Vermonter fishing Oregon for first time

VT Tony
Howdy,
I'll be visiting relatives in the Portland City area and want to learn about some trout fishing opportunities nearby. I see there is lots of steelheading going on but can only bring a 4-piece, 5wt trout rod. We'll be there in early August and hope to find some trout water. Any suggestions for wading streams/rivers?
Many thanks, VT Tony
 
Raincatcher
Welcome to the forumm! While I don't get up to Portland often,we have several members who know aaaaaaaaall the spots for trout. I can help with a great site for fishing info: www.boatescape.com is full of info on rivers,lakes,parks ,species along with directions and weather reports. Stay in touch and let us know if we can help.
 
VT Tony
Will do. Many thanks.
 
troutdude
Welcome to our forum Tony.

Will you be able to travel? If so, how far would you want to go? There are some great coastal streams.

We hope that you enjoy your time in our beautiful state.
 
VT Tony
I can travel to the coast but would prefer to fish within 30 minutes of Portland City, if possible.
Also, can I wet wade or must I bring waders?
 
troutdude
With air temps pushing 90 this weekend (and likely around that in early August), you won't have any trouble without waders. In fact, I think it's a great to cool OFF and do some fishing at the same time.

You're going to be a bit limited, in finding good trout water within 30 minutes of Portland. But, this may give you some ideas to bounce OFF of. And I'm sure that some other OFFers will chime in here and help you out soon.

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/lets_go_fishing/index.asp
 
Markcanby
In the Aug you can wet wade. Just make sure you have good felt bottom shoes an studs would help. I can't really think of any places within a 30min of Portland but if you stretch that to hour there are a few creeks an the Molalla river that have Cutts in them. There are a couple creeks that you can catch 20 fish an hour. 6-10'' but they are wild an beautiful fish.
 
troutdude
Tony, here is an option for you to consider...all along the Portland area of the Columbia. The season for these fish is now in full swing, so you'd have a great chance to get into some fish.

Source: Northwest Sportsman 2010 Atlas (www.nwsportsmanmag.com).
 
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VT Tony
I'll check the reference. Thanks for your help.
 
VT Tony
20 fish per hour?!? Are you sure you don't work for the Chamber of Commerce? :) Sounds like my kind of place. Here in Vermont, I guide for native brookies so that's my kind of place.
 
VT Tony
I'll be studying the map. Thanks.
 
Finneus Polebender
VT Tony said:
20 fish per hour?!? Are you sure you don't work for the Chamber of Commerce? :) Sounds like my kind of place. Here in Vermont, I guide for native brookies so that's my kind of place.

Ha Ha this is Oregon seems like only if you live in portland do you have to travel more than 30 minutes to find that kind of trout fishing, and if you land in the right spots it wont always be 6-10 " fish either LOL.
 
JimBob
Finneus Polebender said:
Ha Ha this is Oregon seems like only if you live in portland do you have to travel more than 30 minutes to find that kind of trout fishing, and if you land in the right spots it wont always be 6-10 " fish either LOL.

If you want to experience real oregon fishing, come back when you can spare a few days in central oregon. It's a shame you are limited to the lame Portland area.
 
No_Bad_Skunks
VT Tony said:
20 fish per hour?!? Are you sure you don't work for the Chamber of Commerce? :) Sounds like my kind of place. Here in Vermont, I guide for native brookies so that's my kind of place.

It's a lot further away than 30 minutes, but you can do the Crooked River on a day trip and it's hot right now. ( Native redband 'bows up to 20" )
 
VT Tony
Can you tell me what town or highway I should look for on a map for the Crooked River? Thanks.
 
Markcanby
Look up Bowman dam. Its the first 7 miles below the dam that that get the high numbers of fish.

Hwy 27 out of Prineville
 
VT Tony
Markcanby said:
Look up Bowman dam. Its the first 7 miles below the dam that that get the high numbers of fish.

Hwy 27 out of Prineville

Thanks, I'll check it out. Looks like 150 miles.
 
Markcanby
Yep its a good 3.5hr drive an teh water temps are on the rise. I wont be going over this year its just not worth it. From here on MT lakes are the better bet tell it starts to cool off.
 
ChezJfrey
I'll give you an option that fits within a half hour via PM...nothing huge, but it's an option.
 
Modest_Man
I'm pretty new to fly fishing but would be willing to take you to the Abiqua or Butte Creek (or both) if you're willing to hike around. Probably an hour and a half from Portland to the upper stretches.
 
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