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: Nehalem River?

Green Butt
08-13-2002, 07:54 PM
Will be close to the Nehalem River next week for a couple days and was wondering if there would be a chance of catching something. Will fish it regardless, but would be interesting to know something about it.--flows & fish.
Will appreciate any comments.

08-13-2002, 11:05 PM
I fish the main Nehalem frequently during the late winter months and it can be a wonderful river to fish - long broad runs that are covered perfectly with a spey rod and bright large wild steelhead. I've never tried it in the summer but I expect that it will be very low, clear and warm. I've never heard of summer steelhead frequenting this river, but you might find some searun cutts. Try the area around the confluence of the Salmonberry. The Salmonberry will be running cooler than the main river and I'll bet there'll be cutthroat hanging in the pool below it.

Good luck!

08-14-2002, 02:49 PM
The Nehalem gets a summer run of Chinook. Most people fish the jaws or the tidewater around Wheeler for these fish. There are also a select few who flyfish the lower river for these fish. They have their favorite anchoring spots. I think they use full sinking lines with a real slow sink rate. They then cast and strip it in real slow. Rob Russel is a guide down there who does this. There are also some people fromt the Wild Salmon Center who do this.

Green Butt
08-14-2002, 05:28 PM
Thanks guys,
Finally found the Oregon streamflow site and the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife. They also had some information.
Will probably take a trout rod up river for a day of solitude and then maybe give the lower part a try. I also see that the coho season opened Aug.1