Category Archives: Oregon Salmon fly fishing

Fly Fishing with Mikhail Skopets

On May 19, 20, and 21, I had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Mikhail Skopets on some of my home-waters, where we fished for spring chinook in Tillamook Bay and on the Nestucca – and for black rockfish in the Pacific … Continue reading

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Saltwater Clouser Fly Tying Video for Chinook Salmon and Rockfish with Steve Farrar’s Blend

This Saltwater Clouser fly fishes well in the both open ocean and estuaries. The texture of the Electric Yellow fibers are not as pleasing to my likes as most of the Steve Farrar’s Blends, but it is bright and I … Continue reading

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Saltwater & Puget Sound Shimmer Fringe Pink Clouser Fly Tying Video for Coho and Cutthroat

Surprisingly, this little fly fishes well in the open ocean and in estuarine habitats like Puget Sound and the Frasier River in BC. The fly is small but predatory fish from sea run cutthroat to Black Rockfish know how to … Continue reading

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Coho Herring Bucktail Tube Fly Tying Video with Steve Farrar’s Blend and Gliss n Glow

This is a big, juicy Bucktail style fly tied on a Tube – a fly intended to stimulate a juicy Herring and induce a savage grab from a Coho in the 15 to 20 pound class. Ha ha. We can … Continue reading

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Tying a Coho Bucktail Tube Fly Tying Video with Steve Farrar’s Blend – BC Needlefish

Trolling Bucktail style flies tied on Tubes was very common during the glory days of ocean Silver Salmon recreational fisheries of the 1950s – 1980s from Northern California through SE Alaska. Regions like Puget Sound and Vancouver Island spawned many … Continue reading

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Saltwater Coho Salmon Deceiver Fly Tying Video – Using a Fish Mask and EP Sparkle Brush

Coho Salmon are as likely to feed on little shrimp and various larvae as to feed on good-sized baitfish in the ocean, but when they want bait, they will chase streamer style flies with gusto. I wanted to adapt the … Continue reading

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SAGE METHOD Switch Rod Review: Thumbs up for Kings

Here we are on the trailing end of the 2013 Chinook Season and it’s time for me to muse over snippets from the season– one being more time fishing with Switch rods for Kings. Short story: I have come to … Continue reading

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Weekend Chinook Plans?

In case you are wondering, yes bulk of the fall chinook run has yet to enter the Elk, Sixes and Chetco rivers so prospects are good if you are one of the crazies who pursue these magnificent fish. A commercial … Continue reading

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Dear Chris: Note from the coast on Nov 11, 2013

Dear Chris: sorry I have not been answering any of your emails of late. Been fishing. Dawn to dark, day after day. Moving around a lot north to south. Best salmon season ever. Not talking numbers or size, but diversity … Continue reading

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Chinook Salmon Tackle Selection – October 2013

The 2013 Fall chinook salmon season on the Oregon coast is shaping up to be one of the best we have seen in at least a decade.  No bull.  More early fish, and the prospect of a steady push of fresh salmon … Continue reading

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Dory Fleet update, October 5 2013

October 5, 2013. Flat ocean? Hook up the Dory and go.  It’s that simple. The Black Rockfish were difficult to find, bit reluctantly, but were the largest we have seen all year.  Casting Clousers for Chinook, we hooked a few … Continue reading

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Coastal Fall Chinook Prospects, September 20, 2013

Read the headiness . . . . “Fall Chinook run on Columbia largest in decades” (this from Oregonian Live.com) You may be wondering what the heck our coastal chinook fishery has to do, if anything, with the Columbia River Chinook … Continue reading

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July 31 2013 Oregon Saltwater Fly Fishing Report

Another day in the near shore Pacific off Oregon, exploring the saltwater fly fishing world like a kid in a candy store. Calm ocean. Warmer water moving onshore. TONS of baitfish. Silvers on the surface in the morning. Black Rockfish … Continue reading

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Coastal Oregon Fishing Report, June 2013

Sunburn. Hail. Wind. did i mention wind? Lonely open waters. Brutally long days on the water. Three days, one grab. Adrenaline and exhaustion. Imagination and hope. Feathers in the dust bunnies. Hooks in all the usual places. Try to quit. … Continue reading

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Chinook Salmon Fly Patterns page updated

Most Chinook salmon flies are ugly, stemming from a Northern California tradition of goggle-eyed, skinny-chicken looking Comets with too long tails. But tie one on anyway, and heave a Type-II shooting head out in an ungraceful loop and let the … Continue reading

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