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Dream Streams for Serious Steelhead Anglers

These rivers in the Pacific Northwest need to be on your bucket-list radar.

Dream Streams for Serious Steelhead Anglers

A scenic view of Steelhead Falls on Deschutes River in Oregon. (Shutterstock image)

There are two distinct races of steelhead found in the Pacific Northwest: winter-run and summer-run. The difference is that winter fish arrive sexually mature and ready to spawn in late winter and early spring, whereas summer fish arrive immature, then overwinter and spawn the following spring.

Winter steelhead can be found in coastal and some Cascade Range mountain rivers. Summer steelhead are found in some Cascade Range rivers and many large tributaries of the Columbia River extending well into central Idaho and north-central Washington. Anomalies to this general...

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