Anyone up this morning probably looked at the temp on their truck and thought wow, is it reading wrong lol. -7 when we left, but that was ok because when we arrvived at the moneys access road on the Stamp to launch, the guy who purchased the property put a huge blockade in front of the road. (This is a whole other thread, errrrrrrrrrrrr) So we backed the trailer right up to the blockade and had to muscle the drift boat over the top and onto the old road behind it, sure didnt feel like -7 after that ! My buddy has the boat set up so perfectly for drags like this with a wheel on an axle to put through each drain hole secured by a cotter pin on the other side on either side of the boat to wheel down beaches, trails roads etc. Of course gettin down the bank is fun, trying to keep the boat from wildly roaring down the hill and running us over. We get to the river and wow, is it low. Low and clear. Geared up, dog in the boat us in the boat and we're anchored fishing the first hole after a 50 yard drift. Second cast and wham, first fish. Couloured summer run, maybe 8 pounds. Good start to the day, it's only 7:15. He missed 2 more and I missed one, after feeling confident we thoroughly covered the run, we drop down to the next elbow. Nothing, as with the next stop. Fourth hole I hook into another fish. A couple 20 yard dashes and she rolls, ah, another coloured summer steelie. Get her to the boat as quick as possible and release her. Not as dirty as the first, actually still had the silver hue to her but with a deep crimson horizontal stripe to her and a bit bigger, 10 pounds. Thinking maybe it was an early winter fish. Buddy hits one more on the next cast and it was an old boot, dark as can be. Pretty much dead weight to the boat, a small 6 pound buck, I cradles him in the coooooooold current for quite a while to make sure he'd be ok. A lot of the slots we expected to fish were actually too shallow to be decent holding water, so our enthusiasm was not all there. A couple hours slip by with a couple half hearted feels on our presentation but no committed takers. The cold was actually pretty dry but the wind was tearing down the river, it was cooooold. Occassionally the sun would poke through the trees and it was a welcome feeling. Glad we had the propane heater for our hands. One more slot coughed up another summer run of 9/10 pounds and that was it. We saw a few more fish shoot up the tail outs of a couple pools and only 2 chrome bullets' ghostly grey silouhettes the whole day.
We pulled out at the falls campground. Taxi'd up to the truck and drove down to the slide pool. Walking onto the logs we immediately saw a guy net a fresh fish on the other side. Plugged that pool for an hour or so and called her a day.
So, the river is low, and clear. Anyone going out should fish the lower, they should be stacked up if they are in there. We fished sparse presentations with light leaders, normally using 12 lb but today we switched to 8lb. The fish were finicky and spooked from the conditions. Each take was very soft and reserved.
Looking forward to a day or two of rain before I give it another go.
:shock: Thanks for the update ~~ Ya all winter's are below the falls and summer's above this year ???~~ The 4 fishery diver's swam the river from the falls down last Monday and counted 400 Plus fish with most in 15 - 20 fish schools
!~~~ kicker was only 30 were below the bucket ~~~ :
Weird how they are staged like that. Last time we drifted the upper we hooked 17 but just under half were winters. The time after that we drifted the lower and hooked 6 winters. Over all the years of fishing that river they usually were consistant throughout the river, generally a bit higher percentage of summers above the falls obviously. Oh well, next time it'll be the lower I guess
Thanks for that info.
Thanks for the report WaterWalkin'. Was kinda wonderin' why we didn't see you drift past, and that answers the question.
You didn't miss much in the lower! 4 of us worked it HARD both days, total: 7 takes, and 6 to hand, sun-up to dusk Sat, sun-up to mid aft Sunday. Only saw a couple others... damn slow!
We did the same, dropping down to single/double Jensen's on # 4 gammies, 8 lb leaders, and indeed all the takes were right gentle!
Sky-water in the forcast upcoming. Hope it brings a few more freshies home to roost!
Nice report Waterwalken. It's damm tough out there right now! Last year I did a three day trip with murphy's (Feb.16-18th) and me and a buddy had 45 steelies to the boat and not to mention the ones we lost.The river was low and clear as it is right now and had no problem with hooking fish.Of course its way busier than last year too.Lucky to see one or two fisherman on the bank last season but this year has been busy as hell.The internet maybe?
good to see ya hooked into some chromies though!
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