FRESHWATER & TIDEWATER FISHING REPORTS
WINTER-RUN STEELHEAD - 02/04/16 - The late winter run steelhead are due, with a few being caught already. February is the month these larger, wild and hatchery steelhead start coming in big time.
We've hooked a number on jig flies below strike indicators, and usually with an egg imitation trailer on a two foot leader. A lot of rain is coming for the next week and a half, but there should be a few fishable days mixed in. Note that a few big fish have been collected for brood stock already and some of these fish were right around the 20 lb. mark!
The Big Nestucca fishes pretty good with strike indicaters and egg patterns or jig flies in the lower areas and swung flies in it's upper reaches. Hot orange, hot red, black,dark green, brown, and even some white wing steelhead flies, and jig flies, will entice both hatchery fish and wild fish all up and down the river. Generally, go to smaller flies (natural looking bugs and egg patterns) when it's clear, and larger flies when the water's off color.
For the more adventurous fly fishers, and those in good walking shape - try way above Cedar Creek Hatchery on Three Rivers. The weir has been down since the rains began, and lots of salmon and steelhead have gone 10 miles or more up beyond the hatchery. Lots of public access and wadable water up around MP 4, to MP 5, and beyond. Somewhere around MP 5 1/2, Three Rivers makes a left turn away from Hwy 22 (when headed South), and heads back into public forest lands. There is some parking at the Rhoades Pond salmon rearing facility, and miles of open water to fish up beyond it.
The end of February and all of March are usually the best times to fly fish the upper Nestucca. Fish will be spread out from tidewater to the boundry at Elk Creek, and you can usually find a spot to swing flies, high stick nymph glo-bugs or nymphs, or strike indicator fly fish for steelhead. Lots of room to drift boat fish the lower river. Get out and fish, because they're in there to be caught!
LANDLOCKED STEELHEAD - 02/04/17 - Landlocked summer steelhead are still cruising around in the Town Lake, and it's due to receive some more surplus brood stock summers next week. Jay and I have fished the lake a number of times over the last month and have averaged just over a fish a trip. Some of Jay's fish are shown on the right and above on left and right. These steelhead provide some exciting and very challenging fly fishing. Jay's been doing really well on a Silver Hilton fly in size 8! Jay has landed most of his fish while using a fiberglass ECHO Spey rod, 4 wt. outfit, and 2 lb. test tippet. The photos down the left side, and the top and second down from top right, are from other summer steelhead that were caught and released in the Town Lake during these last three months. Many thanks to ODF&W, and Cedar Creek Hatchery, for this "Blue Ribbon" fishery!
FALL-RUN CHINOOK SALMON - The photos on the immediate right, and the lower photos, are of fly caught fall-run kings and a coho, during this last fall season.
SOME GREAT FISH ENHANCEMENT GROUPS TO DONATE TO:
Monterey Bay Salmon & Trout Project: www:mbstp.org
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.