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Fly Fishing The Yaquina River Oregon
The Yaquina River is a 59 mile long stream that drains a
portion of the Central Coast Range. It begins in the
Siuslaw National Forest, west of Corvallis, Oregon. It is
also called the Yaquinna River and the IIonia River.

Big Elk Creek is a major tributary of the Yaquina River
and the main area that provides steelhead fishing
opportunities. Elk Creek is located upstream from Toledo
and Newport. It's a small stream but it offers some bank
fishing along Harian Road upstream to the Grant Creek
Bridge.

Winter steelhead smolts are released near Milepost 13,
so returning adults usually move into Elk Creek. The
best opportunity for this small run of steelhead is from
late December to the first week or two of February.

Sea-run Cutthroat enter the Yaquina River from July
through September. Fly fishing the Yaquina River for
sea-run cutthroat is usually very good.

The fall run Chinook salmon start entering the bay the
last week or two of August and proceed to move up into
the Yaquina River from about the middle of September
to the first week of November. Fishing continues through
October.

You should make certain you check the temporary
regulations prior to fishing for salmon. It is possible there
may be a limited, non find-clipped, wild Coho salmon
opportunity but again, check the temporary regulations.

Fishing for the resident cutthroat trout is usually best
from about late May through June but it is possible to
catch anytime of the season.

Season:
The season varies by species and by section
Spring:
Fly fishing the Yaquina River for resident Cutthroat trout
is good during the Spring.
Summer:
Summer starts the sea-run cutthroat and late Summer
the Fall Chinook run.
Fall:
Chinook Salmon fishing
Winter:
Winter steelhead fishing

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Flies
Type of Stream
Freestone

Species
Winter Steelhead
Fall Chinook Salmon
Cutthroat - Sea Run
Resident Cutthroat Trout
Chum Salmon

Size
Ranges from Small, to Medium, to
Large depending on the section

Location
West Central Oregon

Nearest Towns
Newport
Corvallis
Toledo

Season
Varies by species and areas. See
current regulations.

Access:
Ranges from tough to easy
depending on the section of the river

Non-Resident License
State of Oregon

Weather
National Weather Service

USGS Stream Flow Data:
Chitwood Oregom

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