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Santiam Canyon, Oregon
Oregon Guide Registration # OG.0000434
The Nestucca River flows for about 50 miles (80 km) through forests near the Pacific coast of northwest Oregon in the United States. It drains a timber-producing area of the Northern Oregon Coast Range west of Portland.
Rising in the mountains of western Yamhill County, it is impounded near its headwaters to create McGuire Reservoir, the primary water source for the city of McMinnville. The river flows generally west through Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and the Siuslaw National Forest, past Beaver, then southwest past Hebo and Cloverdale. It enters Nestucca Bay, on the Pacific Ocean, from the north at Pacific City.
Winter Steelhead are in the system from December through April. Fish can be caught using the traditional wet fly swing and by nymphing (beads).
Weather during the steelhead runs has a big impact of which sections of the river to drift. Winter storms can easily blow out the river for days, but fishing right after a storm as the river drops and clears can be awesome! Careful planning and flexibility are key.
Nestucca River Estuary
The Nestucca River Estuary, located at Pacific City, Oregon, is a diverse marine enviroment. Both the Little Nestucca and Nestucca Rivers empty into the bay which is seperated from the Pacific Ocean by the Nestucca Spit.
Both Rivers support runs of Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead and Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout. Late summer/early fall brings the arrival of the Chinook and Coho Salmon. Mid-September to the end of October offer anglers the opportunity to fly fish for both Salmon and Cutthroat Trout.
The Estuary fishes well on both the incoming and outgoing tides. It's best to be geared up with both a 10 wt. and 5 wt. rods to angle for both the Salmon and Trout species. Full Sink lines are the norm.
River Maps of the Nestucca River and Estuary
Metal Butt Skunk (Steelhead)
Bunny Matuka (Steelhead)
Leggy Stone (Trout)
Possie Bugger (Trout)
Soft Hackle (Trout)
Lightening Bug (Trout)
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