Oregon Winter Steelhead Trips

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Steelhead Outfitters provides guided fly fishing trips for winter and spring Steelhead

The rivers we guide include the Clackamas and Sandy Rivers near Portland, Oregon.  Guided trips include expert Spey rod instruction and guide services, the latest steelhead flies and first class transportation in our jet boats, drift boats, and catarafts.

Clackamas River Winter Steelhead Jet boat tRips


 A client with a steelhead during a winter jet boat tripIt is hard to believe a river this close to a major metropolitan area can be as good a place to swing a fly for winter steelhead!  The Clackamas River or the “Clack” originates in the MT. Hood National Forest and descends nearly 5,000 feet before reaching the Willamette River just south of Portland.  The river’s journey is just over 80 miles, but for our purpose, the Clack has 24 miles of swing water starting at River Mill Dam. Being as good as it is and right next to Portland, the competition can be fierce. This is where Steelhead Outfitters rises to the top of the field; enter the jet boat.  The use of a jet boat allows us to be first, last and best on the river when it comes to covering water and finding fish.  That said, when the river drops too low the drift boats come out.

Winter Steelhead begin entering the Clackamas in late November and are dime bright

 A dime bright Clackamas winter steelheadThese fish are a mix of hatchery and wild fish averaging 6-12 pounds with large fish into the teens and twenties.  The run continues full force right into late March and early April.  Summer Steelhead are right on the heels of the Winters and prolong our Clack season well into June, sometimes July depending on river levels.  The summer run is of hatchery origin.

Sandy River Guided Winter Steelhead Trips

Steelhead Outfitters provides guided fly fishing trips on the Sandy River near Portland, Oregon.  Guided trips on the Sandy are for winter and spring Steelhead. We utilize Spey rods, drift boats and catarafts to find these fantastic fish!

The Sandy River like the “Clack”, starts in the MT. Hood National Forest and runs 56 miles before it empties into the Columbia River east of Portland near the Columbia River Gorge.  Unlike the Clack, the water from the Sandy runs free from Reid Glacier on MT. Hood to the Pacific Ocean. 

We fish the 19 or so miles of the lower river. The float from Dodge Park to Oxbow is full of white water and drop and pool runs tailor made for swinging a fly.  You will not find a more scenic and beautiful river this close to 2.2 million people.

The Sandy has a very robust run of winter steelhead primarily of native origin

Winter steelhead enter the Sandy River in November with good numbers available from December through April.  Due to the unrestricted flows and winter storms the Sandy is prone to blowing out.  A flexible schedule is needed for booking trips in advance.