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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Fishing the Dean this August

Who else is fishing the Dean this year?

I just lucked into a trip with a group of DIY guys who try and go any year they can. Lucky me! August 12 - 20th. Still not sure exactly which section, but driving to Bella Coola and getting a heli to drop us somewhere...

Really excited...
what flies you guys like?

what do i need to remember that i probably haven't thought of yet?

Who else is going?

Any rumors or reports at this point?

Thanks all
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I came away in awe of the beauty of the place. If you have not fished it before, the lower fishes different than above the canyon. Scott the head guide at BCW is a real proponent of smaller dark patterns up above...and below, I found it surprising how many fish were close to the banks....many times in slots created by daily changes in water levels...if you dont ignore the close in water, where it makes sense, you will stick a lot of fish. Down below, pink seemed to work pretty well in things like a pick yer pocket, or a hoh bo spey. I think anything bigger was far less productive. Actually, I remember a pink dean river tiger was killer down below..
Bring a deep water tip for the slide area because its a great rest stop for the fish just in...and be careful wading, many spots are varsity level.

http://youtu.be/RG-WqoYgXBA on George Cook Dean river fly selection
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Question Rafting or at a lodge, if lodge above or below falls?

If rafting, hope you have experienced Dean rafters. Great river where steelhead are the dominant fish since others except kings can make it up the falls.

Lodges B.C. West and Blackwell's are below. If you are at a 5 day place you will be above it is a prime time for skating dries.

I will be at B.C. West 17-24 Aug with one day below guided and one day above guided and 4 self guided above.

You are a lucky man indeed!

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I will be flying in on the day you fly out. Maybe we're splitting that flight, which makes both our trips more economical.

Lower water this year than last, with about half as much snow pack, so it might be good to have more small flies in the box. I used mostly dark patterns last year and expect to do the same again. I carry from size 1/0 down to size 8. And floater/skaters in sizes 4, 6, and 8.

Be aware of your weight limit. We took Scotch and wine but no beer last year and plan to do the same again, only twice as much Scotch and wine. Don't forget sunscreen, DEET, and bear spray.

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I will be at B.C. West 17-24 Aug with one day below guided and one day above guided and 4 self guided above.

8 )

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Looks like we'll be in the same week at BC West. I've moved up a week from last year and have the 8/17-24 week as well.

Can't wait to skate on the Trophy Case pool again...and the Motel Lobby...and Cut Bank...and Log Jam...and Ross Island...YEAH BABY!!!
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Oh man, you guys got me all excited. I know that 2 of the 3 guys I'm going with go as often as they can, so they are experienced on the river. As for me, I'm pretty useful around camp...

thanks for the tip on small dark flies.
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One last thing I forgot, was if you roll your own, 3-4" black bunny strip tubes with only 1-2 strands of blue flashabou work as well as anything up above.
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It really depends on how you like to fish and the conditions you run into. The Dean is a PREMIER dryline river and the fish there eat dries like kids to candy on Halloween. So much so, I would probably spend 95% of my 8 days fishing them, regardless of how many more fish the dredgers are pulling out vs. my results. They also come up and take wets fished just under the surface. Same with a hitched wet. If you don't like to fish that way, prefer to fish more effective methods (day in and day out) then go deep. Or if the water is blown from too much glacial run-off. Even then the fish will come up. But it gets more infrequent, all things being equal.Fish what tickles your fancy everywhere you fish in the PNW, under similar conditions, and you will find it works exactly the same as it does on your home waters. The only real difference is these fish are 100% wild and quite often have an extra gear when they tear off from the hook-up. That you will notice...otherwise summer steelhead are summer steelhead are summer steelhead...
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Just back from our Dean trip.....Happy faces all round. A great week's fishing with hot weather too , the mozzies and horseflies had plenty of flesh to feast on !! All the guys had Chinook and Steelhead, alas I managed to hook 5 fish but the all 'got away'. The best take I got was at OS aka oh sh*t ....got an almighty 'thud' take then the fish decided it was going back to the ocean, line reeling off at the rate of knots then the line suddenly went 'ping' which caused me to take an unexpected dip into the Dean. My nearest and dearest said ''you have lost all the bl**dy line'' whilst I am picking myself out of the water dripping wet. To add insult to injury as I was going towards the bank I tripped on a tree branch and got a further soaking!.....Fantastic place to fish....Enjoy

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Be very careful on the river. It can drown you.
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Be very careful on the river. It can drown you.
Haha, this seems a bit dramatic and negative. I've run a few rivers in my day, I have respect for them. I have also spent time walking amongst lions, baboon, rhinos, water buffalo, black mambas, scorpions and many other misc creatures. I am going to be fine in the great North. We are apparently being heli dropped way up river and floating down 30ks. My group has done it several times. I am a very experienced wader, like a stork.

Thanks for some of the good insights. Im stoked.
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I m not sure a common sense piece of advice to a first time DIY is fairly criticized for being "negative". And I dont really want to get into a rendition of the drowning events on that river ( or the near drownings resulting in extensive hospitalization and rehab. )I suspect none of the victims expected it to happen to them. One fellow l roomed with at a lodge there was l believe captain of his collegiate swimming team and an experienced rafter who, on a subsequent return trip DIY, was very lucky to have been plucked unconscious from The river by a motorized lodge guide just as the helio had dropped other campers -- he was immediatel airlifted and only revived in the Bella coola hospital. l will just say that Anyone self guided or otherwise who does not respect the ability of that river or any river to drown you has a fool for a guide. Maybe river safety is too obvious to have mentioned. But being totally unaware of your tameing of Rhinos and Mambas l thought l was offering some good advice to a first timer there on DIY. Ask some of the LDRL and HODSONS guides or Helio pilots if you want specific stories.

FWIW - it is notable that common sense warnings are also given by the moderators and owners of the board---on the first page of Spey Pages:
"Fly Fishing, as an activity that occurs in, on or near the water and in often remote locations, is an inherently risky pursuit that can become life-threatening. Please take precautions to ensure your safety. We want to see you back here again safe and sound at Speypages.com!"

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I appreciate the warning Bee, And I will take it to heart, as always. I just kinda felt like it was the old thing we have in Oregon. Where we all say, "you don't want to stay here, it rains all the time... so stay away." haha. Its cool, the group I'm going with, as I said, has gone several years to this river. this is not a first time DIY, I'm just a first timer to this river.

Tight lines all
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Glad to hear that you received conformation of your spot on this trip. It might just ruin you for Oregon fishing. Hope all has been well in the new place. Be sure to send me some hero pics of your fish up there.

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