Until the development and expansion of the high-tech industry in the 1980s, the North Santiam Canyon’s economy remained heavily dependent on forest product. Despite occasional downturns in the lumber market, the state’s timber-dependent communities prospered. Towns such as Mill City, Detroit, and Idana, experienced small housing booms, merchants carried on a lively retail trade. With the lumber down turn in the 1980’s came a major slow down for these small logging towns. Nestled along the North Santiam River these little city economies were hit hard, yet I dare you to try and find a more beautiful setting in the world.
The North Santiam River is a major tributary to the Willamette River, and one of two main forks draining a large swath of the Cascade Range. The North Fork is the largest fastest of the forks, and offers some excellent fishing for winter and summer Steelhead, as well as Spring Chinook Salmon and Rainbow Trout.
Santiam Steelhead is our main attraction to this river. The wild winter steelhead run goes well into april, and although the summer steelhead are not native, the hatchery program sustain an excellent summer fishery. The summer steelhead run can run long after the hot summer, running into the early part October. Featuring a great setting, and a good fishery, we love fishing the north santiam river.
For available dates to fish the North Santiam River, please give us a call.