Posts Tagged ‘Chinook

22
Jan
15

Stairway (Salmon Passage)

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A small tributary on an Oregon coastal river. Last October, I watched hundreds of Coho (Silver) and Chinook (King) staged off the mouth of this small stream. Throughout the day, the fish pushed up through the rapids, their backs protruding out of the water. These fish had traveled, as young fish, up to 900 miles out in the ocean toward Alaska or closer to British Columbia. They return to their native headwaters (or the unnatural fish hatchery) spawn and then soon die right there. The cycle continues each year as fish return after 2-6 years in the ocean. A magical cycle to witness. Next year, I have vowed to spend less time catching or even watching and position myself next to the mouth of that stream and attempt to photograph the salmon as they push upward through the rapids. The water is splashed far and wide so I will eventually need to clean that lens. 

21
Oct
14

Life’s Journey

Swimming against the currents,

finding the path of least resistance

takes us from the torrents and rocks

into the quiet pools of life.

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17
Oct
14

River In Transition

I would like to show two spots along an Oregon coastal river I was fishing this week. October has been dry, hence the Chinook Salmon have been kegged up in tidewater waiting for a freshet to move up into freshwater to spawn. This week the rain came enough to raise this river about 18″ in about 36 hours. During this time the holding lies changed, the fish were on the move and the water turned from clear to mocha and then to what is known in the Pacific NW as ‘steelhead green’. The fish came and meaningful connections were made.

The two spots, I am showing, were excellent for swinging a Comet and also for watching the Salmon muscle up through the rapids. They show the transition over about twenty four hours time. 

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This shelf was an excellent spot for watching the Chinook nose up through the waters at various heights. I know it is a lot of images to wade through, but they give a nice sequence of the changes.

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The Chartreuse Comet was a consistent producer. Of the seven fish I hooked into, six nailed the Green Comet and one to a Pink Comet.

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12
Oct
14

Comet Sighting in Oregon

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First significant Fall rains may, finally, raise the coastal rivers and flush Chinook salmon up out of the bays and tidewaters into the fresh, sweet waters. A chuck & duck (heavy fly pattern that may well embed itself in the back of your head on the forward, power stroke of a cast…so you duck or bend forward on the forward stroke) fly pattern to dredge the pools is a Comet. I know these are much bigger than usual, with bigger hook and dumbbell eyes. Oregon salmon often like that chartreuse green color. 

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02
Oct
14

Oregon’s Siletz Bay: At the Mouth

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Yesterday, I stood at the mouth of Siletz Bay (Oregon) where Chinook and Coho Salmon were surging into the bay from the Pacific Ocean. The weather was balmy. Not a hint of rain. Further into the tidewaters of local rivers the salmon are kegged up, waiting to move upriver to spawn. Rain is needed to flush the fish upward out of the tidewaters.

But, the fishing was good yesterday right at the mouth of Siletz Bay. The surf pounding just off the mouth of the bay was beautiful. The quieter water, just inside the mouth, was teaming with surging salmon.

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Mouth of Siletz Bay and my position.

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My friend, Jimmy Keitges, doubled back today and caught a Coho and a Chinook!!!
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04
Nov
12

Comets: Salmon/Steelhead love Comets streaking by.

Somewhere, with regards to tying Steelhead and Salmon patterns, I have followed the herd in tying ever larger and ornate flies. Long, leggy affairs that are lashed to a plastic tube or spendy Waddington shank. But, I came across a couple pieces about the Comet fly pattern and immediately wondered how did I stop tying these in the last few years. 

The Comet was always a simple tie and quite productive on the waters, primarily in the Winter. It is worth a review/revival to at least add to the other 2″-5″ long flies with trailing stinger hooks. 

Here is a video and information re the Comet at Oregon Fly Fishing Blog

Here at Fishing with Jay you see two of the primary colors for Comets.

This a simple to tie, very effective pattern for dredging away in the Fall months for Salmon and then into Winter for Steelhead. I have never fished it on the swing with a two hander so can’t speak to that, but no reason it wouldn’t work. Blue and Silver is a fine addition too.

17
Oct
12

Chinook’s Passing By…Cyril Kamir

This is beautiful to watch. Epic, grace, power, bittersweet…the renewal of passage, procreation and death. Only to be followed, hopefully, by yet another similar procession. Watch this short but sweet procession of Chinook Salmon in the Wenatchee River.

Yesterday, I heard a fly shop guide remark about the State of Washington launching a chopper to check on delayed Salmon off the mouth of the Columbia River. Allegedly they spotted a massive 20 some miles long pod of salmon staged some distance from the mouth of the Columbia River. The rains have just started and those fish will be arriving….late, but hopefully with optimum conditions. (back up)

18
May
12

Every Day in May Challenge Topic: Fish, Fish, Fish

It is what it is all about. The Moment. The connection. All the tying, fiddling with gear, scenery, pretty talk about communing, it is all secondary to a fish. Sometimes, often, their beauty is inspiring. Rarely do they disappoint with their response. I don’t know, was I suppose to write a lot or just show some fish, fish, fish?

I have not explored too far and wide catching all manner of fish. Rainbows, Cutts, Brooks, Dolly, Whitefish, Carp, Bonefish, Trevally, Coho, Chinook, Steelhead, Pinks, Chum, Bass, Bull Trout, Browns, Atlantic’s, Kokanee, Goldens have come to my fly, but really not in great numbers like some fortunate souls. I love them all. I especially love trout…all trout.

Solving the Puzzle. Studying, Tying, Imagining, Creating, Observing, Presentation, The Moment. Big or Small… I love fish!

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True Religion Indeed

The Chapel of Love

Tomorrow’s Every Day in May Challenge Topic: More Fish

23
Nov
08

Deschutes R. Passage (Chinook for the Metolius R.)

Metolius R. Chinook...the beginning

Metolius R. Chinook...the beginning

 

‘150,000 Chinook salmon fry released into the Metolius’

This project is an extraordinary collaboration. There were about 40 of us working on this release last Monday and Tuesday—from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and PGE. We also had a few volunteers from the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Deschutes Basin Land Trust. Even though we were knee-deep in ice cold water, we’re all pretty excited about seeing fish in the river again.

A successful release
We distributed 14 bags each morning and 10 bags each afternoon during those two days. It was pretty cold work, but we are all really enthusiastic about getting fish back into the Metolius.

http://www.deschutespassage.com/news/?p=5

 




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