Dry Fly Fishing the East Fork of Hood River

Polalie Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Emily Walbridge

Fly fishing one of the most beautiful spots on Mt. Hood. Low crowds, easy access and a river full of trout.

This river may be a bit under the radar at the moment but not for long.  This section doesn't have the big fish, that the main fork of the Hood River does but it will keep you busy with modest active trout perfect for a 3 or 5 weight rod in the summer time and a dry fly.   It's a great beginner & intermediate river with easy access from the Polallie Trail Head off of Highway 35.   A NW Forest Parking pass is required in the main lot.  

 A great place to stop on the way for gear, flies or condition updates is the Gorge Fly Shop in downtown Hood River, OR.    They have a great selection of gear and extensive advice for the novice to avid angler.   Just around the corner from the Gorge Fly Shop in downtown Hood River, is Double Mountain Brewery which is known for their pizza and craft beer selection.   The perfect place to stop on the way down the mountain after a day of fishing and share those epic catch & release stories with others. 

If you're not having much luck on the river hop on the Polallie Trail for a 4.25 mile loop hike to Twamanawas Falls.    The hike begins across Highway 35 from the river with a very steep incline right off the bat, then leveling off.   The majority of the trail is in dense forest without any views until you reach the Falls.   Twamanawas Falls is a popular destination for many hikers in the area and can lead to a busy trail during the main summer hiking season.  

Fish on!

Hike on!



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Notta bad place

Kinda close to Portland for a fish an I could park easy ehre. Quite place not to many people here. I would come back.

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