20140131_133451Rose with a “super chrome” Steelhead from last season.  We are in the waiting game right now as rivers are blown right now.  I think they will be fishable by December 26th as long as the weather forecast holds up. The first shot of fish will be of hatchery origin followed up by wild fish by mid-January.  So with the current conditions, it’s time to set at the vise and get caught up on tying Winter Steelhead patterns such as the Mahoney Spey flies, Veiled Assassin’s, Fish Taco’s, Cabellero Eggs, Winter Run’s, Clown Eggs and BH Lifters.

We are lucky here in Oregon as we have several rivers and creeks to choose from once the flows drop.  Stayed tuned as we go through this season I will post fly tying tutorials, Winter Steelhead techniques, etc.  I’ve been super busy as of late and have not been able to update my blog as much as I would like to.



Rich Youngers Fly Fishing Guide Service

Salem, Oregon

e-mail: ryoungers@oregonflyguide.com or rich.youngers@gmail.com



Matt with a nice fish from last season.  Recent rains have bumped up river levels but as soon as they drop in to shape fly fishing for Winter Steelhead should be on.   Winter Steelhead have been caught as far back as mid-November.

Nestucca, Siletz , Wilson, and Trask Rivers all boast large returns of fish.  I’m looking forward to chasing these magnificent fish.


2104 Fall Salmon season on the fly was nothing short of epic!  Below are a few pics from this season.  Winter Steelhead season is not far away.  We are now booking for Winter Steelhead from mid-December through mid-April on Oregon’s Nestucca River. Call 503-779-9905 or e-mail Rich at ryoungers@oregonflyguide.com  to book your next Winter Steelhead trip.


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The last couple of weeks Salmon have started moving in to our coastal estuaries and it’s time to get out there and give it a shot. According to forecasts there are a lot of fish to come.  There are also great numbers of Coho in the estuaries.  Incoming tide has produced most Chinook for fly anglers using Clouser Minnows and Comet flies using intermediate sinking line systems.

Sea-Run Cutthroat fishing has been good on Spruce Fly’s, Alley’s Shrimp, Black Nose Dace, and Mickey Finn’s.  Fish Sea-Runs and Coho’s on the out going tides.

Anglers might also try lower sections of freshwater for Sea-Runs as recent rains may have moved some fish up in the river systems.


Coastal Estuaries: Sea-Run Cutthroat fishing has been fair and will improve.  Spruce Fly, Mickey Finn, Mini2013-07-29_11-09-18_571-Clouser Minnow. Alley Shrimp, Purple Joe & Black Nose Dace are the favorites for this fishery.

Fall Chinook Salmon are starting to nose in to the estuaries and a few have been caught.  Clouser Minnows, Tater Chip, P.C. King, Boss & Hot Shot Comets are my fav’s.

Coastal Freshwater: Decent numbers of chrome bright Steelhead are still available. Early morning is the best bet as the water is cooler. Dark small steelhead patterns.  Great time for floating lines as fish are active.

Willamette Valley Rivers: Fair to good for trout in the evening on attractor dries.  Steelhead fishing has slowed but fish are around just have to work hard for them. Rivers are low and clear but water temps are good so using floating lines will make for exciting hookups. Traditional patterns and Spey’s are the ticket