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Anyone ever fish there? I have a few secret 'holes' and have hooked a monster rainbow(twenty four inches)!!!, but alas, i cannot land anything in this river... does anyone have any good tips for this river.
 

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Anyone ever fish there? I have a few secret 'holes' and have hooked a monster rainbow(twenty four inches)!!!, but alas, i cannot land anything in this river... does anyone have any good tips for this river.
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Do you flyfish? I've often looked at the "fishyness" of that river (like today as I was driving home from Hatheume), but have never actually fished it nor have I ever seen anyone fishing it.

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i was driving home from merritt last weekend and tryed it at the confluence of juliet creek. i dident get 1 bit just dident look like a fishy kind of area i did'nt see any fish until i headed up a bit to the deep pool. fish the darker water. 3-5 springs in the pool but you cannot target them. you see the spawning pools for them on the drive from merritt to hope. if you go there around late september those pools are crammed with fish.
 

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Can you fish in those pools... 8)
 

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FYI, 2006/2007 Regs on the Coldwater River:

1) Open from June 1 to December 31.
2) No trout under 25 cm. (Regional quota: Trout/Char = 6, but not more than 4 from streams, 1 over 50 cm, Steelhead C&R).
3) No fishing for Bull Trout all year.
4) Juliet Creek = no fishing.

Guess who's going to be exploring the Coldwater in the near future? 8) :D
 

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hey stone if your going to the coldwater in the next while exploring for fish i highly addvise you to fish the pools in the river around brookmere and the flats were the merritt mountain music festival was. anyother great spot is right were it enters the nicola. if you fishing the river around anywere from august to november i addvise you to try fly fishing a single egg in the deep pool with a fast to slow retrieving speed. ive had good success on both rivers around that time also with stone flies, nypmps and choronimids. another spot top try would be where the nicola enters the thompson in mid-august. the chinook fishing there is amazing. not impossible for you to watch a local pull out 6 in a hour. tight lines
 

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Another tip...in this rocky gravily river, you'll find the fish in the pools where you least expect them...
 

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Maybe they will change the name to the "Coldwater Fish In" when the first 100 people show up in the fall...............Ortho 8)
 

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Thanks for the tips, fishinmansam! I'll definitely check out that river in the next little while. I have a feeling that the Coldwater is going to be a more challenging piece of water that needs a lot of exploration before it yields fish with any consistency. It doesn't appear to be the type of water that will attract the masses, Ortho. :D
 

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I was up there last summer on the way back from lake fishing. There are some (few) monster fish in there. There are VERY few steelhead found in there. We had parked the car to give our legs a stretch...and just as we were about to leave, my buddy Dave yells, "Holy Sh*t!" "Look at the size of those fish!" We counted 6 very large char hunting a school of whitefish! They seemed to be in the 24" range. The largest and most dominant fish in the pack was longer than 36"!!! Very cool site to see! I would hesitate fishing this river because it is ranked in the top 3 most endangered rivers in BC. Cheers! -Nathan in NW
 
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