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Have a trip planned up to north ump at the end of the month, just looking for a recent fishing report thanks guys. Thanks Tom
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haven't heard a thing but there is no better place to go fishless so I'd say go and enjoy yourself. I'd rather be there with no fish than any other river full of fish.

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Fished it in February

I fished the fly only section for the first time 2/17-2/23. Catching was tough to say the least, but it was well worth it for the sheer beauty of the river. The river was really low, with no real rain until my last day there. There were few people fishing, so I got to see and fish many of the famous holes. I was guided 3 of my days by Tony Wratney and also got to fish with a friend.
Tony was excellent and generous in his tips and use of his gear. He helped me work through my bad casting habits, so we eventually covered the water well, but the fish were locked down tight. I did find one biter way up river, in a spot Tony had showed me. I was never so happy to hook and land a fish, having worked so hard for it. Despite the color, he fought with real vigor.
Also, I only fell in once!
Good luck on your trip.--John
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Google Oregon Fish and Game reports for really current information (by Region). I'd do the link, but this lap top set up doesn't show the damned things!

Anyway, the fishing report is put out (roughly) every two weeks and based on the waters I know it's dead on, although a tad dated. On the larger rivers the reports are normally broken down to 'low/middle/high.' The other thing you want to watch is the Fishing Regulation 'up dates' that get posted.

Fishing Reg's are printed in the late year, but they can be updated ANY TIME. And frequently are!!!!

And on the NU ... don't forget your wading staff. You'll need it. Never seen water/footing as odd off as this stream. Much of the bottom is highly polished lava slabs and studs are almost useless (unless they're soft Aluminum). The soft nature of Aluminum will 'stick' where as the typical carbide will just slide around.

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Glad to hear you caught one. February is not a month I think of when I think of the NU. Low and clear in February is probably unusual. Also glad to hear Tony was your guide. I learned a ****load from him in 1/2 day fishing the NU, especially about skating dries, but that was in August. Did you happen to ask him who might be selling his style of skater fly, now that Joe Howell's shop is closed?
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Glad to hear you caught one. February is not a month I think of when I think of the NU. Low and clear in February is probably unusual. Also glad to hear Tony was your guide. I learned a ****load from him in 1/2 day fishing the NU, especially about skating dries, but that was in August. Did you happen to ask him who might be selling his style of skater fly, now that Joe Howell's shop is closed?
Had to skip the drive to the NU the past 18'ish months, when did this happen? Ring door bell at the shop and never got out of there under $200.00 that I can remember.

Just closed, or 'worse?'

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Joe Howell

In conversation with Tony, he mentioned that Joe Howell is retired. I think he said as of last year. Skating patterns never were a topic. I was trying to fish low and slow.--John.
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Fred,

Joe is officially retired.
I believe he's turned the shop into an artist's studio and is painting.
Haven't had the pleasure of seeing him for years, but it's coming up to the top of my "to-do" list.

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Thanks fellows. Joe has been a painter for as many years as I can remember.

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Edit: Here's the link to the Oregon Fish and Game 'Weekly Reports.' Upper left has the Regions, just click on the one you want.

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/RR/index.asp

ALSO frequently check for fishing regulation updates on their web site! Repeating myself here but the 2013 Reg's are printed up in the fall of 2012 and any changes (and there have been many!!) are posted up on line.




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Fred,

Joe is officially retired.
I believe he's turned the shop into an artist's studio and is painting.
Haven't had the pleasure of seeing him for years, but it's coming up to the top of my "to-do" list.

Best wishes,
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I grew up right next door to Joe, still see him and Bonnie regularly when I'm down there. He retired about a year and a half or two years ago. Saw him and Bonnie this summer for a few minutes. Like said above, the shop is now his "man cave".
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Here is a buddies blog with some very resent reports... big fish warning

http://nuflyguide.blogspot.com/2013/...s-it-take.html
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Great Read Zill!

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