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Name: salmonbarry Date: February 25, 2015 Rating:
 
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So my brother got me a cool sweatshirt to help advertise his bbq and smoked meats business in Napa CA and I promised him I would wear it one day in honor of him and post some pictures of me holding fish and wearing the shirt.

Being the good brother I am, saw an opportunity today to fulfill my promise and arranged a float trip on the Wynoochee again. Now the reports have been dismal of late but I was not concerned because I had confidence in who I was going with that we would have success and boy I was not disappointed!!!

Brother in faith Ron Brown and I started our journey over to the river around 4am and were happy to see some cloud cover as knew this would bode well with the low water we were anticipating encountering on today's float. Arrived at the 'fish house' and one other guide was just setting out to try his luck ( skills!)

We were informed we would be fishing out of a raft today instead of a drift boat so I was excited to try a new way of fishing for me! We dropped the boat into the river at the 7400 road and started our drift down river. Today we were not going to plug as the water was too low and with a raft, was going to be a long 16 mile drift but instead tossed a set up which included a 2 bead set up below and drift float.

The other rod was fished with a jig with cured shrimp. As we hit about our fourth hole I had a nice bobber down and it was fish on!!! This baby made some impressive runs and had some shoulders to it but as we got it near to the boat, saw an extra fin so it was carefully unhooked and released without a net- Not long after Ron got a take down but this one didn't have too much fight and was a bit beat up so again, was released with out a net so now we were 2 for 2 with no fish in the boat yet.

After working out way through some more fishy water Ron had another bobber down and it was a keeper!! He fought it valiantly and soon was flopping in the raft and about the receive it's final love tap and we bonked it and now 3 for 3 with 1 in the boat! I was wondering if I should switch but what happened over the next 2 hours changed my mind!

As we were going through a drift my bobber disappeared and once again was fish on! Now this guy somehow got into something in the middle of the river and thought I was going to lose it as the fish was making runs but my line was hung up on something in the middle of the hole. The only thing we can figure it was was a bunch of line because the fish would run but when I got it back to a certain point would just stop- after making a few circles it finally came free and we were able to get over to the bank and net it! Nice hatchery fish but was not easy!

What happened over the next 2 hours was about a fish every half hour and none easy and we had one run under the boat, another one had to jump out of the boat and chase down river and finally had our limit by 1 PM! Another stellar day going 8 for 8 with 6 in the well and now an 8 mile drift back down to the take out.

Saw bald eagles, a falcon and just a beautiful way to spend the afternoon working our way down river! I was glad to have made my brother proud and let him know he was well advertised on the Wynoochee river today but of course, now he owes me a slab of his mouth-watering finger-licking baby back ribs on my next visit to Napa!!

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Name: the piranha Date: January 27, 2015 Rating:
 
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I decided to go rub elbows with the drift boat guys. I got a late start at the crossover bridge. A sled came down and hooked one right in front of me, but broke it off so I knew there was a few fish in the river. I fished up as far as I could wade, then down around the corner. I didn't have any more action there, so I went up to the white bridge. I was starting to lose hope, then my bobber went down hard and I felt some head shaking. I landed the skinniest steelhead I have ever seen. I refer to them as "down river" fish since it didn't have any eggs in her. I thought that the state usually punch the gill plate after they spawn them though. That was the only bite of the day. I fished back down at the crossover bridge right as it got dark. It seemed that the boats were averaging about a fish a piece.


Im not very familiar with this river, I think the spots I named are correct. Also, it seems that either guys are throwing eggs, sand shrimp, or fly fishing. And of course backing plugs. If I wasn't so lazy, I would probably through bait also. I caught my fish on an all pink jig.
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Name: Robbie16 Date: January 21, 2015 Rating:
 
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Fished for a couple days with my buddies in my Clacka drift boat. We usually do really well on this river, but for whatever reason we had a tough go at things. Launched at 7400 both days amongst all the guides/clients, and quite a few other weekday warriors. It'll be slammed this coming weekend. Quite a few more boats out there then the average weekday trip. Anyway, hammered all the usual slots with eggs in the front and jigs in the back. Plugged through the froggy water and rowed a few laps in the well known spots. NOTHING!!! Pretty depressing really. I spoke to a local who scratched one up on the lower float. He thinks they may still be down in the lower river. I doubt we head back that way on Friday, most likely the Satsop or Sol Duc. Good luck if you all head out. DEPRESSING TO TAKE WORK OFF AND GET SKUNKED!!!! I typically don't post, but hopefully this can give a heads up to someone out there. Good luck ya'll.
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Name: salmonbarry Date: January 16, 2015 Rating:
 
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Well it seems like forever that I have wet a line so as the new year started had a float trip scheduled on January 2nd but came down with the Christmas crud and was too sick to fish if you can imagine that! So re-booked it for today and was over anxious to get myself back into the game!

Now I am not too worried about posting this report for this river as it is no secret that it is on fire right now and that was evident when we showed up to meet our guide and there were probably 10 boats waiting to launch at 7am. He said not to worry as where we were going, not too many go that high and we shouldn't be too crowded.

After another cup of coffee and getting on our waders, Preston and I jumped into the rig and we were cruising up the road to the 7400 launch in anticipation of a epic day on the water! Plus the weather forecast for 100% of rain was botched by the weather man so we were fine with that!

Arrived at 8am to only see one other rig in the lot and a boat had just launched but had just one guy fishing who was throwing flies! We worked out way down through some slots throwing our floats and jigs without much action. On one bucket had a pretty good take down but didn't stick so as we approached a nice hole he said we were moving to pulling plugs. Set out 3 rods and started out slow row down through the hole~ felt nice to sit down for a bit but didn't last long as the middle rod had a vicious take down and it was FISH ON!!!

Did the Chinese fire drill getting the other 2 rods in without getting tangled as this fish was running straight back to the boat! Preston worked it in and after about a 5 minute battle got our 1st hatchery buck of the day! yea baby! So lets see if we can get another one out of this slot as since the fish ran up, didn't disturb what ever else lay lower.

We switch seats so now I am in the front and no sooner do we get all 3 rods back in, the middle rod goes off again!! FISH ON!! This one does the same thing and is smaller so takes about the same amount of time to bring in so now we each have 1 apiece and are thinking, can we really pull 3 fish from one hole? Why not us? as Russel
Wilson would say so switch seats again and set out the rods.

You guessed it! Wham!! Middle rod again gets buried and this one is a hawg!! Does the same thing and freight trains up right past the boat and runs upstream and then comes back right under it. We move over the bank so Preston can get out and do battle with the beast and after a long fight finally gets it succumb to the net!! A beautiful chrome hatchery hen pushing 14lbs easy!

So now we are wondering if we pull off the quadfecta! Yea I know it's not a word but couldn't find one in the dictionary! haha! So we row back out set out the lines to the same distance and half way through the drift a fourth glorious take down on yes, the same middle rod!!! I battle this bad boy for a while and after a few runs and jumps comes gliding to the side of the boat to get netted! 4 for 4 on one hole and all hatchery fish!!!

After a few more runs realized we had run our luck on this place and started moving down river to try and get the last 2 fish to complete our 3 man limit. Hit a few more fishy slots and buckets without a take so found another body of water that looked good for plugs and since these fish today seemed to be on the plug bite, set out the same set ups and wouldn't you know it, banged out 2 more fish and were done by 1pm!! 6 for 6 on the day without a lost fish even though 3 of the 6 came unbuttoned just as we put the net to them so were lucky in that sense!

Wow what a day!! but also realized we had about 12 miles of river to float to the take out so after some kodak moments, bathroom break and lunch started the long and glorious float back down river to the take out. We were blessed with just an absolutely beautiful afternoon boat ride and took in some nature sights and fellowship time before finally arriving back to the take out at about 4pm. Great way to start out my 2015 season and look forward to some more adventures soon!

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Name: Stuffy Date: January 14, 2015 Rating:
 
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My partner and I launched at White bridge at lite. Tons of boats on the water and hoards of bank anglers along the way and it was hard finding any open holes without crowding out a fellow fisherman. Since I've only caught 2 steelhead before today and this was my partners first time targeting SH.

We were about 1/2 way to Black Creek and found a little drift to pitch some eggs. A few minutes later a bank angler yelled over to ask if we had a tape measure and I did so rowed to shore. He had a very nice brute of a buck. The day before I just picked up a scale/tape. Fish was 14.4 and 36in. Nice fish.

We talked for some time and he gave us a few pointers. He pointed across the river to a nice piece of plug water and he said everybody seems to miss that little piece of water. We rowed across the water and it took a few minutes to get everything set just right in the current. It wasn't 5 minutes and POW! I don't know why, but my partner grabbed the pole and passed it to me, although I wanted him to take the first fish. After a few minutes of confusion, got the fish in the net as the plug line broke off.

We thanked our fishing Angel friend and went on to finish our trip without another pickup. Pressure with boats and bank guys was very very heavy. We noticed some fish being boated but I'm sure that the amount of traffic and lower water, the fish very weary by the end of the day.

Had a great time with my fishing buddy, talked with some good guys on the river, and enjoyed the scenery.
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Name: gtwells23 Date: January 09, 2015 Rating:
 
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Hit the Wynoochee from Wynoochee Wishkah Rd to Black Creek boat ramp. didnt have much luck with fish until the lower end of our drift. Hooked a couple, lost a couple, but still had a great time! Until... while standing in the front the boat with my drift gear in the water, we bumped a (to the best of our knowledge) submerged log. It sent me flying inside the boat, I managed not to go swimming but ended up with a couple broken ribs and lost my red GL2 1082s with shimano stradic3000fi into the river between the spillway and black creek boat ramp. I am hoping on a long shot that someone may read this post and possibly know, or know of anyone that may have found my rod/reel. Thanks and best of luck out there!
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Name: 42069jwalker Date: August 16, 2014 Rating:
 
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4 fish from 9 to 12 probably 15 to 20 casts at notellem creek.
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Name: 42069jwalker Date: August 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished the nooch caught 2 nice fish lost 2. Orange rooster tail and blue blue fox was where it was at that day
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Name: Steamboatfishslayer Date: March 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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After multiple trips to the Wynoochee, I was finally able to get my first fish of the year and help my buddy get his first steely ever! Fished first light until about late afternoon. My buddy got his within the first four casts at our first spot, and I got mine later in the afternoon. His was a dime bright buck about 5 lbs. and mine was a colored up buck about 10 lbs. It was nice to finally get the skunk off! Haven't touched a decent fish since December.
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Name: wbroekhof Date: March 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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Took a day off work since the rivers came into shape for the last trip on the west side this season (going to the Grande Ronde in April). It was raining half the day and then cleared up at around noon.

Did a lot of hiking and checking out the river since I'm pretty new to it (3rd trip out) and found some beautiful spots. Water was just over 6 ft with 2 feet of visibility and a nice emerald green. I was floating pink works, an assortment of jigs and throwing spoons.

I also tried out drift fishing for the first time later in the day after reading up on it recently (Steelheading & Salmon Drift Fishing Secrets by Timothy Kusherets) and that's what worked for this native. Man what a difference in the strike drifting! Still trying to get a feel on the drift and telling the difference between a strike and a rock but the hit was very subtle. Was fishing a #2 red Octopus hook, size 12 cerise corkie and cerise yarn with a 2 and a half foot leader.

Got a quick photo opp in the water and sent him on his way. 3 stars for my first native and first fish while drifting but I was working the river hard and didn't see anyone with any luck in the upper river.
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