Cooper River?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by see trout, Apr 7, 2002.

  1. see trout New Member

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    Bonney Lake, WA, USA.
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    Has anybody fished the Cooper River near Salmon La Sac? I've heard it has Rainbows,Browns,Brookies and Cutthroat. How is it? Sounds like a good stream to me but a little far just to go check it out. Please let me know if you have any info.

    Justin :THUMBSUP
  2. fishnfella New Member

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    Grand Coulee, Washington, USA.
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    Fish till ya drop.
    Then suck it up
    and fish the evening hatch.

    I fished the Cooper River all the way from Salmon La Sac up to Cooper lake some time back about 10 years. It had cutts and brookies in abundance then and a few rainbow, but no Browns. Actually it's better fishing in late June and July,August when the snowmelt has gone off.
  3. Rob New Member

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    Bellevue, WA, USA.
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    I've fished the Cooper River at least once a summer for the past 15 years. It's one of my favorite rivers. I have personally caught rainbows, cutts, browns, and brookies but the vast majority have been rainbows. The Cooper is a beautiful river but the fish can be tight-lipped. I've had the most success using small stimulators (14-16), adams, stone nymphs (14), prince nymphs, and pheasant tails. Some fish can reach surprising sizes. Most are around 10 to 14 inches. However, on two different occasions, I saw several fish that were at least 24 inches and what I would estimate to be about 6 or 7 pounds. I believe they were browns but wonder if they could have been bull trout. Good luck.

    Rob
  4. see trout New Member

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    Bonney Lake, WA, USA.
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    Thanks alot for the information Rob and Fishinfella. I am definately going to check out this stream this summer, too much fun to miss. Again, Thank you.

    Justin>CatchandReleaseForever :BIGSMILE