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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-18-2008, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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DEAN River

Anybody here fishing the Dean this season ?
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-18-2008, 05:20 PM
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I didn't go but I got pretty regular updates from several reliable sources. The chinook season was less than stellar, but the steelies came in and guys who hit good water conditions did well. This seems like the first reasonable steelhead year on the Dean in a long time.



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a bust

l heard late season was a bust due to extreme low water and very few fish

enjoy!
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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-20-2008, 12:31 PM
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we had some historically prime water pretty much to ourselves in late august and it was very disappointing. fwiw
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Floated our annual Dean trip Aug. 15 to the 23rd. Got dropped at Kalone Ck. instead of our usual drop at Giants. A heat wave was in full force with temps in the high 70's with high and colored water. As we arrive 4 days before our lauch date we dial in our gear and provisions to just meet the weight resticions for the chopper. This allows for a quick rig out and plenty of beer and cocktail ice. As we are spoiled river rats we like our stand up tables, comfy chairs, big dinners and wing shelter. Our only catastrophe: our box wine went bad! Lucky for the extra scotch. We fished down to Giants and both picked up fish on our first stop. Beautiful bright hens hanging in the seams of the pushy water. Unfortunately this was to be the only action for a while. Giants yielded narry a tug as water temp continued to climb. After spending only one night moved on down to Moose. With higher water Moose rapid was just a rock hopper. Moved in and set up camp with the heat wave finally breaking. Clearing and cooling water with overcast and light rain; now were talkin'. Rolling fish with skaters on the lower pool and big grabs on the upper far seam. We felt the changing weather would bring in new fish so we moved again to get lower on the river. Fished down to Rabbit (incredible camp in 1st growth cedar) with one of the longest classic runs in steelheadom. Spent only one night as we belived the increasing rain would continue to cool the river and bring in more fish. Blasted past the lodges, guides and sports and soon had the river to ourselves again. Navigated the new rapid at Shannons and set up final camp at old Victoria. We had four of the best days I can remember. Continued light steady rain brought the river up only slightly and the fish roared in. Used our pool toy to fish the island and Jam. Highlight was helping a new Totem member hook and land his first steelhead with photo to remember. A few coho and kings came in and hooked but no land. Finally flew out on the 23rd in a pouring rain with the river going out. We really lucked out on my most favorite river. Can't wait for next year.
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Sounds as if you hit it right. I have heard the new rapid at Shannon's is impressive. Amazing what the high water can do. Shannon's camp is sadly pretty much gone.

I have camped at Rabbit as well and that is a beauty of a run, but for me anyway,it has always looked better than it fishes.I always got that "there's a bear around here" feeling in there. Look at some of the trees there and you will see where they have gone after low hanging food. Big claws marks.

The bear activity in there is higher than normal as Rabbit is a low spot between the higher passes and the draws funnel right down to the river at Rabbit. They take the path of least resistance which = a major bear highway. My experience anyway.

Good report, glad you had a good trip

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good reports?

Don't know where anyone heard the Dean was any good this year...This year was extremely slow...some people were calling it the worst ever - which until this year was basically acknowledged as having been last year.
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wow. Hmmm. This is a little weird. I was talking with a fellow the other night who had a reasonable week by my standards. It is interesting though that some folks seem to be measuring success by large numbers. I'd like to hear what people are considering good steelheading. If a fish or two a day is considered not too bad, then many of the reports that I've heard are not too bad. I've heard guys complaining that they "only" hooked 9 or 10 fish in a week and that makes me scratch my head. Yes yes I know that the Dean is supposed to be THE RIVER where big numbers are expected, but if guys are unhappy hitting a couple of fish a day I guess I need to know that if we are talking numbers, how many fish make for a good trip on the Dean? I've fished it 5 or 6 times, had two of those trips where I caught exactly nothing (river was blown out for a week), and the other trips where I averaged 1 -3 fish/day (with lots of blank days and a few crazy can't keep 'em off your hook days). So for me the Dean is a river where, if you hit water and weather conditions right and the fish are in, you can expect to catch a fish or two a day on average over a trip.

Maybe this is a subject for another thread but I'm noticing that steelheading is starting to become a big numbers game to lots of guys. When I was in Russia on the Ponoi and we hit absolutely the worst water conditions they've ever seen, we were still hitting fish--actually I thought it wasn't too bad at all considering the conditions--but most guys in camp were disappointed that we weren't hitting 50 fish each in a week. When Franco and I talked about what steelheading is like to some of the guys, they were shocked that we actually enjoyed putting in a lot of time on quality steelhead waters in the hope that we hook one or two fish. Now catching no fish is no fun after a while (been there done that...lots) and I understand that each river has a certain expectation built into it, but how many fish do we need in order to have a good trip?



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Have to agree with you on that one Dana. I have had the privilege of fishing the Dean on two occasions many years ago. And to hook up on 1-3 fish a day was a wonderful fishing experience.

I recall running into a group of anglers as they came through. They were from a fly club ( unnamed) they claim to have had twenty fish and more a day.....honestly there isn't enough daylight to land 20 or more Dean river fish in a day. I decided to watch a couple of them fish through a prime run and discovered that any tug, a splash near their fly, or a hang up on one of the many stumps in that run, they called a fish. So they were simply into numbers, and steelheading is NOT a game of numbers.

It is the whole package...good friends, pristine wilderness, tying flies in the late afternoon heat, sipping single malt, puffing a fine cigar, the journey there and knowing you are fishing over perhaps one of the true natural wonders left in steelhead paradise.....wild fish willing to pounce on a well presented fly.

My memories of the Dean are some of the fondest in my life....I can still hear, smell and feel her currents pulling at my waders, and feel the power of a wide tail fin in my hand throbbing to get back into the current......

Steelhead paradise.....no matter how you slice it

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agreed

it is not a numbers game -
very mixed reports from the Dean this year. couple of weeks of total skunkdom, and some amazing weeks...

sounds like steelheading to me...

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Dana,
As for myself 1-3 fish a day is good to great fishing and any number above 3, simply fantastic. So how does one equate or value the sight and experience of such a grand river with the added bonus of a mint bright Dean river fish rising to a dry fly in the company of good friends? The days of the pre salmon farm big run numbers are a thing of the past and one can only hope to get another taste of what once was before they recognize their time on the water has past them by. Last season yielded few opportunities however the hunt was absolutely as always another geat memory on a legendary river with great friends. When one measures the quality of the experience by numbers the time has come to reeavaluate why they fish for steelhead.

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It is the whole package...good friends, pristine wilderness, tying flies in the late afternoon heat, sipping single malt, puffing a fine cigar, the journey there and knowing you are fishing over perhaps one of the true natural wonders left in steelhead paradise.....wild fish willing to pounce on a well presented fly.

My memories of the Dean are some of the fondest in my life....I can still hear, smell and feel her currents pulling at my waders, and feel the power of a wide tail fin in my hand throbbing to get back into the current......

Steelhead paradise.....no matter how you slice it
Music to my ears Paul--you and I would get along just fine on steelhead water!



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In general the amount of ego and bravado in the steelhead fishing world turns me off. My expectations are to hook fish on a fairly regular basis however my standards are much different for each season/river. During winter on puget sound if I'm hooking a fish every couple outings I feel I am doing well. During summer and fall on Columbia Tribs I expect to hook between 2 and 5 fish per day of hard fishing. Obviously there are times when the fishing surpasses my expectations and times when it is disappointingly slow. Still, a day on the water casting a double handed rod is never a waste.

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