Anybody fishing?

Posted by: stonefish

Anybody fishing? - 04/07/16 01:19 PM

Been a bit dead in here......

Lots of SRC's eating chum fry right now. Starting to see some pink fry as well.
Resident coho fishing has been surprisingly good this winter and spring. Some of the coho are starting to get into that 17-18" range.
Those small coho taste great.

May go bobber watching here in the next week as some decent chironomid hatches are coming off. Haven't fished freshwater in over a year so my bobber down reflexes will likely be a bit rusty.

Anybody else been getting some feathers or fur wet lately?
SF
Posted by: FleaFlickr02

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/07/16 05:24 PM

With this warm weather, we should start seeing some bigger bugs, too. It is time....
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/08/16 08:54 PM

Boys and I went out today and slayed the trout in Spencer lake...

The fish were cruising the shallow end of the lake picking off emerging chironomids. I hooked quit a few casting in front of feeding fish while the boys were jumping in the water. The biggest was 20"
Posted by: stonefish

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/08/16 09:33 PM

Nice.
That lake has some nice bows in it.
SF
Posted by: Salmo g.

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/10/16 10:54 AM

If there's still time, I'll give the "chum baby" flies I tied a try this week. It's hard to get my mind around trout fishing in the salt. I should have been doing that this past month while the rivers I had been looking forward to fishing were out of shape during most of the first month of my retirement. I had a brutal but otherwise good trip this past week. I've only done this previously in the late summer or early fall, but have wanted to hike up the Queets River trail and fish my way back during the late winter steelhead season. So I did. However, this past winter's floods have washed out the trail in at least three places, and in another a creek now flows down about 300 yards of the trail, making it necessary to do the hike in waders rather than hiking boots. I could mention here that any hike done in waders is twice as long as one wearing proper hiking footwear. Getting turned around or lost in alder swamps has now become a standard part of this adventure. Consequently the hike took me over an hour longer than it has in the past. Although I got home Friday evening, my toes and shoulders are still quite sore. Nonetheless, the weather and water and fishing conditions were as good as I've ever found them.

I was going to head to the Cowlitz this week and maybe try a combo of spring chinook fishing in the morning and steelheading in the afternoon, but TP raised the river back up from 6500 to 10,400 cfs, so that's out for me. The south sound SRC and rezzie coho option is looking good for this week. Well, I should probably check the tide conditions, something I'm not tuned into for this fishery yet.

Sg
Posted by: SRoffe

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/10/16 04:08 PM

Originally Posted By: stonefish


Anybody else been getting some feathers or fur wet lately?
SF


No cryriver

Trying to get the honey do list down to a manageable size. Happy wife happy life. She does give me a lot of lee way to go play and fish, so I really can't complain.

My son is graduating HS this year, and she wants the yard in tip top shape, so,... there are a few projects that I need to finish up before June.

I'll get a couple hours here and there in soon either on a local lake for triploids, or on the salt for SRC. Got my gear ready to roll.
Posted by: stonefish

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/10/16 05:00 PM

Some rezzie coho and searuns today.
The rezzie are starting to get really chunky now that they are turning on to eating baitfish.
Biggest cutt was 17" beautifully spotted hen. A little slim but that will go away shortly now that they are dropping back out into the salt.

Good luck in the salt Sg. Take lots of pictures. wink
SF
Posted by: Carcassman

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/11/16 08:18 AM

Have a couple outing planned to exercise my new 1wt on Costa Rican Redbands. Hope to get some of the larger ones I have seen. Birthday present to me... May even try some lowland fishing if I can find some access.
Posted by: Myassisdragon

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/11/16 12:44 PM

Well, I went thru all my fly gear of the last 30 or 40 years, did a "5-S" operation and consolidated all into three sets of fly gear. One set for bass, poppers, and gills, one for summer run & trout rigged with 2 different floating lines and one spool with a short sink tip. I restored my old 9' S-glass & pfleugers with two extra spools for summers, trout, and anything else I can cast too.

Grabbed all my old flys and fly boxes from 1969 and on, then consolidated them to four containers of flys to select from. One box of all my old Montana Boy gear with hoppers, humpys, woolies and some very weird nymphs from some old fly shop outta Butte. Quite a few of the old flys are still hanging together so they've been saved, a fly box of panfish flys and poppers, and then a fly box of my Custom Collection## of flys for local summers and trouts...

All ready to go!

## 3 sizes of Renegades!
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/11/16 01:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Carcassman
Have a couple outing planned to exercise my new 1wt on Costa Rican Redbands.


thumbs

my best purchase ever was an orvis 1wt blank kit that was marked $90 bucks at the morning hatch... when I took it to the register he told me it was mismarked. I offered to put it back because I couldn't afford the regular price but he insisted on selling it to me at the marked price.

I always manage a few fish with it in Idaho every year and they always kick my butt...
Posted by: stonefish

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/11/16 02:32 PM

Originally Posted By: Myassisdragon
Well, I went thru all my fly gear of the last 30 or 40 years, did a "5-S" operation and consolidated all into three sets of fly gear. One set for bass, poppers, and gills, one for summer run & trout rigged with 2 different floating lines and one spool with a short sink tip. I restored my old 9' S-glass & pfleugers with two extra spools for summers, trout, and anything else I can cast too.

Grabbed all my old flys and fly boxes from 1969 and on, then consolidated them to four containers of flys to select from. One box of all my old Montana Boy gear with hoppers, humpys, woolies and some very weird nymphs from some old fly shop outta Butte. Quite a few of the old flys are still hanging together so they've been saved, a fly box of panfish flys and poppers, and then a fly box of my Custom Collection## of flys for local summers and trouts...

All ready to go!

## 3 sizes of Renegades!


Thanks for chiming in.
Sound like you have some great old gear. I need to do a major organization of my stuff as well.
With this warmer weather we are having the ditch pickles should be getting active.
SF
Posted by: Carcassman

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/11/16 06:25 PM

I like small pretty fish and the 1wt will work well on small streams. My Dad made me a 1 piece that is about 3' long. I used it on tiny creeks and it was wonderful. For grins I tried it on Dingeness pinks decades ago. Even though the fish took me almost to the arbor I got it in.
Posted by: Myassisdragon

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/13/16 10:35 AM

Way back, when I first was taught the fly fishing way, my dad & grandpa gave me the upper half of a split bamboo fly rod with about 8 or 10ft of 4 wt level line with all of 2 or 3 feet of mono leader ties to that. That was tied to the last eye of the rod near the ferrule, then threaded up and thru the rest of the guides and out the tip top.

My first fly rod, and a splitter at that ! I fished that gear for a summer in a bunch of small creeks in and around the Butte Montana area. I always thought those little creek trout were the prettiest creatures in the world with reds, yellows, and spots all over, they were like little tropical trouts.

From there, I figured out that I could do the same thing , sort of, when I got back home. I found Salmon Creek not more that 1/4 mile from our house in Burien, and I noted small trout in it as well. On Salmon Creek, I learned that these trout acted no way similar to the ones back in Grasshopper Creek in Montana. They just hid in the brush and refused to take my Montana flys.

I then learned about salmon eggs...
Posted by: Carcassman

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/13/16 03:22 PM

That's fishing! You talking about the Salmon Creek that empties into the Sound on Standring Lane? Seen it, never fished it but it looks like the place to look for pretty trout.
Posted by: Myassisdragon

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/14/16 04:28 PM

It is the same creek. A magical little creek to learn a lot about Puget Sound Trout for a young kid growing up. Stunning Cutthroat to be had once in a great while - if one was stealthy and quiet.
Posted by: Carcassman

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/17/16 01:05 PM

The 1wt exercised 9 Tico Truchas this morning in about an hour of fishing. That is, 9 out of about 100 seen. 10-15 would watch a dry or a nymph drift right by. Haven't really figured the code out yet. My biggest was 8', saw a couple that were about twice that. Maybe try towards evening.
Posted by: SRoffe

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/18/16 03:44 PM

I live above that creek. I hiked down there a couple years ago. It didn't seem like much water in it at the time. But, there does seem to have a restoration project going on down there.
Posted by: Myassisdragon

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/19/16 11:00 AM

I'm prolly gonna take a big hit here, but talking about the small creeks I fished as a kid just brings back a flood of great memories about some of the finest fishing I've ever had. Creeks like Salmon, Miller, Joes, and a few others from White Center south to Dash Point, likely taught me more about the angle of fishing then any other opportunity In my life.

Days and days after school, weekends early morning before the folks living around the creeks knew we were the kids making the dogs bark. Sneaking out before the lawns were mowed, the weeding done, and before the folks got home from work. Any excuse found myself crawling along the banks of these creeks searching for the big Cutts that almost always never showed, but always knowing they were there.

Tons of fishing, lots of learning, not a lot of catching, but when you did, the world stopped and it usually centered on a small Cutthroat Trout, maybe ten inches, maybe bigger, who cared, it was the finest fish to catch - ever!

Well, for that day at least...
Posted by: SRoffe

Re: Anybody fishing? - 04/20/16 07:11 PM

No big hit there. I grew up on the beach just north of where Salmon Creek empties into the Sound, Arroyo Beach. I spend many times out on the sound fishing for cod, flounder, and come fall was trolling little spoons for cutties. I wasn't real successful, not many fish met their demise on my account. But, I sure had fun on the water.

My parents still live down there, and that's my goto spot for a few hours of fishing, grab the boat and head to the honey hole and beyond.
Posted by: stonefish

Re: Anybody fishing? - 05/01/16 09:34 PM

Went in search of swamp donkeys today.
A couple small pickles to hand.
Felt odd to not have to rise the salt off everything when I got home after not having fished freshwater in over a year.

Next time I go I think I'll ask the lakefront homeowner if I can take his picnic table for a spin around the lake.
SF

Posted by: Chetco

Re: Anybody fishing? - 08/11/16 10:07 PM

Umpquia estuary..
Posted by: Salmo g.

Re: Anybody fishing? - 08/17/16 12:37 PM

Just returned from 8 days fishing in BC. River was out the first couple days, but then began dropping and clearing. And fish began being caught. OK, as many were hooked and lost as were caught. But all in all, a very satisfactory trip.

Leaving on a backpacking trip Friday. Then heading to B-10 next week, but that won't be a fly fishing thing.
Posted by: stonefish

Re: Anybody fishing? - 08/17/16 08:40 PM

Sg,
Take any pics you care to post with your new camera? wink
SF
Posted by: Salmo g.

Re: Anybody fishing? - 08/23/16 12:45 PM

Did snap a few pics, but I left my new camera with a friend who arrived on my departure day. His camera battery went on the fritz, so he's using mine - and will probably take a ton more pictures than I did anyway - and I'll get my camera back when he returns home.

Noteworthy, but no pics, I caught both my smallest and largest steelhead ever from this river this trip. Big fun.
Posted by: stonefish

Re: Anybody fishing? - 08/23/16 01:21 PM

Good job on the steelhead Sg.

We'd be interested in seeing some of your friends pictures from your camera as well. wink
SF
Posted by: SRoffe

Re: Anybody fishing? - 08/27/16 07:03 PM

Well, I'm a bit short on the fishing tales these day.

However, we did a family trip out to Salt Creek Rec Area this past week. Fished the estuary of Salt Creek, and only hook one small Cutthroat.

Fished Lake Crescent and managed to hook one small trout on a dry Damsel.

Also fished a small river near by and hooked a 12" RB on a Yellow Stimulator, (on a 2wt, what a hoot)

Every where I fished, I hooked something, even a finger, but, nothing to write home about.
Posted by: SRoffe

Re: Anybody fishing? - 08/28/16 08:33 PM

So the vacation continues.

Hit the salt in West Seattle, and caught 2 Cutts.

Tomorrow my son and I decided to take a hike, will take the bug rods and see what we get.

Getting in the rest of summer before it ends.
Posted by: stonefish

Re: Anybody fishing? - 09/04/16 09:09 PM

Encountered millions of anchovies on the beach today.
The water looked like it was flowing black. Hadn't ever seen them before on this beach.
The cutts were busting on them sending them spraying, but it was difficult hooking up with that much bait around.
SF





Posted by: Carcassman

Re: Anybody fishing? - 09/19/16 07:12 AM

Leave Thursday for a month Down Under. Already have the licence for Tasmania trout. Hoping for some fun, but they are recovering from some huge winter floods. Then, some Queensland creek jungles. Like to get an Archerfish there.
Posted by: Salmo g.

Re: Anybody fishing? - 09/19/16 08:13 AM

Looks like you have quite an adventure in store C'man. I've never traveled that far south, for fish or anything else. Maybe one day. I'm heading north for another week at steelhead that say, "eh." Bon voyage!
Posted by: Carcassman

Re: Anybody fishing? - 09/19/16 01:34 PM

Oz is great fun. Last time I did only a small bit of fishing but saw a couple nice trout and streams, one of which I have permission to fish. Like to get a brown or two. They only stocked them once, so they are in all likelihood English/Scots.

Our daughter is finishing up grad school there. We'll visit, tour, bird, photograph. For the hiker, Tasmania has some wondrous treks.

Enjoy the Canuckian steelies.
Posted by: stonefish

Re: Anybody fishing? - 09/19/16 02:35 PM

Looking forward to the Oz and Canadian reports.
Hope you guys have a great time.

I generally take a week off in September and go on a nine day beach coho bender.
Not this year.
Searun fishing has been decent, but watching lots of double digit coho jumping around and not being able to target them is painful to say the least.
SF

Posted by: Carcassman

Re: Anybody fishing? - 09/19/16 03:44 PM

Pretty cuttie.
Posted by: D3Smartie

Re: Anybody fishing? - 09/22/16 01:33 PM

the flounder fishing has been excellent according to recent reports.
Posted by: osprey2015

Re: Anybody fishing? - 09/24/16 10:07 PM

Very nice cuttie !
Posted by: chrome/22

Re: Anybody fishing? - 10/13/16 02:01 PM

stud cuttie
Posted by: Carcassman

Re: Anybody fishing? - 10/18/16 12:20 PM

Oz update

Had a wonderful trip with lots of birding, photographing, eating, drinking, and general fine time. Plus zip for fishing.

Hit Tasmania in a big storm. The stream I planned to fish (modest creek) was up about 2 metres. All other streams were at least as high and rather brown. Did buy a book on Tassie trouting and it is well worth it-at the right water levels. Almost all wild browns in streams, rivers, and lakes. How do you want to fish them? Tailing (feeding on snails), sight fishing to individuals, big rivers, small creeks, big lakes, small lakes. Plus, they have major sea-run browns (like our cutties but average about twice as large). Lots of bay/estuary fly-casting to aggressive feeders. Next time. And we'll try to be closer to summer than on the cusp of spring.

Was hoping to fish some Queensland streams, too, but there just weren't any where we were that had any access. Had one chance to do some lake fishing for Barramundi (on a 1-wt) but that got rained out, too.

To top all that off, when we landed in LA it was raining for the first time in something like 4+months. When we first retired, everywhere we went it snowed (this included Hawaii). Now, it just rains.
Posted by: stonefish

Re: Anybody fishing? - 10/18/16 03:02 PM

Cm,
Thanks for the report. Bummer about the lack of fishing due to rain, but it sounds like a fantastic trip you had.

Still waiting for pictures and reports from Sg. wink
SF
Posted by: Carcassman

Re: Anybody fishing? - 10/18/16 04:05 PM

I was really bummed that the creek we stayed by was out. I had seen a couple taking surface bugs the last time we were there. Probably a km of bank accessible with browns and maybe some platypus. Next time.....
Posted by: stonefish

Re: Anybody fishing? - 12/30/16 04:54 PM

Since we got shut out on coho this year, I've been spending more time chasing these guys this fall and winter.
Had planned to close out the year today, but I'm getting killed by a cold so no fishing today.
Anybody else getting out?
Go Dawgs,
SF






Posted by: AP a.k.a. Kaiser D

Re: Anybody fishing? - 12/30/16 07:42 PM

Those are some healthy, beautiful fish!
Posted by: chrome/22

Re: Anybody fishing? - 12/31/16 08:36 AM

Going to cast some vintage graphite today. Hopefully won't break anything.

Sorry your sick boss stone, bet some Seagrams a warm blanket and a husky win will make you feel a bit better!


c/22
Posted by: Myassisdragon

Re: Anybody fishing? - 12/31/16 10:05 AM

I shoulda put the boat in yesterday, nice weather an all. I was thinking about fishing today, but maybe too cool to keep ice outta the guides, so it's up to the woods for the " last" day of Grouse hunting for 2016!

Have a Great New Year to all of ya !
Posted by: Kev

Re: Anybody fishing? - 01/09/17 11:57 AM

Anyone chasing SRC's this time of year? It looks like it's been a couple weeks since last post.
Thanks,

K2
Posted by: stonefish

Re: Anybody fishing? - 01/09/17 02:49 PM

Has slowed down some but still some nice fish around.
Some folks like fishing these clear cold snaps, but I'd rather have clouds and rain.
I've had some really nice days this year fishing dirty water in [Bleeeeep!] weather.
SF
Posted by: Irie

Re: Anybody fishing? - 05/24/17 10:49 AM

Is anything hitting in the Deschutes?
Posted by: stonefish

Re: Anybody fishing? - 05/25/17 10:45 AM

Not myself, but know someone who lives in the Bend area and he had a good fishing using big dries a few days ago.
SF
Posted by: chrome/22

Re: Anybody fishing? - 05/26/17 05:12 PM

Originally Posted By: stonefish
Not myself, but know someone who lives in the Bend area and he had a good time drinking down dri flys a few days ago.
SF


Mixed or straight up yes?


Posted by: Myassisdragon

Re: Anybody fishing? - 05/27/17 02:56 PM

Strait up !
Posted by: chrome/22

Re: Anybody fishing? - 05/28/17 09:40 AM

Originally Posted By: Myassisdragon
Strait up !


Yes sir, preferably while sitting around a campfire
Posted by: SRoffe

Re: Anybody fishing? - 05/28/17 11:56 AM

Originally Posted By: chrome/22
Originally Posted By: Myassisdragon
Strait up !


Yes sir, preferably while sitting around a campfire


And with Dad at Lake Chopoka. Good stuff that Dry Fly Whisky.