The Clackamas River begins as a high alpine stream in the Northern Oregon Cascade Mountains before it descends over eighty miles to the west where it eventually meets the tidally influenced Willamette River in Oregon City. Known locally as the Clack, it drains the forests, springs and snowmelt of the western Cascadian ridgeline between Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson. This cold, clear, nutrient-rich water is perfect habitat for many fish species, both resident and anadromous. The river’s classic and seductive water along with its chrome bright steelhead are all conveniently close to the Portland Airport.
The Clackamas River is located 25 miles southeast of Portland, OR. The time in Oregon is in the Pacific Time Zone.
The Clackamas River’s water from the mouth upstream to River Mill Dam near Estacada is where all of its anadromous fishing takes place. This section of river provides an abundance of awesome year-round opportunities for the steelhead angler. Its waters beg for flies swung on two-handed rods and chrome fish are present twelve months out of the year to intercept your flies and stretch your backing. The professional guides here will give you the best odds of success while improving your spey casting and fishing skills, they love teaching technique and enjoy the time on the water. Overnight, the jet boats stay in the water right in front of the lodge which also happens to be a great steelhead run...Steelheading doesn't get any more convenient than this!
Two anglers will depart the lodge each day with their guide via jet boat. Fishing the lower Clack, you will wade in the green water and swing flies through the rivers countless ledgy slots, boulder strewn runs and broad tailouts. The Clack’s bounty is no secret. Don’t expect to be the only boat on the water, though your guide can usually find solitude and be at the right spot at the right time to connect with the river’s awesome ocean bright fish. The fact that there are others on the water factors into choice of fishing techniques. First thing in the morning with good water conditions you may fish a bigger fly on a light sink tip over a broad tail out to rested fish. When you pull into another run later in the day, your guide assumes that you are not the first person to fish that spot and switch to a smaller fly with a larger sink-tip and concentrate your efforts on the deepest slot of the run. Taking into consideration all of the factors on the river greatly increases the odds of finding fish on a swung fly. Luckily for us, Clack fish are very aggressive to the fly, and if your efforts are concentrated in the right places, you are often rewarded.
Accommodations and Meals:
The Clackamas River Lodge program is the ultimate all-inclusive Winter/Spring steelhead experience. The small group size of 4 anglers make for an intimate experience and the staff is on hand to take care of every detail. A beautiful and modern riverfront lodge is very comfortable and even offers cell service and wi-fi. Each guest will sleep in a private bedroom with a queen bed. The bathrooms are shared with the group. There is a comfortable living area where a good fireside story can be told to all. All meals are prepared by an award-winning chef. Lunch will be served streamside to maximize the time on the water. Appetizers will be served each evening upon your return to the lodge and dinner will follow.
Day 1: Arrive Portland, OR drive to the lodge via rental car or personal vehicle. Check-in between 5 and 6 PM, dinner to follow and overnight.
Day 2 – 4: Full days of fishing. All meals and accommodations included.
Day 5: Full day of fishing then depart the lodge for home.
2019 Rate: $2,750 per person for a 4 night/4 day package
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, guided fishing, rods/reels, flies and/or terminal tackle.
Not Included: Transportation to/from the lodge, alcohol, staff and guide gratuities.
Species: Steelhead, Spring Chinook
Season: January - May
Capacity: 4 anglers
Map: Estacada, OR