SOME GREAT FISH ENHANCEMENT GROUPS TO DONATE TO:
Monterey Bay Salmon & Trout Project: www:mbstp.org
FRESHWATER & TIDEWATER FISHING REPORTS
SUMMER-RUN STEELHEAD - 08/02/17 - There are still a few summer-run steelhead being caught, but the springer fishing is over! The confluence of the Nestucca River and Three Rivers is one of the best spots, also try the upper river. Get out and fish early because the best bite is the first hour after it gets light. The run of these chromers has peaked, but there will be summers around until Christmas!
CATCHABLE TROUT - 08/03/17 - There are a few planted rainbows left in South Lake for those who will drive a ways out into the hills out in Hebo. Second down photo on left is an 18" cutthroat caught a while ago (secret place). ODF&W will be planting Trophy Rainbows in September, and this can be a good little fishery in the Town Lake (very near Pacific City).
Use 2 wt to 4 wt fly rods for trout, a floating line, two lb. test tippets, a strike indicator, and a size 12 bead head hare's ear nymph in brown or black. Set your indicator about 4 to 6 feet above your Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph! Fish where you see these fish jumping or rolling, and cast out and let the fish find your Nymph! Do not move it! If your strike indicator doesn't go under after 40 seconds, recast again about 10 feet one way or the other (called fan casting)! If you're not getting takes, you are either not on them, or they're deeper!
SUMMER CHINOOK SALMON - 08/03/17 The springer run is over, but the summer chinook are just starting to show in tidewater. Two nice ones were caught yesterday in tidewater, a 21 lber. and a 24 lber. - on spinners. A third fish was lost the day before on a fly.
Lime green/white Clousers, Rainbow Clousers, are the go to flies for these fish! Use mostly Type 1 sink rate lines, and when you're trying to get close enough to these usually very spooky fish, row quietly into casting range. No motors, and lower your anchors very quietly! Fish the top and bottom ends of the tides - when they're more active and inclined to grab!
Both clipped and unclipped salmon are now legal to take.
HINT: Our web cam is usually pointed at the Boat Ramp Hole - and you can watch fish roll and fishermen fishing for them - if the salmon are there!
FALL-RUN CHINOOK SALMON - The photos in the lower area are of fly caught fall-run kings!
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.