I'm in Tualatin... which is south of Portland about a dozen miles or so. Door to bank, the Clackamas R. is 20 minutes. This last winter I tired my luck at a few runs of steelhead but was skunked each time. I didn't feel too bad as it was a terrible time and I never did see anyone else land one either.
The Clackamas is about as large a river I plan on fishing. I love hiking small streams and dipping my line along the way. I originally picked up the sport while living in the Seattle area... I'd go up the Snoqualmie pass to exit 38 and fish the river there. Plenty of room to get some line out and being new at the time, 'crack' the fly off.
I will soon be teaching my oldest daughter (8 y.o.) to fly fish. She enjoys fishing with spinners and bobbers on her button reel but sees me landing more with flies. My wife also expressed an interest so I need to bone up on info. as I'd like to teach them right (vs. the haphazard way I've stumbled into it).
I have a s.bend rod/reel combo I picked up somewhere. It's 9', 2 piece and off the top of my head I couldn't tell you the weight. I"M guessing 5# I do remember it cost less than $30
I'm still trying to figure out this site; how to move about and find the things I'd like to read. Tag posts I'd like to return to, etc... It does take a lot of time reading as so much of it is very informative to me. It's all good.