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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-02-2008, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Dean River

Anybody here how the Dean is looking lately?

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Low, warmer weather, some rain adding some color. Spingers, Steelies and seals moving in last week. Catch no.'s low last week - gear and fly.
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When are you headed up? I'm going two weeks from tomorrow and have been getting some info from a couple of guys who went up there last week and a guy whose son works for lower dean lodge. According to the last reports I've gotten, steelhead are moving into the system in normal to above normal numbers (still early into the run). They also have been getting into some numbers of springs.
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I'm sitting in camp as I type. Giant rain last night, but river actually dropped an inch today. Perfect clarity, 1.5 " vis when we got off. Been that way since monday. Lots of snow still on the peaks.

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Lots of fish in the river or are they still holding in the salt as they were the last week of June?

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Dean was beatifull last week - few to no fish though! Many guys with fly and gear with no hits in a week. I went 1 landed for 5 on with chinook on the fly - my worst for this time of the year. I did not personaly see a fresh steelhead but was aware of one landed and one lost.
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We came out a few days after Speydoc and the river condition was near perfect, but they did not show up. The 2008 run of chinooks appears to have collapsed. One of our group has fished the Dean for chinooks for the last 25 years and has never seen it this bad. Never even close to this bad. We heard of a commercial troller out of Bella Coola that caught 1 fish in 8 hours. The commercial fishing was shut down. This made no difference to the river returns as we joked about trying to catch one of the five fish to come in with each tide. I went 1 for 3 chinooks and 1 steelhead. Pretty much a good day on an average year, but that was for 10 days. Our group of 4 had about 10 hookups with only 2 landed (they are powerful and savage beasts) with a couple of steelhead and a few dollies. Pretty grim.

Still, it is a beautiful place that we always enjoy. It was predicted to be a less than stellar year and it sure was. Lots of good spey casting practice. No matter, we will be back next year.
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Sorry to hear about the Chinook run. Maybe they will come late. Unfortunately,the last few years have not been kind to the steelhead or salmon of this fishery. Holding out hope that this fabulous fishery rebounds and remains the adventure and excitement that it has always been.

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Just got back from the Dean yesterday. Fishing was very good some days and okay other days. Best day was 4 steelhead and 2 springs. I was pretty happy with that. I hooked fish every day making it "good" steelhead fishing in general. I did get whistled off the lower dean when the natives were drift netting the upper tidal and lower tidal runs. Have to admit...I didn't like seeing that, a net that swaths the entire river right on the incoming tide.

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Thank goodness for at least one positive report! I leave Friday (and am already visualizing casts when I should be paying attention to whatever my boss/wife/children/stoplight are telling me).

What part of the river were you fishing?
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chk out his pictures.He was below the canyon and landing them in the saltchuck! The best!!

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Has anyone fished out of B.C. West (formerly Nakia) yet? How did you folks fare? Thanks.
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They post weekly fishing reports on their web site (only 2 so far for 2008, though, and pretty slow).
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Just back tonight


I smell skunk


none for me........

8 in our group 3 Chinook, 1 Coho

I seen a few real nice steelhead hooked and one beauty landed....

Still one of the finest places on earth....

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Minus seven days and counting...... regardless of reports. I can think of no other place I would rather be to kick off my summer season. Sounds like our group will get alot of casting practice and should view a tug as a bonus? It is after all all about the hunt and what a grand setting it is. Any reports from Canyon up to Giants?

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