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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-31-2013, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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Any reports on how the Dean fished this season?

Just curious if any of you had a chance to fish the Dean this year yet and how it went for you?
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Just curious if any of you had a chance to fish the Dean this year yet and how it went for you?
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Great! (1st week July - water low-ish to start, & dropping fast)

Not quite like 2012, but every bit as exciting!

Nookies & steel ripping reels, busting tackle, heart-stopping runs; with a few actually landed


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lots of recent threads on this one.

I had a blast, caught the biggest fish of my life, but it was an "off year" i hear. Guys in my group got 5 this year, usually get between 12 and 15. so they were disappointed.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-04-2013, 05:06 PM
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Thumbs down Netting in Dean Channel Deadly

Was there in the next to last week.

Our group of 6 had the worst experience in over 20 years and 16 years respectively for the long timers.* Pete Soverel also said it was the worst since he first started coming in the nineties.* Our top rod had 5, two had 4, I had 3, one had 1, and one got 0.

Biggest factor was the netting in the Dean Channel with over 150 boats on the openings fishing for chum salmon to be used for dog an cat food. Value 53 cents per pound.* Enforcement of the escapement opening in at the top of the net not inforced. By catch (kings, silvers, steelhead not revived but simply kicked back into the water after the fish stopped flopping was reported.

This year many rafters came down below 5 miles and ended up camping at the holes (Cottonwood, Trophy, Motel and Jam river left). They were in addition to the usual 3 camps on Victoria Island. In addition several rods came up from the lower river where they were had been camped.

Andrew Bennett was there to experience it first hand and said he will get to the bottom of why so many rods were on the river and see what can be done about the openings right at the peak steelhead run period.

Some good news for me was that two of my fish were 36 incher slabs but there were several days without even a pull.

Tough week.
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My group caught a bit less than 1/3 as many as last year. Nice trip. Slow fishing.

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This year many rafters came down below 5 miles and ended up camping at the holes (Cottonwood, Trophy, Motel and Jam river left). They were in addition to the usual 3 camps on Victoria Island. In addition several rods came up from the lower river where they were had been camped.

Andrew Bennett was there to experience it first hand and said he will get to the bottom of why so many rods were on the river and see what can be done about the openings right at the peak steelhead run period.

Some good news for me was that two of my fish were 36 incher slabs but there were several days without even a pull.

Tough week.
Taft, while I enjoy the Deneki site like any other, it's going to be a tough balance between advertising to get people, and creating more pressure that is DIY. People wouldn't be so quick to want to go there if there was harder access to info... Tough balance, and if the increase in anglers are Canadians, there won't be any way to change it...

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not many secrets left about the Dean in my opinion...kimono hit the floor a long time ago
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It's frustrating that B.C.'s premier steelhead runs are timed to overlap with salmon runs, Skeena, Dean, Fraser/Thompson. DFO manages salmon for maximum commercial harvest, but has no conservation responsibility for steelhead, and therefore appears to ignore any consequences of unintended bycatch. It seems like unless and until DFO is charged with the task of conserving all stocks and not just the targeted harvest stock, steelhead conservation will occur only as a random byproduct of salmon harvest management.

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The recent resurgence in the Dean Steelhead numbers is definitely responsible for the excess of people on the river. The low numbers of fish in the system this year gets people moving downstream to intersect fresh fish as they cannot find them upstream. This in turn causes a ton of dudes to be at the chopper take out site waiting for a few days for their ride out... and fishing above the canyon.
Usually these would be spread out over a few days with less concentration at one point.

These crowds are more like what I heard was the norm in the '80s and '90s.

I still hear that the weeks are not maxed out for the draws yet based on the rod days allowed for non resident aliens. Remember Canadians need not apply for a time on the river...

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With all the people on the river, I did not encounter another canadian outside of our group......
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