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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-09-2008, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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Favourite Steelhead River

If you had your choice of where to go steelhead fishing, where would you go and when.


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north Umpqua 2nd week of September with my friends..

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don't tell them the week, just the place, also the fishing is always better in december.
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Bulkley R.

Bulkely River, BC - Sept/Oct. The ultimate dryfly/dryline river! Generous dry fly runs and surface oriented fish make this a dream river for me.
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Don't worry WF, I'm not going to steel all your fish. I'm in the UK and I was only interested in where you guys like fishing and if I ever got the chance to come over then i would have an idea of where to go.

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The Skagit/Sauk in Early March, however if you expect numbers you'll likely be disappointed (and they may not be open in March anymore). Still the fish are exceptional. If its good numbers of smaller steelhead you're seeking the Columbia system is hard to beat anytime from the start of September through to about Thanksgiving depending on where you want to fish.

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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-15-2008, 11:14 PM
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North Umpqua almost any time there are fish around which is most every month of the year, except maybe April,May. October on the lower Deschutes below Macks Canyon in a sled. Some larger wild fish starting to show,still some warm days and cool nights. Skater heaven!

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A small south central coastal river with summer and winter fish, not in great numbers, but you were fishing alone. We would stop at an Oyster beach on the trip up and gather for the campfire. We would bring a jug and a flat of wobblies for the old logging camp guardian and he would take us to the upper river and pick us up in the early evening. If we had any luck it was a gift. Head back to the estuary and head out in the bay to pull our crab traps, have a feast and do what we all do in the evening around the campfire. I haven't been there in 12 yrs and if I don't make it back I wouldn't mind if my ashes ended up there.
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I'm with roballen.....

except my week up there begins next Monday....

I will head up there and fish weekend mornings in mid-Sept. though...

Drop me a line roballen, if you are in need of a day partner...

So..for me..North Umpqa would be it. But I would love to fish the Stamp, too...

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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-22-2008, 11:04 AM
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Less than three weeks to go before attending the Deschutes Anglers' Extreme Spey Camp -three days of instruction and summer steelhead fishing with the Hazels & Co. on the Deschutes River. Really looking forward to some great days there.

On the drive home on US 97 S I will take the right hand turn up towards Crater Lake and pick up OR 138 West to Steamboat on the North Umpqua for a day in my favorite pool. Why it's McDonald Pool of course, just a few km's below Steamboat Creek. I can see that blue green water now. In fact, my two labs are pictured above going for a swim in that pool back in August 2006.

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My favorite river:the one I am swinging on. Time of year:January thru December. I have never fished a river I didn't like and any time is the right time..... provided I can see my feet! Love BC and the PNW.

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Favourite would be the Gold on V.I. in the dead of winter swinging it low and slow with the level around 1.5-1.7 on the guage if you can time it. Large, and very aggresive fish warms the blood.
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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-31-2008, 02:28 AM
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about ten minutes down the road

to southern oregon's Rogue River,,summer steelhead are all thru the system(157 miles) free open access to most sections although some county parks charge 3-4 dollars per day per vehicle,once you pay the first time you can fish ANY county park that day and not have to pay again,,,

and with chinook in the mix,experienced guides,and civilization miutes away it's hard to beat the combination,,,,bigger steelhead are to be found on the Umpqua but less fish and it is remote,,although i certainly can't and won't fault it's beuty i'd rather fish than drive,,,

it's funny when the `Umpqua' is mentioned on a flyfishing site it's always the NORTH umpqua `flywater',does anybody fish it around Roseburg or lower in the mainstem with flies?,those fish have to come thru there but you never hear a squeek about it

talk to JD jones or Fred A Evans they'll give you the scoop(oh yes,you may run into Bob Meiser or Gary Anderson while fishing the RogueSHHHHHH

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Skeena country Sept/Oct
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