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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-23-2011, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone ready to post a report on how the river has changed and how the steelhead run is shaping up so far.

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I have seen loads of pics of nookies and steel from the guides i have on my facebook. saying that im a bit jealous and envious is an understatment.
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I was there on the upper river for the first time recently. The river below the bridge hole has more new wood debris, meaning very large trees with rootwad attached, than any river I have ever fished. One guide I fished with who has fished there for 15 years said there is no named hole below bridge that is the same and many are gone. That is not to say there is not good water, because there is plenty, but it is a river that is very unstable and is going to change a lot in high water events. There where still trees floating down the river and lodging in log jams when we where there two weeks ago.
We had days of really good fishing when the water was not rising. A midweek rainstorm reduced visibility and the river rose for one day, thus the floating trees. We where about 50/50 steelhead to salmon.
Just being on the Dean is an incredible experience. No picture can capture the magnitude of the landscape. You have to go to see it yourself.
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"The river is radically different above the canyon. What used to be Motel down to Jam is a straight away with a nice looking run at the upper end. Will take some time for the river to become more normal with nice deeper runs etc. Lots more small spots then big runs. The lower river hadn't changed nearly as much but there are now two river mouths, with the bulk of the flow heading south from Archaeological to the new mouth which has some sweet water in it! "

This is a report from Jeff H who was there recently at BC West. I'll be going on Aug 6-13 and will post a report too.

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