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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-14-2018, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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First trip out west

My brother just landed an internship in Spokane, WA and I will be visiting him at some point this summer. He leaves tomorrow and will be there until the second weekend in August. I am also planning on heading down to Bend, OR to visit some friends and some friends of friends that may be willing to take me out. Being from Pennsylvania, the concept of summer steelhead is foreign to me. I have a few guidebooks which should be able to point me in the right direction as far as rivers are concerned. That being said, what part of the summer would be best to head out there in search of anadromous fish? Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

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You will be on the early side. There will be fish around but the heat in August can blow out the rivers. Think of the late summer heat like a fall rain.

That said there will be fish in all the rivers you know of so if you don't get one of our random heat waves you should find some good water with some fish in it. Of course last years run was rough and this year projects to be the same so it won't be lights out or anything.

But it only takes one right?
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It most certainly does only take one. Thank you kindly for the advice. I'll start looking at somewhere between the last week in July and the first half of August.

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The Deschutes will fine in August or late July. The White River blows, then it becomes Skagit game. You can always fish above Maupin which is above average the White and isnít impacted. Regardless, watch the temps and if itís really hot, fish early morning. Evenings can be still to warm for the fish depending on how itís running. Check the river at Moody for temps. Watch for snakes...they will be out.

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Thank you very much DH Drifter. The specifics are greatly appreciated.

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You can always fish above Maupin
Unless it's heat-closed.

Some mighty fine trout swinging around Spokane.
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Ummmm, from Spokane the Clearwater is only a couple of hours away. I would definitely make time to hit that river just to say you did it....and stopped by the Red Shed to meet the crew. Would be a little early but should be a couple of fish around. If you are driving to Bend you might also make a quick stop on the Klickitat. Quite a few options actually. Good luck.
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Thanks for the info, Cowboy Tom. I'll make sure to post my itinerary on here once its a little more solidified.

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I'm still hammering out the exact details, but I'll be flying into Spokane on the 2nd of August and leaving on the 11th. The 5th-10th are free for fishing, but I have to make it down to Bend sometime in the middle. I've been reading through Shewey's book, trying to formulate an exact plan. To my understanding, the beginning of August is a bit early in the run. Does this mean that I would be better focusing my efforts on the central and coastal waters? Thank you again for all of the advice that's been offered and I hope to be blessed with a chance to encounter a true anadromous steelhead.

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I would suggest changing your trip to October if you want a better chance at a steelhead and hit the Clearwater....or charting some of the fantastic trout fisheries in the eastern Washington/northern Idaho area. You won't be that far from Clark Fork in Montana.
The Deschutes and Clearwater fish the earliest in my somewhat limited knowledge. I was at the Clearwater last week and river was bank to bank. Most of the runs I've fished were unrecognizable.
Red Shed has been mentioned as a good source for the Clearwater. Reds Fly Shop on the Yakima River is another you might find helpful for other waters.
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I'm still hammering out the exact details, but I'll be flying into Spokane on the 2nd of August and leaving on the 11th. The 5th-10th are free for fishing, but I have to make it down to Bend sometime in the middle. I've been reading through Shewey's book, trying to formulate an exact plan. To my understanding, the beginning of August is a bit early in the run. Does this mean that I would be better focusing my efforts on the central and coastal waters? Thank you again for all of the advice that's been offered and I hope to be blessed with a chance to encounter a true anadromous steelhead.

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If you are driving from Spokane to Bend in August, you might want to make the Deschutes a priority along the way.
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I would suggest changing your trip to October if you want a better chance at a steelhead and hit the Clearwater....or charting some of the fantastic trout fisheries in the eastern Washington/northern Idaho area. You won't be that far from Clark Fork in Montana.
The Deschutes and Clearwater fish the earliest in my somewhat limited knowledge. I was at the Clearwater last week and river was bank to bank. Most of the runs I've fished were unrecognizable.
Red Shed has been mentioned as a good source for the Clearwater. Reds Fly Shop on the Yakima River is another you might find helpful for other waters.
The country is beautiful. Enjoy your trip.
Unfortunately, this trip came about so that I can help my brother move back across country so the dates are set. I will certainly try to make it to those fly shops just to see what they're all about. I may be able to swing some flies for smallmouth on the Yakima with my brother.

I'm tempted to make the drive out to the OP on Sunday if for no other reason than to lay eyes on that water for future trips.

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As of now, it seems like I may fish the Yakima for smallmouth on August 5th, head to the Klickitat to fish the 6th and 7th, and then head to bend fishing the Deschutes along the way. In regards to tackle, I have an 11' 6wt switch and a 11'6" 7wt switch. The only larger rod that I have is a 13'3 8wt DH2. Any recommendations on if the 2 switch rods will cut it?

Thanks again for everyones' advice!

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Your 7wt switch rod will be fine. Depending on who you ask, the 8wt DH2 would be a better choice. The deschutes is big and windy and you have a decent chance of hooking a chinook on the klickitat.
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Thanks, underachiever! I'll make sure to bring it along as well. That would be an amazing experience to even hook a Pacific run Chinook!

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