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03-22-2003 05:01 PM
burk Peter, Ya I'm the one that had that interesting ride, Still look forward to going back, ecsp. now that I have a new spey rod to break in
Steve B
02-22-2003 02:44 PM
Sinking drift boats

Were you with the Rob when the boat got hung up on a sweeper? Must of been fun.

What's the snow pack like this year? The last few Springs it hasn't been that bad for high flow but then there hadn't been that much of a snow pack either.
02-22-2003 10:18 AM
Walkerton Float

I have floated the walkerton stretch 4 times with guides from
Grindstone Anglers ( John Valks ) , There is good walk in at
Walkerton and at the end of the Float. DO NOT use a canoe on
this river in spring, maybe a summer or low water fall float,
It can be dangerous even in a drift boat, I saw one go down,
Save your life and some money, float with a guide, I believe
Johns outfit is the only one floating the river. It's worth it
beutiful river, fish , and no pressure, in an 8 mile float I've never
seen more then 4 other fisherman. You have an honnest shot
at dry fly steelhead in may on this stream. Also it is very under
rated fall stream for salmon.
02-21-2003 09:56 PM
removed_by_request Bets way to learn a new river is with a local or guide. Seeing as how the bang for the US $$ in Canada is way in our favor a guide would be a good idea. Could even give him a good tip and still get away cheaper than any stateside guide.
02-21-2003 06:58 PM
walking is good....

Without a drifter myself, I will be walking unless I can arrange something with some buddies or a guide. I prefer not to go with a guide only because of the cost(with all the $$$ I have put into my own equipment, gear, and even $ towards books for knowledge ) although I might learn alot about the fishery and might be able to find the fish easier. Still, I like the adventure and challenge of doing your own gig....

Well thanks for the input.
02-21-2003 06:37 PM
removed_by_request Sounds like it put on the Simms and enjoy the walk, which is very cool.

You get a different aspect of the river while walking the banks.
02-21-2003 06:17 PM
peter-s-c Did some checking on put-in, take-outs for a drift trips and the news isn't great. Walkerton has a few spots so a short trip (4 km) can be laid on by using these. Once outside of Walkerton, you have to arrange access with a farmer or be prepared for an ugly lift out at a country road bridge.

Light craft that can be carried from the water won't be a problem but anything that needs to be trailered is going to be a major hassle without a friendly, riverside farmer. And in answer to your next question, I don't know any.

Motors are not a good idea as some of the riffles are very shallow plus the river bottom is dotted with boulders that reach up and grab props.

One very neat feature in the river - you'll be gliding along in 2' of clear water when you suddenly pass over a ledge and the water goes jet black. All around you, water is boiling up and the bottom is waaaaay down there as an underground river flows in to the main channel.
02-17-2003 06:19 PM

Thanks for the info. Defintly looking into fishing it. Looks adequete for the longrodder, which would be nice.

Drool, Drool Wish it was spring and I was there!
02-15-2003 06:34 PM
peter-s-c I'll get some details on potential take-out points, use of motors etc. and get some idea of distance. I'll be drifting it the 6th of May so we might want to drift it shortly afterward to take advantage of whatever additional info I pick up.

I'll get back to ya.
02-15-2003 06:23 PM
removed_by_request That my friends is the voice of a true Steelhead bum.

Your secret is out my friend.
02-15-2003 05:57 PM
HERON Peter that dose sound good a7 or 8 mile float is good for a day because with the motors you can fish the best runs longer if you like or go through with a diferent fly. dudes i am pumped i am always serching for new spey water sounds like the geen is for me.
02-15-2003 05:28 PM
peter-s-c Walkerton is an easy put-in but the take-out that we've used is a farmer's lane. We might need a shorter or longer drift to get a public take-out. There is surprisingly little public access at this end of the Saugeen so the take-out would probably have to be at a bridge.

It does sound lke a plan.
02-15-2003 05:20 PM
HERON Hay MJYP Peter and pm i have a hyde minni drifter and a full size fish rite i could stack the minni in the big boat and bomb out there and do it in style . five dudes could fish in comfort let me know how long the floats are and how are the put ins and take outs also have small kickers for each boat .
02-15-2003 03:53 PM
removed_by_request I always wanted a good excuse to buy a mini-drifter.

They really are not that expensive if you find a used one.
02-15-2003 03:04 PM
pmflyfisher Peter,

Thanks, don't worry at 55 years old, I am smart enough not to take the large white water risks like I did in my twenties.

Now will get out and line the boat through dangerous class white water for sure.

Nothing like an autumn canoe trip on a steelhead and salmon great lakes river.

Pm Out
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