salmon fishing Oregon
Myself and two pals are coming over from the UK. in Oct. or Nov.to fish for Trout and Salmon in Oregon.Any advice would be appreciated.
We have been advised that a good base would be Eugene.
Any tips on where to fish?what tactics?what tackle?
Any advice on any usefull books?what maps ect.
Any other good web sites(hope I am not being disloyal)
Any advice on tspt needs,types of accom or any other thoughts.
Not a lot to ask for on my first post I think you will agree.
May you all go to the big tackle shop in the sky,but not yet.
Can't speak to the rivers in the Eugene area but
suspect your shot at salmon would/could be fairly limited. Sorry if I sound like a shill for the local Chamber of Commerce but that time frame is smack in the middle of our Fall Salmon/end of the peek for summer steelhead on the upper Rogue.
This years (actual numbers) count as of Nov 9th (last report date, but matchs up with your dates was.
Summer run steelhead: 13,777
Fall Kings (they take flys!) 19,639
Silvers (not big on flys) 6,077
As the Kings and steelhead both like the same kind of flys (both love Willie Gunns ... go figure) and small dark (either black, brown or olive) you never know what will hit the end of your line. Silvers ... everyone's still trying to figure out what will get these buggers attention.
Rod wise: 8wt minimum 9 or 10wt's if a lot of kings in the area. Maps I got if you deside to fish this area. I can also fill you in on the rest if you deside to fish the upper Rogue River. As an example in the Shady Cove area (about 15 miles up stream from Medford) you're plunk in the middle of a ton of good water. 20 minute drive to the top end/hatchery area. Two or three 'full housekeeping' motels in the town so you can cut your costs (booze store is just about across the street so you can keep your single malt's stocked up.
For the silvers, try hot pink or hot fuschia bunny flies with cerise and dark blue Kystal Flash tied at the front and nearly as long as the bunny strip tail on a #4 or #6 hook. Tie the bunny as a zonker at the rear of the body and then add a hot pink or fuschia plastic chenile body. tie the body off befor the hook return and then pull the bunny strip forward, tie it off and then wrap it aroung the hook 2 or 3 times. This fly can be weighted with bead chain or extra small lead eyes.
Another fly to try would be what I call a Blue and Purple Pheasant, also on a # 6 hook. It has a tag of silver oval, a purple braided mylar body, very light blue calf tail wing, and a blue-phase ring-neck phaesant rump feather collar hackle tied after the wing is tied in. This fly works well with upriver silvers.
A third choice is a flash fly again on a #4 or #6 hook, Silver Flashabou tail, silver body (I like metallic Estaz), red, blue, purple, or hot pink hackle, and a silver Flashabou wing.
Fish all of these with some movement by stripping it the line at various retrieve rates from slow to extra fast until you find the one the fish hit.
They have also picked up the bunny fly on the swing, especially the biger fish seem to like the bunny fly fished this way.
"FT" I'm going to ask a HUGE FAVOR.
This post will be long gone before late next fall. May I ask you to tie up one of each and send same? I've got a 'special fly board' that I keep track of these types of flys; so next year I can do several up and be good to go.
Would be most appreciative.
Typing in the dark is a pain in the butt! God I'll be glad when we get this place "organized."
"Move" is just a mis-spelling of "hell."
I'd be glad to do so.
I can send them too you now, all I have to do is get your address and take them out of my stock or fly boxes ans send them off. PM me your address and when you want me to send them.
Send them to me when convient, to
2 East Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
And again! many thanks for your generous offer!!!:D
The coho flies will be in the mail tomorrow. You should have them by Friday.
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