The Sandy River has continued to produce good numbers of winter steelhead for anglers who have toughed out the rough weather December and early January has dished out. The hatchery at Cedar Cr (a tributary of the Sandy) has already seen a decent return and has begun to recycle fish back down river to the Lewis and Clark boat ramp. Recycled fish can be identified by a single hole pounch found inthe right side gill plate of the fish. In addition good numbers of wild steelhead make a showing in Janaury. Fishing is best from the hatchery down to Lewis and Clark with much of the pressure centered around Oxbow park.
A typical rule of thumb for the Sandy River is when snow levels are below 4,000 feet fishing conditions get good.
If you decide to hit the Sandy try the Crandall’s Provider in Black and Blue- the wild fish of the Sandy seem to especially like this fly. Find this fly at: www.spiritriver.com or at Royal Treatment Fly shop 503-850-4397