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Oregon: Tackle and what to bring


Expect wet, rainy cold conditions when visiting the region. Boot foot waders can be great and bring the best raincoat you can afford. Weather can be nice and well into the 60’s but do not arrive expecting it!

Medical Facilities: 
The closest medical facility is in Portland approximately 45 minutes from the river. Guests have the responsibility to disclose any special medical, physical, or dietary needs to the lodge ahead of time.

GSM connection is good in most areas in the Portland/Oregon area.

As the climate is extremely changeable and a wide range of temperatures and conditions can be expected, we recommend layering clothes. Anglers should be prepared with thermal underwear, fleece/soft shell jacket, and a rain jacket.

Tackle/Equipment List:

12 1/2-14 ft. spey rods in line weights 7-8

any reel with a reliable drag and room for 150 yards of 30lb. backing

Floating line and 12-15 ft. sink tips in type 4-8 – Skagit lines are highly recommendable with different sinking rates

Leader material should be 15Lbs – 20Lbs

Large Marabou and Spey patterns are effective in sizes 1-4. Some effective store bought patterns include Morrish Trailer Trash, Ward’s Intruder, large tube flies, Popsicles, General Practitioner, articulated leeches, egg sucking leeches, and assorted large marabou spey patterns. Our guides will bring a good stock of flies to the river, and we will as well visit one of the big Fly shops close to Sandy for some serious shopping before fishing (Oregon is a tax-free state)

Waders & Boots:
Chest high breathable with studded soles are recommended. Wading belts are also strongly recommended.

Polaroid fishing glasses, needle nose pliers or hemostats for releasing fish, nippers, camera, warm hat and fingerless fishing gloves, sunscreen, a good waterproof bag for your day gear, bandana, and tape measure.

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