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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-10-2013, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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Another Dean Question

I'm going the first week of Sept and read reports the water is clear and low. The reports recommended small and dark flies.

Dark I understand. How small? Patterns? Sizes?

I'll be fishing at the Lower Dean River Lodge. From what I understand, I'll be fishing up from the canyon.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-24-2013, 08:03 PM
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You are right on the money with the small dark flies. Just returned from 11 days on the river last night. Took my nicest, best fish in a #8 dark Spade. Have no need to even consider sink tips or intruders on this river. Fish should be very "buggy" by the time you are on the river. Other flies I like are Lemire's Caddis, Grantham's Sedge and the Greaseliner.
Sadly #'s are WAY down on what should be the best summer run Steelhead river on the planet.
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Got fish from a size 2/0 dee to a size 6 wet fly. I think sizes 2-6 will be on the money! blacks purples and clarets did best for us. orange had its place. Nothing on blue!!! Search water with skaters, when you find a biter, spend some time as there aren't many. Best of luck
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personally l would take a tip and some intruders or other big uglies. While the river in the right levels can be the most intriguing dry line/waker river one can imagine it can, following a good three day rain, be a raging torrent where something big and ugly can still produce some exceptional fish in other wise near- unfishable water . Nothing like waker fishing,which is why l go, but my largest fish from this river have come on the big stuff in marginal water conditions. fwiw
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