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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Spring Break Trip

We have a group of about six of us who are planning a spring break trip from March 7th-14th to the Idaho or Washington area. We will be coming from the Bozeman/Great Falls area of Montana and I am just curious where are best chances at catching some steelhead are gonna be. We all just recently got hooked on spey fishing, but only for trout on the Missouri and Madison, when I purchased the rod I was warned about this addiction and were they ever right! Also, we all tie, and what would be some recommended patterns to bring along?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 06:28 AM
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you must have the bug...most spring breakers are heading south where the fishing can be good for redfish, seatrout, and for two legged game.
Good luck, sounds fun.
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Personally, I'd head straight to either the Olympic Peninsula or the Skagit/Sauk depending on what the weather is doing. If the Western waters are in shape, the OP will offer a lot of variety and a lot of foot access.
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be aware that the Skagit/Sauk may or may not close early this year. That is apparently still up in the air. If it closes early, it would be at the end of February, so keep an eye on that. Here is the thread on the Board:
http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/s...ad.php?t=27941

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Is there anywhere in Idaho that would be a possibiltiy....with all of us being so damn broke from the expenses of college, gas prices are kind of an issue. I have heard about some decent fishing around that time on the South Fork of the Clearwater, but from reading around it seems as if most the fish will be pretty worn out that late in their spawning cycle. Has anyone fished the south fork around that time period that can verify this, also nothing against the people who are fishing egg patterns, but I really want to swing some flies and chase fresh fish.
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fish will have been out of the ocean for months. The South Fork has fish, but it is mostly indicator with egg patterns or small nymphs. Swinging flies to fresh fish will require travel to the West side of the State.

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Ted's right. The SF Clearwatear will probably be loaded with steelhead, but they won't be fresh, and they won't be bright. For that you need to come west of the Cascades, WA or OR.

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if you are in or around Portland...

The Sandy and Clackamas in Oregon should be fishing fairly well then. If you want to fish north a bit into Washington you can hit smaller water like the EF Lewis or the Kalama, and still be within 45 minutes or so to PDX.
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What should we be tying

Thanks for all the help and the next question is what would be some patterns we should be tying if we were to head over to the Skagit/Sauk? Once again thanks for all your imput.
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Take your usual steelhead flies, but include some bigger ones for off color conditions. Rabbit strip in your favorite colors, Marabou spiders in your favorite colors. There are some ideas on the SPTV that shows the motion of rabbit and rhea that give some ideas of casting small and fishing big with a lot of motion.
http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/s...ad.php?t=26715

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Dude spend the money to get out to the coast. Oregon, Washington, California, they all have great rivers and will have chrome bright wild fish in them during that time. Personally I dont think I could stomache a day of bobber fishing for those tired summer fish on the Clearwater, much less a week. If you're into spey and swinging flies, come check out the the wet side.
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