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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 06-17-2008, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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St Marys Rapids...the Soo

Planning a trip there for mid August this summer. Any tips, what to use etc. I'm using a 13 ft spey, so I plan on swinging for them. I'm still very new to speycasting and I have two lines I want to cut up to attach some tips. I still haven't done this, I've been procastinating cutting my line for the past few years now. lol

Any info is greatly appreciated as I'm looking forward to this trip.

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Canadian side

Yes, likewise, the Soo is a new destination for me, thus there is a lurker here interested in similar info.

A fishing buddy said you have to fish from the Canadian side. That you cast emerald shiner patterns, forage fish they are used to seeing.

But my info train stops here.

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you probably only need a floating line, natural colored flies not limited to just baitfish patterns but also tans, olives, blacks, etc.

you must access from the canadian side or by boat

im headed there two weekends from now, always a great time
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Post up some reports. I am also interested in fishing there someday. I have seen reports on other websites.....WOW.

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St. Mary's Rapids is the place where I have learned spey casting. I started with a 11.5 foot spey rod, fished with a 16 footer and now I am settling down with 14 or 15' rod. The rapids is made of several giant pools. You can get to the head of pools but you can not walk down. Most time even when fishing is good, fish are holding 100' below. It is my opinion that you better stay home and practice casting if you can not cast at least 90'. The best set up is a floating line either wc or mid spey line, with #8-6 bead headed wooley bugger in am and #8 non-weighted muddler in pm. The more water you cover, the more fish you will catch. Especially summertime fishing here is simply placing your fly in the water. I like to see more fly fishermen in this river and I hope someday this river will be fly fishing only, no weight on the leader-no chuck and ducking and catch and release. I fish almost every weekend so if I see you there, I will show you aroud. Lastly, you should have a wading staff and pair of studed wading boots. Hopefully see you there.
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Cool Cool, I can't wait! Any pics of the area, so I kinda know what to expect
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look at it on google earth...awesome view
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The St. Mary's doesn't give up her Atlantics easily. In the past, I've told people who were visiting for the first time to expect a skunking. However, put the time in and it will all come together sooner or later!
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Cool, if it happens it happens, I'm just looking to get out there.
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One thing that can't be stressed enough are high quality studs. Without them, it will not be a very enjoyable experience.

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A good quality wading staff is a must ! The rocks are slippery and sometimes difficult to get around in that current . Wade carefully .


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That's one place where I wear an inflatable vest. Studs work well, but Dan Bailey Stream Cleats work even better, at least in my experience. Most of the Atlantics that I've seen caught have come on relatively small nymphs. They don't seem to respond particularly well to traditional salmon wet flies.
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Ah! The voice of experience! I don't know why more of us don't use those vests. Including me. A wading belt should be standard issue with common sense also being a good thing to bring.
I agree with JR on the patterns. Everything from a bitchcreek nymph....elk hair caddis, wooly buggers and traditional smelt baitfish patterns.
Lake Superior State University fishcam is usually a good indicator of what is going on in the river for salmon.
We are looking forward to a good year and are hoping the water warms up a tadd. The Lake State site also includes information on how many gates are open and fish ability. The water temperature has been around 48 although readings at the headwaters were still at around 42 off Gros Cape.
J.Lee's invitation is a true display of sportsmanship and integrity. An inspiration for sure.

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I'm getting pumped up for this, I'll start organizing and tying next month.

J Lee, I probably won't be fishing the rapids till the Monday, I'll be camping a couple of nights outside of the Soo then spending the work week in town. Hopefully I can meet up with some to show me around.

Are there spots where I can fish from shore along the river near the hotels with a conventional tackle. It's a family trip so I'd like to take them fishing too, we do plan on hitting some of the smaller lakes in the area.
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On the Canadian side. Lots of fishing from shore, fishing platforms and piers. Bring lifejackets for the kids and yourself in the event YOU have to go and get one of them.

On the American side. I don't think access is quite as good from shore. Some access around the Edison Plant and downstream. Nice camp grounds on the river. The local police usually stock a fishing pond for the kids. This is very generous and provides a nice outing for the younger children.

If the salmon are here and the whitefish, walleye and pike are biting you may have a problem prying their little fingers off that rod and reel long enough to get them in a car to take them anywhere else.

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