Trout Fishing on the Salmon River

Many Portland residents don't realize that fly fishing for wild trout in a pristine setting is available less than an hour from town, on the Sandy River. A tributary of the Sandy, the Salmon flows out of the Cascade foothills near Welches, and runs cold and clear through old and second growth forests. The fish aren't big – a 12" specimen is a lunker – but the cutthroat and rainbows here will often rise aggressively to dry flies, and are as pretty as can be. Whether you're a first-time fly fisher vacationing on Mt. Hood or a business traveler to the Rose City with a free afternoon, the Salmon is close, beautiful and an overall great place to wet a line. NOTE: I really enjoy introducing newcomers to the sport, and can have almost anyone leave the river with an understanding of the fly cast and basic fly presentation techniques.

Walk & wade trips for trout on the Salmon River start at $200 for 4 hours on the river, plus $50 per hour thereafter. Rental equipment is available. Fishing is good from mid-July through the end of October.