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#12264862 - 09/11/17 Astoria Or. Salmon Flyfishing?  
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This will be my first time on the Columbia going with a guide out of Astoria Oregon. I want to put some fish in the boat with the meat gear and then try a fly rod. What flies are good? What weight rod is best as there will still be some kings around but mostly Silvers (Coho). I have fished for them a lot in rivers as a guide in Alaska and some in salt in Puget Sound so am not sure if the river flies will work or should I stick to bait fish imitations? I think the heaviest line I have is a 600 grain deep water express, sort of heavy for a nine weight but cast like a cannon on the eleven weight.

Any advice appreciated as I have a short time to tie up more flies.


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#12265885 - 09/12/17 Re: Astoria Or. Salmon Flyfishing? [Re: Tejano]  
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Tejano:
Wish I could help, but I have no experience chasing salmon in a river the size of the Columbia. Fair potential with gear, but I've never even met a person that's done anything with salmon in the Columbia with flies. Cookie and I have done silvers and kings with flies on the smaller coastal streams, but that is sight fishing, so we know they're there. I'd speculate it will be a "blind hog" deal in the Columbia. Please do give us a report when you return.

As to gear, given that environment, I suggest at least 8 to 10 wt rods with all the sink tip one can cast. Chicken sized flies with lots of flash.

Good luck,

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#12265923 - 09/12/17 Re: Astoria Or. Salmon Flyfishing? [Re: Tejano]  
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I've caught coho and pinks in the sound on purple rabbit strip leeches
The Columbia would be tough as it is a big big river with strong currents

People spend hours and hours trolling to pick up fish

I imagine you could blind cast with a sinking line like a teeny 400 and see if you could pick up one

#12266696 - 09/12/17 Re: Astoria Or. Salmon Flyfishing? [Re: Tejano]  
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Thanks. The guide said fish are typically 40-50 feet deep but one area they would hold at 20 feet so might have a chance there. I have caught salmon in Puget sound on flies so I know it can be done. He uses four inch long sardines for bait so I will tie up something like that and I have lots of bunny flies from Alaska and for Tarpon so maybe something will work. Anyway hope to have a limit on the hardware rigs then in the afternoon I will have the boat to myself so might drift or anchor over fish if we spot them on the graph. I have caught over a 1000 salmon in AK and a few more in Wa. but haven't felt the tug of one for a long time so if I get even one on the fly rod I will be a happy camper. And a 50-60 lb. king even on trolling gear would be nice and is a possibility. I will see if the 9 wt. will cast the 600 head it works well with a 400 grain head the 11 wt seems overkill for silvers but not kings.


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#12284770 - Yesterday at 12:48 PM Re: Astoria Or. Salmon Flyfishing? [Re: Tejano]  
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Had a great time but didn't get the fly rod out. We were trolling or mooching and the fish were 20-40 feet deep. Hooked about 6 but only boated two one wild one hatchery. The run was tapering off and our guide made ours the last trip of the year. I will send him some flies to try out and I am sure they will work trolled conventionally but not sure if they would be effective with fly gear. I would do it again and hopefully get a chance to try the flies.


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