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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-22-2009, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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I'm trying to put together information on steelhead fly fishing on the Clearwater drainage. When do the fish start coming in, best area and time of year, spawing data, fish counts, who to talk to at fish & game for biology data, special reading material that could be recomended. Where is the best place to wade fish along the drainage, can pontoon boats be used. Heck any data is appreciated.
Just returned from the S. Foprk Clearwater, nice fish, but a little to combative
for pleasent spey fishing. using bobbers and soft eggs isn't my idea of steelhead fishing although it does work. Can you swingi effectivly?
A 100 other questions, so guys have at it.
Anyone going to fish the Trinity here in Calif. I would be pleased to provide any information. This year on the Trinity for what ever reason sucked, not many fish.
By the way at 71 I don't have a lot of running around years left.
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I've caught fish as early as the Fourth of July but things aren't generally really consistent until late July or early August. During that time I'd concentrate my efforts lower down, say from the mill up to Gibbs eddy. I've seen fish moving through the hole at Peck as early as the third week of August, which probably means there are a few in there earlier. By the end of September there are lots of fish throughout the whole river. You can wade fish pretty much anywhere you can find a spot to park. You've got road access along the whole river. Pontoon boats will work fine, there is really nothing nasty on that river (always assuming you are a competent oarsman to begin with) and there are lots of public launches spaced out from Kooskia all the way down to the casino. My favorite time of year would be either early September or early November. October is a madhouse so I rarely fish it then. Something to consider: they release a ton of water out of Dworshak in the summer to keep the water temps down and flush smolts. The cycle varys from year to year, but if you are fishing early, the river could be running as high as 20,000 cfs. This isn't necessarily a problem, but often you'll be casting with your butt in the willows and/or overhanging trees. As far as patterns and gear go, a floating line and something purple/black are all I use. I don't think the fly makes a bit of difference as long as you like it. When I'm skating, I use a plain old Muddler Minnow size six. I like a shorter rod and a shooting head when the water is up. As a caution... I don't think the Clearwater is a good place to come if you are hoping to rope a ton of fish. If you fish hard and get one solid hookup every day, you are doing as well as you could hope for. In short, I'd say set aside a week in september and plan to really explore. There is a LOT of water to fish. Bring your favorite rod with a floating line, a couple of trusty flies and get a swingin'.--AJ

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AJ gave great advise. It's a great river with a great shop. You could plan a trip around the Clearwater Clave September 26th and have a great experience.
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I can't really answer that question, since I've never fished the Deschutes in September. In fact I've only ever fished it twice, and both times were around Thanksgiving. We've sorta got an embarassment of riches locally, and I've never gotten very far afield As an expatriate Alaskan, darn near anything down here is crowded by my standards... That said, you'll never have a lack of open water to fish even in October. The truly great thing about the Clearwater is the fact that there are uncountable little slots, pockets and riffles everywhere. They may not conform to the "ideal" but they all hold fish. Take the time to really stretch out and explore, it'll pay dividends.--AJ

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Thanks for the info. Who can I contact in Idaho to get info from before coming? What about a local biologist who manages the river?
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Poppy at the Red Shed would be my recommendation, there is a link to his web site on the sponsors page. Feel free to PM me as well if you like. To say that there is a biologist that manages the river might be a stretch...--AJ

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