WFF Low water on the OP makes for interesting fishing

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by ibn, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. ibn

    ibn Moderator Staff Member

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    I spent this past Fri/Sat/Sun out on the OP. With water levels being so low it made for some real challenging and interesting fishing, we had to think outside the box. I spent Sunday fishing pockets of frogwater for laid up summer steelhead. We used floating lines, long leaders, and softhackles. The fish were very spooky, so you had to lead them by quite a ways. Once your fly slid into the zone, a couple twitches, slow strip, then a little faster, and if the fish was a player it would cruise over and swallow the fly.

    It was pretty fantastic to be able to sight fish for steelhead in a t-shirt, near Forks, on the last day of September.

    The other 2 days were spent chasing fresh kings and searuns. I'll submit a whole writeup of the trip in the "trip report" section later today. I just wanted to share the steelhead portion separately, since it was one of the more fun steelheading experiences I've had.

    Wanted to thank Jim Kerr for the awesome ideas. Pretty neat that he was able to point us in the right direction under such challenging conditions.
     

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    holy shit that's badass
     
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    nice work! I can't wait to get out there this year!
     
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    You could not have gotten better advice from any guide. Jim is solid.
     
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    Nice!! I've had a trip planned to get out there for one weekend in October. The 'plan' was to wait for the rain and then head out with the hope of fishing for coho. Good to hear you found some fish in challenging conditions! I'm still not sure if we'll go or not, but your report at least gives me a ray of hope!
     
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    What size were the soft hackles you were fishing? I'm thinking that for this fall season, with low water conditions, we'll be encountering similar conditions everywhere. I've started tying some smaller flies than I normally fish but am curious what size flies you were using?
     
  8. ibn

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    They were size 10 and 12 un-weighted october caddis patterns. I really think these fish become a little more "trouty" the longer they're in the rivers. They were moving to eat the fly.
     
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    I definitely have to agree with you on this point. On a couple of occasions, I have seen those fish chase down streamers like the trout at Rocky Ford Creek.
     
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    This is what happened to me this past saturday on an S River. While I was fishing for trout with a black Skulpzilla, the fish took on short, quick strips in a spot I had already swung through. It was a perfect spot for a fish to wait and ambush it's prey by chasing it from behind a snag.
     
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    Sorry but I keep hearing the term OP and can't figure it out..
     
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    Haha I fugured it out.. Such a bonehead. Olympic Peninsula
     
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