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#988095 - 04/17/18 08:25 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Jason Beezuz]
Salmo g. Offline
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Registered: 03/08/99
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Originally Posted By: Jason Beezuz
Team Bed Shitters here did good hooking them but not so much landing them. We got spooled by a nice fish on a plug rod missing half its line and I heard from across the river “You fawkin bed shitters!” and Im still chuckling about that.


I heard about a fish being hooked on a plug on the upper river. Never heard about a "the rest of the story."

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#988096 - 04/17/18 08:27 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: stam
This sound like a fun time, glad you guys got to go and do what you do, now if we can get a rally going to get my ass back on the Green... I miss that canyon.


Occupy Green?

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#988104 - 04/17/18 12:21 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
mitch184 Offline
Returning Adult

Registered: 02/02/05
Posts: 331
Loc: Lake Stevens
"The rest of the story"...

we were below them side drifting and saw the commotion. I yelled my opinion of their actions after I saw and heard a loud pop. Then a couple minutes later, we saw a nice steelhead jump next to us with something pink in its mouth.

We continue side drifting down and this crazed steelhead continues following us down the river cartwheeling.

We get about a mile, maybe more, down stream and BigO snags something. Starts reeling in and when his okie lifts out of the air 5', we realize the braid he hooked has a very tired steelhead on the end of it.

I grab the braid and proceed to hand line in 100 yards of braid. Not without a couple good runs by the fish. Dicey situation with braid in your hands. We get the 12ish lb buck next to the boat and pop the hook.

Later we returned the braid and plug to it's rightful owner.
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#988105 - 04/17/18 12:30 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
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Registered: 08/31/00
Posts: 7135
Loc: Everett
That is one awesome story.....
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#988118 - 04/17/18 04:24 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Sky-Guy]
large edward Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 12/17/10
Posts: 248
Loc: Brier, WA
Originally Posted By: Sky-Guy
That is one awesome story.....


Best part is the 100 yards of braid that won't be in the river for the next decade.

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#988128 - 04/17/18 08:05 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
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Registered: 10/26/10
Posts: 5290
Loc: Snohomish, WA
I'm still mentally processing our trip for the opener. Amazing people, river and fish. I came away extremely thankful, blessed, lucky & happy. I can't possibly ask for any more than that. thumbs
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#988136 - 04/18/18 08:49 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
Todd Offline
Bumpin the 6X9's

Registered: 03/08/99
Posts: 25250
Loc: Seattle, Washington USA
Considering we were locked out of the spring fishery for nine years, catching a 12 pounder on my second cast just as the sun was just peeking over the mountains and mist was rising off of all the trees around us was one of the best steelhead fishing experiences I have had in a long time.

Catching a couple more was a wonderful bonus, but honestly, I could have been done right there and gone home happy.

I wish I could carve out another couple days to get up there when the Sauk is in shape, that's my only regret.

Watching Nick experience his first true mid-teen gorgeous hen do what they do...make half a dozen long runs punctuated by full body jumps and belly flops...was another highlight.

There is not a better fish in the world than a true spring 14 pound hen.

Fish on...

Todd

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#988155 - 04/18/18 03:57 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
AP a.k.a. Kaiser D Offline
Hippie

Registered: 01/31/02
Posts: 4532
Loc: B'ham
Mid-teen chrome hens for the win!

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#988168 - 04/19/18 07:15 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
Beezer Offline
Spawner

Registered: 06/09/99
Posts: 855
Loc: Monroe WA
Did a Sauk/Skagit run yesterday that was for the memory book. Passed a group of fly fishers on both sides of the bank so I drifted down the middle to stay out of their water as best as I could. Noticed an old gray beard fisher (maybe a year older than me at best). Shouted out a hello to Smalma. Got a 1/2 mile or so down and thought....I should have shouted out THANK YOU!!!!! If it weren't for Kurt, Steve, Wayne and "Occupy Skagit" a day on the river I'll never forget would not have happened.

Thank you again!!!!

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#988270 - 04/20/18 05:42 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
NickD90 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/10
Posts: 5290
Loc: Snohomish, WA
The Skagit tribe has been netting a few Atlantics - 42 miles upriver!

foul
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#988277 - 04/20/18 11:10 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: NickD90]
OLD FB Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 09/05/14
Posts: 188
Loc: Stanwood WA
[quote=NickD90]The Skagit tribe has been netting a few Atlantics - 42 miles upriver!

foul

Saw that in the Seattle Times today too........ eek

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#988279 - 04/21/18 05:52 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: NickD90]
_WW_ Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 01/30/13
Posts: 217
Loc: Skagit
Originally Posted By: NickD90
The Skagit tribe has been netting a few Atlantics - 42 miles upriver!

foul

This most recent catch was...one fish.
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#988291 - 04/21/18 04:22 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: _WW_]
LocalTalent Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 06/30/14
Posts: 125
Originally Posted By: _WW_
Originally Posted By: NickD90
The Skagit tribe has been netting a few Atlantics - 42 miles upriver!

foul

This most recent catch was...one fish.


They caught more than one fish. Just one of them was an Atlantic. Call it lucky, if you want, that the rest of their catch was most likely steelhead and Chinook.

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#988313 - 04/22/18 06:16 AM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
_WW_ Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 01/30/13
Posts: 217
Loc: Skagit
Yep...I was referring to the one atlantic.
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#988410 - 04/24/18 05:49 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
RUNnGUN Offline
Spawner

Registered: 12/06/07
Posts: 959
Why would they net 40 miles upriver? Is that normal if we were back 10-15 yrs. during the times of traditional tribal harvest? Thought their traditional netting areas were down above tide water?
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#988411 - 04/24/18 06:27 PM Re: Skagit rally [Re: Salmo g.]
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River Nutrients

Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 5639
Loc: Olema,California,Planet Earth
Each Tribe has defined Usual and Accustomed areas where they can fish. To fish in the lower river the upper river tribes have to be invited; their U&A is way upriver.

I think the Swinomish/Lower Skagit were the only folks with U&A in the lower river/tidewater.

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