Clackamas River

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► After a major rain, the Clackamas drops and clears more slowly than other rivers in the area.

► The Eagle Creek tributary used to be a good early-February option. There is ample bank access via trails and turnouts along the road (boating is not an option here). Eagle Creek clears very quickly after a major storm. You want to be there within 48 hours after the rain stops or slows down. Use indicator tactics for most runs on Eagle Creek. Look for places where the water slows and deepens or runs at moderate speed through a slot. However--this once strong hatchery-based run has faded in recent years, and you should check with a reliable local source before heading to Eagle Creek.

► 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.

► There is a lot of good swinging water on the Clackamas from McIver Park to just below Carver.

► It's winter, 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.
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