Elk-Sixes River Rise Provides Epic Fishing - Short but Sweet!

Elk-Sixes River Rise Provides Epic Fishing - Short but Sweet!

A recent rise in the river levels on the Elk and Sixes Rivers last week resulted in some spectacular action on chrome-bright chunker Fall Chinook. Unfortunately, the water levels receded just as fast and the rivers returned to the low and clear conditions which preceded the rains. Word is that the first Winter Steelhead on Elk River has also been reported in the catch.

Big Kings Staging at the Elk River Mouth

Big Kings Staging at the Elk River Mouth

In November and December I am headquartered down south on the Elk & Sixes Rivers at Port Orford. We have high hopes for a great late fall season this year. Big chunker Chinook are the target prey and the driftboat provides our means of attack. With consistent fall rains from Mother Nature and abundant numbers from the fish gods, this season could be epic. If you've never dabbled in this fishery, you may want to consider booking a trip.

The Beauty & Bounty of Fall Fishing

The Beauty & Bounty of Fall Fishing

As we move toward November so do the Fall Salmon move upriver from the lower tidewaters to their natal tributaries. Brillant hues of yellow, orange and red adorn the river banks as anglers mine the waters for the platinum prize that swims below. Fishing tactics change as fishermen progress upriver. Tidewater trolling gradually gives way to plugs, spinners and carefully drifted baits and succullent eggs supended below floats. Persistent fly fishermen can find action as well, given the right conditions.

Oh Happy Days! Siuslaw Producing some Nice Fall Catches.

Oh Happy Days!  Siuslaw Producing some Nice Fall Catches.

Dave Sr. & Dave Jr. with some Beautiful Siuslaw Salmon

Fiesty Coho can really put up a Tussle

Fiesty Coho can really put up a Tussle

This happy angler enjoyed some powerful runs from a large Silver Salmon that responded to the flash of a spinner.

Big & Bright - Works Just Right

Big & Bright  -  Works Just Right

You never know exactly what might latch on. Jamie tied into a big bruiser of a Coho while trolling the "Plug-Cut" in mid-October with RFGS on the Lower Siuslaw