Published on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
As summer winds to an end, the camping supplies and trout rods get packed away until next spring, and the drift gear gets dusted off from being stored away since last steelhead season. Salmon season is almost here and it is time to get ready.
Often I start the season off overly eager to get into one of my favourite game fish, coho. This means getting to the river well before sunrise, at a time of year when there aren’t many fish in the river yet. Still, when you start a day with this it is hard to complain about not catching fish.
During September my days on the river are mainly trips to scout out the river to see how it has changed since last season. However, getting the chance to hook a couple springs helps get me back into the swing of things. Sometimes it takes a few take-downs to get your “hook-set reflex” back, and it’s better to miss a few Springs than a few coho.
October is one of my favourite months of the year. The air gets a little cooler and the day is a little shorter,
The trees change colour,
and on top of all that, the Coho start to show up in decent numbers.
October is the time to put the hours in stalking coho,
because they are there,
and often willing to bite.
The nice thing about coho fishing is that a great day isn’t just one or two fish; it’s much more than that.
If you’re lucky enough to get a hatchery marked fish you can likely retain it, depending on the regulations.
These aren’t the only reasons I love coho fishing; the fact that they will attack nearly anything when “the bite” is on is another factor. This can include spoons,
The other reason that I love coho fishing, is the opportunity to catch other species, like bull trout,
which can often be plentiful when you find them.
There are also cutthroat trout.
If you are lucky, resident rainbow trout are also around.
Of course, there is likely to be a few chum salmon mixed in with the coho.
When November rolls around the weather gets even colder, as the snowline creeps down the mountains.
Most of the leaves have fallen from the trees,
but this doesn’t mean that coho season is over. There are still plenty to be caught.
Although some might begin to get a little coloured,
there are still clean fish around.
As we near the end of November I have started to gear down my efforts for coho. They are beginning to spawn and it is best to leave them to it.
It’s time to turn my focus onto steelhead….