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WA
United States
46° 5' 52.4076" N, 122° 54' 40.3956" W
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

The Cowlitz river was a little cooler today and you could feel the fall chill in the air. There was a little rain but nothing major to make you want to sit in front of the TV. The water was still low but fishable at 3000 cfs.

Andrew Greig with a beautiful summer run after a 30 minute battle on a 5 weight G Loomis Pro4X fly rod and a Oregon Stater Tube Fly. Up and Down Up and Down where is Andrew going with that fish. A truly great fight on this 8 pound summer steelie. This man is determined he must have run a mile. Afterwards we all had to take a break. It was tiring just watching him.

Congratulations Andrew a great job. I am taking a break again. 

Early in the morning before the fish have even really woke up we tried using glo in the dark tube flies and found they work well for steelies in the Cowlitz river before the sun has time to rise. Probably just a good change of pace fly. As seen in the Photo this fish came to a glo tube fly.

John Kendall from Black Heron Fly Fishing with a nice summer run steelie from the Cowlitz river

John says get your trip for steehead booked up and dont let the best time slip away. Our schedule is beginning to fill for the fall. 

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Rindy Patterson with a nice 7 pound summer run steelie from the Cowlitz river which she caught on her TFO switch rod this morning using a Oregon Stater Tube fly. Rindy also lost 1 other fish during the mornings excursion.GO GIRLS!!!!!!

 Frank Fortino with his double also using the Oregon Stater Tube fly.. Frank almost tripled this morning but lost a third fish at the bank. A good day was had by all fly anglers at The cowlitz river. Quite a few anglers were lucky and had fish on but lost them. Not a problem next time is a charm in this sport and luck of the draw will prevail for the stead fast steelheader. Go get them guys and Gals. Dont forget you must harvest all hatchery steelhead this year by law that you land. Currently the limit is 3 steelhead a day on the Cowlitz river with an increased run size from prior years due to the later smaller run of winter steelhead in the fall winter season of NovemberDecember.

The water conditions were low at the cowlitz and wind soft this morning making for a nice day on the river at day break. The mornings are getting shorter and the sun rising later each morning now. Expect the temperatures to begin falling and to start layering up a little more to stay warm during these hours.

Most fly anglers fishing the Cowlitz river are using spey and switch rod of 11 to 14 feet in length and  most commonly in 7 or 8 weights with sinking leaders in the 10 foot 5.6 ips sink rate with 3-4 feet of 10 pound maximum green leader material with a tube fly, most commonly a Oregon Stater Tube fly.
 

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Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

The water was low again on the Cowlitz river but the steelhead were biting quite good this morning. Many spey rodders were successful this morning most landing 8-10 pound steelies.

John Kendall from Black Heron Fly fishing was successful this morning finding this steelie willing to take his Oregon Stater Tube fly. John also fought another summer run for 15 minutes and lost him at the bank.

If your in need of equipment for fly fishing please visit us in Longview, Washington at our shop on,  105 Debbie Street, Longview, WA 98632 360-575-3970 office.

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