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Old 02-23-2000, 02:53 PM
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RE:Kalama River Report

Eric -

Did you happen to notice the photos in Pritchard's? That huge chrome 20+ pounder was a late winter / early spring fish. Maybe they aren't even open this time of year. I'll bet there are a lot of fish in the upper river this time of year.

The water above the last bridge (before closed water 1 mile upriver) is best suited for summer fishing but is usually loaded with fish. The reason it's a summer thing is that you really need to cross to fish it. It's a large pool with very complex smooth granite rock structures and fish in every nook and cranny in fall.

I'd also bet that the pool with the concrete culvert coming in (we called it Howard's Glen because our friend Glen Howard used to fish it almost exclusively) has fish. It's the one upstream from the riffle above the Foundation Hole. The Holy Water is great long-term hold water too.

In the lower river, I'll bet the depths of the Beginner Hole are lined with winter steelhead and the tackle grabber is holding it's share as well.

For a small river, the Kalama has so much character. I used to take rides way up river to count the steelhead beyond the closure point. It's often loaded up there and the fish sit in the open like they feel no threat.

Boy do I ever miss it!
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