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Monday, November 26, 2012
Winter Steelhead and Update Nov 26th / 12
There are a few nice days in Nov like today; I floated my Jet boat down the river with my dog as it was dry and partially sunny. A mid day float offers the warmest time of day with the most light and the bird activity along the river is always busy...
I found this past fall to have an exceptional amount of Chum Salmon spawning in the lower Campbell River. Floating the estuary today confirmed it for me, the bottom of the lower river was blanketed with dead salmon right to the spit and beyond. I stood on the platform on my boat for a high view point while drifting for good observation expecting to see Crab feasting but none along the whole float that I could view, surprising to me!! There was however a number of seals and different birds, even a swan which kept my pup interested but what i really was hoping to see was a grey ghost or for you not used to this term, a fresh Steelhead swimming along.
Soon one can expect to catch fresh Winter Steelhead in some of our rivers, the one river I continue to be excited about every fall is the Nimpkish River. I'm not certain why as it's never been friendly to me! Usually its crappy cold sleeting down rain or snow or both! Rarely do I catch any fresh Steelhead but yet it keeps my interest more than any other watershed during late Nov / Dec... I guess it's what it offers that no other river on the island can, the largest most beautiful fly-water one could ask for to swing his two handed rod in early winter months! On occasion you get hooked up on a nice fish and the Nimpkish fish pound for pound are exceptionally strong from my experience. The river is a classic, yet really one of a kind too! A place every Steelhead fisher should experience in my opinion and one with some great fishing history as well. its the largest watershed on the island with much of its special waters not open to fish when they would offer good fishing, a bummer in my opinion.