Where to head this week?

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I've got the next few days off. Got a new 3wt setup ($20 garage sale). I want to go try someplace new. I'm thinking either the Little North Fork of the Santiam along the LNF trail or the Nehalem around Spruce Run Campground. Having never been to either does anyone have anything good to say about either area? Or have any other suggestions for a good day trip for some trout away from people?

Anyone want to go and split gas?
 
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I would say the Nehalem! There's some really neat water there and some really nice Cutties. I've fished the Nehalem on the other side of the washed out bridge and done really well. In fact it's one of the only places I've successfully fly fished! LOL But I've driven by the stretch your talking about on trips to Lost Lake and there's some really fishy water!
 
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The trout are going crazy on the North Santiam right now.Saw hundreds of them busting all over the place today while i was steelhead fishing. I would love to give u some pointers but i have never fly fished before. Good luck where ever u go.
 
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The LNF Santiam is beautiful, but it will be crowded in most places by 11. Keep that in mind as well.
 
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I'm kinda nuts and will probably be on the water about 7, do the swimmers go up high on the LNF? I read there is a locked gate about 4 miles above Shady Cove. That should keep some people out.

Where is the washed out bridge on the Nehalem?
 
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It's a few miles downstream from campground. It washed out in a flood 3 or 4 years ago.
 
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Thanks.

I think I'm going to head to the LFN tomorrow unless I get some other ideas while in bed. It's 25 miles closer each way which adds up to two gallons of gas saved.
 
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With the 3wt. you may also want to check out the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette. Haven't been there for a few years but there sure were a lot of hungry fish willing to take anything off the top! Quite and interesting name but that's what it is :)
 
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if you fish the little santiam be prepared with a backup plan,,as the swimmers over run it by 12.
 
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Fall river in Central Oregon... You will have your hands full with that rod; but what a blast.
If you have the opportunity to make the trip, this time of year is amazing; the leaves are already turning, 3wt OH MY..:shock:


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The swimmers don't always get along with me, I'll atleast keep some space from them, but they still get the urge to say, "You can't fish here there's people swimming", I say, "Watch me, this ain't my first rodeo, mind your own".

I forgot I'll be at LNF today :lol:, my buddies will be there to swim, my version of swimming is wading out in the water in shorts and shoes with a fly rod :D.
 
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Just got back from the LNF. Didn't run into any swimmers. Fished about 9-3. Between my buddy and I we landed close to 40 fish. Most in the 6-10" range. Most were caught on a parachute adams or an elk-hair caddis. We tried some of the lower stretches early on but didn't see much. Most of the fish came above Shady Grove Campground. The best we did today was three fish in three casts out of the same slot of water about 4' wide, 2' deep and 10' long.

I did swing by the three pools area on the way out just to have a peek. White trash central oh-my. At least three pools keeps them out of other stretches of the river.
 
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i havent gone that far up the lnf..sounds like good water. i feel a road trip comin on! nice job though. better then all of us put together at the fly getogether :lol:
 
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I did swing by the three pools area on the way out just to have a peek. White trash central oh-my. At least three pools keeps them out of other stretches of the river.

Atleast you got to see the bikini hatch, right? :D. Good job out there Jamie, hope your next report is just as good, or even better, I didn't make it up there today as planned.

I know what you mean by white-trash central, 95% of the people up there swimming are nothing but punks who have no idea about the habitat of the river and no clue about fishing.
 
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Nothin wrong with a few tons of fun! ;):lol: As far as them being nuts, I myself am not very fond of jumping off something much higher than 20ft :redface:.
 
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Oh man, several days off again this week...I'm really tempted to do a solo trip to the Deschutes and hike in from the park 5-6 miles and camp out for a couple nights. See if I can't get eaten by ticks and bit by a rattle snake. Hopefully mid-week won't be a zoo there?

After Andrew's report on the Nehalem I might avoid it for a while.
 
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