Salmon River – This is a small coastal stream north of Lincoln City. In the fall, large runs of Chinook and Coho Salmon are present. If you would like to fight “big” fish on a fly, then this is an experience you don’t want to miss. Coastal Chinook average from 25 to 45 pounds are are easily fooled by a fly. Early in the season we fish the estuaries where the fish converge waiting on the rains which will draw them into their natal rivers. Once the rains begin, we move upriver along with the fish and use freshwater fly gear. Picture to the left is guide Rich Youngers with a nice estuary caught Silver Salmon.
Big Nestucca River- The Big Nestucca is 53 river miles long and flows in a west-southwest direction to Nestucca Bay. It meanders through several small coastal towns such as Beaver, Hebo, Cloverdale and then right through the center of Pacific City. The Nestucca offers a good run of summer and winter steelhead as well as good numbers of native and sea-run cutthroat trout as well as a fantastic run of fall Chinook Salmon. We fish the Nestucca year round. December through the end of January hatchery run steelhead enter the river. The month of February the famed wild winter run steelhead make their entrance and continue to make anglers smile through mi-April. These fish run up to twenty pounds and are aggressive to a well presented fly. The month of May is the time Spring Chinook and some early run summer steelhead start to show. June, July is the peak time for Spring Chinook. The summer run steelhead will fish well all the way into the fall months. The month of September is time for the mighty Fall Chinook to make their way in to the bay and estuary of the Nestucca. These fish will stay in these area until the first good rains of the fall that will move them up into the freshwater section of the river. These fish come to a fly very well and will reach weights of up to fifty pounds. I’ve fished the Nestucca for close to thirty years and have been guiding the river for over 13 years and this river has a special place in my heart. Pictured upper left is customer Hunter Nolan with a big Nestucca steelie caught in spring 2006. On the left is Peter Fleishman with another steelhead caught on a guide trip in February, 2006. Lower left photo is of Kathy with a fat cutthroat caught on the Nestucca in October, 2006.