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ANybody fish the Clearwater this time of year? Does it get big steelies?

My uncle called me and had his brother cancel on his trip there. He invited me along and offerd to pay as thanks for dragging him out of the river a few weeks ago :lol:
 

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mayfly0013 said:
ANybody fish the Clearwater this time of year? Does it get big steelies?
Yes and Yes! :mrgreen:

Click on the map for bigger view. It's an old map an not very clear but it might help.
 

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Sounds like it mite be a great trip, hope its not one of those rivers that blows out easy. If it is Ill cross my fingers for no rain. You guys know what the hatchery to naitve fish ratio is?
 

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the hatchery fish are unclipped, they go by the credit card rule for the dorsal fin...make sure its not a nate if you are gonna bonk it :)
 

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mayfly0013 said:
Sounds like it mite be a great trip, hope its not one of those rivers that blows out easy. If it is Ill cross my fingers for no rain.
Think the name is "Clearwater" for a reason.
 

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You most emphatically CANNOT keep any unclipped steelhead in the Clearwater River and mark them as "hatchery fish"...that regulation is for the Queets and Salmon Rivers where there are unclipped hatchery fish planted by the Quinault Tribe, and the "small dorsal" rule applies. You can, however, retain your one wild fish per year out of the Clearwater.

There are no hatchery steelhead planted in the Clearwater.

The Clearwater, unfortunately, is almost completely within the Hoh-Clearwater State Forest, which means it is logged right down to the bank almost its entire length...even the mere mention of rain turns it to mud.

Fish on...

Todd
 

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You might add that the indians GILLNET from the mouth 5-6 days a week all the way to the Pacific Ocean if that helps any.

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Good luck to ya if you go...I KNOW the coast has been slow this winter so far-post a report.

Take a camera for those large nate pics!!!
 

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oldguy said:
You might add that the indians GILLNET from the mouth 5-6 days a week all the way to the Pacific Ocean if that helps any.

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and we wonder why its been slow on the penninsula this year! netting makes a "ok" year bad and a "bad" year HORRIBLE!

I'd be curious if we could convince a tribe to give up netting on a system like the queets for about 10 years and see what fish numbers do in that time just by eliminating that factor alone! would be interesting to see if sport fishermans catch rates jumped up at all.
 

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Sounds like a good time!!!! Have not been in a drift boat since my first steelhead trip 3-4 years ago on the Hump. Cant wait Tup:
 
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