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Old 12-05-2019, 03:29 PM   #1
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Has anyone caught one yet? Who will be the first to declare 2019 Winter Steelhead Pistcatorial PWNAGE!?


I know the Nehalem gets early season fish. What about the Sandy or Wilson?


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Time to get my gear ready and organized tie a bunch of leaders, make a bunch of jigs , spend a bunch of money on stuff I already have and don't need , dust off the clackacraft, I still have a month before I start so I got time. Last year I concentrated on 1 river on the Oregon north coast, I think this year I will spread out my range a bit.
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My dad hooked a dandy unclipped fish with a guide on a south coast river. Hot fish! Only one for us but not the first for the guide this year. Landed (and released) on 11/22. Hope to find a few myself this season!

Hooked on side-drifted roe.
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I'll let you know, I'm going Sunday morning on a local river for a couple hours...................

You should change the title of this thread to "2019/2020 Winter Steelhead......" as we will definitely be adding to it well into 2020.
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My dad hooked a dandy unclipped fish with a guide on a south coast river. Hot fish! Only one for us but not the first for the guide this year. Landed (and released) on 11/22. Hope to find a few myself this season!
Sweeet!! That gets the blood pumping. Solid looking fish!

Haven't been out yet myself but hoping to this Sun. Earliest I ever got one is 11/21 years ago, but where I got it doesn't even open until 12/1 anymore.
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My dad hooked a dandy unclipped fish with a guide on a south coast river. Hot fish! Only one for us but not the first for the guide this year. Landed (and released) on 11/22. Hope to find a few myself this season!

Hooked on side-drifted roe.
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My dad hooked a dandy unclipped fish with a guide on a south coast river. Hot fish! Only one for us but not the first for the guide this year. Landed (and released) on 11/22. Hope to find a few myself this season!

Hooked on side-drifted roe.
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I believe he said that fish was unclipped not wild. Great start as end nice fish
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Got this one on Nov. 7. Is November winter? Rouge river
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Went fishing on one of the many Tillamook area rivers about about 9 miles upstream from the bay on 12/04/2019. Caught an nice chrome hatchery hen about 12 lbs and still had an attached sea lice near the anal fin.
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Solid fish alfon..........

Nice start......
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Alton..nicely done beautiful fish hopefully that's a good sign to come and getting me a excited .
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I'll let you know, I'm going Sunday morning on a local river for a couple hours...................

You should change the title of this thread to "2019/2020 Winter Steelhead......" as we will definitely be adding to it well into 2020.
Looking forward to it. Good idea, the thread title has been changed.
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My dad hooked a dandy unclipped fish with a guide on a south coast river. Hot fish! Only one for us but not the first for the guide this year. Landed (and released) on 11/22. Hope to find a few myself this season!

Hooked on side-drifted roe.
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Went fishing on one of the many Tillamook area rivers about about 9 miles upstream from the bay on 12/04/2019. Caught an nice chrome hatchery hen about 12 lbs and still had an attached sea lice near the anal fin.
Great looking fish. That sounds about where I was last Saturday but maybe I was just a few days early. That get me all motivated to get back down there.
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alfon nice fish that water looks amazing.
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Great looking fish. That sounds about where I was last Saturday but maybe I was just a few days early. That get me all motivated to get back down there.
Water was clear and there was maybe 2 or 3 more steelhead with the one I caught they were in a deep hole about 8-10 feet deep and I could barely make them out.

With a sea lice still attached to it I'm sure it could not have been
in the river much more than a week.

With a good rain more should move in and I feel pretty optimistic that this may be a pretty good steelhead year.
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Finally! Some people say the news is nothing but doom and gloom to get ratings but this is the best news I’ve read in a month.





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That is the best news I've read as well. This whet guy gets depressed when the rains dont come.
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The day I caught that hatchery steelhead, I also caught a 7 lb chrome native hen steelhead, a 20lb plus dark native buck Chinook, a hen Chum salmon, along with nearly a dozen cutthroats with 2 over 17 inches with an average of about 12-15 inches, fishing with my wife who was filming for our outdoor channel on Youtube. Started fishing on foot no boat at about 1130AM and quit about 2:45 PM.

All on public land in the Tillamook area.
It was one of the best days since late winter.

Its also nice to see that the Sea Run Cutthroats appear to be on the rebound.

Looking forward for a good year....

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The day I caught that hatchery steelhead, I also caught a 7 lb chrome native hen steelhead, a 20lb plus dark native buck Chinook, a hen Chum salmon, along with nearly a dozen cutthroats with 2 over 17 inches with an average of about 12-15 inches, fishing with my wife who was filming for our outdoor channel on Youtube. Started fishing on foot no boat at about 1130AM and quit about 2:45 PM.

All on public land in the Tillamook area.
It was one of the best days since late winter.

Its also nice to see that the Sea Run Cutthroats appear to be on the rebound.

Looking forward for a good year....
Sounds great

Mind sharing what you were using for gear?
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I believe he is Fontana Outdoors.
I've enjoyed his Winter Steelhead and Cutty vids last Winter
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My dad hooked a dandy unclipped fish with a guide on a south coast river. Hot fish! Only one for us but not the first for the guide this year. Landed (and released) on 11/22. Hope to find a few myself this season!

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Old 12-08-2019, 11:51 AM   #27
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Our you tube channel is Fontana Outdoors. All the fish
caught were on a 1/8 oz jig tipped with sandshrimp under a 3/8 oz float.
We pump our own sandshrimp. Also a little pro-cure anise and krill gel
on the shrimp doesn't hurt.

Leader was 12 lb Sea Guar, .10 diameter, all the fish were caught on the same jig and I never retied, tough leader, to say the least. Also twitching the jig and shrimp a little when its drifting gives it a little action and at times makes a difference in a fish just following it or biting it.

My wife will post that video on youtube later this month.
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How does that sandshrimp hold up? I know using them for fall nooks, I may get a few decent casts, then their about hollowed out. Any advise on tipping them on youre jig would be great!
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Our you tube channel is Fontana Outdoors. All the fish
caught were on a 1/8 oz jig tipped with sandshrimp under a 3/8 oz float.
We pump our own sandshrimp. Also a little pro-cure anise and krill gel
on the shrimp doesn't hurt.

Leader was 12 lb Sea Guar, .10 diameter, all the fish were caught on the same jig and I never retied, tough leader, to say the least. Also twitching the jig and shrimp a little when its drifting gives it a little action and at times makes a difference in a fish just following it or biting it.

My wife will post that video on youtube later this month.
Very cool. Me and my family watch your videos on the big screen tv in our living room. Trying to pump up the wife to go with me when the kiddos are a little older. Always enjoy your content.
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Madseason: Don't overthink this. The sand shrimp doesn't need to look perfect for Steelhead, it all smells the same. If you don't want to use sand shrimp, go to the grocery store and get some ordinary prawns and cure them up with egg cure. A small chunk goes a long way. Something else.... Don't expect any bait to last more than a few casts at most. Frequent rebaiting is a must. Never forget, Steelhead are stupid.
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I'll let you know, I'm going Sunday morning on a local river for a couple hours...................

You should change the title of this thread to "2019/2020 Winter Steelhead......" as we will definitely be adding to it well into 2020.
No love for us Sunday morning on the Clack. 4 of us gear guys and 2 bug chuckers where we were at. It was nice to get out and shake off the cobwebs and see what gear i need to pick up to be ready for when fish are in. A little early, but it beat putting up more Xmas lights.......

Gonna try and get out again next weekend....
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In regards to sandshrimp for bait. I tip my jigs several ways with the shrimp.
At times I will pull of both claws and leave the head on and place the jig hook
through the tip of the tail so when the jigs drifts down the shrimp will be tailing along the jig and be waiving up and down with an attractive action that at times really works well. Other times I just use the tail and thread it on the hook.

The most important point to remember in my view is to change your shrimp often. Usually the first cast with a fat shrimp with the yellow mustard oozing out of its body will get a first cast strike.

Sometimes two cast in high flowing water is all you get before the shrimp washes out. We pump our own so we have several dozens of shrimp when we go fishing and by changing your shrimp frequently will increase your success.
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It looks like we are finally going to get the rain needed to get us out of these summertime average low river levels that we have had for many months. With 4 or 5 days of moderate rain showers what rivers will be in the best shape for fishing this weekend?
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It looks like we are finally going to get the rain needed to get us out of these summertime average low river levels that we have had for many months. With 4 or 5 days of moderate rain showers what rivers will be in the best shape for fishing this weekend?
A lot depends on how much rain we actually get. Look for smaller streams with earlier runs to produce first. It might take a few more sprinkles and days on the calendar to pass for some others to kick into gear. Good luck!

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Fished the Wilson today with high hopes. The water was almost a nice steelhead green with good clarity and significantly higher than the previous two trips during the last 30 days. There was a moderate number of anglers but nothing was crowded and plenty of room without getting up in somebodies business.

Well I enjoyed a nice cigar by the river I saw a single zombie chinook and that was it. I saw nothing hooked and the 6 other anglers I spoke with reported the same thing.

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I would think NFN would have received a push of fish with this rain, or some of the other Small Tiny hatchery creeks. No action?
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Hatchery recording at NFN last few days said only a few stragglers in trap. Not a good sign overall for run this winter.

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Relative in Coos Bay knows an ODFW guy and one of the hatchery runs down there is not on track to be very good this year either. Maybe it will get better but it is looking pretty bad so far.
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Due to run timing on the north coast rivers, I don't even start fishing until mid to late January though early march, its kinda nice crowds go down cause everyone is reading reports of gloom and doom, and December fisherman are discouraged.
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Yeah but when the old run started early like the beginning of december it still went on through april. I fished heavily all the way to about mid april and was still catching bright fish and by then everyone was off the river. Now the run starts later but also seems shorter.
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Went fishing on one of the many Tillamook area rivers about about 9 miles upstream from the bay on 12/04/2019. Caught an nice chrome hatchery hen about 12 lbs and still had an attached sea lice near the anal fin.
Alfon. If'n ya don't mind me asking, what did you hook that beaut on?
The water looks like the kind and depth where I used to use a 1/2 or 1/4 oz gold Thomas buoyant minnow in. Maybe 8# leader of Maxima chameleon.
You can see them take a swipe at it. Gets the blood and adrenaline rushing.
Nice job mon.

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Fishonshawn.... I totally agree with you, but that's the cards we are dealt in today's fisheries. I miss catching steelies on thanksgiving myself.
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About 15 years ago we filmed the Hot Tamale Outdoor Show with Scott Kappes. Three of us we were bank fishing the lower Wilson in April, on a Saturday. We caught and released 8-9 wild steelhead between two different drifts. Never saw another angler the whole time.

A few years before that I remember catching late winter native steelhead and chrome hatchery summers in June, in the same hole...Coyote Hole to be exact.

It was nice while it lasted. Today, different story. Since the introduction of the Broodstock program and the cutback of Alsea brats, this has changed the dynamics of the fishery forever. Very few brats in December. I always look forward March & April for the big boys to return. Crowds are thinner as anglers peel off to go chase Springers.

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I got on the board this weekend. A nice 28" fish that had been in the river a little while but still cut really nice.
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Melissa, Miss Riffle and I did a float today. Melissa released a nice 13” cutt throat but no other action to be had. Only 8 other boats on the river and a few bank guys who said they had no luck.

BTW...to the bank guys who parked in middle of the boat turning spot for the ramp this morning. So not cool. You could have parked to one side or better yet up on the road like everyone else.


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What ramp?
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Old 12-15-2019, 04:12 PM   #48
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A coastal river in Oregon. It made it rather tough for those of us launching to do a three point turn to launch.


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Next problem.......too much water, coming Wednesday on.
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Next problem.......too much water, coming Wednesday on.
That's what I'm waiting to see. My forecast site shows nearly 2" on Thursday,
a little over an inch on Friday, and 3/4" on Saturday.
Wed shows about 2/3" to start it all out.
Those steelies are gonna rocket up those rivers. Better fly fish for em.
Cuz they'll be flying.
I can see em strung out through the systems in a few weeks.
Fish the eddy's in high water.
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That's what I'm waiting to see. My forecast site shows nearly 2" on Thursday,
a little over an inch on Friday, and 3/4" on Saturday.
Wed shows about 2/3" to start it all out.
Those steelies are gonna rocket up those rivers. Better fly fish for em.
Cuz they'll be flying.
I can see em strung out through the systems in a few weeks.
Fish the eddy's in high water.
I'm seeing models with 5"-10" of rain over the 4 days, with most coming in a 48 period.

We shall see.
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Old 12-16-2019, 06:58 AM   #52
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Later on in March and even into April fishing the Tillamook area rivers you can catch spawned out Steelhead heading back to the saltwater and at the same time get chrome fish that just came in. I recall fishing the Wilson River about 5 years ago in May where I caught a spawned out kelt hen heading back to the salt and in the same hole I caught a chrome summer run steelhead about 10 lbs. One of the hardest fighting and airborne fish I ever caught sure wish I had my go-pro then.
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I've observed Steelhead spawning in early June on the Wilson.
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Old 12-16-2019, 04:05 PM   #54
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Im gonna hang it up for awhile, maybe until mid January or February. No sense firing up the V8 for a 90 minute drive if the fish aren't there yet.
Yeah I went out today for a couple hours. River was super low and clear. Saw a few salmon spawning and that was it. Maybe after the next big rain?
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I really would be surprised if it makes any difference. There was plenty of water in the river Friday and Saturday when it was above median levels but not a single steelhead to be seen.
I hate to say this may be true, but still plenty of season to go... fingers crossed
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Went out yesterday, 121619, in the Tillamook area. Two Cutts was it. I was believing that the rain bought some steelhead in
but it seems it didn't.
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Nice hen, Al! Love your videos!
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Wilson is the new clack. No fish! It's probably time to sell the steelhead gear. And change my moniker to oregonstockertrout.
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Wilson is the new clack. No fish! It's probably time to sell the steelhead gear. And change my moniker to oregonstockertrout.
See, I don't understand replies like this.......

We did really well on the Clack last season. I personally went 12 for 16 in 10 weekend morning last season and my two buddies did equally as well. Sure it's not like it use to be, but we're still picking up fish on a regular basis. First fish is already on the board for my buddy last week................

....had to edit my numbers, missed a weekend.
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but but but Artwo... you just don't unnerstand.
There ain't no steelies.

Here, hold my beer. Driftwood on!

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