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I might make it out in a couple of weeks. There should be some pulling in right about now!
The wife and kids are off to edmonton for a week or so leaving dear ol'dad at home to work........................................alledgidly! :thumbup:



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august is prime time for the big springs, u wont hook any jacks. September is when the jacks a white springs show up. I like fishing the thompson any time of year but august is when the big boys come out to play in large numbers. and because of the current and stuff the fish fight hard. Just a normal steely setup will do fine, 11ft rod and 15 main 12 leader with a #1 gammy is my normal setup. then i just fish roe or wool.
 

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well i dont really like Roe so i would use wool only

and CP rod work fine or should i go with a heavier level wind rod ?

anyone wanna take a newbie up there? I have a vehicle also

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yah a cp is fine. use no less than a #1 hook, need a good piece of those fish to be able to control them. Those fish aren't picky but i like roe or roe imitations. gooey bobs, blades, wool. The usual and because the river is so big most fish haven't seen 50 presentations, mabey 1 or 2

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-be careful of the large rocks and under water ledges. dont let the fish wrap themselves up.
- bottom bouncing is ok in super deep pools or runs. (ur not flossing fish in clear water with 2 foot leader in 15-20foot deep pools)
-because most runs are deep experiment with foat depths and see where the fish are holding.
-with jacks u pretty much are gaurenteed if u use roe imitations, they're just plain stupid.
-expect light bites on super sunny days, but a good tug is usually the norm.
-cleated wading boots are recomended because the thompson is notorious for slippery rocks.
-dont stick around in the same pool all day (except if the fish are there!)
-In most pools or runs there are distinct troughs, find the deep spots and u'll find the fish

BIG FISH LIKE BIG WATER! the thompson has big springs and trout, not just monster steelies.
 

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I have always wanted to fish the thompson.....but have not as of yet. Going to Ucluelet on Labor day weekend and wouldnt mind hitting the river on the way back home to PG.

Is this a good time.........where to fish? Spences bridge....Kamloops?

Thanks :cheers:

PS: Is getting to the Springs possible with the Spey?
 

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k spences and up is all runs, spences and bellow is canyon. once u cross over drive past the fruit stands and stuff and u look down and u see all these super nice runs. In low water u can wade to a few of them and in high water u need a boat. then there is a turn off and u go down this gravel road over train tracks and there is a nice big run infront of you. You can put in a boat there but its not a boat launch so dont be bringing big jet boats. You can drive right up to the waters edge but there is little flat and then a drop off, so you dont want to lose your trailer. You'll need to be able to either lift it or be courageous enough to drop it in. Go to the top of the run, and u'll see 2 slicks, jacks and trout in the closest one, springs in the far one. far one is a super long cast so better off bottom bouncing in. Farther down there is a deep back eddy, and then u get to all the runs i was talkin about. Walk above and bellow that run and you'll find good water. Its a good spot to fly fish aswell cus there is tons of casting room. I put a stonelfy pattern on under my float and like 4th cast had a big rainbow just engulf in. Its got rapids above so alot of fish hold up in there. Its a good spot to toss a spoon. Like an iron head or a kit-a-mat or koho in size 45 or perferably 55. need the weight to cast it out there.

Tell me how it went if u go.

And yes labour day is right when the jacks start coming into the system.
 

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thanks YG

thats alot more specific ;D ;D

most water is not wadeable then eh :-\ sucky as i wouldnt want to drag a boat in there too much work unless my dad wants to drag his boat (cartopper with a 9.9)

I'll let you gusy know if i go might be weekend after next if i do or beginning of august

thanks

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while u drive up u'll see what i'm talking about, its a birds eye view. Car topper would be alright because u aren't in any super huge rapids and there are a few gravel islands to beach to. Thompson is a big river. But u can wade quite a ways up from that spot. But down is pretty hard.
 

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last year was the adams, u get monster trout, springs, the odd coho(not allowed to keep any, less than 20fish in the whole system) and early steelies. I've hooked the same coho twice in the same run on 2 different presentations. And man do they pull. First time hooked him on roe and he broke me off at shore, second time i hooked him on a colorado blade and got both hooks back. u were allowed 2 sockeye a person on the thompson last year. They were big, u saw them in schools and all u needed was a squamish poacher pattern and u float fish that and the crome ones still bit. they were all around 10lbs with a few pushing 15. I've seen 2 steelies in september. both were slabs of crome, resting right next to shore. couldn't fish for them cus i had light line on my baitcaster and my 6wt. when i say light line i mean i had 15lb main and 10lb leader. If u hook them with that they'll tear u appart.

Most guys fishing the thompson for steelies will go with 20-25lb main with 15-20lb leaders. and big 2/0-3/0 hooks. Need big gear for those monster fish.
 

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I've seen 2 steelies in september. both were slabs of crome, resting right next to shore. couldn't fish for them
Thanks for all the great info Young Gun. If you were looking at two steelies in the T in September, are you allowed to fish for them, even if your gear was not adequate? I thought it opens in October, usually.
 
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