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11-22-2010 09:22 AM
Gseries69 Heading back the weekend of Dec 3rd. Hoping to get an open date with Greg Liu to shorten the learning curve and plan to fish Mon and possibly Tues so we don't have to deal with the crowds as much.

For folks who don't like the crowds and want to learn to swing flies, I would consider a trip to Michigan. The Muskegon and Manistee are excellent swinging waters for beginners and I found it to be quite affordable. Both rivers are fished from a boat and don't require super long casts to get into fish. We used Kevin Feenstra and Matt Zudweg. Had a great time.

Once the casting improves a bit a trip to the Northwest or BC goes on the list.
11-20-2010 02:48 PM
OC Nice to hear about different places to fish steelhead. Thanks for your reports and keep the pictures of the flies and fish coming.
11-19-2010 08:08 PM
Jim Miller Juro
the tailouts of the bigger pools offer opportunities. The trestle in winter (walk or snowshoe in) is my favorite. Pools and runs in the fly zones, the corner pool, papermill pool, most of Douglaston present good water. The area from Ellis cove downstream to the Trestle/Ordwell brook confluence can be remote and good fishing. The pics I put up were from the Paradise Pool in the upper fly zone. Yup it was crowded....but a civilized bunch. 15 or so hookups and 3 to the net. (biggest about 12 lbs =not a bad day)
When I was younger (fitter) I would snowshoe to the remote areas in January/Feb. Very peaceful, quiet, and good fishing.
Every year there are more crowds....but where else can you have a good chance of a trophy close to the major population centers.

I guess you just have to pick your days and play the odds.
11-19-2010 07:41 PM
sickb4st4rd I will be up on the SR all day Sunday and all day Monday, connecting with several spey aficionados... if anyone wants to join please feel free to PM me and I will provide contacts/coordinates

11-19-2010 07:38 PM
juro Trestle used to be a total zoo - I'm amazed to hear you found clear water to swing the long rods there. The inside bank (river right) down to the tail out sure strikes me as swing water. Been a while since I've been down there. Also there were fish and no people downstream from Altmar about a 1/2 mile hike from the road; I landed a 15'er in there one year. Nothing like the pacific northwest for me but the ability to drive there is appealing.

BTW - post some pics! Of the river and fish.
11-19-2010 07:09 PM
tight-lines Just to follow up on last weekends trip Saturday was a good day 4 tugs and 2 fish landed both bright and full of pep. Sunday one tug all day and only on for a few moments. Weather was fantastic but so were the crowds, lots and lots of people. Tried looking for clear water down river which we found but no fish.
11-16-2010 12:03 PM
Jim Miller You are always welcome to join me (and Todd when healthy)

Don't know about this beginner stuff however..
11-16-2010 10:35 AM
Gseries69 Fished the Salmon on Thursday and Friday. Upper river on Thursday was an absolute zoo. We hooked up 8 times and landed one very nice steelhead. Friday we looked for quieter water where we could swing flies so headed to the lower river below Trestle Pool. Found some good swinging water and got in some great spey casting practice but that's about it. Fri nite we headed to Buffalo and fished a small trib on Sat. Water was low and clear but we saw hundreds of steelhead. Water was too small to swing flies so we used single handed rods and landed 8 nice steelhead and hooked up several more times.

Count me in for the spey clave if it happens. If not I would love to meet up with someone willing to take on a beginner.
11-12-2010 08:31 PM
tight-lines I'll be back up tomorrow and Sunday if anyone is around.

11-12-2010 06:04 PM
striblue I will do that...would love to get back there with a would seem to be a very doable clave....and I would love to sit at the bench and do some other flies...
11-12-2010 11:09 AM
Jim Miller I'm not sure when I will be back there. But a get together w/ board members is always a good time. Juro, John, Bill.............????? anyone, anyone, bueller.....anyone?
I know Todd will go next Spring when mended!
I'd recommend the 1880's the whole place from Linda.
11-12-2010 04:09 AM
sickb4st4rd I'm headin up at least a couple times in November - it sure would be nice to meet up with some of you guys. I don't know my dates yet but weekdays are less crowded than weekends so that is a consideration..
11-11-2010 08:55 PM
tight-lines Nice Jim! Fish and Flies
From what I could tell there seemed to be a good number of fish in the system.
Although they wern't cooperating with me last week I saw many fish.
mini clave sounds like a winner
11-11-2010 08:13 PM
Jim Miller Was there today..
3 steelies in the net...a dozen or so hooked. Some on swung speys some on estaz eggs and estaz thorax stone flys. Good numbers of fish....and fisherman
11-11-2010 06:46 PM
reely The time is now. Sure would like to see a mini clave up there combined with fishing.
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