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Fly Fishing Elk River Oregon
The Elk River is an approximately twenty-nine mile long
relatively small to medium size stream that drains a
section of Oregon's Coast Range. It flows into the Pacific
Ocean near Cape Blanco. It is formed in the Siskiyou
National Forest by the confluence of its north and south
branches. It flows through the Grassy Knob Wilderness  
to the coast near Port Orford.

The lower section of the Elk River flows through a steep
canyon  It widener upstream of the canyon but is very
steeply declined. The ElK River and the North Fork ofthe
Elk River are designated Wild and Scenic streams.

The Elk River is probably best know for its Chinook
Salmon but the fly angler has both salmon and
steelhead fishing opportunities. The run begins after the
first big fall rain, usually in November and usually
continues past the middle of January.  

The Elk River also has a good run of Wild Winter
Steelhead. One big advantage of fishing the Elk River is
the stream clears within a day after a very heavy rain.
Many other coastal streams don't.

Access is limited because most of its banks are on
private property. The best way to fish the river is from a
drift boat. Most anglers put in at the Elk River Salmon
Hatchery and float the seven mile stretch downstream to
the Elk River RV Park or the Oregon Department of Fish
and Wildlife access.

Elk River does not have a steelhead hatchery program.  
You can expect to catch some fin-clipped steelhead.  
The Elk River fishes best when the level is at 5.0 feet
and dropping. You can call (541)332-0405) for gauge
heights and water clarity

The steelhead fishing is at its best from about the middle
of December through March.
Chinook salmon enter the river in November and
continue through the middle of January.
Fall offers very little opportunity for salmon and
The Chinook Salmon fishing starts in December and
continues until the middle of January. The first run of
winter steelhead come in the Elk River in December and
continue into the month of March.
Type of Stream

Steelhead (Wild)
Chinook Salmon

Small to medium, 29 miles long

Southwestern Oregon

Nearest Towns
Cape Blanco
Port Orford

Varies by species. See current

Very Limited

Non-Resident License
State of Oregon

National Weather Service

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Elk River Oregon Fishing Report:
11/08/13 Customers reporting two chinook caught from  
lower Elk.  River still low and fishing on the tough side.
Fish caught on our PF Pink/White Clouser minnow.
Called to order more flies.

12/05/13 Local contact reporting the Elk is continuing to
produce more salmon now that the stream levels are up
01/30/14 Local contact reporting few fish have been caught due to low, clear water. Rain is
in the forecast and should help the fishing big time.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $50 are shipped via
Priority Mail.  
02/29/16 The rains came and keep on coming. High water levels are preventing anyone from
fishing. You will just have to keep checking. The stream has plenty of fresh steelhead.