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FRESHWATER & TIDEWATER FISHING REPORTS
SUMMER-RUN STEELHEAD - 4/15/18 - The Town Lake still has a few summer-run steelhead in it - and they're still being caught on flies - even dry flies.
The top 3 photos on left, and the top 3 photos on the right show some of the Town Lake steelhead hooked and released on flies this last 3 months.
Jay Nicholas fished with me two weeks ago and landed 1 summer steelhead and lost 1, on the Town Lake. Midge nymphs were the top flies.
Dustin fished with me three months ago on the Town Lake and landed five fish! The top three photos on the right are of him and three of those steelhead. Midge nymphs got him into 7 or 8 fish (some broke off using 7X tippets).
Anj and Grant show off a nice buck that took an wooley bugger fly on New Year's eve. They landed 2 and lost 2, some on midge nymph patterns as small as size 16.
John is shown in the third down photo with one of three he hooked last month.
This is all very challenging sight fishing!
TOWN LAKE & HEBO LAKE - Planted Trout Reports - 4/15/18 ODFW just planted these lakes again with catchable trout (this last week). The Town Lake received 1,500 trout and Hebo Lake received 2,000 trout. Fly fishing was great today, but some of these trout in the Town Lake already showed cormorant beak marks on their sides from a narrow escape! Boats (no motors) and even float tubes will allow you to reach these fish, and allow room for a backcast. Brown or black, size 12, Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymphs, fished below a strike indicator, using a floating line, with 2 lb. test tippets, is the top fish getter! Hatchery trout will anywhere from 2 feet to 8 feet deep - try different depths until you find em! If keeping fish, remember the limit is 5, and only 1 over 20 inches!
WINTER-RUN STEELHEAD - 4/15/18 The late-run hatchery steelhead and wild steelhead runs are winding down fast! A few fresh fish and some spawned out fish are being caught. The water is going up and down with the rains, but some fish are still being caught! Fish with lighter tippets and smaller presentations when the water's gin clear. These upcoming rains will start bringing up some early Spring-run chinook for the lucky steelhead anglers!
CHINOOK SALMON - 4/15/18 The photos below and on the immediate right and left, are mostly of fly caught fall-run kings that run the rivers of Tillamook County from September through December!
The Spring-run chinooks will start running in fishable numbers in late May on the Nestucca River, and in late April in Tillamook Bay rivers. We're just a month out from Springer fly fishing - IF the rains stop now! So get ready with Clousers and Rocket Red Comets!
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.