Historic Photos of Oregon Fishing

Flyfisherman Casting The Wilson River heads in the Oregon Coast Range flowing west to the Pacific Ocean. It has runs of steelhead, salmon, migratory cutthroat trout ("bluebacks") and resident native cutthroat trout. It is small water and ideal for the flyfisher. This 1938 photo shows a flyfisher finding solitude that is still available today.

photographer: Ralph Gifford
source: Oregon State Archives
Oregon Department of Transportation
ID: OHDG505

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  • Oakridge Salmon Hatchery - 1951
  • Bonneville Dam Fish Ladder - 1953
  • Salmon Derby Chinook - circa 1938
  • Celilo Falls Columbia River - circa 1900
  • Casting for Columbia Salmon - 1937
  • Indian Women Drying Salmon - 1952
  • Large Trout - Diamond Lake - 1937
  • Willamette River "Hog Line" - 1940
  • Trask River Steelhead - circa 1936
  • "Devil's Punchbowl" - circa 1935
  • Wilson River Flyfishing - circa 1938
  • Umpqua Steelhead Hookup - circa 1937
  • Celilo Falls Salmon Catch- circa 1935
  • Netted Salmon Celilo Falls - circa 1940
  • Gaffed Salmon Celilo Falls - circa 1937
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  • Oregon Governor Earl Snell - 1940


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