Smallies on the Willamette

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  1. bbbass

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    Err... Cannabis?o_O

    3lb is a good fish anywhere!

    Only 4lbs???:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: 4lbs is a nice smallie!!!

    Anyway, about Brownlee... see if you can score a book by my old bass tourney buddy, Phil Simonski. He used to guide there and has all the spots marked on a map, for crappie, smallmouth, and largemouth.

    Or:

    Bring a boat and I will personally show you. Have fished Brownlee since 1980. :D
     
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    I am happy with a 3lb-4lb smallies, but I only get really excited once they break 5lbs. The Columbia will do that to you...

    Calibatis is a slack water mayfly, I believe their nymphal form burrows in the mud and their emergence occurs in spring through to fall. They are the most prolific mayfly on any slack water in the PNW. Powerbait failing you and fish are jumping? Tie on a size 12 or 14 parachute Adams or X-Caddis tied in tan or light brown, you’ll catch fish. Smallies eat those too, but I find them chasing more tiny black midges on the willamette. If you have some fly gear you don’t care about putting in that water try a size 20 midge, tell me how you do (observe the behavior prior to your attempt of course).

    I’ll start looking for a boat, I know I need one ASAP.
     
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    TBH at this point i’d be happy to catch any fish that wasn’t a stocked trout. :D
     
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    @Flymph : Phil died in 2009 but his book "Fishing Locations On Brownlee Reservoir" may be available at some obscure book store. I couldn't find any online for you. I still have my copy and would be willing to rent it to you. ;):D

    Hells Canyon Journal July 14 Page 16
     
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    I know you wrote something there, but all I got was blah, blah, blah. :p:p:p
     
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    Flymph shows up ready to fish Brownlee... :eek:

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    Thank goodness he wasn't wearing see through pants also:eek::eek:
     
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    Purrfect! I'm up for it!!!!

    The boss I had in the 80s used to float the Snake... they always had a beer raft loaded with cases of Bud Light. :D
     
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    Oh, that's see thru??? I thought it was just a frame boat. o_O:cool:



    JK
     
  11. Argonaut

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    He is headed to Hawaii..........like an eastern guy that bought a 80 foot work boat from me one time......after the deal was don he said “we should be in Honduras in about 3 weeks?” I should have expected something when he and his buddy flew out from New York with bundles of 100$ bills taped to there legs (100,000) for payment.
     
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