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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-28-2016, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone have success w/SPRING chinook?

I'm wondering if swinging flies will reliably target these fish. I can imagine that tactics on Willamette Valley/Lower Columbia streams might differ from coast streams. Have you/do you… and if so, how? I haven't read any discussion beyond an occasional accidental meeting while fishing steelhead. I hope there is something to learn here. Thanks for any offered help.
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Sooo, this subject is either classified or the code is yet unbroken. Time for trial and (many) errors
Reports to follow if I learn something!
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There are a few rivers one the WA cost that are some what productive but it's still a one in a million for springers.
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Geno Bernero of Confluence Outfitters said he was going to start offering Springer trips on the lower Rogue near the coast. You could try contacting him. Definitely a dream to get one on the swing! For when the steelhead start to feel just to darn easy.
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Hmmm, easy steelhead… not familiar ( ), but yes, swinging up a spring salmon would be pretty cool. Thanks for the coast tips, Rh and B.
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Geno Bernero of Confluence Outfitters said he was going to start offering Springer trips on the lower Rogue near the coast. You could try contacting him. Definitely a dream to get one on the swing! For when the steelhead start to feel just to darn easy.
"Too Darn Easy", Been fishing for Steelhead since I was a kid. If I ever feel it's ordinary, common or easy I'll enroll in an Underwater Basket Weaving class at the local Community College !!

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I am on a mission to at least hook a springer in the willamette valley this month, my first spring here.
Ive been told 3 things:

1. Fish the same water as you would for steelhead, maybe a little deeper.
2. You gotta get the fly down to the fish, speed is not an issue.
3. If it aint chartreuse, it aint no use.

Hopefully Ill be posting a picture of a springer right here tomorrow...
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I like it! Can't wait for your follow up … guess I've got a few flies to tie. Good luck, sbtm.
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I've hooked exactly one while swinging for steelhead here in the Willamette valley. Heard of others doing the same. It happens! Have fun!
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I have been out on the Kalama once and Sandy once. I am using 15 ft of T17 and an intermediate head, this is a set up i have had a lot of success previously in CA

I an starting to hit them harder starting this week given the huge up swing in numbers at Bonneville

Hit me up if anyone wants to join me i hate fishing alone

I have seen several swung up on Instagram in the Willamette valley lately

it is do able
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seen some dandies on the K lately, but all were enticed with juice never had success on a fly there..swung teeny 300's thru the canyon area years ago..

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I sort steelhead each week at the upper hatchery. This week there were about 150 salmon to separate first. Many nice fish… a couple +30lbs. Some recycled, some saved for spawning.
I know they'll take a bare plug in the Columbia. Don't see why a swung fly couldn't rile one up enough to take it… might take more than the usual 1000 casts, though .
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Here on the upper Rogue River taking a Fall King on a fly is rare; the Springer's will chomp a fly if you hit them in the face. Only colour that appears to work is chartrussie; go figure?



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im on the same quest, I bet we live near eachother....pm me!
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I ran into one on the Clearwater last year. I was using a big weighted intruder that my friend tied for the occasion. Had it on whatever sinking tip/leader thing looked the heaviest from my odd-ball collection.

I was standing at the upstream end of a long eddy, on a little point of rocks that put me directly upstream of the eddy line. I could cast out into the current and let the fly slowly drift and sink into the deep bucket at the upstream end of this eddy. Seemed like a spot where any fish heading upstream on that side of the river would hold up for a quick breather before tackling the next stretch of main river current. I treated the situation more like casting practice than anything, and was as surprised as my friend was annoyed when one hooked itself onto my fly, way down there in the dark cold water, after maybe only an hour of swingin.
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