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Its winter steelhead time.

Discussion in 'Northwest Fishing' started by Sabertooth, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. Sabertooth

    Sabertooth Josephine County Active Member

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    Got my steelhead/salmon tag, first time in many years. Figured I'd try combat fishing again. On the plus side I have made many friends along the Applegate river so I don't have to put up with the *&^%$ on the main Rogue River. But on the other hand winter fishing has it advantage, not that many people want to deal with the cold. Plus for me.
    Did a complete strip down and rebuild on my son's rod, new eye's and handle. New line on my reels, checked out my fly fishing rod just in case I get the urge. Getting a new fishing rod and reel for Christmas, 9'6" Lamaglass with a Abu spin reel. Wife sazs I don't get to touch it until after Christmas.
    For storing your pretied hooks and leader stop by the hardware store and get a length of water pipe insulation, I use the foam insulation for 3/4 in pipe and cut it to fit in my tackle box. That's about 12" long. Also pre sacking my roe. Had to buy some, sure has gotten expensive.
    Anyone else getting ready?
     
  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    Bustin' my chops, cause I won't be back in the State until after the first of the year!! :)

    Sounds like you're all set up!! :thumbup:
     
  3. PopsBdog

    PopsBdog Southern Oregon Active Member

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    I've been out on the Rogue. No one was out.
    No bites, just a few hits on a #4 w scented yarn with a corky and a slinky.
    It's hella cold right now. l wear lots of layers.
    I am tempted to get the waders out to get better positioning.
    Hit me up, I'm in GP.
     
  4. Sabertooth

    Sabertooth Josephine County Active Member

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    Don't panic Dunerunner, the good stuff don't happen until after the first of the year.
    I live in Murphy, behind the Ace Hardware, back gate, my place. I want some insulated waders but will have to wait for my budget to catch up with what I have already spent.
     
  5. clambo

    clambo Vancouver, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    lol I know where that is. I dated a woman from there years ago. Nice country. I wish I coulda liked her a little more but thats how it goes....
     
  6. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    The Nestucca gave me two super bright hens last weekend,, yummy!
     
  7. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Am headed out on the Chehalis for a cast & blast session this morning. MMMMM STEELHEAD & DUCK.....
     
  8. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    All right Jim, it's illegal to be casting and blasting at this hour, how'd ya do? I hope your both plucking and filleting. Merry Christmas.
     
  9. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Well there have been better days on the water, first thing got in some really shallow water & plugged the pump with gravel. Got it 1/2 way cleaned out on a gravel bar and limped down river to the ramp (glad I went upriver). Sucky day with the boat and abnormally winter weather.
    Oh well next time will be stellar! !!
     
  10. dunndeal

    dunndeal Eagle Point, OR Member

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    Plugging the pump with gravel will ruin your day.

    My brother was a guide on the Sacramento out of Redding for 40 years, it happened to him a few times during low water years. Not only does it stop the fishing it can leave you at the mercy of treacherous water.
     
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  11. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    It doesnt take much gravel to mess with the pump. Always take along somebody whose hand fits down in the cleanout hole.
     
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  12. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Most of the time (current depending) if you shut down the motor the rocks drop down (if they aren't jammed between the grates) then recrank and go.

    I did use some common sense by going up river. Got it cleeaned out enough to get back safely.
    Got to survey the impeller damage and was able to resharpen it and the test is tomorrow morning in the same stretch of river (gettin back on the horse that threw me)... and maybe a fish or two.