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Elk and Sixes Rivers

Sixes RiverThese relatively small rivers tumble out of the coast range near Port Orford, Oregon on the southern Oregon coast. The Elk River enters the pacific just south of Cape Blanco . The Sixes River enters the ocean on the north side of the cape. Cape Blanco sticks out into the ocean further west than any other piece of land in the continental United States . Because of this geographic situation as well as the time of year I guide on these rivers (late Fall/early Winter) these two rivers can sometimes offer the angler with some of the most challenging weather conditions anywhere on Earth!. Biblical rains and howling gail force winds aside, what brings most of my clients from near and far to these rivers are the monster “fly eating” Chinook!!! Here we use fly tackle and small, specialized fly patterns to try and coax and then subdue some of the largest, hardest fighting king salmon to be caught anywhere in the world. Many anglers who routinely fish big salmon rivers in Alaska feel the lower Elk and lower Sixes rivers offer fly anglers the greatest opportunity anywhere in the world to catch a fifty plus pound Chinook on a fly!. In fact, most days getting multiple hooks ups isn’t the problem, its landing them that presents the toughest challenge. These fish really test both angler and his tackle.

Elk RiverThe runs in both rivers usually begin after the first big fall rains hit the coast, often time in early November. The runs continue to enter the systems into mid-January.

These trips are drift boat and walk-in trips. Wading soft, fine gravel bottoms and casting sink-tip fly lines from 30’ to 90’ in mostly slower moving holding water where salmon averaging 20-30 pounds attack your fly with a vengeance! One of the most enjoyable fisheries I participate in. Most trips are booked as multiple day trips where anglers stay in local motels and spend the days chasing these incredible fish. Anglers who have some flexibility in their schedules and that can be booked on short notice when the conditions are perfect enjoy the very best fishing.

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