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The next few days it should be on up and down the coast! Be ready!

We hit a coastal river yesterday and went 4 for 8. Things started slow, my son hooked a hog of a fish that fought like it was possesed and finally pulled free early on then things got slow until around 11:00. We had pre-arranged plans and had to be off the river at noon, at that point we had only hooked the 1 steelhead. We had fish quite a good stretch of river looking for new fish and by 11:00 were back in the hole we started at, I was fishing a jig under a float and just couldn't get the thing to fish the tailout of the hole properly so I resorted to the old fashioned method....drift fishing! Perfect for the tailout of this hole, just lift my rod a little and glide my rig along the ledge. There is 1 rock in the middle of this particular tailout and sure enough as my slinky and roe approach it I feel a thunk and my rod begin to load, I lift quickly and nothing. I think maybe my weight tried to wrap around the rock as it drifted by but man, that sure felt fishy! The next cast as my bait approaches the rock I feel, thunk, thunk, load....fish on!!! No doubt about it! A nice buck about 31". While I am fiddling with my fish and tag and gear I tell my son to run some roe and show him where the steelhead was laying in front of the rock, sure enough, 1st cast he hooks a hen that was laying out there with the buck! But, it broke off after a short fight and he admits that he knew he had a nick in his leader! Running short on time we hurry down to the next hole, which happens to be his favorite on this river....It fishes perfectly with a float. He immediately hooks and lands a small, bright buck, now we've got the smoker going! A couple of more minutes and it's noon, got to go! Damn!!! Just when the bite came on!
We finish our business at the coast in a couple of hours and realize that if we hurry we could get 1 more hour of fishing in before dark. We arrive at the pullout and one of the locals is standing by his truck, he tells us that he has just fished the stretch and never touched a fish, I share the fact that we caught 2 and lost a couple others that morning so maybe we fished it out. He leaves and we head down to the 2 holes we hooked the fish in that morning. The 1st hole is the one I caught my fish in, we give it 15 minutes with no results and then head to the 2nd hole. I let my son have it and head to a small hole just down below. After 10 minutes I begin walking back up to meet my son and see him backing up the river bank trying to reach the net with one arm while holding his rod with another just as a bright hen leaps 2 ft into the air, I tell him I'll get the net just worry about the fish. We get it in the net and he informs me that he has just hooked 2 fish in 5 casts. He tells me to take his rod because it is set up perfectly for this hole and shows me where the fish are holding. On my 3rd cast I run the float down the far seam along a log when the float goes down hard! My son had picked up my float rod saying he would tie on an egg leader for me when I announced "I'm on!" Only 27", but it was a stubborn little buck! Fought hard! 3 times it tried to take me under the log on the other side of the river and I had to thumb the spool and bring him to a dead stop! A fun fish!

So, just a little fishing story with some value. We do believe that by 11:00am the river had warmed enough that the bite came on late. I like early in the morning myself but you have to fish when the bite is on! The water was up with a little more color and the fish were laying somewhat outside of their normal lays, tailouts and the bottom 3rd of the holes seemed to be the ticket today. No one technique for steelhead fishing is best! you can have a favorite way to fish steelhead, We carried float rods and drift rods yesterday, hell...I even threw a spinner in a couple of flats yesterday just because the fish will hold in them when the water is up, and I really don't care for spinner fishing!

A nice day overall, blue sky, lot's of critters out, fresh fish in the river! What's not to like about that!
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excellent job Mad dog.man your slayin them this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Yep , I always take a float rod with me , but end up drifting most of the time . But your right , no one way is best .
By the way. . . . DAMM nice fish fellas ! !
 
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Great report, and nice fish! Think I might be fishing on sunday on the big river.
 
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Great report, and nice fish! Think I might be fishing on sunday on the big river.

The big river! :clap:

Expecting great things from the big river this season! :dance: Hopefully the rain holds off for awhile!
 
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Nice Job! Nice fish and a great report! Thanks for sharing!
 
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Awesome guys, nice looking fish! I've thought about being GOA Christmas morning. ;)
 
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The big river! :clap:

Expecting great things from the big river this season! :dance: Hopefully the rain holds off for awhile!

I'll make a report if i make it down sunday. From the 2 trips i made down i hope the season keeps up with the trend. pretty sure you seen the report. we had a 20+lber on and then the next day landed a few small ones and a big one about 17lbs. be nice if it doesn't rain for a bit. also a friend was down a few days before i went and had 3 on and one was a monster. Also had a hatchery fish spit the hook right at the net.
 
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I'll make a report if i make it down sunday. From the 2 trips i made down i hope the season keeps up with the trend. pretty sure you seen the report. we had a 20+lber on and then the next day landed a few small ones and a big one about 17lbs. be nice if it doesn't rain for a bit. also a friend was down a few days before i went and had 3 on and one was a monster. Also had a hatchery fish spit the hook right at the net.

He,he,he....ya, I saw that post! Couldn't miss that big bright chrome one! The south river is down to 4920 cfs and the north is at 4690 this morning....as long as Calapooyia creek isn't dumping pure mud the next couple of days should be prime on the Main! Gonna make a little drive this morning, I'll let you know how she looks!
 
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He,he,he....ya, I saw that post! Couldn't miss that big bright chrome one! The south river is down to 4920 cfs and the north is at 4690 this morning....as long as Calapooyia creek isn't dumping pure mud the next couple of days should be prime on the Main! Gonna make a little drive this morning, I'll let you know how she looks!

Thanks man let me know but i just looked at the chart and it was fishable today been dropping and the drop has slowed so I know its good. tomorrow should be even better and the next day the same. wish i could be down there right now until monday or so. as of today it was almost at 9' and a bit over 11,000 with the slowing drop you can't ask for better conditions over the next few days. and i fish really close to the station. just hope the fish are still there when i get there and don't go in between waves. man I shouldn't have looked at the charts wont be able to function until i make a trip now. Let me know how fishy it looked and how many rigs you see around the bunch's area.
 
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Thanks man let me know but i just looked at the chart and it was fishable today been dropping and the drop has slowed so I know its good. tomorrow should be even better and the next day the same. wish i could be down there right now until monday or so. as of today it was almost at 9' and a bit over 11,000 with the slowing drop you can't ask for better conditions over the next few days. and i fish really close to the station. just hope the fish are still there when i get there and don't go in between waves. man I shouldn't have looked at the charts wont be able to function until i make a trip now. Let me know how fishy it looked and how many rigs you see around the bunch's area.

I think the lower River will plunk well sunday! Calapooyia creek isn't too high but still is pretty muddy, the river above that looks decent! The South river still runs mud above 4,000 cfs, the North river looks great at the forks this morning!

Good luck!!! Catch a hog!
 
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Thanks for the update will let you guys know how it goes. still have to call my buddy and iron out the details. looks like sunday might be the last day it is fishable for a few days. wish I was there today.
 
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Thanks for the update will let you guys know how it goes. still have to call my buddy and iron out the details. looks like sunday might be the last day it is fishable for a few days. wish I was there today.

I hear confirmed reports of Winter runs above the forks! I know of 4 caught yesterday! The high water has them movin fast this year! The whole river should fish now! Of course lot's of rivers fishin' at the moment!!!
 
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Hopefully its good today. river just leveled out so and it rained a bunch since yesterday and gonna be wet today. hopefully river doesn't change much today and end up being a bad day when the last 3 were good days to go. report back tonight.
 
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