Originally posted by: Scott Randall on 8/27/2007 4:20:52 PM
I went to Oroville and the Feather River with some flies that Justdave made and well, could have been better time. Those flies worked well, at least in the perspective that I casted them well. Problem was, no salmon. We deer hunted Saturday morning until 10:00 or so. Then we had a quick lunch of Hot Pockets (mmmmm <!--graemlin::rolleyes:-->) while we changed out of our cammies into shorts and tennis shoes for wading. It took us about 20 25 minutes to get down to the river from where we were staying, and by the time we actually stepped foot into the river, it was closing in on 11:30 a.m. There were about 6 fishermen in the water at the spot we picked, all tossing beaded hooks and sinkers. I got upstream about 100 yards and started my fly fishing. I was the only one doing it. I had brought back-up rigs to throw heavy tackle and spinners if everyone but me was catching. Well, my buddy and I were there at the river for about 3 hours and never saw a single salmon being caught. However, we did manage to see a couple of nice ones leap out of the river. Oh, and a decent steelhead came out of the river about 10 feet in front of me. What really got me trying even harder. At least I knew the river wasn't without fish. After we packed it up, we drove over to the fish ladder (which was still closed until Oct) and saw 100's of salmon stacked up, waiting for the opening of the fish ladder. I knew we were too early for any kind of a good bite, but had to try, right? We'll be going back up that way in about another month, as I have something going on every weekend for the next 4 weekends.