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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Clackamas River Report Feb 11, 2014

The Clackamas River has been due for a big dose of rain as many rivers in Oregon and California have so far this winter experienced near drought conditions; that changed this past week with a week full of snow, rain and ice!  Winter weather returned with a venegance to the Clackamas valley and the nearby city of Portland, Oregon.  Both wild and hatchery steelhead swim the waters of the Clackamas and February is usually a get started month for the Clack.  This month more numbers of wild and hatchery broodstock fish enter the system building into March and April.  Here is a recent graph of the water level and forecast for the rest of the week.

Once the Clackamas hits 14' it is often unfishable.  As it rises towards flood level it reaches the "action phase" this is where things start moving.  For the Clack the action phase is at 18.0' it is forecast to hit that on friday.  We may see some new gravel bars and new spots to fish!

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River Report Feb 12, 2014

Looks like the rain dance we were working on finally did the trick.  Rivers are swollen now with over an inch of rain overnight hitting the North Oregon coast.  With the good snow pack we had over the weekend the now much higher freezing levels combined with warm rain is melting snow fast.  Looks like next week for some rivers and possibly the weekend for others depending on what we get for more rain.  Should be good numbers of fish around when the water gets back in shape.  Here are some graphs of local rivers:

Nestucca River

Wilson River

Nehalem River

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Better Swing Gets More Fish - See our New Video Clip

Swung fly steelhead in cold water can be difficult to catch.  Managing your swing can help the angler find more consistent results.  Managing your swing requires the angler to think about what the fly is doing and adjust the line to achieve the desired movement of the fly.  Watch this short video clip to see how Rob Crandall of Water Time Outfitters approaches the cold water time of year with the swung fly.  See more at