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Checking in with Friends on the River

Joel La Follette - Thursday, January 11, 2018
Report by Josh Linn and Friends...


I’m still making good on my New Years resolution to fish more. I know it’s early in the year, but it all adds up in the end.

I probably sound like a broken record, but the fishing is only getting better and every time it rains more fish enter the system. This rain will be no different.

After last week's outing Eric and I were pretty confident about there being a reasonable amount of fish in the river. Eric went at it with a renewed vigor and was fishing with supreme confidence this week as we again drifted the Clackamas. Every run he stepped in he knew he was going to get a fish, and he was ready for it.

The water was much lower than the week before. The runs where we had been standing in the willows fishing from we were now wading 30-50’ out. We fished the same 12’ t-11 tips, but had to adjust our angle to cast a little more downstream. Almost immediately Eric was in to his first fish. It was a good hard take, but sadly turned out to be a sucker. We continued fishing throughout the day and fished many prime pieces of water. We got to one of our last spots of the day. Eric stepped out of the boat and flipped his fly out there to start fishing short and work his line out. Immediately a fish grabbed the fly and started pulling line off the reel. Hooking one in close like that reminds me that every time you step in and make a cast, even the close ones, you have to be ready for that take. We had our only fish grab on the first little flop cast right in front of the boat, remember every cast counts. Fish it like you mean it.

I gathered a few Fishing Reports from out in the field. I don’t really have a trout one this week. Sadly, it seems like everyone has turned their attention to winter steelhead which is good if you are a trout angler, because there won’t be much pressure.

Here's the news from our friends on the water...

Brian Silvey-
The Sandy has been fishing good when water levels are up, slower when water levels drop. So far it’s been a mix of wild and hatchery fish landed.
Should only get better in the next few months.

The Deschutes has also been good for trout. The water around Maupin is in perfect shape. Not many hatches right now, so nymphing is the best technique.

Dave Hendrie on the Sandy...
Sh$&# show today...15 plus boats at Oxbow. Guides floating over water, guy motored up to last chance... Still good times. Couple great guys found fish... Next rain will be good.

Todd Rettman on the coast...
Fished the S Fork today and water was prime. I actually got to swing a fly in a sweet run! Fished behind the client of course, but no big tugs from any of those wild chromers. This next rain should move a fresh batch of winter steelhead into the streams. Tight lines!!

Rob Perkin on the coast...
Erin and I pushed off at 9:30 thinking our best bet would be to fish behind the early risers and not try to beat people down the river. The conditions were perfect, with a dropping river and good color. Half way through the first run I had a solid grab that didn't stick, but with a start like that my expectations were high all day.

Later in the day gear guys making their second run, began passing us and they weren't shy in sharing how good the day had been for them. Most of them had found at least a fish or two. We're in a good weather pattern and the fish are in!


Southwest Washington and Olympic peninsula...
Jackson Golik of Jackson Golik Guide Service
Fishing has been pretty good the last few weeks with more native fish coming in by the day. They’re are still good numbers of hatchery fish in the Kalama, and so far the pressure hasn’t been too bad from other anglers. We are supposed to get a fair amount of rain over the next few days so fishing might be patchy. Once the rain stops and the rivers start to drop then it’ll be time to catch some fish!

My trip to the Olympic Peninsula was incredible. On the first day we floated the lower river. We fished hard all day for two grabs, but no hookups. We were the only ones on the float all day and the water looked incredible, but feeling the need to change it up we decided to float the upper river for day two. While fishing in the national forest is beautiful, there were even less fish in the upper river and quite a bit more pressure. With our tails between our legs we decided for our last morning we would go back to the extreme lower Hoh about a mile above the salt and try our luck to find some new fish. And by pure dumb luck we walked right into them. I hooked 5 in one hole and my mom hooked her first fish on the swing. A perfect ending to a fun trip.
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