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Where is the acsess to the canyon ? Is it up Chehalis Lake FSR or beside the camp ground? I have never fished the Chehalsi and would really like to go up there next weekend.where are some spots to go? Help would be appreciated,Thx Elvis
 

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ELVISDOGBREATH said:
Where is the acsess to the canyon ? Is it up Chehalis Lake FSR or beside the camp ground? I have never fished the Chehalsi and would really like to go up there next weekend.where are some spots to go? Help would be appreciated,Thx Elvis
Ok, first of all I would suggest NOT going into the canyon on your first trip to the chehalis....learn the river for a couple days, and than...if you feel comfortable go ahead....I would also suggest fishing anywhere that there is cars parked :)

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mike what u talkin about! no just go and fish the river find the spots, then mabey hit the canyon! :-\
 

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I wouldn't suggest going up to the canyon either unless you're with someone else and especially someone who knows the area. Otherwise there are spots that you can go lower down such as the Bible camp or down past the hatchery to start.
 

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Merc is right, what i said before is wrong. I've had to come out of there twice in pich black, thank god my dad knows the way out, but its still damn scary climbign out and then walkin(bushwacking)our way out. Fish the lower, still some beautiful water.
 

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Thanks fellows for the replies.I agree start low get high.If there is one you fellows going let me know I would love to tag along,Elvis ;D
 

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I agree with the comment of being cautious going up into the canyon...I strongly urge anyone wanting to explore this river for the first time to take it slow. If you are wanting to fish the canyon, go with at least one friend, and let someone at home know where you are going, you license plate number, and when you should be back by...lot's of things can go wrong up there.
 

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All this talk about not going into the canyon makes me think the fishin is real good in there .I think any avid fisherman (not a gong show fisherman ) know the risks of hiking a river and if everybody tromps through there it will make a trail even the gong show guys can follow!!ha ha ha take an emerg kit ...
 

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flychucker said:
All this talk about not going into the canyon makes me think the fishin is real good in there .I think any avid fisherman (not a gong show fisherman ) know the risks of hiking a river and if everybody tromps through there it will make a trail even the gong show guys can follow!!ha ha ha take an emerg kit ...
The canyon is a little more than just a hike! One wrong step and you can fall anywhere from 10 ft to 100ft or more. An emergency kit will do you no good then. No-one really said don't go into the canyon either, but never go in alone! As for the fishing, well its always hit and miss, we spent an entire day in there and covered over 2.5km of river between 4 of us......not one bite! So the fishing definitely isn't extravagant. And the access is always tough, especially after the past windstorms, so many trees down that you lose any old trail real fast.
 

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without snow, if u dont know the river when there is snow well then . . . Just be careful and learn the river and its ways before u try anything funny!
 

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young gun said:
without snow, if u dont know the river when there is snow well then . . . Just be careful and learn the river and its ways before u try anything funny!
Hiking into the canyon is no laughing matter and it is not funny even if stuff happens there...hard to imagine the amount of times SAR is called up into there...also I think the point has already been brought up that there are definate risks when hiking in there.....end of story....on another note, river should fish pretty good this weekend, water should be up and have that perfect color to it....too bad we're having that fish out this weekend on the vedder :mad: lol

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I have never had any mojor problems in the canyon. Just use common sense and if a trail looks to sketchy don't go down it. Anyone with any hiking experience should have no problem in most parts of the canyon.
 

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I'm thinking felt bottom wading shoes aren't a good idea up that way as well...that reminds me, gotta get a pair of hiking shoes for myself.
 

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I'm thinking felt bottom wading shoes aren't a good idea up that way as well...that reminds me, gotta get a pair of hiking shoes for myself.
might I suggest...http://www.ajbrooks.com/qs/product/40/2351/139716/0/0
Expensive? hell ya!! worth it. hell ya!! depending on your level of ability and the size of your balls, these will take you anywhere. I've tried and I know that they work well on the wet WALLS of the Cap. and I mean WALL. as in toe and finger holds. :eek:
 

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Studded wading boots are just fine in there. 8)
 

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Just be careful if you're going to go exploring guys...the fact that steelhead return to the chehalis is no secret....it's a river, what did you expect? The returns are much smaller than the vedder, but what river around here doesn't have smaller returns than the vedder? The access is much more difficult, let's just not downplay the need for caution, last thing we need to hear is of some member getting hurt up there, realizing there's no cell phone service, and having to spend a few cold hours, or even overnight, alone in the bush while a friend drives into town to get help.

Don't anyone underestimate what can happen out there, go with a friend, let someone know where you will be, and go prepared. It's not rocket science, just be careful...

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yes lets not forget how dangerous it can be up there if you don't know the area
 
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