Even year so it could be later towards the end of July for the first serious numbers to hit. I seldom go there before mid July. I try to skip the third weekend due to the wagon wheel run and little parking around town that saturday.
These threads will help sort out the history and timing.
I like drifting either a green or purple wooly bugger or egg sucking leech. The water is usually clear enough to watch the pinks strike them as they drift in front of them. Lots of fun. Looking forward to it....
I like to use pink or chartreuse or any combination of the two, I use coho flies meant for red fishing and drift them sort of like flipping for reds. As the previous poster mentioned you can watch them actually hit them. Cut them down so they are only about an inch long. The hope pinks are small and bigger lures tend to spook them in the clear water.
Big Wagon Wheel Run carnival/festival this weekend. Wild Women, Pancake Feed Sat. AM. and bunch of LOUD music from the Sea View Booze and Café joint. Millions and millions of humans wandering around enjoying the "Wilderness" experience. Maybe a few horny black bears.
Left Eagle River at 4:00am got to Hope at 6:00am and had the river to our selves..
By 9:00am we had our fill of catching 50-60 fish and the rains started..
Was back home by noon after stopping for some grease. Had an absolute blast with the kiddo. No traffic going down and TONS of traffic coming at us on the way back. Yellow/White Coho's were diffently the choice of fly's. Brought 1/2 & 3/4 oz weights and noticed right away the 3/4 oz where the way to go. Swift little river. Thanks AGL4now for the report and heads up on the activities, diffently no camp spots left..