If you are traveling south into Florida, Yucatan, Belize or Costa Rica this winter, Snook should be on your list. They are a terrific fly rod fish and because they are largely nocturnal feeders, they can stretch out
|your angling day. Snooks inhabit both fresh and saltwater and like mangrove edges, oyster bars or lighted docks from which they can ambush prey. They feed primarily on baitfish and shrimp. They are extremely fond of sardines and anchovies. Snook are designed to feed on or near the surface. A floating fly line and a surface popper or gurggler can provide explosive action. A 2 1/2" White Zonker and one of the new clear tip fly|
..Snook takes popper...
| lines is also big medicine. Snooks average 3-15
pounds with 6-8 pound fish very common. We found that #8 gear was
most comfortable for our recent South Florida trip. Don't hesitate
to call for more information on guides and tackle.
More on-line info on South Florida Trip
The world record Snook is 53 pound, 10 ounces. To Top
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Are They More Than Grist For The Mill?
In 1974 crucial water flow management improvements on the Sandy River brought about more favorable conditions for Chinook migration. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife started an aggressive hatchery program with upper basin spring Chinook. Up to 420,000 spring Chinook juveniles are raised at the Clackamas River hatchery and planted in the Sandy and Salmon Rivers. These are from the lower Willamette stock of hatchery fish, which are mostly Clackamas River fish. In the 1890's Sandy River Chinook eggs were used to restart the Clackamas River runs. Now these same genetics are being used to restart the Sandy River runs. It's kind of like the genetics were on loan. These Chinooks have in fact adapted to the Sandy River better than they have adapted to the Clackamas.
Sandy River Chinook runs have prospered
and grew in numbers through the 1980's and 1990's. The run of 1992 was
estimated at 9,200 fish with an escapement of 6,000 spawners. Run timing
has become less critical with both earlier and later returning fish able
to find mates. In the past several years there is indication that our
present spring Chinook runs are stretching out over slightly longer
was primarily a May and June run has now become a March through July
run. Spawning used to be late September. Now some Chinooks are spawning
from early September through late October. The food chain in once again
study of biological science assumes that if there is a niche, then some
organism will fill it. Much of the Chinook habitat in the upper basin is
nearly the same as it was in 1800. If this habitat is maintained in this
same condition, it is reasonable to assume that Chinooks will eventually
exploit all of it. It may be possible to once again have July spawning
Chinooks in the watershed.
Chinook spawn in the main stem and larger tributaries throughout the
basin. The largest spawning concentration is from the mouth of the Bull
Run River to Dabne Park. These runs are comprised of four genetically
different races of fish. First to come are the Thule Chinooks. These
fish are already colored when they begin to enter the river in late
August. They are done spawning by late September. Next are the later
bright Chinooks. They enter the river beginning in early October and are
done spawning by December. Latest to come are the winter Chinooks. They
enter the river December through January and may spawn as late as
February. Dispersed through the runs are Columbia River Hatchery stray
Chinooks. There has been no other hatchery intervention since 1977.
Recent reductions in commercial harvest have brought better returns of
Sandy River fall Chinooks. However, runs are still far below basin
carrying capacity The 1995 run may have been 3,500 fish, with a basin
carrying capacity of over 10,000.
of the biomass provided by 15,000-20,000 spawners in the upper basin,
rather than 1,500-5,000 spawners....and another 6,500 Chinooks spawning
in the lower river. The food chain in the river would be much richer.
Every Chinook that spawns in the watershed is money in the bank.
Platinum colored reels are very popular. Witness the acceptance of the Abel Super Platinum Series and the Sage 3000 series. Platinum (silver color) harmonizes with nickel silver reel seat fitting on many of the more expensive Sage and Winston rods. In stock are G-2, G-3 and G-4 models. They are the same price as the black ones. Platinum isn't on-line yet. Just give us a call for immediate delivery. To Top
*** The Happy Face
Mustad 34007, #1
|This deadly productive surface popper/gurggler is tied by Captain Bob Marvin of Naples, Florida. On our recent trip fishing with Capt. Bob the Happy Face proved to be very effective on snook, tarpon and jacks. To Top|
This is possibly the best part of the season to fish for Deschutes for steelhead. There are lots of very good fish and few anglers.
Hwy 26 through the Cascades is clear of snow, is scenic and has very
little week day traffic.
If you would like to read a detailed Deschutes River Fishing Report, click here.
(Field Test - Florida Everglades - Snook -11/06/00-11/10/00).
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