*Noob* Sandy River fishing help

reaper338

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Hi all , I am new to salmon/steelhead fishing and I was thinking of going to Sandy river this Saturday possibly , if you guys have any pointers on what I should be using or where I should go I would greatly appreciate it. I mostly do trout fishing I just don't have a good idea on what to get or where to go. I don't have a boat I would be bank fishing (not fly fishing) Thank you for the help !
 

Irishrover

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Start simple. Go to Oxbow Park and swing spoons or spinners. Start at the top of a pool and work your way down to the tail out. Look at some of the books published by Amato publishing on spoon fishing, spinner fishing and river salmon/steelhead fishing. Those books will go into great detail on technique and gear. Good luck.
 

reaper338

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Start simple. Go to Oxbow Park and swing spoons or spinners. Start at the top of a pool and work your way down to the tail out. Look at some of the books published by Amato publishing on spoon fishing, spinner fishing and river salmon/steelhead fishing. Those books will go into great detail on technique and gear. Good luck.
great !! thank you , I will pick up some of those books too !
 

cchinook

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Hi all , I am new to salmon/steelhead fishing and I was thinking of going to Sandy river this Saturday possibly , if you guys have any pointers on what I should be using or where I should go I would greatly appreciate it. I mostly do trout fishing I just don't have a good idea on what to get or where to go. I don't have a boat I would be bank fishing (not fly fishing) Thank you for the help !
The Sandy may still be muddy by then , the bulk of the coho are up at the hatchery already . You are going about
3 wks. to late . But there are still some at Oxbow Park. #4 Blue Fox spinners , jigging , and bobber and eggs .
Those huge fall nooks are showing up also , they are rarely clipped and usually to dark to keep. Steelhead will show in Nov.
 

troutdude

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Be sure that you have read, know, and understand the Zone Regulations for streams on page 42 in the reg book. Then flip or scroll over to page 42 and be sure that you also understand the Exceptions to Zone Regulations, for the Sandy.

It's good to be aware that an enforcement OFFicer expects you to know these regulations; BEFORE you head out. If you don't you could get zapped! So if you have any questions just ask us. Or if you need a quicker answer call ODFW: (800) 720-ODFW [6339]

 

reaper338

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The Sandy may still be muddy by then , the bulk of the coho are up at the hatchery already . You are going about
3 wks. to late . But there are still some at Oxbow Park. #4 Blue Fox spinners , jigging , and bobber and eggs .
Those huge fall nooks are showing up also , they are rarely clipped and usually to dark to keep. Steelhead will show in Nov.
Thank you for the info !!
Start simple. Go to Oxbow Park and swing spoons or spinners. Start at the top of a pool and work your way down to the tail out. Look at some of the books published by Amato publishing on spoon fishing, spinner fishing and river salmon/steelhead fishing. Those books will go into great detail on technique and gear. Good luck.
yes I definitely will,
thank you !
 

Artwo

Active member
I read that as of yesterday there was less than 4" of visibility in the Sandy, probably won't clear by Saturday.......
 

troutdude

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@reaper338 to tie into @Irishrover's comment about Amato Publishings books...the creme of the crop is Spinner Fishing for Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout by fellow Oregonian Jed Davis. It's our holy grail and written from a scientific, but easy to understand approach.

I read it from cover to cover when I got the first edition, back in the 80's, and it made all the difference! Try to get a 1st or 2nd edition, if you can scare one up. So you'll have the color plate pages of his spinner designs. They are works of art in their simplicity. But made to match specific environmental conditions, all explained in detail in Jed's masterpiece.

Right after my first reading I bought the recommended gear, and tackle. Then made my own all black #3 spinners. The first time out I went to Moonshine Park on the Siletz; and went 1 for 4 on Fall Nooks below a break dam! Did you get that? I hooked FOUR nooks with BLACK spinners! You just have to learn Jed's principles for yourself.
 

Dean

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The Sandy may still be muddy by then , the bulk of the coho are up at the hatchery already . You are going about
3 wks. to late . But there are still some at Oxbow Park. #4 Blue Fox spinners , jigging , and bobber and eggs .
Those huge fall nooks are showing up also , they are rarely clipped and usually to dark to keep. Steelhead will show in Nov.
I went to the Sandy just to get away from the house this weekend and throw a spinner and you are 100% correct. I saw a lot of chinook but they were pretty dark and seemed like they were close to the end of their run. Even if I caught something clipped I wouldn't have kept it. I spotted this fellow on the shore:

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Like I said, I was using a spinner but I saw people using eggs and other rigs with no luck (my understanding is: chinooks don't care about eating when they are spawning and mostly bite eggs out of curiosity). Anyway, it was absolutely beautiful on the Sandy this weekend:

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Hope the OP made it there and had a nice day!
 
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