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Winter Steelhead
Fall Salmon, Steelhead & Sea-Run Trout
March Winter Steelhead
February Winter Steelhead
February Steelhead Video
January Winter Steelhead
Early Fall Grand Slam Gallery
Alaskan Summer Float Trip
Spring Steelhead & Trout
February Winter Steelhead
January Winter Steelhead
December Winter Steelhead
Fall Salmon & Trout Gallery
Late Spring and Summer Gallery
March Winter Steelhead
February Winter Steelhead
January Winter Steelhead
Fall 09 - Coho and Chinook Salmon
Fall 09 - Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout
June - Trout and Summer Steelhead
February - March Winter Steelhead
January Winter Steelhead
The Headwater Chronicles (Movie)
Sandy River Coho (Silver Salmon)
Early Fall Chinook Salmon (Kings)
Summer Steelhead & Bluebacks
Winter Steelhead
Southwest Alaska Salmon
Southwest Alaska Rainbows & Grayling
Spring Steelhead Video
Winter Steelhead
Fall Steelhead - Gallery 1
Fall Steelhead - Gallery 2
Fall Chinook and Sea-Run Cutthroats
Winter Steelhead
Ascension Bay, Mexico
Summer Southwest Alaska
Fall Chinook (King Salmon)
Fall Coho Salmon & Sea-Run Cutts
Winter Steelhead
British Columbia Steelhead
Spring Steelhead Camp
Sea Run Cutthroat
Fall Chinook (King Salmon)
Ascension Bay, Mexico
Summer Trout Fishing
Southwest Alaska (Rainbows & Coho)
Fall Chinook and Sea-Run Cutthroats
Great Catches by guests of Small Stream Outfitters, Fall, 2010
Various Oregon locations including: Siletz River, Lincoln City. Nestucca River, Pacific City.
Nehalem River, Wheeler. North Santiam, Silverton.
  • Fall Chinook


    Big buck chinook salmon taken on a rainy day in mid-november

    Big Fall Chinook
  • Chrome Hen Chinook Salmon


    Chinook fishing in the Fall of 2010, was the best we've seen since the population crash in 2006.

    big hen chinoo salmon
  • Wild Coho Salmon


    Coho numbers down when compared with the stellar run of 2009, but still above average. There were lots of fish to be caught, like this nice little wild hen.

    wild hen coho salmon
  • 40 pound Chinook on a 4wt!


    Um, Justin.... That's a 40lb Chrome Chinook on a 4wt and 3x tippet. The fish entertained us for a few jumps and runs before deciding it was time to go.

    Chinook on 4 weight fly rod
  • Big Wild Coho


    One of our guests took this great 15 lb. wild coho on a 4wt while sea-run fishing. Now that's good sport!

    Chinook on 4 weight fly rod
  • Big Sea Run Cutthroat Trout


    One of the finer Sea-Run specimens landed this Fall. Numbers of fish were excellent this season, but we didn't see as many monster trout as last year.

    Big Sea-run Cutthroat Trout
  • Fish Tales


    Steady dry fly action, sunny skies and an appropriate beverage. All is right with the world.

    Oregon Coast Fish Tales
  • Filming for Discovery Channel Asia


    This Fall we had the opportunity to shoot a segment for Discovery Channel Asia. Nice weather, good fishing and great food!

    Filming for Discovery Channel Asia
  • Sunrise over tidewater


    One of the reasons we love the Oregon Coast in the Fall. Capturing early morning scenes like this.

    early morning tideater sunrise

Each Fall day as we dump the boat in the water, just before first light, a day of promise, opportunity and surprise awaits us. Armed with light fly rods for sea-run cutthroat, six and seven weight rods for coho and steelhead and big sticks for the mighty king salmon we set off to see what the day may bring. Each fishing day brings with it a unique fishing experience that varies greatly from day to day, even in the same section of river. The diversity of the Oregon Coastal Fall fishery is what makes it so fun, challenging and rewarding at the same time.

Fishing weather in the Fall of 2010 was fairly typical. We had a couple smaller rains in September and early October with glorious warm, sunny skies in between storms. That weather pattern changed significantly in late October as it usually does, and we had to break out rain gear most days during late October and November. Rivers stayed fairly high in November, but we only lost a couple days to blown out systems.

Fishing was generally good. We had a couple slow days, lots of good days and a fair number of exceptional days. Highlights include a day of upriver sea-run cutthroat fishing where it seemed every fish in the river wanted to eat our dries flies. Giddy anglers landed scores and scores of beautiful trout. And an epic day of November Chinook angling, better than we've seen in several years, complete with cramping arms and lots of chrome. We were especially encouraged by the nice chinook return this year, after several years of poor runs.

Overall the Fall of 2010 was more than satisfactory, it was pretty darn good. Thanks to all the anglers who joined us to make it a memorable season! To arrange a guide trip for Winter 2010-2011 steelhead action, give us a call at 503-515-3533 or email us!