Each Fall day as we dump the boat in the water, just before first light, a day of promise, opportunity and surprise awaits us. Armed with light fly rods for sea-run cutthroat, six and seven weight rods for coho and steelhead and big sticks for the mighty king salmon we set off to see what the day may bring. Each fishing day brings with it a unique fishing experience that varies greatly from day to day, even in the same section of river. The diversity of the Oregon Coastal Fall fishery is what makes it so fun, challenging and rewarding at the same time.
Fishing weather in the Fall of 2010 was fairly typical. We had a couple smaller rains in September and early October with glorious warm, sunny skies in between storms. That weather pattern changed significantly in late October as it usually does, and we had to break out rain gear most days during late October and November. Rivers stayed fairly high in November, but we only lost a couple days to blown out systems.
Fishing was generally good. We had a couple slow days, lots of good days and a fair number of exceptional days. Highlights include a day of upriver sea-run cutthroat fishing where it seemed every fish in the river wanted to eat our dries flies. Giddy anglers landed scores and scores of beautiful trout. And an epic day of November Chinook angling, better than we've seen in several years, complete with cramping arms and lots of chrome. We were especially encouraged by the nice chinook return this year, after several years of poor runs.
Overall the Fall of 2010 was more than satisfactory, it was pretty darn good. Thanks to all the anglers who joined us to make it a memorable season! To arrange a guide trip for Winter 2010-2011 steelhead action, give us a call at 503-515-3533 or email us!