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The big push of salmon that came up the lower river yesterday did not happen again today. Only observed one or two. Water visibility cleared but still a lot of leaves. Water temp. dropped a little to 60 degrees. Overall it was a slow day for most of the anglers in the section I was fishing.

I have had good luck with Black/olive patterns this time of the year so I put on this small 2.5" long cut-shank and rigged it with a #4 Octopus stinger hook.


I worked the same fast water pocket were I had success yesterday and was rewarded with this 25" male steelhead. He came racing towards me after he smashed the fly and I had to do some fast reeling to keep tension on the line. My only grab for 5 hours of swinging.


Carefully revived for the release. Only blemish was a lamprey wound on its lower flank.
 

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Another beauty you've got there, I'm stuck nursing an injured right knee with the most perfect October weather I've seen for 8 years right out my door. Cherish every day that you can go do it because things tend to happen that can stop you.

Great fish!
 

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Some beautiful fish you have posted in your reports! I am curious how long a rod you are fishing there?
 

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I am curious how long a rod you are fishing there?
IMO the most common rod length & weight for a spey rod I see on the Salmon River is 13 foot 7 weight. My rod is a ECHO Dec Hogan 13' 7wt.
I have 2 of them, one for back up incase I ever break the first one and have to sent it back for the Life Time warranty. ;) I've given it 5 years of heavy use so far and its still going strong!
 

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5 hours well spent.. with shining rewards!

Gorgeous fish (both) they don't get any better. Nicely done.
 

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nice fish!

we fished hard Friday..started above black hole and worked our way to pineville. no love. my buddies in drift boats were able to locate the pod of salmon/steelhead from thursday..they were holed up just below sportsman on saturday. above and below that, it was slow for much of the weekend. crazy how concentrated the fish remain, even 2 days after entering the river.
 

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Thanks Fish Tech. As usual, a nice, informative post. On a slightly different topic, what kind of camera do you use? I use a point and shoot camera that takes nice photos, but many of the pics have too much data to upload to some sites.
 

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Thanks Fish Tech. As usual, a nice, informative post. On a slightly different topic, what kind of camera do you use? I use a point and shoot camera that takes nice photos, but many of the pics have too much data to upload to some sites.
I use a Nikon Coolpix P330 Point-n-shoot that I carry on a neck strap with the camera tucked into one of the inside pockets of my Simms G3 Vest so it is always ready to pull out for a quick photo. I has a great f/1.8 lens :)
I upload my photos to ImageShack for sharing on fishing websites.
 

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what line rig are you using- from shooting head to leader setup--sink tip? MOW? tippet length? thanks for the info:)
 
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