The Sandy River is fed from Sandy Glacier on Mt. Hood and flows all the way the city of Troutdale, OR where it dumps into the Columbia River. This makes for a perfect cold water home for native and hatchery steelhead and trout. This river is really easy to wade with it's rolling rocky shores and open areas for casting. If you live around Portland it's a quick 30 minute drive, and well worth the trip to catch steelhead without the crowds or need for a boat.
Be sure to check the Fishing Regulations and Emergency Rules for this area.
Our Sandy River fishing maps show areas we love to fish. If you've never fished here before these are great places to start.
The flies we've listed below are some of the locals favorites for this section of the water. If you're interested in learning to tie these flies, we've included links to show you how!
ODFW is not stocking Sandy River at this time. For more information on stocking schedules for Oregon rivers and lakes, please visit the ODFW Trout Stocking website.
There's nothing better than community based reports from people that are on the water! If you're seeing reports from local fly shops and guides please take some time to visit their shops or websites!
Be sure to check out nearby fishing spots, they're less than 15 miles away from Sandy River!
There are no rivers or lakes within 15 miles of this