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Friday, December 16, 2011

Clackamas Low and Cold

It's been almost 2 weeks with out any rain to speak of.  Cold and clear or foggy days with-out rain for extended periods in December seem a bit strange.  The forecast calls for an extended lack of rain for another week or so.  This means we must adapt our approach for steelhead success.

Water is low and clear and fish are hanging close to the bottom.  Fish migration is slow at best in these conditions with water temps around 34 degrees.  Fish your fly deep, smaller and darker patterns tend to work best.  Flourocarbon can be helpful. 

Eagle creek strain hatchery steelhead are showing in the Clackamas now.  Some wild chromers are also being caught.

Look for the action to get better with a warm rain.

Good luck on the water!

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