February 22, 2011

Exhausting Coquille Weekend

A small rockslide on the way to the river was just a preview of what was to come later on.  We fished the Coquille River all day Saturday and Sunday.  Started off fishing good holes, but the water was muddy from a rock slide.  We moved up river above the slide and fished for a couple hours before hooking into my first fish.  A six inch par.  About thirty minutes later, hooked up again.  This time it was a beautiful, wild steelhead.  About 8 1/2 pounds, she fought for about 15 minutes.  Never had another hook up for the rest of the weekend.  On the way back though, we came to where the rockslide was that we had passed on the way to the river Saturday.  Only this time it was a much bigger deal.  With the road closed, we had to go into Coos Bay, up to Reedsport (where we stopped at the elk viewing location), to Elkton, and finally back to I-5 in Sutherline.


February 17, 2011

Coquille River 2/18-2/20

I'm super excited about this weekend.  Wanted to fish the Coquille last weekend but the water was way down.  Now that we've had some rain, the river should be pristine.  I tied up some new 1/8 ounce marabou jigs and can't wait to get them wet.

Half Pounder on the Applegate

Went fishing all day Saturday on the Rogue with not even a bite.  Sunday I fished the Applegate for about 7 hours.  At hour 6, had my first bite and hook up.  I was float and fly fishing.  I was fishing with a 10' Pinnacle Vertex rod with 6# mono and 4.5# fluro leader to stonefly, with a dropper of the stonefly to an egg pattern fly.  Very pretty fish, 24"-25" and about three to three and a half pounds.  Never had another bite after that, but the one fish was well worth two full days of hiking through the mountains fishing.