Driftboat Fishing on the North Oregon Coast


Drfitboat fishing is one of the most relaxing and rewarding ways of catching Oregon’s salmon and steelhead. There is usually no motor involved so noise and air pollution are not an issue. It is just you and the fish. Unfortunately, on the northern Oregon coast, we rely on rainfall to make driftboat fishing productive. Unlike the Willamette Valley tributaries, snow does not accumulate in the mountain range making for productive year-round opportunities. Also for this reason, it is easier to tell when the fishing will be productive. Depending on the stream size, 1 to 4 days after significant rainfall will bring productive fishing to the Northern Oregon Coastal streams. We have been blessed with a range of stream sizes to enable us to hit these different streams as rivers drop. In this technical report, we will explore the different opportunities anglers have on the Northern Oregon Coast detailing which rivers are the most productive at which times and techniques employed to be most consistent. Rivers that we will cover include: The North and South Forks of the Nehalem River, Necanicum, Kilchis, Wilson, Trask and Nestucca Rivers.

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The Oregon fishing technical report series describe years of tested techniques, proven to take significant catches of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. These 19 reports were written exclusively by Professional Oregon Fishing Guide Bob Rees. Not only has he been guiding anglers professionally since 1991 but he also has 7 seasonal years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife giving him a unique insight into the finer details that make up our great Northwest fisheries.

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