North Fork Stilly Condition

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Evan Virnoche, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. KerryS

    KerryS Ignored Member

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    WDFW should have closed it a month or more ago...

    I believe the entire section from the bridge above Deer Creek down to the 1st bend below should be permanently closed.
     
  2. Hillbilly Redneck

    Hillbilly Redneck wishin i was fishin

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    I'm glad it's not you're decision to make. I don't believe normal angling pressure, under normal conditions has much effect on the run of fish.
     
  3. Andrew Lawrence

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    True, but has this not always been the case? Even Zane Grey and his crew fished the mouth before making their trip into Deer Creek in 1918. I can understand the issue with the river temperature, which is why I will accept this. (I have no choice.). However, any sort of increase or decrease in their abundance over the last 30 years has been driven by other more important factors (the most obvious being the DeForest Creek landslide), rather than the pressure, or sometimes, lack thereof, from a catch and release fishery by fly fishermen. If that is really a concern, than maybe the rules should be updated to something like anglers can only use floating lines and un-weighted flies from July 1st – September 30th. Anyhow, that is just my 2 cents.
     
  4. KerryS

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    You may be correct. I am just looking at where the fish tend to stack up and thinking it may be nice to give them some sanctuary in that area. May be something that has little to no appreciable effect on the fish one way or the other.
     
  5. Hillbilly Redneck

    Hillbilly Redneck wishin i was fishin

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    The difference now as I see it is the fish are not going up the creek and the same fish are getting caught multiple times. This ain't 1918. Some years of high water the fish don't really congregate but just swim up the creek. Floating lines and un-weighted flies actually work pretty good on wild summer steel. The issue I have with permanently closing that section of river is who will police all the illegal fishing/poaching that goes on. Last time I was at the mouth a saw a sand shrimp container and a rooster tail package on the beach. A few dead fish killed by poachers = a lot of released fish by ethical anglers.
     
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    I didn’t mean to suggest that things are as they were in 1918. But with the exception of high water years, they have traditionally been found holding at and below the mouth, waiting to get into Deer Creek. I agree with you about the issue with poachers. When I hiked up Deer Creek last Saturday (just to explore and look around), I found an empty roll of Izor line on the shore below the entrance to the canyon.
     
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    The illegal fishing in that neck of the woods is pretty disgusting. The activity I have seen is not from people who don't know any better. I have felt for a long time that this is a major issue with both the wild steelhead and, sadly, the chinook recovery efforts.
     
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    The last couple of years I have also noticed and increase in chinook carcasses disposed of on the side of the river. They are a filleted out and discarded in the same spots year to year. I suspect it is just a few people poaching for their freezers. Not saying that to make it sound ok. These people are killing a lot of fish. I have come across piles of carcasses, but I have never caught them out there in the act.
     
  10. Hillbilly Redneck

    Hillbilly Redneck wishin i was fishin

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    I wonder if the chinook filets are from the tribes brood stock program. Not that some kings don't get bonked by hungry tar heels.
     
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    _WW_ Geriatric Skagit Swinger

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    Check the regs...that pool is scheduled to be closed from Aug 5 - Sept 30
     
  12. bennysbuddy

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    Is it closed for swimming as well ?
     
  13. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    Closed to laying on the river bar and Tanning?
     
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    I prefer Hawaii over the Stilly for tanning.
     
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