Does it matter? Bird boastfully comes on, claims his prowess, calls another member a liar, claims to have fished pretty much the whole river and then tries to scam in on Trips locations. He needs to get called out on that behavior.I'll say it again, I think bird and triploid are fishing different sections of the river. Before this becomes some sort of weird man fight.
Truth! I've always had a quality experience there and I hope to come back again in a year or two. Keep on keepin' on, Jack!The river is a great place and fragile just like many, maybe even more so than others. We certainly do not and will not target rainbows on their beds....contrary to what is stated here. We/I spend ample time in and out of the boat depending on fishing technique and time of year. As stated, when fishing February to May on any western stream, coastal or inland, you are fishing during pre-spawn, spawn and post spawn activity.
Have fun out there...
Jack Mitchell / The Evening Hatch
edited your comment for ya cuz i think ur still missing the point. just because you or your guide only catch one a year does not mean other anglers cant have it dialed in betterSeems to me that one of my friends caught one on that trip but it is an extremely rare happening there in MY experiences.
why would he go out with a guide who admits he can't find the fish he is targeting? even for free, that's just wasted time.
I've lived by the Willamette for 3yrs and fish it regularly. I've never caught a single trout in it. I will make you a deal: I will take you out there to a spot of your choice. If you're able to catch a trout or two in my presence, you don't have to pay me for the opportunity.There are certain places on the Willamette River in Oregon where you can catch very large, wild cutthroat and redband trout. We once thought that when news got out, the river would be overran with guides and bait anglers. As a preventive measure, many years ago, a number of fly clubs banded together and fought to change the regs to C&R for wild trout in a section of the Willamette. The ODF&W biologist fought us be we still managed to win ... with some horsetrading in regards to the distance of the C&R area.
For awhile, the regulation battle did result in an uptick of anglers in that section of Willy but you know what? Once anglers figured out the Willamette is a large river and there's more places you won't touch a fish than there are places you will hook up, the interest in the fishery dropped and now there's no more pressure on the river than there was decades ago. The invasion of anglers and guides never happened.
Considering the length and size of the Columbia, I have a feeling that any sudden interest in the fishery will eventually wane due to the same reality that was discovered on the Willamette. Just because a large river holds large, wild trout, that's no guarentee that you'll catch them or even locate them.