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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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October Steelhead Destinations

Hey gang. I'm in the quite enviable position of planning a 10-14 day steelheading trip as part of my honeymoon this October. Anywhere in North America is an option.

My future bride and I are more of the "mom & pop motel with a guide hired for a few days" sort of folks rather than the full blown lodge experience. This doesn't really have anything to do with finances, we just like it better that way. Gives us some options and mobility. We enjoy poping into the local diner on occasion, maybe an evening or two at the resident fishermen's watering hole, and being able to shoot to the next drainage over if the fishing reports warrent it. But, this being a honeymoon, we're not adverse to going the lodge route.

Samantha doesn't fish, but enjoys being on the water with camera and landing net handy. She's a trooper, and doesn't need to be pampered in the outdoors. She'll be part of any float or other guided experience, but she won't be swinging a rod.

So if you had the opportunity to go pretty much anywhere during the last 3 weeks of October, where would you go? Really looking forward to the opinions of all the good folks here on Spey Pages.

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Hi Ryan,

WX can be pretty cold but that comes with Oct.

Terrace for the Skeena, Lower Kalum and some coastal rivers. Nicholas Dean Lodge has great guides and they should be operating out of the Yellow Cedar Lodge which is really nice. nicholasdeanlodge.com Prices are reasonable.

Smithers for fishing the Bulkley and maybe the Morice...stay at the Storks Nest Inn storknestinn.com (very reasonable and breakfast is included) or stay at the Hudson Bay Inn. Guide to book if you can get him is Keith Douglas infoatkeithdouglas.ca

if price is not a factor...why not come to Kamchata for steelhead with the Kamchatka Steelhead Project...bookings handled by Ryan Peterson. ryanattheflyshop.com Those dates might work. It is a fantastic place and I shall be there again for session number 2.

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Taft - price is a small factor. HA! Kamchatka is on my bucket list for sure, just not this time around. Looking seriously at Terrace and Smithers. What's the weather situation there for the last 3 weeks of October? Cold is ok as long as the water is fishable and Samantha can take refuge with a thermos.

For those that are PMing, I'll be writing back soon. Thanks, and keep the suggestions coming!

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Smile WX in Oct...well...

Believe you would find WX in the Terrace area a bit warmer in Oct since it is at a lower level and closer to the sea.

Smithers can be colder. Water temps in the mid thirties and air temps to match.

Have experienced much colder WX on the Babine in the final week of the season at the Silver Hilton. Water temp 33 and Air temp in the twenties and lots of ice in the guides and frozen reels if not careful.

If your intended doesn't fish suggest you lean towards the Yellow Cedar Lodge (Nicholas Dean Lodge). You might help the cause if you got her a hand warmer.

A couple of days in Vancouver coming or going might be wise as well.

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Terrace area, as well as Vancouver Island (I've fished there and know my way around - also, Samantha would love Victoria) are floating to the top of the list. I really appreciate all the input, and I'll keep ya'll updated as things slowly take shape. In the meantime, keep those suggestions coming!

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At that time frame you're at the top end of Summer Run Steelhead fishing on the Rogue River here in Southern Oregon. I'd 'center' out of Shady Cove as its only 30'ish minutes from Medford and another 15 all the way to the hatchery area.

For side trips (under 40 minutes) will put you at Crater Lake. Hwy 62 (out of Medford to Shady Cove, etc.) is also part of the Scenic Highway loop (Crater Lake) then down the north leg which runs along the North Fork of the Umpqua River.

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Now for something completely different. The north shore of Superior going from Thunder Bay to the Soo (700 km). A host of rivers and wild life, best rivers for swinging would be the Nipigon, Steel (switch rod) Michipocoten, Agawa, Batchawana and the St. Mary's in the Soo. Single hand rivers are the Wolf, Jackpine, Cypress, Sand, Speckle trout creek, Pancake. Stay in the towns of Nipigon, Marathon, Wawa and around Pancake Bay. Lake Superior provincial also has some awesome hiking trails including the Old Woman trail and Orphan lake for wonderful photography and some good fishing.

If I can't get to the west that is my favorite road trip just watch for moose if driving at night!!!

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Chomerman, I can hear those rivers call. It has been too long (1984), since I fish in this area.
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I'm all in with FredE on the Rogue. With that much time you could easily float the 40 mile Wild and Senic section of the Rogue and still have time for all the other sites and fishing. My wife and I have had an absolute blast fishing around Agness in October for the half/pounder steelhead and with a good guide your wife would not have to swing a rod and she could still have a fun time catching those little rockets! All potential accommodations are available you can lodge or camp nights on the wilderness section and there numerous possibilites on both the upper and lower river. That is one fantastic and beautiful river!
PM me if you want names and places. Happy Honeymoon!! FM
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We've been meaning to get to Oregon for some time now. I've done a little research, but need to do more for sure. Anyone have a real good resource for Rogue and other fishing ops in Oregon? If cost becomes a factor, this seems like a reasonable alternative to the full-blown BC expidition.

CM - something different for sure! I have absolutely no research on the north shore of Superior, but I'd certainly be interested in some leads. That sounds like a trip I'd really be into, but wonder if there would be enough chance for the occasional 'creature comfort' for Sam. Can't be too hardcore on the honeymoon. Know what I'm sayin'?

Good grief, October is far away...

Thanks for the continued down to earth info. I've posted on another board and some of the responses have either been too grandiose or sounded like brochure copy from the chamber of commerce. Ha.

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Pay attention to the regs for BC when they come out in April... Could be doing a lot of sight-seeing on the weekends if the AMP does go through as it seems it will

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I'm ok with sightseeing on the weekends. No worries at all. I'm a visitor and will gladly make some room for residents. Won't grumble at all. Unless the only fishable water happens to be the last weekend I'm in town!

Seriously though, thanks for the heads up!
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It would be very hard to beat it as the place to be if you are having to sight-see on weekends... it is a pretty amazing looking area

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October is perfect for Deschutes,Clearwater,Grande Ronde [these 3 are relatively close enough to fish all in that time],and all rivers in BC. Deshutes has campgrounds in Maupin and at confluence with Columbia.Scenery is beautiful for photos and Gorge along Columbia is one of the greatest for photos anywhere with fall colors and waterfalls everywhere! I go to mouth campground with my wife,Get up early and hike or bike upstream fish until sun on water then go back to camp. Get my wife drive up through Hood River for some breakfast on the way to Mt. Hood...wonder around lakes and fall colors with camera,etc. Depending on weather[usually sunny] may go back and fish the evening or wander around the Gorge looking for photos !
You could do Bulkley,Kispiox,Skeena in BC,+ others ,depending on water conditions pick a different river each day. And if capable, all on your own after some more homework.

You have been to Terace so maybe oregon?

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