No coho river threads this year?

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by daveypetey, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. I am very surprised there are no river threads this year for coho. I talk to a lot of gear guys at work who are just doing fantastic and hope to do so the next couple of weeks. I know that this is the saltwater forum, but it is a saltwater fish. If anyone is out there hitting up rivers with regularity, I for one would love to hear about it and maybe gain a little knowledge on how to tackle the big water. :D
  2. I haven't hit the rivers for coho yet since there's steelhead to be caught... But if I was out derbying coho locally, I wouldn't go tell the world to come join me.
  3. I'm sure the gear guys are doing well...They always do well cause they floss them (corkies and yarn)and snag them. Coho can be caught in rivers, I've done it but you've got to find the right river, a river the fish haven't had to go through a gauntlet of gear guys before you get a chance to actually fish for them, at least around here.
  4. I've caught plenty of coho in the past on both flies and gear without doing any of the things you mention. Those things do happen, but I know plenty of competent gear anglers who catch them legitimately around here.
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  5. As I know nothing about river steelies or silvers, and there are a number of new guys on here, anyone want to give a basic how to for river coho?
  6. Put in a lot of time on the water. There's no simple answer to how to get them. It took me and a good fishing buddy of mine several seasons to even start catching fish. It's dependent on the river conditions, and several other factors. I'll tell you what the least effective thing to do is, and that's swinging for them in steelhead water like most fly guys seem to want to do.
  7. If its anything like the salt, small fly, bright color, and be in the right place at the right time?

    Ive never tried to fish for them once they hit the rivers.
  8. Same here. I've been tossing spinners in the shallower faster runs, and will bomb jigs into the deep holes around brush piles and logjams. For jigging, use a 3/8 oz jighead dressed with some rabbit and marabou of your color choice. Find some Coho and make your cast. Lift up the rod tip, and then suddenly and quickly drop the rod tip while reeling down. Repeat, all the way back to the boat or bank. Coho hit the jig on the drop. They may follow it for a bit, so they might grab at the last moment.
    I'm casting with a "two handed" spinning rod which is easier on my sore arm than using a flyrod,
    but jigging also sets back the healing, so I'm just retrieving spinners lately. I have been having luck with #5 blades.

    I fish deep slow runs near cutbanks, and the slower holes. They will hold behind structure to avoid the current. I usually try to locate some fish first, but if I know there in, I'll cast blind to good looking Coho water. As they often say, "the jumpers aren't the biters, but at least they let you know the fish are there." If there's jumpers, then there should/might be biters.
  9. This is different than "waiting period" fishing. I find that going big with the "in your face" approach of a #5 blade (and maybe even some flashabou or a hootchie skirt tied onto the hook) often will trigger a reactive attack.
  10. Many choose not to target salmon once they have reached their home rivers. I fish for salmon in the lower rivers near the saltwater on occasion. The salmon in the lower rivers are still bright and strong, and they are not spawning yet. Also, these newly arrived salmon bite flies better. You should thoroughly read the freshwater salmon chapters in Les Johnson's Fly Fishing for Pacific Salmon (Volumes 1 & 2) to learn effective tactics.
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  11. If you use a #2 black and purple Egg Sucking Leech, a King might just grab it!
    My lucky jig color this season (so far) was a 3/8 oz black head, cerise (or dark pink) body, fluorescent lime green tail. Tied by master jig-crafter and Coho fool, Befishin'
  12. well, gear guys are not doing super hot on the Sky and it's not because their leaders are too short or they ran out of spark plugs; fishing has just been tough this fall. I've seen boats hook fish on plugs and spinners but bank guys have had it rough. Fish present throughout the river but it's tough to get them to bite. I've had success with Mepps spinners and very flashy jigs when the river is medium-high (3.5-7k cfs). Heavily weighted flies with long leaders on floating lines work great for frog water from the bank because the flies get a good jigging action with the retrieve. Sinking lines with unweighted flies (comet, christmas tree, or pretty much any pattern- you never know!) are good if fishing faster water or if fishing from a boat. Met a guy who landed three from his float tube using a large silver/red christmas tree pattern when the river was high so go flashy when water is colored up.
  13. Very interesting. Thanks for all the input. Just trying to get as many salmon to hand as I can in my short year here in Seattle.
  14. Theres a few smaller peninsula rivers with HUGE COHO that will give you a good schooling as to how to target them in the fresh H2O, Were talking tiny rivers, barely a roll cast wide that have up to 20lb ho ho hos ready to play. Small and flashy flies with a twitch strip swing retrieve gets the job done. A welcome addition to the excitement anyday. Coho are bulldog fighters for sure!
  15. I read and re-read FFPS II's freshwater section a couple weeks ago, hit the vice and then headed to the river. I spent hours trying to coax a river coho into a strike on the fly. I built 3' and 6' tips of T-14 for my 8 wt, added them to a 6 wt Outbound Short Intermediate, twitched, swung, jigged, stripped fast/ slow/ erratic.... and then picked up the Rainshadow spinning rod and threw a Blue Fox. Fifth cast to the same stretch and I got a great strike from a nice buck. Landed him and hit the water all over again with a fly without a nudge. Brutal.

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  16. prom dress in the same color combo you threw the blue fox in. Flashy wiggly BAM!
  17. That looks like a section of the Samish. Nice
  18. There is no shame to throwing hardware for river coho, beats getting skunked over and over. However, there are rare occasions when a fly rod will produce more fish so I always bring both to the river! Blue, green, and orange #4 or #5 Mepps spinners are my favorite hardware followed by 3/8 or 1/2oz Brad's jig heads tied with black, cartreuse, pink, and/or purple rabbit strips.
  19. Hope you'll be here in August, 2013, will have plenty of opportunity to wrestle with the Pinks :)
  20. Sadly I leave at the end of July. I am so bummed.

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