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Hey folks, I was just wondering what people's suggestions for lures was for hookin up on the Santiam? I'm tired of trout fishing and would love to have a little bit better knowledge and better chance of landing that big beautiful fish. Anything would help.
 
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Assumng north fork

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Welcome to Off! Night crawlers and corkies have been cleaning up on the steelies lately, along with spinners in pink, green(chinook), blue. Jigs in black, pink, and red have been doing well also. Good luck, your gonna need it the steelies this year are being increadably stubborn.
 
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Welcome to Off! Night crawlers and corkies have been cleaning up on the steelies lately, along with spinners in pink, green(chinook), blue. Jigs in black, pink, and red have been doing well also. Good luck, your gonna need it the steelies this year are being increadably stubborn.

Yeah, that whole part about the steelies bein stubborn. TRUE!!

I was unloading the second car of the morning down at my yard with a buddy of mine when I got the idea. I had an appointment to pick up a motorhome out in Scio at 4:30, it was at the time 2:30.............Let's grab some poles and hit the water!!

I knew I didn't have a whole lot of time to screw around if I wanted to get my line wet. So we grabbed our gear and hauled some tail for Packsaddle (I don't know why we decided to go that far out, but we did).

3:10- Hit the water. To my surprise there was no one there except one guy standing on a rock upstream from us, and a couple of guys way upstream from us (beyond the cutoff line). I don't know which was more exciting, the thought of possibly hookin up with a fish, or playin hookey from work in an area where I had no cell reception and they couldn't get ahold of me.

3:12 First cast. Toss my line in and hope for the best. Just using a steelhead stalker with a 1/4 ounce pink and white jig. While I'm going through my routine for working the water and givin my buddy the usual torment about getting the first fish, I notice that there's quite a few fish layin in the water near us. So you can imagine my excitement level on the next few casts.

4:17 Packin up. Loaded up the truck and headed for my voluntary appointment knowing that I've got no time to spare and no fish to fry. :( It's all good though. I can't expect a miracle in an hour.

I personally was just happy to sneak away from the two W's and get some fishin done. (Two W's = work & wife)

Anyway thanks to everyone for all the help they've been. I love the forum and glad to be a part of it.
 
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3:10- Hit the water. To my surprise there was no one there except one guy standing on a rock upstream from us, and a couple of guys way upstream from us (beyond the cutoff line).

Hmmm, I wonder why?:rolleyes:

Salem, OR
Sunrise: 5:31am
Sunset: 9:01pm

2009 Oregon Fishing Regulations
Page 8
Unlawful to:
Angle for or take salmon, shad, steelhead, sturgeon, trout or whitefish except in daylight hours (one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset).


See exceptions


for specific waterbodies in Southeast (Miller Lake and Lake-of-the-woods)

and Columbia River zones (McNary Dam to Oregon-Washington border).
 
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guess i shuold clarify

guess i shuold clarify

this was all in the afternoon. i don't do the night fishing thing unless it's allowed. kinda have to follow ALL the rules to keep my job.... don't need a ticket from fishing being the reason i lose my income
 
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my bad! I usually prefer going for the first bite early in the morning. Leave around 3.30 - 4.00 am and be at the spot around 4.30 to be first one. Given the warm weather, that might be your answer as well to get into summers... Good luck out there...
 
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Yeah, I prefer to be up there right before the sun peaks out too. Problem with that for me, is my job. I'm usually goin to bed around 3 am, and then I'm back up around 8, to get the day started. Head out the door at 9:30 to start workin. And that's daily. Not all repo's happen in the dark.

Now if you ask my mom she'll tell you I'm insane. I'll go to bed around my usual time and still wake up at 4:30 to hit the road for the water. She thinks I'm nuts, I call it love. And since I caught my first steelhead, well let's just say it's really hard to concentrate while I'm cruisin down Hwy 22 lookin at all that beautiful fish filled water, without wanting to pull over and throw a line in. No matter how little time I have to do it.
 
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