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Alsea River - December 22nd, 2004
supplied by: o2fish Guide Service
FISHING: Good
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Now is the time to get after early returning Oregon Winter Steelhead! With water levels a little low right now, it's a great time to fish the Alsea River and the Umpqua River for these great fish.

The Alsea River Steelhead run is a bit earlier than other streams, and provides action through January. Look for river levels around 3.5 - 5' at the gauge near Tide http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/river/station/flowplot/flowplot.cgi?TIDO3

The Siuslaw is a later run. We should have good Steelhead fishing there in a few weeks, lasting into February. Look for river levels around 4' - 8" on the gauge near Mapleton http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/river/station/flowplot/flowplot.cgi?MPLO3

The Umpqua provides good Steelhead fishing now through February. Look for river levels around 4.5 - 6" on the gauge in Elkton http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/river/station/flowplot/flowplot.cgi?EKTO3

My personal favorite Steelhead Fishing is on the Elk and Sixes Rivers. I find good action down there during the end of January through Mid-March. The best gauge to use is on the South Fk Coquille at Powers http://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/river/station/flowplot/flowplot.cgi?POWO3
Look for levels between 2.5 -4"

Though the weather might be a bit wet and rainy, the winter is a great time to be Fishing Oregon Rivers.

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Alsea River - February 3rd, 2004
supplied by: o2fish Guide Service
FISHING: Good
River Levels - click here

Oregon Winter Steelhead season is well under way on all Oregon Coastal Rivers. Alsea River Steelhead fishing has been good on the North Fork of the Alsea. When other rivers are out of shape, the North fork will be fishable. As in years past this leads to crowded conditions. As long as all fisherman are courteous it's a great way to spend a day with friends. As the river drops into shape the fishing from Mill Ck.- Missouri Bend will pick up. Look for River levels in the 5.5-4.5 range.

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Alsea River - January 15th, 2004
supplied by: o2fish Guide Service
FISHING: Good
River Levels - click here

Oregon Winter Steelhead season is well under way on all Oregon Coastal Rivers. Alsea River Steelhead fishing has been good on the North Fork of the Alsea. When other rivers are out of shape, the North fork will be fishable. As in years past this leads to crowded conditions. As long as all fisherman are courteous it's a great way to spend a day with friends. As the river drops into shape the fishing from Mill Ck.- Missouri Bend will pick up. Look for River levels in the 5.5-4.5 range.

The Alsea river Hatchery is seeing a larger than average return for this part of the run. This leads many to believe that most river will see benefits from favorable Ocean conditions. See article from Today's Register Guard ( Eugene) 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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Alsea River - December 23rd, 2003
supplied by: Roaring Fork Guide Service
RECORDED:    40 °   FISHING: Good
Due to the Holiday and family obligations I regret to say that I have not been on the water this week. Chances are I won't be out chasing Christmas chromers, but will resume pescatorial pursuits in January. I have however, recieved reports from friends and fellow guides and will pass that on.

Most reports are coming from the Alsea. A friend went over the hill from Eugene and bankfished the mid to lower river, connecting with two mint-bright winter steelhead on corkies & eggs. Two days later, a fellow guide joined the parade of boats launching at Mill Creek. They pulled plugs almost exclusively and got 3 grabs in one flat and then nothing for the next 5 hours. Finally, near the end of their drift' they got their finally pulldown. He said all fish were bright and sassy in the 6-9lb range. The Alsea has lots of boat ramps and many different drifts so boaters seeking solitude can look for the runs and ramps with fewer trailers.

Happy Holidays and wishing you the best in fishing for the New Year!

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Alsea River - December 6th, 2003
supplied by: o2fish Guide Service
RECORDED:    43 °   FISHING: Fair
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I have reports of Alsea River Steelhead being caught in the lower river. Steelhead Fishing the Alsea is usually best between Christmas through Jan 30th.

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