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Dave, you might post on the Virtual Fly Shop Northwest Region Bulletin board for info on options near Portland. There's a lot more members of that board from Oregon. I was just in one of the fly shops in Seattle and they say all of the rivers up here - whether west of the mountains or east - are running high and off color. (Been like that for a while now.) We had pretty decent snow pack this year, and warm weather now, so there's a lot of melt off. However, if temps stay as warm as they are now for the next week or so, we might -- emphasize might -- be out of the major melt-off phase by the time you're up here in a week and a half. If we are, North, Middle or South Fork of the Snoqualmie River, all pretty easily and quickly accessed from Seattle and are decent for trout. Not big ones, but trout nonetheless. If you wanted to drive a little farther, you could hit the Yakima (east of the mountains, but only 1 1/2 to 2 hours a way depending on which section you fish), but that definitely won't be a good option if the flows are high. If you wanted to give a shot at steelhead, you could try the Skykomish, Snoqualmie (below the falls), Stillaguamish (North Fork preferred because FF only right now). There are probably some decent steelhead rivers between Portland and Seattle, but I'm not familiar with them. Perhaps someone else on this board could chime in on those options.
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