Well I cant say I pursued Steelhead or Salmon much last year or even this year, although I did land a open seat on the Columbia River last year and managed to catch my first Columbia URB (Up River Bright) Fall Chinook. I did fish for Steelhead probably a handful of times during the summer but most were while I was floating in the river in my pontoon. Still getting the hang of river fishing, especially for these tricky anadromous fish.
12-28-2012 : I met up with Oregon Fishing Forum member hawgcaller aka Patrick. We met up in Eugene a couple hours before sunrise to head to the North Fork Alsea. This was my first ever time to this river and second or third time fishing for Winter Steelhead that season. Our first stop was the hatchery and I was kinda disappointed with all the people there, they were just standing around bull shitting because it was still too early too fish. We wound up getting all of our stuff together and walking down the road in the dark to a spot Patrick had seen last time he was there. Which turned out to be a bad idea. We fished for a half hour or so when an older gentleman approached us told us we need permission and a badge to fish the water we were in. Patrick gave him the explanation that we were below the high water so there for we weren’t trespassing on anyone’s property. The old man wasn’t having it though so we packed up and left before it became a situation.
So after that we pretty much drove around looking for a place to wet a line that didn’t have a whole bunch of people around. We found a spot that we thought looked fishy and there was just one guy in the hole below us. Patrick was using various things, bobber and jigs and bobber and eggs were the main thing, along with drift fishing and throwing hardware. Me on the other hand stick to two techniques while steelhead fishing usually. Spoons and Spinners. And on this day the Spinner came through for me, on a locally made spinner Knd Custom Tackle Sprocket Spinner I think it was the nickle blade with a purple body, but it may of been a blue body too haha. This was our only fish of the day which was fine by me, steelhead fishing to me is more about the adventure then actually catching one, like they say catching is a bonus. It was cool catching a steelhead in such a small river, I’m used The Rogue River where you cast what seems like like 50yds plus out and let the river work the spoon for you. Here it’s a much different game and with a whole lot more anglers, probably a fishery ill only do a few times during the season just because of all the pressure.
The video is started when the fight is pretty much over. Patrick had his camera on him and got 10 seconds of video then his battery died so he found my camera in the tackle bag and started filming. Almost didn’t post the video because of how I fumbled the steelhead back into the river but then some how managed to grab it again so I could get my picture with it. Well anyways hope to hook at least one more in the upcoming season which starts on the 1st of December. Thanks for reading and Tight Lines!
Iv decided to take this blogging stuff serious once again. No slacking, anymore. Ill be updating some old post and also adding new post from this past year. Look forward for some really sweet reports, pictures, and videos. And Ill hopefully be doing some contests and other cool stuff, so be ready! So But for now Iv got some good news Id like to introduce my newest sponsor, The Creek Company. Iv been using one of their pontoon boats for about three years. And iv caught many nice fish from it and had many more nice days on the water, whether it be a river, lake or a pond. I contacted them recently about sponsoring me and my fishing adventures and they have decided to do so!
Picture taken at Wickiup Reservoir: Oct. 2012
In other news id like to help promote one my buddies. NorthWest Killers Fishing Is doing a steelhead tournament, called The ChromeDome Challenge. And it starts tomorrow December 1st. and goes through February 31st. Each month is a separate tournament and cost $10 a month or $25 for all three months (only if you sign up today!). First place each month is the longest Hatchery Steelhead, grand prize is the longest Hatchery Steelhead for over the 3 month period. Id get in on The ChromeDome Challenge as I have. Just for entering you get a free shirt, also there are prize give a ways even if you don’t get a top three fish!
Tight Lines! And good luck to those that enter!
Old report that I never got to blogging about on here. Did write about it on the Forum that the three of us post on, that’s where I’m copying and pasting some of it from enjoy! Jeanna and Ted are both members @ The Oregon Fishing Forum.com So the three of us went fishing one Thursday morning in July, the 12th.
My day started out at 2am with the alarm waking me up after about 4-5 hours sleep. Made a quick stop at Winco grocery store for snacks and drinks and got yelled at for walking in an area where a guy was cleaning the floor, but I needed some cold tea. Met up with Ted and I followed him up to the boat ramp, I’m still new to the area of Eugene. We all met up at the Greenwood boat ramp then headed up to the Leaburg dam. The water was super low and even back rowing to the other side of the river resulted in lots of rocks being hit. But it sounded like most boats were hitting bottom too. On to the good parts. Jeanna tagged 2 Springers and had a really sweet Steelhead come unbuttoned after about 45 second fight, I got video of that fish and the 2nd springer. Couldnt find my camera in time for the first Salmon so no video of that one. I only caught a hatchery trout, it hit a plug in the last hole we fished, and Ted got skunked! Thanks for the boat ride Jeanna!!!
And here’s the video I made from this trip, you can see the nice Steelhead she lost too.
Thanks for reading and watching the video! Tight Lines!
Charlie Brown, from FishingTheRogue.com gave me a call on Monday when he got back into town from visiting family for Easter. He wanted to fish the river bright and early the next day, which i was really excited about, I think the river has become my favorite place to fish. We met up at 5am and began fishing not long after. We had a couple take downs early but it took about a half hour at the first hole before one stuck, and it came on my rod! It was a real nice bright hatchery steelhead hen, so it was a keeper. Almost didnt keep it though, it was still some what dark out when we caught it, so the first time charlie tried to net he missed and i thought he was gonna rip the lure out of its mouth be it didnt and after it made a another short run we got it in the boat!
These guys came along not to long after we caught our first one of the day, there’s even one more boat you cant see at the bottom of the rapid. The boat closest in the photo stuck around right next to us for quite awhile, about an hour. It was pretty annoying bet hey what can ya do. The funny thing was about 10 minutes after they left, Charlies rod got a take down and he reeled in a really nice bright hatchery steelhead. It wasnt big but the chrome’ness made up for its lack of size. It was only 22inches but since it was hooked in the eye and was a good one to eat he tagged it, he usually releases the small ones i guess. So we had two real nice steelhead in the box from just the first hole! We gave the group of boats plenty of time to get down river before we started fishing the lower holes. But when we did get a couple holes lower one of the rods got a massive take down! It was hard to get out of the rod holder even. This fish was crazy! I fought it for a couple minutes then got it close to the boat. Then something amazing happened that ill never forget! I was pulling the fish near the boat so Charlie could net it, you could see it getting nearer and nearer. Then it jumped! A few feet out of the water, only a foot or so away from the boat. Charlie only had to move the net forward about a foot and the fish pretty much flopped right into it! If we would of had one more person in the boat we would of had some of the best fishing footage ever! But the way it happened only me and Charlie were witnesses. I know this whole thing probably seems hard to believe but ill never forget the whole event, it was incredible!
There’s me and my limit of real nice chrome Steelhead, 28 and 29 inches. The first one had made it to the hatchery once already this winter, because there was a hole punch on her cheek. They do that at the hatchery so they know how many times the fish has swam to the hatchery. Pretty cool to catch one that made it to the hatchery then got trucked down river and swam back up and i got her before she could return again. The rest of the float we only could use one rod because i had my limit. We still got into a bunch of fish. One Steelhead we released, and another Steelhead that was a nice sized one but got off, because charlie was anchored in the wrong spot and couldn’t go down river after him. We also released a handful of trout that hit the plugs. A pretty good day of fishing on the wonderful Rogue River. Cant complain when you go home with two real beautiful Steelhead. Thanks to Charlie Brown for inviting me to come along again. Make sure to tell him you heard about his guiding business from my blog and he’ll give you a nice discount. FishingTheRogue.com
Thanks for reading, tight lines!
This report is from either the 14th or 15th I dont remember exactly lol. Lately iv been doing really good when i go out after the steelheads, mostly because iv been fishing with a couple really good guys who know what they are doing and they are doing great at putting me on the fish! Thanks Charlie Brown and Phil Tripp. On this day I fished with both of them for the first time! Me and Phil planned on floating the river by the hatchery, then i got a call from Charlie saying he wanted to float from Dodge Bridge to Touvell Bridge. I hadnt done this float before and neither had Phil so we both were pretty excited to see some new water.
That would be Dodge Bridge. Phil got the first fish probably less then 15 minutes into the float. A real nice Half Pounder Steelhead, it hit a plug. The interesting thing abuot this fish was, when phil was reeling it in an Osprey was circling right above us waiting for a quick snack. It was pretty cool to see this bird 20 feet above us! We seen alot of really good looking water but since the water was higher then usual it was hard for us to fish it. We only got three fish to the boat this day, Phil got 2 real nice half pounders and a little trout. I got skunked, it happens to me some times, believe it or not. It was still nice to be out on the river and me and Phil got to see a bunch of new water, and he got to see how to take the rapids on this stretch. So it was a good learning experience.
And that would be Touvelle Bridge, the end of the float. Thanks for reading and tight lines!
I met Phil and Kenji at the boat ramp around 7am, we had another morning slay ride planned! It was another great day with the YGA ( Young Gun Anglers) We passed Charlie at Sandy Bottom, he had a couple clients, we actually knew the clients, they were from Phil’s home town Happy Camp, CA. We waved when we went by and we only seen them a couple brief times the rest of the day. One of them took this photo when we went by in the morning at Sandy Bottom.
We got down by the Slide Hole and anchored up and were chatting when my rod got the first take down of the day! It was a nice little native steelhead that we released so he could come back another day to be caught! We then took the side channel and sat next to one of the nicest houses on the river. Most people dont run plugs in this area. But in trips past we caught trout here and the water looks really good. This day we got our first steelhead in this hole, and it came on my rod again. But this time it was Phils turn to reel one in. It was another nice wild steelhead that we let go in hopes of catching again next year. Our third steelhead of the day was one we were waiting for. A real nice chrome hatchery fish. And it came on Kenjis rod, so the 2 day license paid off once again for him!
Not far from where we got this one my rod got the final take down of the day. I brought in a real nice chrome wild steelhead. We released it right away so no pictures were taken of it. We did get video of all four of the steelhead caught this day. But when Phil put the files on his computer he some how lost 2 of the clips or deleted them on accident. But he did get video picture stills of the fish before it happened. So watch the video and enjoy! Ill try to do my reports in more of a timely manner but iv been busy puttin a hurt’n to these fish! Tight Lines!
Met Phil and his buddy from Happy Camp CA, Mario to do some fishing on the Rogue River. We met at the hatchery around 11am. We got down to the first hole and wouldnt you know Charlie Brown was anchored up in it plugging away. Before he seen us I yelled out ” Get out of our hole!!”. We anchored up 40 yards away so we could get our rods ready and chat and wait for him to leave the hole. He said he would get out shortly. But about 4 minutes after he said that they had hooked up on a nice chrome hatchery hen! Phil was pissed, i thought it was funny! They netted it and got out of the hole so we could fish it, they tagged it and took pictures and that was the last we saw of them that day. We stayed in the hole for over an hour then we finally had a take down. It came on my rod and I fought the beast for about 15 seconds then handed the rod over to the guest Mario, iv been catching alot lately so i dont mind when other people get to catch them too! This fish was pulling out a ton of line, it was a hawg. It went almost all the way down the rapid but then stopped. It must have seen the tree. I told Mario to try to pull it away from there then it was all over. Oh well. The big ones are hard to catch some times. After that all we could bring to the boat were half pounders and trout. I lost a great opportunity at a big one on our 3rd run of the day. Guess next time we’ll have better luck! No pictures this time. But i did do my first ever fishing video! I Used Windows Movie Maker to edit some clips i took with my camera. Since it also does ok video along with great pictures im gonna start making fishing videos! Gives you a better look into our fishing then just a picture. So enjoy and tight lines!
Charlie called me and told me he had one client and wanted to see if i wanted to come along to fill the boat. I’m sure Charlie and Phil both know by now i wont turn down a offer at fishing the Rogue River in their boats! Last time out fishing with Charlie i mentioned if he only had one client and i came along i had no problem handing over my rod if it gets the first take down. Iv handed off steelhead a few times to Phil, but i usually reel most of them in. We all met at the boat ramp at the hatchery at 530am this Monday. We fished the very top hole also known as sandy bottom for about an hour. We were surprised we didn’t pull at least one steelhead out of there, Charlie says usually you can get two in that hole. So we floated down to the next hole known as the chief hole. First pass through my rod got slammed and had a fish on for about 10 seconds, until it surfaced and jumped then broke the leader. Darn! But only about 10 minutes later my rod had another take down but this time it stuck on good and i was able to hand off the rod to Kim. He brought in a awesome 6.5 pound hatchery steelhead. We then proceeded to pick up another steelhead right after that one but this time on Kim’s rod. It was a wild hen so instead of keeping it and calling it a day less then 2 hours into fishing, Kim let it go in hopes of more fish! We got down to Casey Park and we got our final fish, luckily it was on my rod because it was a hatchery steelhead. And lately iv been really wanting to get a fin clipped one so i can smoke some up. We floated down to Rogue Elk Park with out much action when we got pass casey park. But was still a good morning very action packed for awhile there in the morning. I think Kim had a good time, he booked a trip for the next day when his relative came up to visit and i heard he did pretty good again.
We also got video of the fish from this day and Charlies wife edited up a really cool video. The first part is Kim’s nice buck, then it goes to a clip of me fighting a 10lb hatchery steelhead, then the very last clip is the fish i caught that is pictured above. Very sweet video, and you can see some of the river we float when we fish the upper rogue river. Thanks to Charlie at Fishingtherogue.com for letting me come along and fill the open seat and catch some great fish! Give Charlie a call or email if your interested in fishing the world famous Rogue River. Tell him you heard about him from my blog and you’ll get a discount!
thanks for reading, and tight lines!
The day before on the 4th, I fished with Charlie and his wife Rochelle, it was a really slow day for steelhead except for one take down that had to been at least a 15 pound steelhead. It was on for about a minute before it broke her off under a bridge. But before it had broke the leader it ran alot and jumped alot. It actually jumped completely out of the water sideways so we had a real good visual of it. Then when it did finally break the line it gave us one last look at it, when it did a victory jump. Charlie was really upset at losing such a big fish, but the big ones are hard to catch, so it happens some times. The next day he felt alot better about the whole situation and wasnt disappointed like he was the day before. We had to get back out there the next morning to get some redemption.
We had only been in the first hole 5 or so minutes and my line had only been in the water for 30 seconds when my rod started doubling over while still in my hand. I had a huge fish on! The fight only last about 15 seconds. The fish got to the surface and started thrashing around and that was the end of that as my leader snapped. I didnt check the drag on my reel as it was way too tight, lesson learned and also one of Charlies favorite plugs lost! Major bummer. About 40 minutes later my rod gets slammed again in the same hole, it felt like a real nice one. Charlie grabbed the other rod and proceeded to reel it in to get it out of the way. But when we got it in the line was tangled around mine, so he had to do some quick thinking and cut the line off of mine really quick. While this was happening my line went limp like the fish got off, but it must of been just laying in the hole chilling. Because when the line was off and i started reeling in he came back alive and started jumping in the middle of the rapid and the fight was on again! But we had to pull anchor and go after him. While we were floating down the rapid the line went limp once again and thought again that i had lost it. Moments later the fight was on again! We got anchored up at the bottom of the rapid and i fought the steelhead for a few more minutes until we were able to land him. It was a real nice wild steelhead buck, probably about 29inches and real healthy looking. We let him go after we got a quick picture or two, hopefully he found a mate and made some baby steelheads. That ended up being our only fish of the day. We floated to Casey Park twice and the second pass through big butte creek had cleared good enough to where we could of floated to Rogue Elk park. But we had to call it a short day at around 11am. Was another great day fishing with Charlie from Fishingtherogue.com If you want a good fishing trip contact Charlie and mention my name/blog for a really nice discount. Thanks for reading and tight lines!
Usually I write my reports in order as they happen. But lately iv been fishing so much iv been back logged on writing reports and stuff. So today im skipping a couple that i will get to later and get right to Thursdays fishing adventure on the 7th of April on the magnificent Rogue River. My day started out 20 minutes after my alarm should of went off, maybe it did and didnt wake me up. I met Charlie at the boat ramp at 530am for the first light bite, which is supposed to be the best time of the day to fish. Well on this day it wasnt the case. We stayed at the first hole for over a hour then we decided to go lower, the very top hole usually produces that’s why we stayed for so long. We got down to the Crater Lake Highway hole and the snow started coming down like a blizzard for about a half hour. Our only take down occurred in this hole but it didnt stick, it happens that way some times. Charlie had to call it a short day around 930am im pretty sure his wife needed to use their car. But that was fine with me. My friend Phil was gonna come up with his boat after he got out of college and he met me up there a little after 1130.
It was slow for Phil and I at first through all the top holes. But when we got down to the Pump hole we finally had a take down. I fought it and got it in the net. Then while the fish was still in the net we came off anchor and started floating down. During all this commotion Phils rod got knocked out of the rod holder some how, we didnt notice until after we released the fish and we began to wonder where his rod went. This was very devastating the reel was a Shimano Curado a 180 dollar reel, the rod was a nice Fenewick too. We looked for it for a little bit then decided there wasn’t much we could do to get it back, so we got in the boat and fished the rest of the day with one rod. About a half hour later the rod got slammed, a real nice take down. I got the rod out of the holder then immediately handed it over to Phil, he deserved to catch this one. We then got one of his cameras rolling so we could get the action put on youtube. And we got some great footage during this second fish. So enjoy the video!
So ill end this post by letting you guys know how the rod debacle ended. A few days later on Saturday, my friend Charlie of Fishingtherogue.com had just finished fishing for the day and was at the boat ramp talking to a guy and the guy said a boat earlier had caught a couple steelhead and also one of the guys on the boat had caught a Fenewick rod! Charlie knew who that rod belonged to so he gave me call. He told me the person who owned the boat was a guide and his name was Jimmy Dunlevy. So the next day i gave him a call and left a message with his wife. Later that day i got a call from Rick the angler who caught the rod and he said he would let us have it back! What a nice guy and what a lucky break we had.
thanks for reading and tight lines!