In November and December I am headquartered down south on the Elk & Sixes Rivers at Port Orford. We have high hopes for a great late fall season this year. Big chunker Chinook are the target prey and the driftboat provides our means of attack. With consistent fall rains from Mother Nature and abundant numbers from the fish gods, this season could be epic. If you've never dabbled in this fishery, you may want to consider booking a trip.
As we move toward November so do the Fall Salmon move upriver from the lower tidewaters to their natal tributaries. Brillant hues of yellow, orange and red adorn the river banks as anglers mine the waters for the platinum prize that swims below. Fishing tactics change as fishermen progress upriver. Tidewater trolling gradually gives way to plugs, spinners and carefully drifted baits and succullent eggs supended below floats. Persistent fly fishermen can find action as well, given the right conditions.
This happy angler enjoyed some powerful runs from a large Silver Salmon that responded to the flash of a spinner.
You never know exactly what might latch on. Jamie tied into a big bruiser of a Coho while trolling the "Plug-Cut" in mid-October with RFGS on the Lower Siuslaw
Ed and Cliff had quite a day recently while drifting the very scenic Siletz River. Both bait and plugs seemed to produced equally well. The intermittent downpours didn't phase the boys at all and in fact, Cliff maintained that his stylish pink rainpants somehow influenced their great success.
As Matt congratulates his brother Thomas on an excellent catch, there could just possibly be a touch of unspoken concern that Thomas' fish may outweigh Matt's beauty by a pound or two. In the end however, all was good as the boys went 4 for 5 on Chinook while enjoying some late afternoon fall sunshine on Wednesday's drift down the Siuslaw.
Recent Rains busted our Fall Chinook Fishery wide open. The great tidal fishing that has been enjoyed now for a month or two on many of our coastal estuaries, has spilled over into the free flowing rivers above the tidal influence thanks to last week's wet and wild deluge. The same rains that set precipitation records for September in many locations, pushed fall salmon into the upper rivers. As the flood waters drop and clear, fishermen have the luxery of chosing to either fish up high for fast moving migrating salmon or to continue fishing the estuaries as new [...]