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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Coquille River query

My annual get-out of-the-snow fishing trip was diverted this year by my fishing partner's wife! We've been going to Fred Evan's backyard for quite a few years, just getting to learn some of the water. When I asked my partner if they were coming with us this year, his wife suggested we go someplace new. They have kids on the south coast, so she suggested staying at the mouth of the Coquille. My wife jumped all over that, and now we're locked into something new starting next weekend for most of a week.

So, without giving up your secret buckets or honey-holes, could anyone give me some insight? I'll be dragging over my driftboat; I've been told the fish will be way above sled range. The Amato river book has been educational, but shows too many different floats to drift in our timeframe. I'd like to float a stretch with a lot of spey water, and hopefully some steelhead. We're not concerned about hatchery or wild, nor worried too much about being around other people and boats. My partner has landed only one steelhead on fly, and none with a spey rod with five or so years of 2-3 trips per year under his belt. I'd really like to get him into a fish.....that would also likely improve his wife's attitude about the time he spends chasing steelhead with no notches on his spey rod. She also might adjust her comments about the "gunsel, wickerbill, know-nothing guide."

Any help, whether posted or PM'd would be greatly appreciated. Any input will be held under our hats. Since we're 8 1/2 hrs away, we probably won't be hogging any holes on a regular basis. This is probably a one-time-deal.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 10:19 PM
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Elk or Sixes should be real....
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Would either of these alternates provide more obvious spey water? How about the chances of touching fish? From the road map, the Elk and Sixes don't appear to be much further than the upper floats on the Coquille.
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Boat runs on both the Elk and Sixes are really quite limited.

Off the top of my head here but both just have one for all practical purposes. Not fished the lower Cok, just the 'big bend' around Powers.

That aside, do a Google Earth of these streams. Most of southern Oregon's maps were updated in 2011 and are damned current. With the photo's up on the screen and a county map (or BLM) you can really cross reference where you're at, runs, rapids, etc.

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I have not fished any of the three but the Elk and Sixes should be more drift boat friendly whereas I would not float the Coquille without some good input or to be able to follow someone. These are not large rivers as in say the Rogue or Umpqua. I use my spey rod universally at this point that is even on the Alsea and Siletz which are similar in size to the Elk, Sixes or Coquille. Just saying if you are boating in new country the Elk and Sixes should be good options for you. Good Luck!
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Thanks for the input, guys!

As I sit here with 4-5" of new white stuff and wind blowing it sideways, I'm really looking forward to getting out of Dodge. I remember a thread about a guy wanting to move to Oregon and think---gee, Calif, Ariz, New Mexico, etc sure would be nice right about now.

I've got to go plow out the lane so the wife can get to town and then I'll take the good advice and sit inside googling the Coquille.
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Crapped out!

For those who've followed this thread of my drivel------my buddy's wife CRAPPED OUT on the trip. It might snow on the pass.

So, after changing plans to accommodate, the trip is off. Wife and I are headed for NW OR instead.

Thanks to all who responded; I appreciate you folks!
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Strange stuff at the moment.

Not to worry; even the Rogue's blown out. Yesterday, the Dodge Bridge flow Gauge, was 3030. High, but doable with a fly rod. Hit the river bank and it was an instant 'Ah Shxt.'

Which is exactly what my Yellow Lab did before jumping back into the Jeep.





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NW rivers should be good.....headed out Friday AM.
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