Fall Chinook and Coho are in the bay and estuary on the lower Umpqua now. I'm offering trips with fly and conventional tackle now thru Thanksgiving. All of these trips are out of my power boat and I can comfortably accommodate two anglers at a time. Swinging flies for Chinook is done on anchor. When targeting the Coho, we drift along with the tide near shore and on shallow flats. If chasing salmon on flies isn't for you, then trolling with bait on conventional tackle gets the job done for Chinook. When targeting Coho we use spinning tackle with plugs or spinners and cast and retrieve as the boat drifts on the tide in the shallow flats near Gardiner or up by Dean's Creek Elk Refuge.
Give me a call if you're interested or have questions.
Summer steelhead season on the North Umpqua will last until the first big fall storm raises the river and the tribs, allowing the steelhead to enter their spawning/over-wintering areas.
In October I have several seminars scheduled. These seminars will be held at a variety of locations. One will be at Cabela's in Tualatin where I'll discuss techniques and tactics for beginning duck hunters. I'll cover decoys, calling and other topics that will be helpful for hunters heading to the marshes, rivers and bays this winter.
I'll also be at Royal Treatment Fly Shop in West Linn to discuss fall fly fishing tactics and techniques for late summer steelhead.
And then I'll be doing a program on fly fishing for fall salmon at the McKenzie Fly Fishers club meeting.
Stay tuned for details as we get closer to those programs.