Best Summer Run Fishery On The West Coast

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

  1. Flyborg

    Flyborg Active Member

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    That's usually when the bikini hatch kicks off on the Kalama. Bring some beer and condoms and lowered expectations :)
     
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    That does sound tempting Flyborg but probably tough to concentrate on my swing when drunk chicks in bikinis are floating by all day. Man after typing that it really does not sound that bad. ha
     
  3. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    I think he's advising you to concentrate on your schwing...and the suspension of good judgement.
     
  4. Steelie Mike

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    You should tell them about the show you and I got that one afternoon on the K by those young ladies swimming.
     
  5. Klickrolf

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    There's another K, the Klickitat. With 4 days to fish you could cover the Deschutes, Hood and Klickitat...briefly. I know where I'd go, but I ain't sayin'.
     
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    That was definitely a bikini hatch highlight. And Jon, personally I think it's a ton of fun, although it's not everyone's bag obviously. You usually get about an hour of good fishing just before dark, and that's when the magic happens anyways.
     
  7. Jonathan Tachell

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    Klickrolf if you got em pegged let's meet up and fish some time in July. I will pay for gas and food and anything else necessary to have a good time. Just saying. Flyborg you have me convinced that the Kalama bikini hatch is worthy of a day trip or two not to mention the river is gorgeous and one might even catch a fish.
     
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    PM me if you're serious Jonathan...and I don't have 'em pegged.
     
  9. JesseC

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    If you have that kind of time off and don't hit the deschutes then you deserve leprosy.
     
  10. Jonathan Tachell

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    Yeah the deschutes will probably get fished for a day or two during my steelhead vacation.
     
  11. Metalonthefly

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    Not the prime time for the Rogue...I'd save the drive time unless you're planning to be down there anyway. I agree with lots of the other suggestions. If drive time is not an issue, I'd say go to the Skeena System in BC.
     
  12. kamishak steve

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    It was mentioned already, but I wouldn't be caught anywhere on those dates other than vancouver island.
     
  13. kamishak steve

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    @metalonthefly - those dates are a bit too early for skeena fish, and with the new skeena licensing system for 2012, you all better think about new options for that area. Closures for non-resident anglers, increased classified waters fees, etc.
     
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    A well traveled steelheader once told me that the best summer steelhead fishery in the world, which also happens to be on the west coast, is the Dean River in BC. There also happens to be a couple weeks still open after the lottery for this year.

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  15. James Mello

    James Mello Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"

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    I don't think there is a prime time place anywhere. It's really a bit early for the D, a bit early for the Klick, etc... The only reasonable hits would *normally* be the earlier run fish (Stilly, Sky), but those are all hatchery turds for the most part. The Cow is great, but wildly crowded. Also, for the Sky and Stilly we are looking at maybe 3000 total fish for the basis. I'm a bit curious as to how many fish would be in the Rouge/Umpqua at this time. Do you have info on this?