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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-25-2008, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Where would you recommend a newbie start

I bought Trey Combs book "Fly-fishing for Steelhead" when it first came out and I remember reading about all of the rivers and wishing I could fish them. I was in high school at the time and had no money, etc. Ohio was a long way from the Pacific coast, too.

Since finding this site I have been looking for that book with no success and toying with the idea of a trip out west. I have fished the great lakes rivers (don't like chuck and duck) and want to swing the fly in a traditional manner to sea-run fish.

Where would you recommend a newbie go to that is less expensive and one could maybe hit a few different rivers in a rental car from the same hotel, maybe hire a guide one day?

I am NOT looking for 20lbers or 50 fish days. More consistent weather and river flows, a good chance of catching (one or more) fish, rivers that will be open, easy public access, etc. August/ September would be best for my schedule, are fresh fish available then? I would budget for 7-9 days out fishing.


Still looking for that book.....
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-25-2008, 03:46 PM
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Find the book ... or get Dec Hogan's a passion for steelhead. It has a ton of info on steelhead/reading water/flies etc.

For August/Sept, I'd fish the Deschutes in Oregon. There are plenty of guides there to let you get used to the river. Go with them for a couple of days ... figure out system and then camp or stay in Maupin. The Deschutes Angler has great guides and they will help you tons. You can easily fish with a 6 wt 12.5 ft two handed rod or something around that size. That time of the year it is a floating line and floating or wet fly just under the surface. You will have a great time.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-25-2008, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I will look into this.

I made a call home to see if the parents could find the book hidden somewhere.
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