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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-08-2015, 05:41 AM Thread Starter
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coming to america. west coast, late october...

or early/mid november.

some of you know of a trip to penn that takes place 5-7 november...

I plan to be in ny state 2 nov and fish my way down.
so that leaves me with an option to fish the west either before or after.

I'll be armed with two 11'6 6wt switch rods (graphite and boo) and two 8wt 13'6 spey rods.

I've searched and read some previous threads from '13 with some conflicting views and was wondering if I could ask what my best chances would be at this time.
if it is a waste of effort at this time with little chance of reward I understand and will place my sights elsewhere.

this is a serious request and I'm not just kicking tires. I'm just short of booking flights.

and if any of you are wanting to flick some fancies at fish that may not know the difference please get in touch... as fishing by yourself is for the lonely, the mateless and the over-confident.

cheers lads,
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pipe dream?

perhaps I'm leaving it too late???

some help would be awesome.
please don't make me beg.

cheers,
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We'll need some idea of your goals and preferences to make good suggestions. Do you want to catch steelhead? I'm assuming you're not after trout based upon your gear choices. Are you 100% committed to the West Coast of the United States or are you open to other locations? What was the conflicting information you found?

For steelhead at that time you should be at a good point to fish the various Columbia River tributaries. The Deschutes, Klickitat, Grande Ronde, Snake, Salmon, Clearwater, etc. will all be in the middle to end of their seasons at that point.

In Canada you could look to the Thompson...it will be in the heart of steelhead season there at that point. The Skeena will still be fishing, but weather could start to be a factor as you reach the first and second weeks of November.

Just a few ideas there - certainly not all encompassing by any means.
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In late November and through December, anything in the Snake and Salmon rivers will be just right.

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Mid to late October is my favorite time on Columbia tributaries like the Deschutes, Grand Ronde, and Clearwater. November is still good, but weather can become an issue sometimes.
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Late October is prime time for floating lines in NorCal and Southern Oregon, Trinity, Klamath, Rogue and North Umpqua among others. Fish average smaller in size (majority under 10 lbs) but the catch rate is typically high. 8wts a bit heavy, 6&7's more common, switches perfect for the Trinity, Upper Klamath and NU, maybe a bit short for some larger runs on the Upper Rogue.
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late Oct/early Nov can be good times on the Deschutes. The crowds and rattlesnakes have typically disappeared, and the fish are still present and occasionally taking a bug. Same thing applies to the Grande Ronde.

There is a potentially significant downside---a cold snap can bring about winter type fishing. That is, cold ambient and water temps, wind, and sometimes snow which seldom accumulates but can be uncomfortable.
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Since no one mentioned it, the Muskegon River in Michigan -- not quite the west coast I know -- should be in its prime in November. Your 8-weight speys should be just right. You should still be able to book a pretty good guide. Contact Kevin Feenstra at 231-652-3528. I doubt that he will not have anything for you, but he will know who will and will not set you up with a dud. Just to put your mind at ease, I have no relationship with Kevin other than being a very happy customer.
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late Oct/early Nov can be good times on the Deschutes. The crowds and rattlesnakes have typically disappeared, and the fish are still present and occasionally taking a bug. Same thing applies to the Grande Ronde.

There is a potentially significant downside---a cold snap can bring about winter type fishing. That is, cold ambient and water temps, wind, and sometimes snow which seldom accumulates but can be uncomfortable.
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The Animas would probably be appropriate for you these days...
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Grande Ronde in late Oct.
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October, particularly late October, is just about my favorite time out here for swinging flies for steelhead. November can be very good in some locations but not as ideal in some others, seems like October is just really good fishing all up and down the west coast for the most part. Lovely weather usually, with a little bit of "interesting" weather here and there for a little variety. This particular year could be tricky depending on how the precip goes, as we're in a pretty bad drought right now.

I'd still go for it if it were me though, lots of nice water to work your way through that time of year. Far too much nice water in fact, never seem to have enough time then...
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You still have some tough decisions. I would want to fish in all of the above mentioned places during your timeline. Hopefully it rains where it usually does at that time.

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Water flows (we hope!!) will be the key. Pray for RAIN!

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fellas,

as of today I'm booked.
I shall be on your home waters 9-15nov.

I want to thank you for your information and encouragement and I will let you know how I get on.
daily perhaps.

cheers!
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