Six days on the Snake River and I would have to say that fishing was only fair to poor at times. Fished on top the entire time and like everyone else fishing on top we had it rough. I only took 3 fish, boiled 3 other, and had pilot error on 2 other fish, things like a broken hook and a hard grab. Did get to see so many old friends, double spey, Pappy from Reds Fly shop and all the dirt bag friends who reside most of the year on the river.
Fishing not so good but the camp food, smoke and single malt great. Oh and it never snowed or went below freezing, stars were fantastic. Oh and another thing, no crowds hardly anyone fishing. Could even fish any run on the two rivers just about any time you wanted. Clearwater fishing much better, guess I should have camped there.
Great report. Many thanks. Did the swung-sunk-fly crowd do any better?
Yes they did do better but not that much better. Even the boat gear guys did not do the usual 10 fish days. The fish caught were mostly big, not many 5 to 7 pound fish caught by anyone. More like 9 to 16 pounds and know of one 18 on the swing. This week may be better as fish seemed to be on the move up river when I left.
Are you going over? You will have to come over and fish the Hood, not much swinging but a beautiful place and lots of fun.
Thanks for the report... so there's still hope if I can shake these chains and run away for a reprieve!
11-08-2010, 08:35 PM
A friend and I went over and fished the Snake 27-31 October and had ridiculously tough fishing.
1 fish boiled twice on a waker and I never got connected to it. Apart from that, my friend got his first steelhead side drifting corky/yarn.
We spent the last morning drifting gear from my sled up in the heller bar section and did not see a single fish landed among the MANY dozen lines from bankies & enormous guide boats. Didn't hook a thing.
Tough fishing for us (and I believe most everyone). We saw guides with boat loads of clients coming in from a full day of fishing bait/gear with a few fish and they seemed a lot too proud of their fish.
Seemed like there were fish around and the dam counts were encouraging.
Hmmm.... 3000 miles is a long way for me to get humbled, I can do that at home :)
I'll check the dam counts and make a call sometime this month if possible. Thanks for the reports keep them coming!
That is the way it has been all season on the Snake. From what I hear is that there was a fairly large group of fish that moved up river in early October and most went to the Salmon River. Have a friend that I fished with last week who left to go fish another river further up the Snake in Oregon and caught 14 steelhead in 5 hours. There is a large pod of fish down at the lake in Clarkston and they may have just started to move up river. Fish estimated at about 100 thousand down that way, maybe those are the Snake and Grand fish.
Juro now is a good time to go as fish will come up river and there is no one fishing except a few locals, weekends can get more crowded. I have fished on top on the snake as late as early March and done great. Also the Clearwater according to Pappy is fishing great. So go fish.
I'm off to fish my home river for an hour or so as winter fish are starting to come in.