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Where Do You Find Steelhead in the Pacific Ocean?

Young win­ter steel­head fry, freshly hatched in the cold waters of the the North San­tiam River, face a long and har­row­ing jour­ney that takes them to the sea and back. In spring through early sum­mer of their sec­ond year, steel­head smolts from the North San­tiam River enter the sea and move directly off­shore. Beyond that, very […]

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Winter Steelhead of the North Santiam River

As win­ter gives way to the cold rains of spring in the North San­tiam Canyon, newly hatched steel­head fry begin to wrig­gle their way to the sur­face of their gravel nest. In the cold waters of a trib­u­tary stream above the North San­tiam River, their stream, they face a long and har­row­ing jour­ney that will […]

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North Santiam River Report January 1, 2013

The North San­tiam River level is drop­ping and the water is cold. Clar­ity is tol­er­a­ble. Some new steel­head are com­ing upstream, and we now have 412 fresh steel­head in the river sys­tem plus quite a few left over sum­mer steel­head, some of which are still good and some of which should be returned to the […]

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Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe is a Parasitic Plant of Trees and Fungus

On a recent hike along Pamilia Creek, I came across this clump of Indian Pipe grow­ing under a dense stand of large Dou­glas fir.  It caught my eye, because even though it’s a herba­ceous plant, it looks more like a fun­gus. In fact, I always assumed Indian Pipe, like many fungi, lived off of the […]

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North Santian River Report

North Santiam River Report, October 1, 2012

Chan­nel Changes: Shel­burn to Green’s Bridge The last high water events had a favor­able result in the two mile sec­tion of mov­ing log­jams between Shel­burn and Green’s Bridge. Two upper entrances to the South chan­nel have been par­tially blocked by trees and gravel bars.  Now the entrance to that chan­nel is easy to nego­ti­ate. The […]

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Devil's Club

Devil’s Club Decorates Old Growth Forests in Late Summer

Devil’s club or devil’s walk­ing stick is a large shrub native to the cool moist conifer forests.  It is found from  Alaska to west­ern Ore­gon and east­ward to west­ern Alberta and Mon­tana. This native shrub always catches my eye in the late sum­mer.  Those clus­ters of showy red berries remind me of Christ­mas. I’ve […]

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North Santian River Report

North Santiam River Report for September 12, 2012

Watch­ing salmon spawn is not nec­es­sar­ily voyeurism. Sci­en­tif­i­cally, it is an inter­est­ing process and if we under­stand it we are able to help the salmon be more suc­cess­ful with their repro­duc­tion and also to be more suc­cess­ful with our fish­ing tech­niques. Some of the salmon started spawn­ing the last week of August and the first […]

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North Santian River Report

Fishing Conditions on the North Santiam, August 23, 2012

River flows vol­umes are excel­lent right now , cur­rently around 1,160 cfs at Mehama on the North Fork with good vis­i­bil­ity.  Con­di­tions are expected to stay at these lev­els for the next week.  Most of the salmon and steel­head have moved into the upper river.  Based on video mon­i­tor­ing at Ben­nett dam near Stay­ton, approximately […]

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North Santiam River at Niagara

North Santiam River Report August 13, 2012

The weather has been great, and is likely to con­tinue. Water tem­per­a­ture is in the mid-fifties both going into and com­ing out of Detroit Lake. Nia­gara water has been between 56 and 59 degrees, tol­er­a­ble for steel­head and salmon. Water tem­per­a­ture at Green’s Bridge has been between 64 and 71, much too warm for sporting […]

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Find out where hatchery trout are released in the North Santiam Watershed

The Ore­gon Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife stocks hatch­ery reared trout at many loca­tions in the North San­tiam Canyon. Click on any of the fish icons shown on the fol­low­ing map to learn a lit­tle more about the loca­tions that receive hatch­ery trout. View ODFW trout stock­ing sites in a larger map

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