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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-02-2008, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Want to fish OP more regularly


I don't know how to keep this post brief, so sorry for babbling.

The last two attempts to time the B run on the OP (early march) I've been "blown out". Yes, even on the Sol Duc. Since I only had a "plan A", I had to go home both times disappointed cause I didn't have enough options/backup. I'm not gonna let that happen again. Some locals in Forks assured me that my luck was out of the ordinary; (even considering its a rainforest). But regardless...... To help control the things I can, I'm going to start going for 3-4 days instead of 1-2 to reduce the risk of this happening again. I'm also going to put together a list of a few places to hop-scotch around so that I have more options available.

My question:

Is there a good source of information where a boatless wader like me can begin research.............the goal being............to put together a "string" of a bunch of public accesses? It can't be too rugged, cause the best I can do is a rental SUV. I'm hoping that I can idendify enough swinging water to keep me busy for 3-4 days of fishing at most? I have a high-quality tent and am very used to air travel with fishing gear. No big deal.

I certainly am NOT asking or hinting that I want anyone's honey hole. I'm just hoping that guys who swing speys in this region can help me whittle down the appropirate places to use this method that aren't closely gaurded secrets.

And, of course,---- if any of you want help to get an agenda of fishing for WI, MI's, NY's or certain CAN waters in Ontario, I'd be happy to reciprocate and map out a list of fun and games; and fish with you if possible.

Thanks for your consideration. And of course, PM me if you prefer that.


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Puchase a Washington Gazetteer

1. Puchase a Washington Gazetteer

2. buy your tickets last minute based on weather if you can afford to

3. expect to get blown out...everything else is a bonus...

4. Rose and Shewey have books out on this area

You might find more information on some ofthe gear sites, but most PNW spey guys are wise enough not to give up too much on the internet...

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First off, hope there are more fish arond this year than last. Runs have been down of late on the coast, in no small part due to harvest. I assume by B run you mean wild run? Technically wild fish run Jan-April on the coast. There are a number of different types of watersheds on the coast, from rain dominated to large glacial rivers. Watch the hydrographs following a rain and learn what to expect, there is almost always somewhere to fish. The glacial rivers fish best during periods of dry whether however the rain dominated streams rise and fall much more quickly typically fishing best on a falling hydrograph.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-02-2008, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you.

Thanks, Waters West is sending me the publications I need to get started.

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Dave at Waters West is a great resouce and is very knowledgeable about the OP rivers, I've known him for 14 years.

Regarding your question about being able to drive to access points and fish, yes, this is very doable. The truth is the vast majority of the local OP fishermen and those who travel from Puget Sound to the OP regularly(including fly fishermen) drive to the rivers and wade them to fish instead of taking a boat ride. In fact, the majority of places can be driven to and accessed in a normal car, even a Corvette can get you to most of them. A WA Gazetteer will show you clearly where the various rivers run near a road and where the develped access points (boat ramps) are located.

Finding fishable water on any of the OP rivers is very straightforward. Just park, walk to the river, and fish. The rivers (except for the Quillyeute) have a very easy to read riffle/run/hole configuration, as you no doubt already know since you have visited the OP before.

As to which river to fish, that's just as easy, pick one, any one, and fish it.
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Dave at waters west will have honest, accurate, and current information. also some great local patterns for winter steel. i'd suggest late march, early april- better weather, longer days and the glacial rivers should be fishing at their peak. fish lower rivers if possible. some of my most memorable late winter steelies have been taken within earshot of the surf.
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Many thanks

You guys have been very generous here. This is precisely what I was hoping for. Once I get a nod that I'm on the right path; im on exploratory mode big time.

Thanks also for the confirmationfor Waters West -- appreciated. I got an excellent vibe from them when I stumbled in there a couple years ago; and made a mental note. I'll be sure to spend some dough there on my way...........

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