FRESHWATER & TIDEWATER FISHING REPORTS
TROUT - 07/9/19 - The Town Lake and Hebo Lake saw the last plants of catchable trout and nice size trophy trout a month ago and they've been nearly all caught out!
The old standby of a size 12 Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph in brown or black color, fished below a small strike indicator - with a 2 lb. test tippet, was the best rig.
Hebo Lake and South Lake may still have a few trout left in them! If you have a pontoon boat or can launch a drift boat to fish for them with, all the better!
Spring-run Chinook Salmon - 07/9/19 A nice batch of "hard to catch" springers still in tidewater. A bite went on for those fly fishers who stuck it out in the winds - and nearly all of the 5 guys trying, either landed a fish or lost one. These fish have been taking Clousers and comets - some of the flies getting grabbed are small, - like on size 6 hooks. Light tippets of 8 lb. test are also helping. As the river continues to drop, these fish still linger in tidewater!
See upper right photo of Rob Perkins holding a nice 12 lber. that took a fly and Ken in the upper left photo holding a 19lber. that also took a Clouser. The Springer run was much smaller than expected, and they're also on the smaller size this year. But there's still some out there! Rob is the "high stick" fly fisherman this year with the first fly caught springer, and the most brought to net - with three landed!
Sea-run Cutthroat Trout -07/9/19 There are still a few of these beautiful fish being caught in the estuaries and bigger pools of a few of the smaller rivers and creeks. A lot of scouting is necessary to find where they're at - look for their rises, use a floating or intermediate sink line and just about any standard cutthroat fly will get some takes. I did see a photo of another nice 18 incher taken last week.
UPPER AREA PHOTOS ON LEFT & RIGHT - Are of some of the Fall-run chinooks we caught this last fall.
The lower photos are of some of the Spring-run and Fall-run chinook caught the last couple of years on our trips.
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 have started running ocean dory fly fishing trips for the 2019 summer, 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 will be filling up quick, so get your reservation in as early as possible.
The dory is limited to four anglers max., with a minimum of two, 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. we clean all your fish and cook all your crab. We also supply ice to get your catch home fresh and tasty!
Drift boat trips for salmon usually run during the fall and spring time, and these all depend on weather, water conditions, and fish runs.
We work very hard to make all our trips both enjoyable and productive.