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Fly Fishing Guide to the Little Nestucca River Oregon
The Little Nestucca River is formed in the Van Duzer State Forest in the mountains
west of Salem Oregon. From there it flows through Siuslaw National Forest. It enters
Nestucca Bay near Pacific City. The Little Nestucca River crosses under the bridge at
U.S. Highway 101 three miles south of Pacific City. County Road #130 follows along the
river for much of its length. It enters the bay at a different place than the Nestucca river.

The river has a few hatchery steelhead but most of the Little Nestucca's steelhead are
wild. They can be caught and released throughout the winter but the best part of the
run peaks in late February and early March. There is only a small amount of access to
the river along the Little River Road. It runs between highway #22 and Highway #101.
Most of the fishing areas are own privately owned property. The headwaters are mostly
on public land under the management of the forest service. As mentioned in the
introduction, most of the boat fishing is done downstream from the launch near
highway #101.

The Coho Salmon are listed as a threatened species and the season is closed, of
course. Most of the fishing is done for steelhead trout and Fall Chinook salmon. There
are some anglers that target the cutthroat, both resident and sea-run variety. The fish
can access the area above Upton Falls via a fish ladder that has been added. There is
a small dam that forms an area that allows the fish access to the ladder. There is
another waterfall upstream about a mile called Stella Falls. Stella Falls is located along
the Little Nestucca Highway four miles upstream from highway #101. Access to fishing
is provided at these falls. There is a large pool at this location and then the gorge area.

Steelhead are taken using two basic methods - nymph fishing and swinging flies in the
current. Our Perfect Fly stonefly nymphs are excellent for this.
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