How to fish these conditions

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by golfman44, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    I totally agree James W. a drift boat with 2 buddies can be an impediment. I fish alone generally and will float alone. It allows me all the little pieces that I would like.

    Last year I floated with another board member on a heavily pressured river complete with guides and sleds. He is quite adept at finding little pieces. By the end of the week, I felt as though we had put together enough little pieces that I really looked forward to fishing the stretch we fished most this year.

    Due to different conditions this year, I didn't, but I was able to fish a section where the fish were more prevalent and with many little pieces. It produced fish daily. More and more I have become convinced that exploring and finding smaller holding spots is the key on heavily pressured rivers. It's also a bit more interesting than the large bars, although there are some large bars that I'll always fish if open.

    Go Sox,
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  2. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    Hey Charles, Theo who......?
     
  3. Randall Clark

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    When encountering these types of conditions, the majority of my fish come out of pocket water and anything with bubbles on top obscuring their view up and your view down. I hate tips, so it'll be dry line with weighted marabou...if that fails, nymph it with the same fly. If that fails, move on & repeat...even doing this, I have a tendency to cover a ton of water simply because I work through the water pretty quickly.
     
  4. Jmills81

    Jmills81 The Dude Abides

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    yep, find new water, steelhead arent all in the same places. Found some top secret water this weekend on a well known extremely pushed water and found great success
     
  5. Rob Allen

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    wouldn't fish at all.. drive somewhere else catching one more fish isn't worth the hassle of the crowds
     
  6. Chawhee

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    Conditions:
    Gin clear water- bring some tonic
    Water temp low 40s - Good temperature for a cool drink, see above.
    Mid October Columbia trib - cannot compute
    Sunny as fuck -bananna boat
    Lots of pressure - Start talking to yourself in the lineup, end with a yelling match with yourself in the lineup.
     
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