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Well, soon enough it will be summer again, and the little coho will be back to the runs and pools on the cap...like the vedder springs post I put up recently states, I'm trapped for a while and won't be able to get out on the flows for a long, long time. I've had some great days fishing for coho through the summer and was wondering if anyone has tried and had success flyfishing for them? Generally they aren't very big, and so I've been toying with the idea of taking the flyrod out to target these fish...anyone?
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I've seen the fly guys do well up at the cable pools once they are in.The cap has a six month run of summer cohos and then the northerns in september and october.June , July and August at the mouth can be alot of fun too.The run seems to be bigger on years that the pinks aren't runnning.





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Take note. There was a slide just below the cable pool and the stairs down to the river are closed.
a few months back, I was in there and although some of the stairs are gone, and the entrance to them is roped off, you can still access that part of the river if you are wearing waders and of course using caution climbing down....
(easier said than done when climbing in waders.... :lol: )

So I was thinking, I might take my little 5 wt out for these bluebacks as it will be a bit more exciting than the heavier gear...but I still want to get into some fish so I'm not sure how effective flyfishing for them will be....
Still looking for more info....
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You can also target them with a light noodly rod and a centrepin, using light line ,small weights and floats. This is what I use for summer runs, cap coho and T jack springs. It makes these smaller salmon alot more fun and they sure seem bigger.
I have been using a Lamiglass 10 ft lite power and a much cheaper 10 ft trophy 4-10 lb lite action, both noodly and great fun for smaller fish.
Now I have the 13 ft St Croix noodle which is gonna be fun for all the smaller fish and it can handle the big boys as well.
 

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Yeah I had considered that....I could just put together a real light rig with an old fly rod and a small single action reel too...but the flyfishing thing is starting to grow on me, what better time to work on it than in the nice hot, lazy summer afternoons...beats starting fresh on the vedder in chilly January right?
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you dont have to wait till Jan to hit some flies in the vedder, chehalis, harrison or other rivers start hitting flies for the Coho as soon as they start awesome times :D

as for the CAP i think small herring or needle fish patterns near the mouth or even a little out from the mouth if you can get a worthy boat

I personally havent been able to try it as i dont have a boat but i was there a couple years ago at the mouth throwing lures on a 6'6" rod (small lures) hooking quite a few but the guy fly fishing was getting way more than me

im thinking he might have been using those patterns also try some "rolled muddlers" awesome fly for coho everywhere else should work there too

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The Cap is not an easy river to fish with a flyrod if you don't have a lot of experience. There are only a few areas where you can lay out a cast and expect the presentation to be in the zone. I agree with Ironhead on the lightweight system, though. The noodle/centerpin or a lightweight spinning setup would likely be a lot more fun and very versatile on such a river. The mouth of the river needs to be scouted at a VERY low tide so you can get an idea of where the main channel is....Above the highway bridge, there are a few spots, that are better fished with hardware or a float/drift presentation......Ortho
 

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fishortho said:
The Cap is not an easy river to fish with a flyrod if you don't have a lot of experience.

Agreed. Unless you have a really good roll cast or are willing to pinch on a split shot (or twist-on) and do a lob cast, there are few places to make some real fly casts. Doctor's, Brian Williams, Head Wall, Badger, Ranger, Wire Rope, Big Mother and Three Rocks might work.

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Not to worry there Hook, I started this post to talk about flyfishing the whole river!!!! And to tell you the truth I think I can get a few on the fly....I am starting to believe!!!!
Although I have some four or five spots in mind I agree my chances will be slim, unless....there are fish holding in these spots as I have observed them sometimes doing so....truthfully I figure I have about a 40% chance of getting into one for everyday's worth of effort...It's going to be all about timing of the run, and a whole lot of patience!!!!
 

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rib, so heres the deal. From my experience use olive wolly buggers, blue with silver body muddlers (they hammer little trout if not the bluebacks,) and some needle fish patters (varying colours). I would use them in exaclty that order too. As for spots, theres a few as the river is not that big, ive seen your posts and ppl have mentioned enough were fish will hold, as well you seem to have a general idea of the river..
good luck \ :wink:
any more questions pm me and ill try and help you out
 

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is this weekend to early?

You guys taught me the proper way to catch steelies mabey ya can give me a hand on the coho. First question, i want to go to the cap this weekend is it too early??? & whats the best bait to use is it the same as the steel with eggs ect. im using reg gear
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It's still too early for those blue back cohos but a few have been seen in the system.Any day now for that run to start but as for now they are still not in good numbers.Keep an eye on the weather and river levels as they will start soon.June is not too early for the mouth of the Cap.




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Anybody know where to access the stairs that go down to the river on the west side, just up from the Doctors Pool? I figure they lead down to the Bryan Williams Pool, but have not been able to find out where to access them, it looks like they lead down from a residential area with lots of overgrowth. Thanks for any info.
 

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spoon ideas

can anyone recomend some spoons to try out tomorrow, i tried just a basic silver one yesterday & had 1 bite with it, so im lookin for color ideas ect.. thanks
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Well guys you are wasting your time fishing the Cap there are NO COHO that return there! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: J/K


If you put your time in right now you might just might, well get something :lol: :lol: Now with saying that I am not saying they are in or not. That is up to you to find out.

But if you really want to know I was standing on rock number 3320 that is located :lol: 8)


With the question about the stairs above Doctors Pool good luck since they built them new places there it is Tresspassing if you try and use them. It was at one time a GVRD path, but you can always go from the other side of the river like I do and either walk up or down river.


**** BUT FISHING THIS TIME OF YEAR WATCH WHEN YOU WADE THE RIVER SHE COMES UP WITHOUT NOTICE***** I HAVE SEEN IT A PISS TRICKLE AND HALF HOUR LATER IT IS IN FLOOD STAGE**** I HAVE BEEN SWEPT DOWN RIVER ACOUPLE OF TIMES AND LET ME TELL YA IT GETS THE HEART PUMPING FAST**** I HAVE KNOW A COUPLE OF PEOPLE THAT NEVER MADE IT OUT**** IF YOU MUST WADE USE BE CAREFUL*******
 
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