Best steelhead town..

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Panhandle, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Panhandle Active Member

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    What do you think is the best city or town in the west for steelhead mania?

    Steelhead City in other words. My home town of Portland would be my vote. Medford sounds pretty good as well.
  2. John Dougher Member

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    What about Maupin? Name me one other thing to do there...
  3. Jake Bannon nymphs for steelhead....

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  4. Porter Active Member

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    Good and tough question.

    Twisp comes to mind.
    There are a couple of Oregon Coast towns that I like very much near Tillamook Valley.
  5. steve s Member

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    I second Maupin, OR plus Shady Cove, OR and Forks WA
  6. Panhandle Active Member

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    Ya, but maupin really restricts you to the D, and the D has no winter run. Sure, you have the Santiams and Sandy, but crossing over in winter isn't very easy.
  7. obiwankanobi Active Member

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  8. Coach Duff Banned or Parked

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    Tie between Smithers and Terrace BC.
  9. sothereiwas Member

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    Lewiston, ID
  10. Panhandle Active Member

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    Lewiston? How do you figure?

    have I started this thread before?:rofl:

    Coach.... lower 48 silly.
  11. sothereiwas Member

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    Issaquah, WA
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    Grand Ronde, Snake, Clearwater, Salmon
  12. mike doughty Honorary Member

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    the uinta's
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  13. CoastalCutt Member

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    North Bend, WA
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  14. Buck "Ride'n Dirty."

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    Great town with friendly people! If you go to the main drag and Bogachiel way, there is a restaurant there that serves a huge rib-eye steak. I mean huge! Also there is a tackle shop there, they have a nice selection of flies but more importantly if your gear is not up to snuff (like mine the drag way really f'd up) he can fix fact he said he can fix everything but a broken heart. O' the charge 5 clams. Reel, in good shape still.

    Also, if your up that way and you might want your first day with a guide...someone that can get you on some fish, check out this guy.

    Well, my vote is clear Forks!
  15. Salmo_g Active Member

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    Coach got it right. You didn't say lower 48 in your original post. In the lower 48 the closest to fresh steelhead entering 12 months per year is Forks. Runnerups Toledo on the Cowlitz, Woodland on the Lewis. 12 months/year steelheading. Doesn't get any more intense than that.

    Now I suppose you've got additional qualifiers that you left out . . .

  16. EasyE Member

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    Hard to beat Forks. Since it's the only one mentioned I have actually visited I can't really compare it to the others.
  17. rick matney Active Member

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    trevor city michigan
  18. KerryS Ignored Member

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    Hell, I grew up in Deadford, lived in Gold Hill, Gold Ray, and in Shady Cove. I now live in Skidrow Woolley.

    I would say Anatone.
  19. BDD Active Member

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    100 years ago-Sedro-Woolley-I was born 60 years too late!
  20. Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    That made me blow Budweiser through my nose. :rofl: