SE WI Coho Salmon - The most AGGRESSIVE of
our Tributary Fish!
I'm standing on a sandy shore, sightfishing to
a pair of fish just a few yards away. With each cast of my bugger,
there's more and more activity as it swings by. I start planning
my next presentation when a good sized fish moves off the redds...have
I spooked them?
I'm bringing my line upstream for another cast
when I notice this fish is now immediately downstream of my fly.
As I lift my rod tip, the fly comes towards me and the fish is now
following. He's now in 6" of water, plowing a huge wake. I
dare not cast as I know what is going to happen...I need to keep
that fly coming upstream. Less than 2 feet from where I stand, a
gaping maw appears at the front of the fish - it collapses on my
fly and the fight is on!
Our fall Coho season is all too short and small
for my liking. Cohos tend to show up on the heels of our largest
King Salmon push - Early to Mid October is a great time to encounter
silver, fresh Cohos while chasing Kings. As the King run winds down,
the Coho come into their own. While considerably smaller than our
King Salmon (Cohos average 3-6 lb, maxing out around 10), they make
up for it with their eagerness to simply destroy your flies.
Our Coho runs can be spotty at times, i.e. in 2003
we pretty much missed them altogether! Generally, an average return
on the Root River is between 1,000 and 2,000 fish. Charter harvest
plays a large role in returns of this species.
As a general rule, Late October through Mid November
is the prime time to target Cohos. As the fish ready for spawning,
males begin a color transformation that can really knock your socks
off. I remember one weekend on the stream, an angler walked by and
said "Have you seen any of those red fish"? By far the
most stunning fish in our tribs, perhaps only rivaled by a chrome
steelhead in my opinion, male Coho Salmon don a spawning dress that
can range from green with pink slashes to a solid red remeniscent
of Sockeye Salmon.
As with the King Salmon, the Coho run winds down
all too soon. By late November Brown Trout are making their run.
However, landing a Coho is a possibility right until ice-up in December
- there always seem to be some late runners that linger. My latest
"late season" Coho was an unspawned hen that was coaxed
out from under an ice shelf on December 27th!
SE WI Coho Salmon Clients - what do clients
need to provide?
- You gotta get there. When tributary fishing, we may opt to fish
more than one stream per day. You should be prepared to make a 15
or 20 minute drive from one location to the next.
Equipment - Rods,
Reels, lines, leaders, tippets and flies are all provided at no
Apparel and Wading Gear
- Dress appropriately for conditions - layers work great for 'heat
control' throughout an outing. Gloves and a warm hat are essential.
Be prepared for rain - rainy days can be some of the best on the
river. Check out the weather forecasts before your trip - you don't
want to be miserable and have to cut an outing short. Do not forget
I do not provide wading gear, which is only required
for Tributary Fishing. Hip boots will work in most situations, although
chest waders are preferable. Polarized Sunglasses are essential;
you'll need to bring some. The $10 kind work just fine...it's not
uncommon to lose them.
Food - Meals
are not included; we have a variety of options. By no way am I the
shore lunch guru, I'm the guru of keeping things SIMPLE. I am however
happy to discuss all of our meal options.
Lodging - If
you are coming up from out of town and could use some help with
lodging, just ask. There's a variety of good places to stay in SE
Waivers & Agreements
- Prior to your trip, you will be required to sign a liability waiver,
as well as photo release form and equipment rental agreement (if
Deposits - A
nonrefundable deposit of 50% of your trip cost is required to hold
SE WI Great Lakes Steelhead Rates
- 4 Hour Tributary
Pro Guide Trips - $300 for 1 or 2 anglers, up to 4 hours.
- 8 Hour Tributary
Pro Guide Trips - $450
for 1 or 2 anglers, up to 8 hours.
- Tributary Trips for
3 or more Anglers? - inquire for special rates - multiple
guides are available to handle your larger fishing parties.
Fish Rates - subtract
30% from the above rates.
- Tributary Bamboo
Experience - add $50 per rod rental per day. Limit
2 maximum anglers.
- Gratuities are solely at the
discretion of the client.
Rambling Reports Great Lakes Coho Salmon Guiding
Cohos tend to start showing up in fair numbers
by mid October. However, Early November is by far the best time
to target Cohos.
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