Which river for bigger Chum salmon in Nov?

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  1. Red Arch

    Red Arch Active Member

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    Interesting the difference in desirability of salmon species between Washington and BC. Up here a lot of us go for Coho, Springs, and like me hate catching Chum!
     
  2. Chris Johnson

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    Most folks down here felt the same, until the steelheading went to hell.
     
  3. stilly stalker

    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    I used to see guys fishing basically jigs under an indicator and slaying chum
     
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    I agree with DimeBrite -
    The largest chum in the region typically found in the Skagit (some fish approaching 30#). That said it is unlikely that the Skagit will be open for chums anytime soon. The 2014 Skagit forecast is only about 10% of the basin's escapement goal. While not as bad both the Stillaguamish and Snohomish are also forecasted to have runs this year below their goals.

    For chums in Puget Sound Rivers ground zero has moved from the "S" rivers to the "N" rivers; Nooksack and Nisqually.

    Curt
     
  5. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Actually the southern N river is really starting to be a shadow of it's former self in regards to chums. It has by far the brightest, best tasting and latest arriving fish with nice fish being caught into February. It like many other systems has been closing early due to poor runs.
    For the past ten years or so the best chum fishing I've found locally has been on the G river.
    SF
     
  6. rory

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    Very short casts on the Wallace.
     
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  7. Flycaster99

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    I ended up on the Squamish in BC for the Chums last week and got my fair share of them on the swing. Those Chums were willing to bite a fly on the swing and they fought hard! I think they had been under-rated for what they are worth as a sport fish...

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    I must heartily disagree. I think chum like flies presented in nearly any fashion better than most gear. However if you are having issues a twitch as it swings can change the game.

    I see you got some action. Excellent!
     
  10. Don Freeman

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    Yeah, I don't know anyone who spey fishes for chum. I only fish them in the salt, where I'll use a switch for over hand casting. Even then, stripping is awkward. There is a late run in the Nisqually that starts in Late November through xmas.

    And 20 pounders are not the norm, even for bucks.
     
  11. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    The Satsop gets some bruisers and has some nice swing water that can be accessed by foot.
     
  12. Tyler Speir

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    I landed some monsters at the Satsop last week
     
  13. Jamie Wilson

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    Well - the Stilly run has sure taken a hit within the time frame suggested. I always remembered it to be way better than it has been.
     
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    ^^This^^
    "Twitching 3/4 of the way thru the swing seemed to do the trick today.
     
  15. Joe Goodfellow

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    That's a beautiful fish good job