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Steelhead Side Drifiting 101
We all know drift fishing is a powerful technique for catching all kinds of river fish, including steelhead. What if told you there is a way to make drift fishing even better – cover more water, and keep your gear in the “zone” longer? Well that is side drifting.This boat based fishing technique is quite popular with fishing guides and recreational fishermen because it flat out puts fish in the boat. It doesn’t require much in special gear or lures – other than a boat, of course. The ex...
Category: Rivers  Date: 3/25/2017  Author: Nathan Nesbit of
Bank Bound Success
Bank bound anglers have to watch boats go by, and as one of those formally stuck on the bank, I often thought about how I need to get a boat to become more “successful” on the water. For years I stood on the banks, hiked along the trails and stood on boulders just knowing that I could catch more fish if I just had a boat. Finally, after getting a drift boat and learning how to navigate rivers I was the one who now floated by, trying to be polite, and not fishing the waters where the bankies wer...
Category: Rivers  Date: 2/2/2017  Author: Jason Brooks
Clearwater Winter Steelhead
Winter steelheading runs in the DNA of anglers in the Pacific Northwest. Anglers know that later winter steelheading affords the opportunity to catch truly trophy sized steelhead. Nowhere is this truer than on the Clearwater River in Idaho.The Clearwater River runs 75 miles long in north central Idaho. It flows westward from the Bitterroot Mountains and joins the Snake River. The Snake River in turn joins the Columbia River. What all this means to Pacific Northwest anglers is that steelhead...
Category: Rivers  Date: 1/31/2017  Author: Mike Carey
Steelhead Plug Primer Part 2
This is the second, and final, part on how to fish plugs for steelhead. Both parts in the primer are condensed versions of the full length articles available at Read The WaterA good place to start is typical steelhead water – that is water that is moving at a walking pace and is 4 to 8 feet deep. People are a little vague about what a walking pace is, but 2.5 MPH should be reasonably close.Good places to work plugs include current seams, flats and tailou...
Category: Rivers  Date: 12/29/2016  Author: Nathan Nesbit of
Steelhead Plug Primer Part 1
We all like catching fish, but no fish has captured the Northwest’s fascination like the steelhead has. There is something special about catching a steelhead that is hard to define.Like most species of fish there are multiple ways to fish for them. This guide covers how to catch steelhead using plugs. A plug is a hard bodied fishing lure which wiggles and dives. Mainly this technique is used from a boat, but I’ll also cover how to use them from shore. This article is a condensed vers...
Category: Rivers  Date: 12/5/2016  Author: Nathan Nesbit of
Bobber Dogging Primer
What is Bobber Dogging?Over the last few years, we have seen the technique of bobber dogging grow in popularity across the Pacific Northwest for salmon and steelhead. However, anglers on the East side of the Cascades are just now starting to give this system a try. Dry siders can greatly benefit from adding this technique to their arsenals! The first question a lot of anglers typically have is, “What is bobber dogging?” Bobber dogging is a special technique similar to drift f...
Category: Rivers  Date: 12/1/2016  Author: Jacob Murden
Coho River Fishing Primer
The coho are returning back to the rivers and with better than expected returns the WDFW has opened a few rivers. We hope this trend continues with more fish returning and more opportunities for recreational fishing.Whenever and wherever you will be fishing for coho it is good to be prepared, so you can maximize your catching when out on the water.This primer is an excerpt from my full length guide for coho salmon river fishing, which is on GoneFishingNW.comAbout CohoCoho sa...
Category: Rivers  Date: 10/1/2016  Author: Nathan Nesbit of
Kings of Fall
Alder trees lined the riverbank with their white trunks and the green leaves long ago turned golden yellow as summer’s warm afternoons have faded to the crisp cooling days. The orange colored bobber top a stark contrast from the dark colored waters reflecting the cloudy sky above. Just then the float disappeared and I set the hook hard. A Chinook dove deep and fought hard; it was then that I truly felt that fall had arrived and so had the Kings. Category: Rivers  Date: 10/1/2016  Author: Jason Brooks
Hover Fishing 101
Each year the Northwest Fishing Reports Crew gathers at Maryhill, Washington, on the Columbia River as part of Ed Iman’s Fish Camp. Fish Camp is an annual event put on by Ed that brings together outdoor gear manufacturers, media, and guides. We have an opportunity to go fish with product reps to try out the latest new innovations that will be coming to stores and online to sport anglers. It’s a fun event and one we look forward to immensely. The weather for the week could not have been nice...
Category: Rivers  Date: 10/1/2016  Author: Mike Carey
Upper Columbia Sockeye!
As the blanket of darkness starts to lift on the mighty Columbia River I can make out the faint shapes of boats trolling just outside the mouth of the Okanogan River. I grin and look at my group of four guys “Ready for an action packed day of catching Sockeye?” I get the usual answer thumbs up and “hell yeah’s!” I ease the boat into position and drop the first bait down to 19ft, as I start to grab the second rod to bait it up, the first goes off “Fish On”! Category: Rivers  Date: 6/27/2016  Author: Adam Hocking of Steel Dreams Guide Service
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