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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Dean Reports?

I'm headed to the Dean next Friday and was wondering if anyone here has any first-hand reports? I've seen the BC West reports but it's always nice to get the unfiltered skinny from folks here.

Also, I have three Burkies: 7134-4, 8134-4 & 9145-4 and a two rod travel carrier. Which two would you recommend I take? This is my first trip to the Dean.

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I would take the 7 and the 8. but if you can make the tip of the nine fit tightly on one or both of the other the rods I would also take it for a backup for a broken rod tip on the others in an emergency.
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I would take which ever rod you like.....it's an awesome place....you can catch'm on top or on the swing....you won't have to cast far, but you will need some comfort if it's your first time there...I would stay with the 8 and 9....

Only my opinion...others may differ....

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I would buy a bigger rod carrier......

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I think you should probably consider taking more than just 2 rods on such a great trip.

What happens when you, or another fisherman, slips in the boat and falls on your 2 rods? Ouch. It HAS happened.

..... In fact it once happened to a guy who had just questioned ( almost with scorn) why a friend of mine had brought along FIVE rods on his trip. Good thing my friend had an extra rod to offer him.

I would suggest you pick up a snowboard bag which will easily take all 3 of your rods ... along with all your gear for the week.

If you have a number of flights and connections, you may also want to consider packing all your ESSENTIAL fishing gear into a backpack and carrying it on the plane. That way if ( hold your breath ) the airline misplaces your main bag, you will still have everything you need to fish.

I fished the Dean in July. I took 4 rods ( in tubes ) in a snowboard bag.....an 8 wt switch, a 6 and two strong 7's. I carried waders, boots, rain gear, 2 reels, tube flies, etc, in a backpack right onto the plane, along with one rod (in a sock). I slept easy on the plane.

Most of time I fished the 7's. No problems at all.... even with the high water.

Have a great trip.
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I might know the guy that loaned the rods to the that dude...

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Hodsons and LDR Camps have rods you can use fwiw.
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Thanks!

I appreciate the advice. I've decided I'll take my 7 & 9 weights. I have a spare tip for each - just in case. I used these same two rods in Tierra del Fuego last Feb. and it worked out well. I'll use the 9 for tubes and intruders and the 7 for dries and wets above the canyon.

I realize it can vary depending on flows, but what are 'typical' water temps in August on the Dean? Low to mid-40's?
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High 40 to low 50s early. Mid fifties on warm days if u are lucky.
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Sisyphusmpn,

You're in for a treat. I just came off the river last Wednesday. River is still higher than normal but very fishable. Water clarity is good, but always subject to change with either a hot spell causing glacial melt or a heavy rainstorm creating turbid conditions. Lots of fish in the river, the vast majority 28-30" with some to 32". I mostly fished my 7 wt. I fished dry wakers as well as wets on 15' tips, type III. Water temp ranged from 60* F on the upper river to 52* F on the lower, after two glacial tributaries added their cooler flow.

Fish typical steelhead looking water and faster than normal water; they hold there too.

Have fun!

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Red face First trip to the Dean

The dean was everything I hoped and had been led to believe! Two days on the lower river were tough and I only managed a single coho and a few dozen pinkies. But once above the canyon it was game on!

As is so often the case it was the one that broke me off I'll always remember. I was popping a ska-opper across the Trophy Case pool in late afternoon and fighting the glare when a fish smashed the fly, stole my loop and went straight down. The weight of the fish was stunning. There was an incredible head shake, a thunderous yank and he was gone. Snapped 15 lb. ultragreen right at the knot - and no, it wasn't a bad knot, there was no curly cue and I had double checked it. Once the rush subsided I had to laugh and head for the ATV for the ride back to camp

Late in the week we had a fresh squirt of fish and some real bruisers showed up. In rapid succession two in our group beached 40"+ fish in the Jam Hole just above the boundary. And while I lost a very large fish in the logjam run, jumped 3 times before spitting the hook, all my fish to hand were chrome bright 29-33" hens with big shoulders. Yeah, it was truly a fish-fightin' paradise and so, so beautiful to boot...
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It's one of a kind, eh?

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The Jam Hole is where some my most ridiculous fishing for steelhead has ever occurred. A buddy and I spent an hour and a half in there one day and I think we landed 12 and hooked several more. Just insane! The Dean has few if any equals in the Steelhead world. Those fish are amazing!

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Back from B.C. West 25 Aug...

Fished with 3 friends and 2 new ones from Norway.

Reid Hagelin, Global Fly Fishers made a short video.... www.gcof.no

Fun trip and super, super hot fish... Agree with Mark's comment above...on river left Jam after rafting across, raised 6 on the dry and got 2.

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