FRESHWATER & TIDEWATER FISHING REPORTS
SUMMER-RUN CHINOOK 08/26/16 - Nestucca River - Summer chinook have been showing in the boat ramp hole and around Wood's Bridge, in tidewater. The low tides have been concentrating them in these areas, and some really nice size kings have been caught. I have seen a couple over 30 lbs. and have talked to a friend that caught a 40 lber. Alas, none on flies yet! Most of these fish have been caught on spinners and bait/bobber rigs. The kings have been a mixture of hatchery fish and wild fish. I've been out 6 times so far, casting flies, and haven't had a grab.
A lime green/white bucktail, with chart. kristal flash, Clouser, is always a good fly to try. Summer chinook will take swung, retrieved, and dead dropped Clousers, and it usually all depends on the speed of the tidal movement, whether it's coming in or going out, and how effectively you fish these flies. (Expect some new photos soon!)
TROUT - It's over now in the lakes, but expect a plant of trophy rainbows, in September, in the Town Lake. Sea-run cutts are in tidewater and if you're in the right area at the right time, you have a good chance of getting some action.
SUMMER STEELHEAD - Nestucca River - 08/26/16 The water's low, but the steelhead are still in there to be caught, even though the run has dropped off! Fish are spread out through the system - and a few are being caught on strike indicators set ups, swung flies, and high stick nymphed flies, and beads. Best bites come early in the morning, just as it's getting light. There are summers holding from Three Rivers to Cloverdale, but it's tough fishing! For those who stay at it, and are knowledable, and quick learners, the chances will go up for some hookups on some of these hot fish! The summers are mostly on the bigger size this year, running from 6 to 10 lbs.
The lower photos are of fly caught fall-run chinooks this last fall 2015.
PACIFIC CITY DORY BOAT & DRIFT BOAT TRIPS
The Pacific City area is one of the best fly fishing locations in the United States. This area has rivers, lakes, and the nearby ocean. These waters all have excellent fishing during their seasons.
We will start running ocean dory fly fishing trips for the summer in May, weather and surf permitting, for a variety of rockfish, and salmon when in season. These trips will be fun for both advanced fly fishers and beginners. Please try to email to book trips on the dory at least a month in advance to try and insure you will get a date. The calendar is filling up, so get your reservation in as early as possible.
The dory is limited to four anglers max. (we prefer two to three) and we supply all the needed fly fishing equipment for the trip, - but you are welcome to bring your own fly tackle if you'd like.
Drift boat trips for salmon, steelhead, and trout, are usually run during the fall, winter, and spring time, and these all depend on weather, water conditions, and fish runs and numbers.
We work very hard to make all our trips both enjoyable and productive.
SOME GREAT FISH ENHANCEMENT GROUPS TO DONATE TO:
Monterey Bay Salmon & Trout Project: www:mbstp.org