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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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A Chance to Fish Hallowed Waters

I am finally going to get to see the North Umpqua! And, the Smith River of NorCal for that matter too! We are making a trip out to Yellowstone and we will be camping one night on The Smith River at Patrick Creek and the next three nights we will be camping along the North Umpqua at the Susan Creek Campground. Then to a Montana lodge for a few nights then Yellowstone! An Epic trip that has me salivating.

I will have three mornings to do some early morning swinging(Skating!) 07/23 - 07/25. But, I don't even know where to start! Someone was telling me that I would need to pick my spot and be there 4am at the latest to claim it? On a Monday or Tuesday morning????? Is it really that crowded? Other questions, what size two hander? 13,6-7# or 8#? Or, 11,6-6#? Full floating line? Will a floating tip at the end of a skagit work or should I get a scandi set up?

For the daytime. what should we do/see in that area? I think one day we are going to make the trek to Crater Lake.

Any suggestions, pointers tips will be greatly appreciated. PM me if you prefer..

I promise to share photos of the trip!

Thanks and I look forward to seeing what this great board has to share!

J.K.

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Nice!

While I'm sure some folks sit on the famous runs at first light there is a ton of water so you can always find an open spot. I'd plan to spend a chunk of the first day just stopping in pull-outs and checking the water. You'll find some that are nice and easy to fish, some not so much. Maybe keep some notes on the ones you like. If you do it right you can fish in shade until almost noon.

A 13' 7wt is perfect. The switch would probably help you in some of the tighter spots. I'd invest in a scandi line. Presentation is pretty important on the Nump so a big heavy skagit crashing down isn't ideal. A compact scandi would be much better.

Good luck and have fun! Its really a great place.
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What Yard said.

Additionally, I sleep til 6;30, have coffee and breakfast, hit the water around 7:30/8 on a good day. I never worry about fishing the most famous runs, unless I happen to wander by and their available.

Look for shade, look for fishy water in that shade, and hitch a muddler or a wang or some other skater.

Scandi line and mono leaders.

And bring extra clothes. Higher than usual possibility of ending up wet.

Lunch at the Steamboat Inn should be on your list, as well as an afternoon visit up Steamboat Creek to visit Lee Spencer at his Dynamite Hole observation platform.
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Thank you both. I appreciate the advice! It looks like beautiful country and I am really looking forward to breathing in that fresh mountain air. The fishing for steel is pure bonus in my eyes. I usually have to wait for October to starting getting my fix for the steel. So, at the very least, I get to practice my casting my two hander and swinging/skating flies in a pretty incredible place! A tug would be icing on the cake!

This is new for me. 53 years old I've never been away from work for two weeks. This is an incredible opportunity for me to spend time with my two boys 13 & 9 and my wife. And, for us all to see some of the best of what our country has to offer!

Thanks again!
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Hey J.K.:

I'll be in Bogus Creek #9 starting Friday 7/29 at noon. I not sure you'll be there. I was confused on the dates you posted. But, if you are in the area stop by. I've fished the river for 50 years- started at age 12 and am 62. I'll have my 19 year old daughter with me and Todd Hirano- the inventor of the "Little Wang" with me. We'd love to chat with "birds of a feather!"

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I'll be there through the weekend leaving Monday.
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What Yard said.

Additionally, I sleep til 6;30, have coffee and breakfast, hit the water around 7:30/8 on a good day. I never worry about fishing the most famous runs, unless I happen to wander by and their available.

Look for shade, look for fishy water in that shade, and hitch a muddler or a wang or some other skater.

Scandi line and mono leaders.

And bring extra clothes. Higher than usual possibility of ending up wet.

Lunch at the Steamboat Inn should be on your list, as well as an afternoon visit up Steamboat Creek to visit Lee Spencer at his Dynamite Hole observation platform.
From what I've been told, Lee isnt there for personal reasons. The hole obviously is, however. Just an FYI.
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Hey J.K.:

I'll be in Bogus Creek #9 starting Friday 7/29 at noon. I not sure you'll be there. I was confused on the dates you posted. But, if you are in the area stop by. I've fished the river for 50 years- started at age 12 and am 62. I'll have my 19 year old daughter with me and Todd Hirano- the inventor of the "Little Wang" with me. We'd love to chat with "birds of a feather!"

Sincerely,
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I'll be there through the weekend leaving Monday.
Hi Rick,

Thanks for chiming in and for the invitation. That is appreciated! I am not sure if our dates will mesh...Are you up there in July or June? We will be rolling into Susan Creek Campground on Sunday 07/22 and departing on the Wednesday after.

Cheers!

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Hike up to Toketee Falls. Super beautiful.
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Aside from Toketee Falls, there are plenty of other falls to visit during down time (I forget the names of all the falls but there is a pamphlet at Steamboat Inn). My wife and 2 daughters camp with me at Susan Creek and they love the hikes to the many falls in the area.

My schedule usually is wake up early to fish the morning session while my girls sleep in (I will make sure to make enough noise to wake SLSS up to remind him what real steelheading is like), then hunt steelhead with dryflies til about noon and head back to camp for lunch with the girls, followed by a hike to local falls. Rest for an hour or so, and then wader up for the evening session. Fish dries till dark, then head back to camp for dinner and brews (and listen to SLSS replay his story of how he woke up at 10 am, dripped a cup of gourmet coffee, pulled in to a pullout he'd never fished before, slipped down the trail, tied up a muddler and threw a triple snake roll under some overhanging branches, watched a pegasus soar over the pool, and a chrome bright hen explodes on his muddler, capped off with 3.14 at the Inn...I might have embellished that story a wee bit).

Enjoy that gem of a river.

Cheers!

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