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shannon with a beatiful late winter steelhead
Shannon with a beautiful late March steelhead. Visit our photo galleries and posts on Facebook and our Blog to view and read about our latest adventures.

Winter Steelhead Season Recap
Posted March 28, 2014

As March fades into April and rivers are blown out once again, it's a good time for a brief season recap and to preview the upcoming Spring and Summer seasons. To recap, in case anyone missed it... February and March were wet. Really wet. Coastal rivers were blown out as many days as they were in shape. We picked our days carefully and fished in between storms. When we got out, fishing was quite good. Plenty of double-digit hookup days and lots of high single digits. Rivers like the Nestucca, Trask and N.F. Nehalem all fished well for us, with no clear favorite emerging by the end of the season. We found similar numbers of fish in all the North Oregon Coast drainages. As the rivers come back into shape over the next few days, we'll run a few more late season Winter steelhead trips and then hang up the Winter gear and begin thinking about warmer weather.

Please tell us more about your fishing experience with Small Stream Outfitters! In addition to the testimonials page on this site, anglers are also welcome to read and post reviews to our new yelp reviews page. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

We are Western Oregon's premier fly fishing guide service for Steelhead, Salmon and Trout. Guiding fly anglers since 1997, we focus on the Oregon Coast, Willamette Valley and Portland area streams including the Siletz, Nestucca, Sandy, Clackamas and McKenzie rivers. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides can help put you some amazing fish, like wild steelhead, sea-run cutthroat trout, and huge coastal chinook all on a fly rod!

From beginning to expert anglers alike, we have the perfect fishing trip to match your needs, desires, skill level and geographic location. We provide all tackle including flies so you don't have to think about it. We also serve great streamside sack lunches and love to create tremendous shore lunches upon angler request. Visit our rates and bookings page for more information!

We have spent decades fishing local waters and fine tuning our knowledge base in order to put you on the best fisheries when they are fishing their best. We cover a broad area from the base of the Cascades to the Southern Willamette Valley and a large chunk of the Oregon Coast. Famous coastal streams like the Siletz and Nestucca, and other smaller creeks prodvide incredible fly fishing opportunities including coastal chinook, sea-run cutthroats and steelhead. If time and travel is short and find yourself in the Portland area, the Clackamas and Sandy are excellent steelhead rivers and also fish well for coho and rainbow trout at certain times of year. For those anglers in the Eugene area or fisherman looking for the blue ribbon trout experience, the world famous McKenzie is a spectacular three season trout fishery. Whatever the time of year, there are always great angling opportunites on the rivers we guide. Let us help show you the Oregon Fly Angling Experience!

Featured Winter Species - Winter Steelhead; Oncorhynchus mykiss irideus

Winter steelhead are available to fly anglers for over five months. Their size, power, numbers and willingness to take a fly make them our most guided fish. We begin chasing hatchery fish in around Thanksgiving and gradually transition over to native runs by early Februrary. We'll then continue chase native and broodstock fish through late-April.

Winter steelhead are a hearty species surviving well in numerous rivers on the Coast and in the Willamette Valley. Water conditions throughout the Winter months vary greatly and can affect fishing. We're always keeping a careful eye on the river levels, so feel free to contact us for the most current conditions. Oregon winter steelhead range from 6-25 lbs. with average fish around 10 lbs. Fish over 15 lbs. are often hooked on fly rods, however landing them is a true challenge.

Winter steelheading with a fly rod is a unique experience and one that every fly angler should participate in. For some, the wet, cold, blustery weather and hours between strikes isn't their cup of tea, but for others the anticipation, excitement and chance to land one of Oregon's most powerful and beautiful gamefish keeps them coming back again and again.

Give us a call and find out just what the Oregon Winter fly fishing experience is all about! Ring 503-515-3533 or email us.


Summer Steelhead
Nestucca, Wilson, Sandy and Clackamas Rivers
May 15 - October 31, 2014

Spring Chinook
Nestucca, Trask and Sandy Rivers
May 15 - July 30, 2014

Willamette Valley Trout
Clackamas, McKenzie and N. Santiam Rivers
May 1 - October 31, 2014

Coastal Cutthroat
Nestucca, Siletz, Trask and Coastal Creeks
May 28 - August 15, 2014

Call 503-515-3533 or email us to inquire about booking a guided fishing trip!

steelhead on a swung fly


KATU News in Portland recently published a nice feature story about Small Stream Outfitter's Portland area fly fishing lessons and clinics. We were proud to be the first feature in KATU's new online Outdoor section! Check out the full article at KATU.com READ MORE... Special thanks to Shannon of KATU for a nice write up.

pan seared chinook salmon recipe
Pan Seared Chinook Salmon Recipe
Check out the newest recipe in the mouth-watering section of our blog. Great recipes for Northwest fish inside.