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bluefish
09-19-2011, 12:16 PM
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Spent several days with a good friend on a Lake Ontario trib, swinging bunny flies to the salmon. A salmon double is well worth remembering!!! Had tremendous success. They say these salmon won't hit flies when they enter a river. WRONG. I had two take a fly off the surface. Single hand spey casts with an old XP 9 wt. worked well. I had a couple of hundred yard dashes after the larger ones. Winters are a tad chilly up here, but all in all, I count my blessings. My real fishing starts in Nov. for browns and steelhead.

Charlie

Realtyman
09-19-2011, 02:50 PM
Most excellent Charlie! I can't wait to see some chrome ;)

JohnH0802
09-19-2011, 05:07 PM
Great pictures and great fish....Thank you for sharing.

Knik
09-19-2011, 07:16 PM
Nice!!!

Bet those guys had a lot of fight in them.

No Hackle
10-22-2011, 11:19 AM
Hows the fishing going now that it's close to November. How about a new report Charlie. Are they still taking surface flies.Can't wait to hear from you.
Lynn

bluefish
10-23-2011, 06:18 PM
Lynn, the salmon are on their redds and steel have come in the river and are staging behind the redds with the male kings. Fishing flesh and egg colored comets and bunny flies and eggs and floating them high over the redd then quickly dropping down into the zone is very effective right now. Broken water 3-5 feet deep below the redds is also producing with blind drifts. Dark stones and nymphs working there also. I am going to fish Thur. dawn to Sat dusk, I'll post up the results. Thanks for asking. I've been working long hours to get the block of time. Snow at the end of the week! It's steel time!!!:smile: Thanks for asking.

Charlie

No Hackle
10-24-2011, 04:55 PM
Bluefish can't wait to hear the new report. I've never fished for steelhead or salmon. I love the idea of the sight fishing though. My favorite thing to do,the visual take is more than I can stand. I seek out those opportunities here. Are there any browns that enter the river as well?
Thanks Lynn

bluefish
10-24-2011, 06:03 PM
Lynn, browns are starting into the river, mid- Nov. is the best for them. I'll be going then,too. I've spent alot of time sightfishing carp. Good practice.:smile: There's some oppurtunities on the South Holston I know of for sightfishing browns. I visited yearly for a long time. It involves streamers, shallow water, and very early mornings.

Charlie

David Knapp
10-24-2011, 08:54 PM
Charlie, just saw this post. Glad to see you hanging out on this board and hope you'll continue to share!

David Knapp

No Hackle
10-25-2011, 10:02 PM
Charlie the south holsten is one of my favorites. Been fishing it for about 12 years now.My home water is the little river,lots of opportunities there as well as the Clinch for sight fishing. Fed a 22'' brown that was midging a streamer just last week. One minute he's eating small and the next hes eating a 5'' long streamer. He ate just like it was a midge,just kind of slurped it in. I love carp fishing too. Alittle earlier this month they were in the riffles eating crawdads. I'll dead drift super buggers to them, awesome stuff.
How long do the fish stay in the river. We have a good spawn here,but nothing like the diversity your having. Keep the reports coming, I love reading this stuff. It's almost like I was there,Almost.
Thanks again,Lynn

MadisonBoats
10-26-2011, 07:01 AM
Spent several days with a good friend on a Lake Ontario trib, swinging bunny flies to the salmon. A salmon double is well worth remembering!!! Had tremendous success. They say these salmon won't hit flies when they enter a river. WRONG. I had two take a fly off the surface. Single hand spey casts with an old XP 9 wt. worked well. I had a couple of hundred yard dashes after the larger ones. Winters are a tad chilly up here, but all in all, I count my blessings. My real fishing starts in Nov. for browns and steelhead.

Charlie

Oh my! Those are some monster fish...I cannot imagine landing one of those on a fly rod. Great pictures and thanks for sharing!

bluefish
10-30-2011, 09:00 AM
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Well, as it was a birthday present for some long, hard weeks in a row, my wife and I went for a few days. Steelhead are now feasting on the eggs. Pink, white, and peach was the color combination to have. I had an incredible number of hook-ups and landed 15. The key to beat crowding is to walk in (most of the time was spent in a fly-only c and r section that is a 1/2 mile walk through woods and channel diversions) with the use of a headlamp an hour before dawn. Knowing the seams that the steel set up in, allows you to pick the perfect drift. You then carefully adjust some weight and fly to find just where in the column they want it. It was a great start to the steel season. I also landed a few Coho salmon, and a Skamania strain steelhead. (the pic that looks like a domestic rainbow) . Browns are still not in the river in great number. Next trip- 11/11. :smile: I was using an 8 wt. , but next trip, I'll start downsizing with both rod and tippet. These fish were caught on 3x fluoro. My landing ratio is one in three or four fish hooked. Believe it or not- for this river that's a good number. I lost a few heartbreakers, but that's fishing. One steelhead ripped up river for 200' against a heavy drag and jumped up a small falls. I intentionally had to break it off, as the flyline was in extreme danger (strong current and logs!!!!!) . You're left shaking your head intentionally, and your hands just plain shaking.:biggrin: Thanks for looking and reading.

Charlie

No Hackle
10-30-2011, 11:05 AM
Great report and pics. Cant' wait to here about 11/11.
Lynn

5xtippett
11-30-2011, 10:49 PM
OK! I am impressed. Beautiful fish!