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Clackamas River Steelhead Report -July

The Clackamas River is now dropping into summer levels. Summer steelhead are spread through the system and are available to the early rising angler.  Best timing for fishing is to be up at the crack of dawn.  Swung flies on a floating line are the standard now.  Standard patterns such as green butt skunks, purple perils and leech patterns will produce. 

Floating the river is difficult in low water conditions in the upper reaches of the river.  Gravel bars will be evident in most sections of the river.  Careful boat management is required at these levels. 

Water temps are up in the high 50’s with temps this week being around 59 degrees.

Water temps are going up while the rive level is going down.  Expect this trend to continue.

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