Great Catches by guests of Small Stream Outfitters, Late Spring/Summer 2010
Various locations including: Yaquina Basin, Newport, OR. Nestucca River, Pacific City, OR.
Sandy River, Sandy, OR. Clackamas River, Portland, OR. and Southwest Alaska.
At Small Stream Outfitters we spent late-Spring and Summer of 2010 fishing a variety of locations for mutiple species including Spring Chinook, Spring Steelhead, Summer Steelhead, Coastal Cutthroats and Rainbow Trout just to name a few.
Our NW Oregon weather was very wet during May and June, but it kept the rivers cool and full later into the water year. The rain broke in late June and we had fantastic weather in July and August. We developed a steady marine overcast mid-Summer pattern in the valley that gave us clouds in the morning and warm sun in the afternoon, creating comfortable conditions for the anglers and fish.
Overall, the Summer was fishing generally good, and we are looking forward to an even better Fall with a solid coho run forecast, exceptional Columbia River Summer Steelhead numbers and increased Coastal Chinook populations. We except sea-run cutthroat fishing to be exceptional as usual. During the Fall of 2010 we'll be fishing Coho and Chinook on the Sandy as well as Sea-run Cutthroats, Summer Steelhead, Coho Salmon and Chinook Salmon on the Oregon Coast. To arrange a guide trip for Fall 2010 action, give us a call at 503-515-3533 or email us!
Sandy River Spring Steelhead
This huge hatchery steelhead surprised us in late April on the Sandy River. It measured 34 x 16 and was one of the biggest hatchery fish we saw all season.
Alaskan Leopard Rainbow Trout
This 22 inch leopard rainbow is a huge fish for the lower 48 and simply average in SW Alaska
Mid-Summer Spring Chinook
One of our regular Guests, Mike landed this nice Spring Chinook specimen during a July Float Trip to test some new TFO conventional gear designed by Gary Loomis. We know they aren't fly rods, but they work.
Nestucca Spring Steelhead
Our April guests on the Nestucca were treated to an empty river full of chrome Spring Steelhead.
Oregon Coastal Cutthroat Trout
We spent a few days during the mid-Summer chasing native coastal Oregon cutthroat with big fluffy dry flies.
Camping in the SW Alaskan Rain
The fishing is always good in Alaska, the weather however, is NOT. On our last trip it rained, and rained and then rained some more. A lone unhatched Seagull egg frames our soggy camp.
Testing our new custom North Fork Composites Gear.
Our brand new custom NFC 10' float rod took a steelhead on it's very first cast ever and this chrome spring chinook an hour later. A new lucky rod for those that want to try float fishing!
Late Season Oregon Coast Chrome
Who says there aren't chrome steelhead on the coast in late April? This fish and dozens of others say different.
Native Coastal Cutthroat
Oregon coastal cutthroats, willing to take dry flies, are found in some of the most pristine old growth forests remaining on the Central Oregon Coast
Dolly Varden Double
Father and Son double up on a couple nice Dolly Varden (dollies) in Alaska. These fish average 18-22 inches and take a variety of swung flies.