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Sixes River - November 21st, 2005
supplied by: Roaring Fork Guide Service
FISHING: Fair
Just back from a quickie down on Elk & Sixes. Both rivers fished great for about five days as waters receded after the first major freshet. I only was down for one of these days, but we found plenty of aggressive biters. The rivers are extremely low and clear right now, a real bang and drag show if you're trying to float a drift boat. We fished Sixes River for a half day on Friday before leaving Port Orford and managed to boat 2 chrome fatties in the few shallow slots and dishes that remain. The few boats we talked to were really struggling too find fish. Fly fishing down low on these rivers can be very good during these low water intervals. The crabbing off the pier at Port Orford during the high tide is perhaps a much more productive option to Chinook fishing until the next big freshet. On the way back home, we did another half day on the mainstem Umpqua. We landed 2 dark Chinook and 1 chrome native Coho.........a little bit of action but nothing for the BBQ. I expect to be guiding on the Siletz tomorrow and the perhaps I'll head back down to the south coast after Turkey Day if rains cooperate. Happy Thanksgiving to all Fro ROARINGFORK GUIDE Service

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Sixes River - March 18th, 2005
supplied by: Roaring Fork Guide Service
FISHING: Fair
Right now some of our finest fishing for native steelhead on many of our coastal streams should be happening BIG TIME! Unfortunately, Mother Nature has not produced the water we need for reasonable driftboat fishing. Because of current drought conditions, rivers are so low that driftboating is impossible in most of our favorite coastal haunts. Fish are moving in, but they are unbelievably spooky. Unless a sudden deluge of rain occurs soon, the best bet for those of us postured near the Willamette Basin, is to start looking for the approach of Summer Steelhead and Spring Chinook. I will be available for trips on the Santiam, Middle Fork Willamette, and the McKenzie. In normal rainfall years, things really get going in May. With low water and higer temperatures I see this fishery becoming pretty viable in April. Give a call if your interested in a spring salmon/steelhead combo trip.

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Sixes River - December 22nd, 2004
supplied by: Roaring Fork Guide Service
FISHING: Great
Just back from fishing this week near Port Orford on the Sixes River. The first major storm of the season provided the long-anticipated high water necessary to scoot a big push of Winter Chinook up the Elk and Sixes Rivers. I missed the first two days of great fishing on the Elk as that river came into fishable shape. When I arrived the Sixes was just changing from brown to green. I stayed on Sixes and enjoyed plenty of hook-ups, though the boat pressure on the river was horrific. The first day we were tagged out by 9:00am, the 2nd by noon, and then low water conditions and heavy traffic combined to make things tougher. We continued to find our fish but had to work harder and scale down our presentations to put fish in the box. Both rivers are back to very low and clear conditions now and need more rain for good fishing. I beleive that more fish are still waiting to come in since there has been really only one major high-water event this season. These rivers should see more fish well into January. Folks can then target both salmon and steelhead while drifting The beautiful Elk.

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Sixes River - December 13th, 2004
supplied by: Roaring Fork Guide Service
FISHING: Poor
Currently most rivers and even coastal stream across the state are totally "Blown Out"....virtually unfishable because recent rains have rendered them so high and so muddy as too preclude any real chances of landing a salmon or steelhead. As the rivers begin to drop, plunking on the Umpqua becomes a viable option for early arriving winter steelhead. I'm hoping by mid-week conditions down on Elk-Sixes will allow for some great winter salmon fishing.

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Sixes River - February 28th, 2004
supplied by: Roaring Fork Guide Service
FISHING: Good
Apologies for the long interval of silence. I'm just back from 3 weeks on the road fishing the Elk River, the Sixes and the Coquille. We've had great, really consistent fishing on all three systems whenever the river levels have cooperated which has been more often than not. Pulling plugs and drifting roe have been the top producers for us. One of the highlights last week involved landing a bright 40"plus monster native buck that smashed a plug on the Elk. We estimated its weight at around 19lbs. My guest was overwhelmed by her largest fish ever and elected to release the behemoth to contribute to the gene pool. Congaratulations! My final day was spent on the Coquille's South Fork. We went 5 for 9 and just had a kick in the pants. Today many of the southern Oregon rivers are too high for driftboat fishing but the Siuslaw and the Siletz are at perfect levels. As I look toward March, I am anxiously looking forward to trips on both the Coquille and the Siletz. Stay tuned.

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Sixes River - January 30th, 2004
supplied by: Roaring Fork Guide Service
FISHING: Good
Meanwhile, fishing on the Elk, Sixes and the Coquille has also been reported as good to excellent. Up north, river conditions are the determining factor. At the moment, the Mainstem Umpqua is high and off-color........really only plunkable. The Siuslaw and Lake Creek are best fished up high right now. The Mainstem Siuslaw is too high for good driftfishing. There should be a bunch of fish available as the mid-coast rivers drop back into shape. Let's get out and get fishin'!

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Sixes River - January 15th, 2004
supplied by: o2fish Guide Service
FISHING: Fair
The Elk and Sixes Steelhead fishing is just starting. A few were caught while Salmon fishing in December but these rivers tend to peak from early-Feb through Mid-March. Both of those rivers had a "scouring" in Mid-December when river levels reached an 8 year high. This cleans out the steams of sediment built up over time and opens up some very nice water. Fresh gravel for spawning and new trees for cover. Fishing Techniques

A large majority of Winter Steelhead fishing is done in ways perfected 50 years ago. Drift Fishing Steelhead can be one of the hardest techniques to master, but, when accomplished can be very satisfying. Learning how to read water (Speed and Depth) adjusting your weight to match, feeling your offering "tic, tic" bottom while drifting through the hole, while not getting hung-up, and then being able to detect the subtle bite. When it all comes together on a winter day, Wow! There are many books showing how to properly rig this and I am always available to help with any questions you might have.

The next majority of Winter Steelhead fishing is done while maneuvering down river in a McKenzie Drift Boat. "Hot Shotting", "Plugging" both mean the same thing. Using a diving plug, Luhr Jensen Hot Shot (sizes #50-#35, Wee Warts, Flatfish, and many others, line is played out in front of the boat (35'-45') and the oarsman will lower the boat into areas where Winter Steelhead like to lay. The bite is explosive! When a Fresh Winter Steelhead takes one of these lures Hold-On! I've seen as many as 9 jumps in a row from these fish.

Other techniques that I employ to fish for Oregon Winter Steelhead are Float and Jig, Float and Bait, Divers and Bait, Spoon and Spinner Tossing.

All these technique boil down to the Three Rules of Fishing;

#1 Fish where there are fish ( not just the river but the holes and areas fish live)

#2 Have confidence in the technique you are using and how you are using it. Versatility.

#3 Think like a Fish. What do they see as your offering is drifting by.

Have a great New Year and enjoy your Winter.

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Sixes River - December 20th, 2003
supplied by: Roaring Fork Guide Service
RECORDED:    40 °   FISHING: Great
For the past 3 weeks I have been down on the Elk and the Sixes Rivers based out of Port Orford in southern Oregon. Fishing has indeed been pretty darned good to excellent. Today, neither river is fishable due to high water. For most of that 3 week period however, the rivers were fishable though somewhat on the low side. When this is the case, we gerally scale down and use natural baits. When the rivers are up, it's hard to ignor the power of plastic. K-15s and K-16 Kwikfish wrapped like little Chistmas presents in the favorite flavor of the season (sardine or anchovie) provide the perfect stocking stuffer for agessive mint-bright Yuletide Chinook, full of fight and on the move. When the high water begins to subside get ready to rumble. While a few of the grabs might seem slow and contrived, most are nothing short of explosive. Just hang on tight and enjoy the ride. I would venture to say the 90% of the fish we landed over the past 3 weeks were fresh enough to sport sea lice! We landed plenty of fish in the thirty-pound-plus range. I saw no sign that this fishery won't stay good and strong through the entire month of December. We also landed 3 beautiful winter steelhead incidental to chinook fishing. This could bode well for the up-coming season. My only regret right now is that family obligations have taken me off the river for the moment. I'm already looking forward to next year's season down on Elk/Sixes.

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Sixes River - December 6th, 2003
supplied by: o2fish Guide Service
RECORDED:    46 °   FISHING: Good
Now is the time to get down to the South Coast of Oregon to fish for the late run of Winter Kings. We have been fishing the Elk and Sixes Rivers for the past two weeks. We have caught fish every where we fished but not lots of numbers. The Salmon are there, we just need favorable water conditions. A lot of the trees still have leaves and every wind storm creates a problem. December 5th-6th the Elk and Sixes reached high winter levels and began to drop. This should clear out the leaves and open the sand bars for fish passage. In other words The Elk and Sixes Salmon should start fishing real well.

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Sixes River - November 23rd, 2003
supplied by: o2fish Guide Service
RECORDED:    48 °   FISHING: Good
Now is the time to look at your calendar and find time to get down to the South Coast of Oregon to fish for the late run of Winter Kings. November 15th through the first week of January is prime fishing for Oregon's South Coast King Salmon. These Salmon return BIG and BRIGHT. As the first storms arrive on the South Coast more and more Kings will enter the Sixes River, The Elk River, and The Chetco River. Though the fishing pressure can be heavy at times, these small South Coast Rivers provide some of the best King Salmon action Oregon has to offer. Fishing the Elk and Sixes is a real treat. Back-Bouncing Egg/Shrimp combo's as well as Back-Trolling Sardine wrapped Kwikfish works real well.

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