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Name: mrem27 Date: July 24, 2013 Rating:
 
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So I decided to hit the Kalama for 4 hours today through noon time. I started at Indian Creek and ended at the "1000 ft below the falls line". I fished every inch of the river that even looked fishable throwing 1/8 oz jigs in "nightmare" pattern and black with pink coloring. I tried shrimp oil scent, homemade shrimp chunks, no bait, and spinners. I caught ZERO steelhead. However I did catch 2 16 inch resident native rainbows on the spinner, and 12 9-18" native rainbows on the jig and shrimp chunk combo. While it was not what I was targeting, to go out and catch 14 fish over 9" on a river in the pacific northwest it was an epic day for me!! Always looking for fishing buddies and I hit the rivers as much as I can.
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Name: mrem27 Date: September 07, 2012 Rating:
 
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I wanted to post a shout out to Rainbow's End Jig shop in Vancouver... Martin took the time to help me understand how to fish with salmon eggs and helped me with some areas to fish on the Kalama and after 2 years of trying everything in my tackle box to catch fish on every river from Bonneville to Chehalis I finally got a buck chinook!! Only 27 inches and I am not sure how much it weighed but I don't care because it was my very first salmon and it was a rush!!! Thank You again Martin, earned a customer for life!!
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Name: rseas Date: September 02, 2012 Rating:
 
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Sorry about the delay in getting this posted, I was at a family reunion and haven’t had access to a computer. First this is a summary of Labor Day 2012 adventures with the fish report being posted under the most productive stream for the weekend. I fished 4 rivers; the Grays, Elochoman, Kalama and the Skokomish Rivers

Saturday morning I scouted the Grays and the Elochoman Rivers. Both streams are very low and after hiking into dozens of holes I never did see a salmon. I did hook and release a smaller steelhead, maybe 6 pounds of airborne fun on the Elochoman River. The fish clobbered a River-Fisher spoon I had drifted through an eddy downstream of a large bolder. Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning I fished the Kalama for a number of hours. On Monday while on the way to a family ho-down (more on that later) I also fished the Skokomish for about 10 minutes. I did not officially hook a fish but did have a Chinook follow my gear as it ran through the drift I was fishing.

Saturday morning after scrambling in and out of numerous holes on the Grays River and the Elochoman River without seeing any salmon I decided to hit the Kalama. When I was younger I fished the Kalama a lot and it had produced for me all year long. I started up by Red Barn, working all the deep runs and tail out pools I could find. I was hooking fish consistently using drift gear but my goal was to relearn the river and scout as many holes as possible so I started moving hole to hole avoiding the fly-fishing only water and fished down to Modrow Bridge. Throughout the course of 4 or 5 hours I hooked over 20 chinook and a number of coho. Not every fish made it to the bank but every fish that did was released to continue it’s journey upstream. I was aching and hungry so I called it a day and headed back to the family reunion armed with the makings for hours of fish stories freshly under my belt. On arrival back in Napavine there were a number of raised eyebrows when I mentioned that I released everything and didn’t keep a fish for a BBQ on Monday. What BBQ? Easy solution, I had inadvertently wrote myself a free fishing pass! I HAD to go again Sunday morning to get a fish for the BBQ on Monday.

Sunday morning I hit some of the more productive holes that I had fished the day before but all I could catch were Chinook. Not complaining, but I was hoping to get a chrome coho for the BBQ so I stayed on the move. Saturday I had fallen down an embankment/mini cliff and I still was pretty sore. My wading was less than sure footed and my old bones were starting to protest hiking in and out of the various fishing holes so I settled in just upstream from the Modrow Bridge for my final stop of the day. After hooking a few fish on my drift gear I broke out a jig and float and found the slot. I went bobber down every few drifts and ended up keeping the guest of honor for Monday’s barbeque. For the day I had hooked 10 or 12 chinook, releasing all but one fish.

Monday morning we all met at the recently re-opened Rib-Eye restaurant for breakfast before heading to Port Orchard for the previously mentioned barbeque. Breakfast was very good with large portions being the norm. After breakfast the rest of the gang headed for Port Orchard via the most direct route while we went the scenic route looking for an adventure. We hit the Skokohmish Salmon hatchery on Purdy Creek and there are a bagillion chinook in the holding pond and creek. From there we drove down Purdy Cut-off along the Skokomish counting cars but lost track when our count hit three digits. I did stop and fish for a few minutes but time was short, I had beer to drink and a fish to cook... On arrival at the “Funny Farm” in Port Orchard introductions were made, fish stories shared while everyone was properly lubricated and I got to work cooking Sunday’s fish. Not wanting to miss a ho-down, the resident donkey Petunia opened the front door and wandered through the house to join the party and make sure that my chef skills were up to her standards. Although I am still sore all in all it was a great Labor Day weekend, shared with family, friends and fish.

I had a few other pictures but the "River Report" photo feature is the old format and limits you to just two pictures.
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Name: Corpsvet Date: September 02, 2012 Rating:
 
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Drove 300 miles to meet a childhood friend to spend a day on the Kalama. Neither of us had ever fished it. Fly fisherman at Beginners Hole reported good fishing, however, we didn't have our fly rods for the 'fly only' section. Drove downstream to the bridge and found a great spot. Watched 5 15-20 pound kings come ashore as we were dawning our gear before ever getting wet. Waded in, joined the line of 12 anglers and hooked up after 30 min or so. Lost 3 between 9am and 11am. One due to drag too tight, another shook the hook and the third was a result of laziness. I knew I had roughly 50 yds o line on my reel but didn't feel he need to respool since we were short casting...20-50 ft. Well, that big king called my bluff when it took every inch...busted. Midday low until 4pm when I hooked up on a hawg. Shored a 24 pounder. Even without the catch I absolutely love he Kalama. Crystal clear an beautiful. Check the river regs. From the pipe bridge up is fly only.
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Name: procaster Date: October 01, 2011 Rating:
 
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Well, first we went to the Elochoman but it was too low and there was only boot kings. Only fished for about 30 min. We started at the lower river and worked our way up the river almost all the way to the red barn. The only fish in the river were boot kings. We didn't see a single silver or steelhead. Threw everything except sandshrimp and spinners. Water is still low and clear. Picture is from deep hole in the "fly fish only" section. All kings, hard to see fish.
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Name: Sabotage Date: March 18, 2011 Rating:
 
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Planned on heading to Southern Washington for business so we decided to make it a worthwhile trip and spend a couple of hours on the Kalama. We arrived before sunrise and tried to catch some restless zzzzs. At daybreak, the weather was grey and a light rain fell. We fished the Beginner's hole for a couple of hours without a single bite or a single splash. I rated this experience a "1" since we didn't have a single bite, but it should be noted that it was an awesomely fun and rewarding trip just to fish it with a great fishing buddy. This is a gorgeous piece of water and I hope those who left their trash on previous trips realize how special a place it is and remember to clean up after themselves on future visits.
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Name: cjmarthaller Date: January 30, 2011 Rating:
 
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We put in at first light, about a mile above the lower hatchery. In my buddy's drift boat, we tried several different presentations throughout the day, all to no avail. The skunk was upon us. It was a busy day on the river. We saw at least 6 other drift boats and over 10 bank anglers. No one did any good all day, not even the guide boats. There were several people that remarked that last Thursday was the hot day out there. Guess we were three days too late.

We tried lots of things...shrimp under a bobber, drifting eggs, pink jig under a bobber, Wigglers, Mepps spinners, Blue Fox spinners, nothing worked.

The river had been blown out last weekend but looked really good today, with nice color and about 4' visibility.

Just have to keep hitting this river 'til it pays off!
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Name: masterbaiter87 Date: July 13, 2010 Rating:
 
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Camped out behind mahaffey's for my dad's birthday and fished every good looking drift i could get to even slid down into some of the drifts in the canyon and couldnt get one take down on my jig and bobber at any spot, so i decided to switch things up and hit the hardware. i then caught the only decent fish of the trip a 11" rainbow out of a drift just passed the redbarn hole. everything else on this trip was just 2-5" babby salmon caught on spinners. i did get one good take drifting shrip in a deep slot by million dollar rock but failed to set the hook. not a bad trip the kalama is still by far my favorite river in the state for steelhead just the fish that were in there were too spooked to hit anything and were few and far in between. the next morning however as we were packing to leave we did see a 2x2 blacktail with a doe jump in the river and swim across and lots of deer in the wheat fields maybe this will have to be my new late buck stomping ground.
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Name: Justin82 Date: July 01, 2010 Rating:
 
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Hit the kalama for the first time and it was definately worth the long drive Went 1 for 2 had a slob shear me off at the beginners hole and landed a 7ish hen below the first hatchery. What made this trip a 5 instead of a 4 was the fact there was little to no garbage on the bank and its real easy to fish and get around with prestine looking water.
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Name: HawgSekr Date: February 20, 2010 Rating:
 
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All rivers local to me closed early. I wanted another chance at my 1st Steelhead. Time seemed to be running out for this year. It was too nice a day to sit around and stare at the tube. So my cousin and I read the recent reports and decide to go try our luck on the Kalama. I had never been there before to fish and wasnt sure what to expect as a bank angler. We had to put our plans on hold until chores were done so we got a later start than we would have liked. We got to Kalama about 1:30 and found there were plenty of turn outs with river access - a nice change of pace for someone that is used to looking at no tresspassing and private property signs everywhere I go.

We hit the water and split up. I went up. My cousin went down. Nothing at all for about the first half hour or so using a trusted mepps steelhead spinner.
Changed color to a brass deep runner as even though it was sunny, there was a shadow hanging over the pool I was targeting. 1st 10 casts, same story. No bites, no nothing. I was starting to think it was time to move on but I would give it just a few more casts (as I always do) Then, it happened. I cast into the same spot, my spinner went in close to the opposite bank and drifted down to the point where it started to swoop out and around toward me when BAM! I mean SLAM! She hit hard and came to the surface for the 1st of many acrobatic displays of fury and flight to come. She ran on me at least five or six times in all. Every time she got tired I would real down on her and take back line that she stole on her previous run for freedom. I had to be careful not to let her keep her full force on my 10 lb mainline / 8 lb leader for long as I was convinced she would snap it as easy as you snap your fingers. I had no net or helper so I knew my only chance was to let her tire herself out. My cousin was nowhere in sight and I had no camera to prove my adventure. I started praying it was a hatchery. The whole time I kept yelling my cousins name hoping he would come to help or at least witness this thing before she broke free. I finally managed to get her to shore and found that my luck was running over today. A beautiful 34 inch - 14 lb. hatchery hen. A keeper! My cousin finally showed back up just in time to see me stand up with this monster in my hands. He was of course thrilled and disgusted at the same time. I had the fishing day of a lifetime I'm sure. I only caught the one and my cousin had no luck but the one I got was more than enough. Loved every minute of it and the views werent half bad either. Hopefully pics post for all to see..... Tight Lines!
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