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Old 08-16-2007, 10:46 PM
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Dean River, Anyone?

Hey, has anyone out there fished the Dean this year or heard any reports?

Always wondering and dreaming of that Avalon of rivers.

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Old 08-17-2007, 06:03 AM
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As do I Eric

Logistically we'd need an inflatable raft, good camp gear and our wits about us for the bears. Beyond that I would think, from the stories of friends who have been there, that it would be a journey to the mecca of wild summer steel.

Possibly in the cards for me next year, or down the road.
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Old 08-18-2007, 11:45 AM
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I'd love to see some pics of the river & country.
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Old 08-19-2007, 01:52 PM
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A friend returned two days ago from a D-I-Y trip on the Dean River above the falls. The water was high but very fishable.

In a week he landed 3 of 7 steelhead hooked. All were heavily net marked. Three fish were hooked dry, including a cutthroat.

The commercial netters are, again, intercepting fish inbound to the Dean River. The word is a new type of net is being used, one that is very difficult for fish to see. What a deal, killing off this incredible steelhead run for two-bit a pound salmon!
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Old 08-19-2007, 06:32 PM
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That completely SUCKS... is the BC government asleep at the wheel on this?
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Old 08-19-2007, 10:34 PM
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That would be federal fisheries (DFO) and yes someone is definitely asleep.
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:03 PM
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It is worse than asleep

They are pandering to commercial interests and ignoring the benefits of a great resource and the $ that it brings in. Very similar to the Thompson. Dog and catfood from steelhead!!!
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:52 PM
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I have two friends that leave thursday for the upper river . . . they'll be on the river for 10 days, fishing 8. One day at each end to set up and tear down camp. I'll send a brief report once they're back.
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Old 08-21-2007, 08:41 PM
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That would be Great!

We've set up a 10-day camp a couple of times at Giants. Really loved the spot -- there's a marker there commemorating some steelheader whose ashes maybe interred there, for all I know.

Really looking forward to the report. I really miss that river, brown bears notwithstanding.

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Well, Eric . . . it was described as the trip from Hell. When they arrived, the river was in great shape, they set up camp for a day and a half. No fish for the first half-day . . . seemed as if there were very few up river. Rained that night, next day, next day, next night. A huge mud slide just up river from camp. River came up over 6 ft . . . too thick to drink, too thin to plow. They coptered out 4 days early.
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Old 09-05-2007, 09:52 AM
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Old 09-05-2007, 09:14 PM
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Major bummer!

That happened to us the last time I was on the Dean, probably back in the 1800's the way things are going.

We were camped at Giants but planned to float the river and take out just above the falls. The lodge there had a truck for rent that would take our gear to the airstrip.

We had fair fishing at Giants, and on the day we planned to float down the river, it started drizzling. We looked at the pelucid water thinking "jeez, what if we miss a day of fishing just to drift downstream and find running mud tomorrow." We had broken enough of our camp that we decided to take a chance, load up the rest of the stuff, and head on downstream.

Moose Rapids was an adventure in low water.

We camped that night, still in a drizzle, at Rabbit, and had good fishing that evening; but that night it really started to rain. Bottom of the tent flooded and the river had turned to cafe au lait by breakfast the next morning.

Every day on the Dean is precious and it really hurts to waste one.

Thanks for the report and may they have better conditions next year.

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Old 09-20-2007, 10:58 PM
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Whenever someone asks me "what is the secret to success for steelheading" I always tell them "staying power". It is not a family or job friendly activity, that is why most of the real steelhead bums stereotypically have no job, foresaken or no family and generally no commitments. It's hard to swallow to get "there" and see brown water, but it is a gamblers game and payoff can be intoxicating.
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