Best Summer Run Fishery On The West Coast

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Jonathan Tachell, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Jonathan Tachell

    Jonathan Tachell Active Member

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    Ok so here is the deal, I have July 18th thru the 22nd off and am willing to travel to catch some summer runs. With the near collapse of the Puget Sound fisheries I took some more time off this year to fish some new water. Here is my question if you guys could pick one river to fish during the time frame above this year on the west coast for pure numbers of fish in the system and fish willing to bite, which river would you pick?

    PM's are always welcome. Thanks guys.
     
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    I hear the crickets chirping away.


    For sheer numbers probably the cowlitz.
     
  3. Jonathan Tachell

    Jonathan Tachell Active Member

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    yeah no doubt. I have been mulling around the deschutes and rogue but not sure yet. I can fish the lower cowlitz and the kalama on the weekends they are only an hour and a half to two hours away. I was hoping to get a few more options whether that means traveling out of state than so be it.
     
  4. Robert Engleheart

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    The Nestucca should be full-on by July, also the Siletz. Nice water that you don't need a boat for, tho the numbers don't equal the Cow. Bonus; some nice SRC in both.
     
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    North Fork of the Lewis Perhaps?
     
  6. Jonathan Tachell

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    Thanks for the suggestions I will definitely be looking into the Siletz and Nestucca.
     
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    North Fork of the Lewis Sucks for fly fishing for steelhead..

    During that time Frame I would fish the lower Deschutes in Oregon.. some early fish around which are good biters and low on the crowds because fish numbers are not yet high.
     
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    the McCloud is pretty sick
     
  9. Robert Engleheart

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    It is, but sans steelhead.
    Jonathan, if you decide on the Nestucca, PM me. I'll try to remember a guide I talked with last year who was very forthcoming with some info.
    I deferred and fished the Deschutes instead.
     
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    hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    is there another mccloud besides the sacramento tributary? one with steelhead?
     
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    I've done a lot of summer steelheading in Oregon, and the Nestucca and Siletz would not be on my list of travel destinations. Those rivers are barely a trickle in the summer and the fish are as skittish as they can be. You might have an hour of decent fishing at first light and last light, but that's it.

    If you're traveling to fish summers that time of year, fish the Deshutes.
     
  12. Jonathan Tachell

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    Thanks for the info guys I'm kinda leaning towards the deschutes but we will see.
     
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    I woud go to the North Umpqua simply for the experience. Anyhow, that is my 2 cents.
     
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    I agree North Umpqua or theres always VI
     
  15. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    Dude, the Cow is probably one of the most brutal fisheries with respects to crowds until at least the first of August. There is very little walk in access to boot. If I were you and I had that kind of time I'd head down to Oregon and fish something like the Rogue or Umpqua.