will, was wondering the same thing… Its a good looking Native Chris!

  4. Davy Parker says:

    nice fish guys! my grandparents live in forest grove and when i visit i really enjoy going with my grandfather to these nice steelhead runs on the rivers close by! any ideas on simple to tie but effective steelhead flies?

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