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Friday, October 1, 2021
By Dave Graybill
Coho salmon continue to trickle into the Icicle River at Leavenworth. Recent rain will really push them up from the Wenatchee and into the stretch below the National Fish Hatchery. When they shut off the irrigation canal, which I believe will happened on Friday, the river will come up even more and make fishing even better. I have lost a fish a day this week, and finally put one on the bank Thursday morning. No fish were rolling that morning and getting one looked doubtful. It was a big surprise when the 28-inch male grabbed my Rock Dancer jig. The area below the handicapped platform is where fish have grabbed my jig earlier in the week, and the same area produced for me on Thursday. Anglers should try to use light jigs while the river is as low as it is right now. Heavier jigs can be used when the level and flows increase. A good old Rock Dancer jig in purple and charise, which was one of my favorites for steelhead, has produced better than anything so far on the Icicle. The fish are still very bright and meat dark red. These early fish are terrific!