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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-14-2009, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Question S. Fork Clearwater

Going over to the Clearwater, South Fork area and have never fished it, but the person whom I'm going with said: Use Spey Rod, Indiicator, and soft fake salmon egg cluster. My real question is: Can you catch fish swinging big flies? Any perticular type? Any information would be helpful. Yeah I know it will be cold, oh well nothing ventured nothing gained.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-14-2009, 02:32 PM
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The main gig on the Clearwater South Fork is as your friend described. The fish are being taken off the redds, the water is usually dirty and crowded. If that doesn't bother you one can usually catch quite a few.

While there may be some, I know of no one that swings flies on the South Fork. There is however great swinging water on the Clearwater mainstem very near Kooskia.

Marabou flies and bunny stuff will work for swinging. Most seem to use a type 6 tip or equivalent in this time frame

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What Poppy said:

Southfork right now is kind of ethically challenging. Wild fish are spawning as well as the hatchery clones and basically a guy would be yanking them off the redds. There is great water to swing flies from Kooskia on down. Two weeks ago I saw fresh fish in the lower river. Big dark flies, swung slow and deep.
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unless you're going there already

"I wouldn't drive past ANY river containing fresh winter steelhead to join the SF fracas"

agreed. why not make a visit to this beautiful area in the summer or fall when those fish are fresh?
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