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Heading to Depot at the end of the month, haven't been there since 1995 so looking forward to it. I understand there is a new camp there as well. Sweet.

Just curious if anyone has been there in the last few years that could advise me if it's worth heading downstream to the bottom pools (Hook Em and Loose Em I think its called). A few guys told me it was a long walk for nothing really. I recall the American Pool being the most productive.

Considering taking my ATV as well on the assumption there is a good trail on the other side of the river that heads down to Hook Em and Loose Em...can anyone verify its an ATV usable trail or is walking quicker.

Lastly, is there a counting station just above Depot, or am I thinking of North Pole ?

Any info on Depot would be appreciated.

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I had depot two years ago.
I think it is worth going to end of stretch.We caught fish at hook em and lose em and moose brook but it is quite a way down. Need 4 wheeler unless you want a long walk.Cross the river just below camp and follow trail.
I found the pool above the camp where the brook runs as good as any, however, I don't think there are bad pools at Depot. American also good. I had it about July 12.
By the way, I have Crawford on July 12.
Please let us know how you make out.
 

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fish that little un named pool about half way to american--maybe 250 yds from the camp--i didn't hook one but the guys with me hooked 6 or so in that little run
 

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Thanks for the pool info guys...nice to know in advance. I'll plan on going down to the end pools for at least a 1/2 day, and gauge it from there. The ATV trail question was due to going somewhere once that advertised an ATV trail, but it was so narrow, wicked tree roots/stumps, mudbogs, and blow downs to navigate that it turned into WAY more work than it was worth. I wanted to go fishing...not hardcore 4-wheeling LOL. I can do that anytime
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Thanks again.

Nashwaaker, I'll let you know when we get back as requested.

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Make sure you fish what we call the high bank pool. It's just before were the road narrows on your way to American. Fish it way low down near two big rocks. Bring a net, because there is no placed to beach the fish.
 

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Hi,

We had Depot in a Mini draw earlier this month, water was very low and only a few fish had been through.
We hooked one Grilse and got a few nice sea trout.

The camp is new and quite nice.

The trail is good for walking or ATV's, we walked and it is quite a ways down to Moose Bk.
The counting station is above Crawford one stretch above you.

The ATV trail had been recently cleared and cut so whomever is looking after the trails and camps is doing a good job.
Rumour has it that Debbie Norton is leading the group.

Good Luck.
 

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Not much I can add because that's all good info up above.
Yes, Debby is one of the two in charge of teh crew. Soudns like they're doing well.
In my humble opinion, American Pool can't be beat.
 

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Thanks for all the great info gents. Much appreciated.

I'll give a full report when I get back, plus, hope to get up to the counting station and get some current fish # info there.

cheers,
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Heading out tomorrow..and the news is good. Got some info from freinds of freinds (gotta love email and texting these days)...guys above Depot at Crawford Stretch did VERY well Sat- Monday ( caught 12 I think, lost a few, and rolled dozens)and guys below at Stoney also hit it right, hooking into and landing 12-15 fish and losing some others. Both reported LOTS of fish in the river, and taking well. Also heard that at Cooks Big Hole (mouth of Sevogle) is loaded, guy reporting said he's never seen so many fish there...all the above info is very good news for anyone going Crown Reserve this week and next.

I don't think CandR will dampen our trip one bit
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Heading out tomorrow..and the news is good. Got some info from freinds of freinds (gotta love email and texting these days)...guys above Depot at Crawford Stretch did VERY well Sat- Monday ( caught 12 I think, lost a few, and rolled dozens)and guys below at Stoney also hit it right, hooking into and landing 12-15 fish and losing some others. Both reported LOTS of fish in the river, and taking well. Also heard that at Cooks Big Hole (mouth of Sevogle) is loaded, guy reporting said he's never seen so many fish there...all the above info is very good news for anyone going Crown Reserve this week and next.

I don't think CandR will dampen our trip one bit
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Good luck THreeD!
 

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Back from Depot and overall a fun and productive fishing trip. Guys before us (Mon-Wed) were leaving as we got there with 6 grilse in the cooler. The warden came in on Tuesday and told them it was CandR and the fish they had caught Monday and Tues were fair game to keep as they didn't know about the CandR ruling.

Wednesday: American Pool seemed to be holding the most fish initially, with lots of jumping on Wed afternoon (20-30 jumps in a 2 hour period). Back for a quick supper then back down after hitting camp pool and Bridge pool. At A. Pool, managed 3 short lived hook ups Wed night just before dark along with the Mrs and the others missing a few as well.

Thursday: Hit American Pool at first light and landed a grilse on the first pass through. Relatively quiet after that with a few jumps here and there to keep folks interested. We fished a variety of pools that AM (Camp,Dead Crow,Alder Run) with nothing except one rise at Alder Run. After early lunch we loaded up the ATV's and headed to Hook Em and Loose Em, Moose Brook, and Scott Pool (about a 5 km Atv ride. Good easy trail. Nothing showing or taking there other than catching two 12" trout). Headed back to camp and 2 of us headed up to see/check out upper stretch pools (42nd and unnamed). Not much of a pool to speak of and no fish seen or taking. Evening we fished American ( caught one 22" grilse and the Mrs lost a salmon, the only one we saw in 3 days), Alder run (missed a grilse). Overall things were really quiet ALL day..not what I expected. Made a short pitstop at the Bridge Pool on the way back and managed to land two beauty trout just at dark on the way home...a 16 and a 14 incher. No net and no beach...wish I had that on video. Kept those two for my Dad as he doesn't fish much anymore.

Friday AM: Slow start at American for only 2 of us with almost no fish showing or taking. Finally hooked and landed a 22" grilse at 0900 after fishing since 0600, and it was a cold morning. Made another few passes and headed for Alder run (High Bank pool as some call it). Landed a 21" grilse there in the first 5 minutes, hooking up just in front of the 2 big rocks at the start of the pool. 10 minutes later my buddy hooked up on one 1/2 way through, but practiced his skills in the art of "long line release" and lost it (LOL). I hooked up another 10 minutes after that, a nice 24" grilse. Fished one more pass and headed for the camp as we had to leave by noon to get home for an appointment.

Overall the fishing was slightly above average for my previous experiences at Crown Reserve. Seemed like the group before really timed it well, and things were petering a bit as we got there. Almost seemed as though the fish that were there Wed afternoon moved up stream overnight, and then a few new ones started arriving on Friday AM (IMO). Two of our group were complete novices so their "fly in the water time" was limited ( plus neither of them fished the last morning at all). Water level was good, air temperature was great ( 8 deg at night), virtually NO BUGS to speak of, and the camp was bug/mouse free. One of my goals was to see/fish every pool on the stretch, so mission accomplished there.

Great trip overall with some pretty good fishing in spurts. In hindsight I think I would have given the Alder Run pool ( 1/2 way to the American) alot more attention as it is a long slow,deep pool that is very easy to fish and cast. I actually liked it alot more than the American.

Will add some pics later when I figure out how.

Thanks again for all the info early. Much appreciated.
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I assume we can still keep trout? Does anyone know for certain? No guess-work please.

ThreeD I had a budddy at Crawford earlier this week and he tells me the same thing. Fish everywhere, up and down the river. They would have taken more fish home except he, personally, chooses not to kill fish.
Did you get up to the barrier?
We'll be in Crawford tomorrow. Might need more than one beer to get me to go to sleep tonight. I'm a tad anxious to get up there. I'd leave today and tent it tonight but my partner is a wimp.

ANyone in the neighbourhood tomorrow thru Tues. feel welcome to drop by and say hello. The bbq is always on with our gang and the cooler is always well stocked.
 

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Buddy from work will be at Depot Sun - Tues . He's a big guy , if you see him you'll know who I mean .
I'll be on the Upsalquitch Running a canoe and a coleman for my son this time tomorrow .

 

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Buddy from work will be at Depot Sun - Tues . He's a big guy , if you see him you'll know who I mean .
I'll be on the Upsalquitch Running a canoe and a coleman for my son this time tomorrow .

Good luck Ghost, let me know how the group made out when you return. BTW, what is the scoop with the photo you posted of the Upsalquitch, is that last year?
 

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Lobsterman,

FYI..while we were at the top of our stretch I had a peek at the Bridge pool at the bottom of Crawfords. It was holding some fish. Not sure if guys fish the bottom end much there or always head up towards the majority of pools, but that pool defiantely had some fish in it. Something for your back pocket if the other ones aren't producing.

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Looking forward to the update Lobsterman, after you get caught up on your sleep of course. LOL

I also added a couple pics I got from one of the other guys on our trip.

RH
 
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