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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-29-2002, 03:55 AM Thread Starter
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As an appreciative new member, and Vancouver island resident, I would be interested to hear of any
Spey- based winter experiences on the Stamp River. Stocks of both summer and winter runs appear strong, thanks to a successful hatchery program, but winter fishing seems almost totally gear driven. With river levels well down during the current cold snap the well sunk fly should be worth a serious trial. +
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-31-2002, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: GhillieDate: 1/31/2002 6:05 AM

Likewise, the Stamp churns out a lot of fish -- from the Roberston creek hatchery and this does tend to draw the crowds of "harvesters." Sometimes it's like you have to bring your own rock to stand on just to get a spot to cast from. Can't say that I have spent a whole lot of time on the Stamp lately. No need to, I live on the Gold. Not as many clones swimming about -- no hatchery over here -- and not as many folks trying to get their share, but enough big wild steelhead to keep things interesting and lots of room to find some water to yourself. The double-hander really is the answer for efficiently covering the good water on the Gold -- especially with the canyon walls and trees tight against your backside. Back to the Stamp. . . it probably is as good a place as any to get a good crack at some taking fish. Go with a Black GP and heavy sink tip, lots of perseverance, and forget fretting about having to follow through after a crowd. Many fish have been caught after they have been woken up by a previous bombardment. 

Keep your hook sharp! 

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-01-2002, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Originator: petermacDate: 1/31/2002 8:00 PM
Thanks for the feedback. The nice thing about living in Nanaimo is that the Gold is only a three hour drivge away. I had my first fish on the fly there last March - a heart-stopping smash take on the Helicopter Run - and I'll be heading back that way in the next few weeks. As to the Stamp, I know of at least two fish taken on the fly in the past week and I'll be there tomorroiw fuill of hope since the water should be at a nice level with the recent cold snap.

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