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Located just outside Campbell River, I'm wondering if anyone's ever fished it this time of year? I'm heading up to Elk Falls park tonight with my typical 6wt setups (both full floating and sinking tip lines). I'm usually a stillwater guy and my river experience is pretty limited. Any help is appreciated.
 

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Elk Falls is a beautiful place. I have no idea if the river is open right now or what, but fish anywhere from the mouth of the Campbell River (just below the hwy bridge) and above and behind the campsite. Should be some cutties.

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The river is open with some restrictions near the hatchery weir. I'm hoping to get a campsite on the east side of the park up near the playground. What do you think I should be doing as far as technique goes?
 

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There is a nice pool just below the hatchery and if you're willing to bushwack a bit there's a nice one above the hatchery as well. Just keep walking up stream from the campground for about 15-20 mins and you will eventually get there.
 

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Well I fished the ENTIRE lower Quinsam on Friday evening and not a single fish was brought to shore. I had a couple of fish on early in the evening (around 6pm) and the first one broke my 3lb leader. I palmed the reel a little too tight as I tried to avoid tripping over a stick and going for a swim :wallbash: The 2nd fish was hooked about 20 mins later in the same pool and when it went airborne it spit the Tom Thumb I was using. I think those two fish called two more fish, who called two more fish and from then on out I was skunked :pissed:

It's a nice piece of water with a couple of good pools. Being new to fishing moving water, I still wasn't confident in my approach but I'm going to fish there again and bring a fish to shore if it's the last thing I do, LOL.

The only high point of the weekend was coaching my son's lacrosse team to the Gold medal in a tournament in Campbell River :happy: :happy: :happy: Going up 4-0 at the end of the first, we won it 4-3 :beerchug:
 

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Congrats to you and your boy! That is pretty fun. There are some decent cutts in there. I have caught them in the fall at the mouth on big bright flies, and up higher in the spring on small shiny flies. If you are allowed to use bait, flip over a rock, get a caddis larva, peel off its casing, put the grub on a small hook, and drift it under a bobber in pools or behind debris piles. Almost a guarantee fish. I haven't fished it for years so the old spots are probably gone now. There can be some good cutty fishing in the Campbell too.
 
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