South Santiam?

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Bassface62

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Anyone been fishing the S. Santiam River lately? I've been staying between Sweet Home and Lebanon for the most part but haven't had any luck. Anyone have any tips or locations they like for that stretch of the river? Any feedback would be a big help :)
 
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I just got my first steelhead gear put together yesterday so you wont be the only one lost and unsure of what to use :D Ive heard some good fish being caught from drift boats but not much from the bank.
 
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South Fork

South Fork

We have been smashing fish on the South Fork (13) and three on the north fork. I've been using some specialized gear though. Black, black and pink, black and chartruse jigs at the deadline. I've heard the guard rail hole is heating up, pink or orange corkies and yarn, and I've been pitching spinners above the boat ramp at waterloo, and below the bridge.
Good Luck
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Welcome to OFF

Welcome to OFF

We have been smashing fish on the South Fork (13) and three on the north fork. I've been using some specialized gear though. Black, black and pink, black and chartruse jigs at the deadline. I've heard the guard rail hole is heating up, pink or orange corkies and yarn, and I've been pitching spinners above the boat ramp at waterloo, and below the bridge.
Good Luck
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Welcome to the site, another lurker that has come home to roust; and a jig angler at that :dance: :dance: :clap: I love using a slip bobber and Jigs for Trout and Steelhead....Thanks for the post and again welcome.

Chuck
 
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Sorry to disapoint you Chuck, I'm more of aspinner guy then a bobber and jig guy. I didn't actually catch my first stealhead on one until this spring. I do about 90% of my damage on spinners.
 
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North Fork Santiam

North Fork Santiam

Thursday's will be re-run days on the North Fork Of the Santiam. They recycle at the bridge in Lyons. I was there today and hit 4, kept 1....All spinner fish:dance:guys were doing pretty good on corkys and yarn too.
If you guys get the chance, give it a shot, its a ton of fun.
Good Luck
 
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south santiam river sucks so much b@lls this year

south santiam river sucks so much b@lls this year

been out there dozen times already this year this drifting the river........ fishing at church camp hole and dead line hole....... seen a few fish caught , alls i gotta say is can't wait till winter steel head run on the coast.... santiam stealhead are to dam picky
 
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South fork rocks

South fork rocks

This time of year you have to use really light leaders on the south smokie. Right now we are using #3 blades on our spinners, avoiding nickle like the plague. You might try going to micro jigs (1/16th) with 6# leader. I've fished up at the dead line and they are still hitting fish up there. I would stick with the darker colors now, black, and black with a white head. Most of those fish up there move through within 100 ft of the bank on the hatchery side. We run our jigs about 3 1/2 to 4 feet deep. It's a broad flat but the fish in the river are really lazy, fish the slower sides of the seams in there.
If you are drifting 7 to 9ft 6# leaders are a must, also hooks no larger than #2, #4's are better. The smallest corkies you can find in orange, orange and white, pink, purple, and blue. Try right at dusk with orange corkie and chartuse yarn. Works wonders in wiley creek. Drifting at the deadline is a chore even on a good day, I like wiley creek better just below where the creek comes in and above where the tree fell in on the far bank. Use as little weight as you can and still tap the bottom every 6-8 feet. Also in there you need to wait to get your slack out of your line until you hit the bottom. It is deeper in there than most people think. If you don't you'll be drifting too far over the top to hook up.
Good luck
 
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dude 10-11-08 went to the coast today......... found a balled up horde of silvers........... omg and my 2 fishing buddies were fighting these silver bullets since noon....... till dark........... we had 3 at a time action like 4 times today....... fishing in the same hole for 6-7 hours........ we musta hooked 50-70 coho and a few chinooks......... it was a amazing........best day ever so glad the coastalfishing is here.......... lol santiam still sucks...........
 
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Still having problems?

Still having problems?

The south fork is tough yes. Disciplined you must be. If you are having that much trouble getting into fish I would be more than happy to help you out. For me it's close and from may through september its full o' fish. You have to be technical, small baits, smaller leaders.

Good luck
 
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Early morning at high rock with flys sometime get ya something, so enticing with the big ones you can see
 

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