Clackamas River

River Levels

GAGE
TIME
FT/CFS
℉/Turb
GRAPHS
9 am
5.11/422
7 30 year
9 am
1.53/1360 ↓
8 am
11.85/1610
36.9⇓/1
9 am
24.56/2100
37.0/1.7

 

 

December Tips

Steelhead


► There are actually a few summer steelhead around this month, mostly upstream near McIver Park. Winter steelhead are joining them.

► The lower section--below Carver--should hold the most winter fish in December, although there is not as much fly water there as farther upstream.

► December can be wet, so pay attention to the river levels before you head for the water. Look for river levels less than 14 feet on the Estacada gage. After a storm, dropping and clearing is good for fishing; rising is not. USGS reports turbidity for the Clackamas, and you can get it via Westfly's River Levels or Fishing Reports pages.

► December can also be cold, so measure the water temperature. If the water temperature is forty or less, you'll do better with indicator tactics tactics and standard steelhead nymphing flies. This is an especially good tactic near rocks, around rocky points, through slots, and along ledges.

 

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