Chetco is side-drifting

Chetco River - Brookings, OR (Curry County)

by Larry Ellis

The Chetco's finally side-drifting! Darrell Wells was side-drifting and bobber-dogging the Chetco River with his son, guide Randy Wells on Thursday when they caught and released several wild steelhead, donated one wild fish to the broodstock program and took home this dandy hatchery steelhead.

Larry Ellis, author, writer, columnist and photographer has had a 50-year passion for fishing in California and Oregon's saltwater and freshwater venues. He is a well-known writer for Oregon, Washington and California Fishing and Hunting News, Northwest Sportsman, California Sportsman and Pacific Coast Sportfishing. He currently writes monthly for Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine, and is the author of two books, "Plug Fishing for Salmon" and "Buoy 10, the World's Largest Salmon Run."  Both books can be bought from Amato Publications (, Amazon and eBay. Ellis particularly loves living in his hometown of Brookings, Oregon - The heart of salmon country and gateway to fishing paradise.

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