-3.3 On Saturday...

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Alexander, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. So, anyone doing anything interesting in the salt on this LOW, LOW tide? I think it's around an 8ft tide switch over about 7 hrs, doesn't seem too bad for some SRC targeting. Clamming sounds nice but I think I'll save my back. :/
  2. Geoduck tide
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  3. No doubt! I've seen people get pretty serious about those!
  4. The water will be moving through Agate Pass at about 9 miles an hour. The shift is more like 14.4 feet one way and 15.5 the other. I'm guessing there will be way too much trash in the water to do any fly fishing.
  5. Luckily where I fish junk in the water is always at a minimum compared to other places, it's quite nice. :)
  6. I am hitting it.
  7. On these extreme low tides you can access drop offs and kelp beds from the beach and pick up some salty fly rod rarities like kelp greenling and striped sea perch.

    I might just do a very long beach hike during low tide.
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  8. ooh, nice tip! did not even think about that!
  9. Hah, I just realized...my 6am math skills are greatly lacking! :D
  10. -3' 7" low going to 15' 7" high = 19' 2" swing here.

    Not the greatest swing of the year, but moving a lot of trash.
  11. Fished some great water today, all top water action and lots of hook ups on the Miyawaki popper, and the kids had fun as well, digging up and finding all kinds of cool stuff as the sound floor revealed more of it's treasure as the tide went out. lots of riffles and rips, lots of fish everywhere, my oldest daughter caught her first salty SRC. Good stuff, another great day in the sound!

    An interesting note. I was fishing my home made furled leader and at the end where I connect my tippet to my leader I made a loop and tied it off with some chartreuse colored backing. It looks like about an 1/8" bright colored knot. The fish were going crazy on that...not too sure why? as it's just an 8th inch dot moving through the water. I was double hand stripping the fly in (fast) and the were slamming the dot, doing insane cart wheels and going areal over it... crazy. I'd still get fish on the poppr but it almost seems as if the UV knot sense chartreuse knot was getting even more attention...SRC are strange, or I'm missing something here...some new kind of fly pattern...wtf?
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  12. Chester Allen encourages anglers to thing outside of the box in his book on SRC. I think you are on to something here. He asks fisherman to let him now if they stumble upon some new technique that is effective in enticing these strange fish into action.
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  13. I wonder what they perceive that Bright dot to be. Maybe it's that and the furled leader? I also have my loop on the end of my green fly line looped and that loop is tied off with a red thread, that too gets strikes from time to time... I know one thing, when these fish are there and the bite is on it seems you can chuck anything at them as long as you strip it fast. I think they react to the commotion and strike first before "thinking", at least when they're in the riffle and the retrieve comes above them, as if they're "trigger happy". Shoot first, ask questions later... Otherwise, in other situations they may have more time to inspect what you're offering. I should also note that none of these fish are over 14", which is strange to me since last year the same area produced some big fish on a regular basis. I saw one "torpedo" today when I waded way out and the tide was way out about 1 hr before slack tide. I saw it jump, two bait fish scattered from the water, so I cast to it and when I could see my fly on the retrieve I saw the follow, but it lost interest and turned around. I tried some more but nada. It was my cue to go home. ;)
  14. I saw the follow, but it lost interest and turned around. I tried some more but nada. It was my cue to go home. ;)[/quote]

    Could you see the fin on the follow? If so it may have been a Ressie. I have only have slivers follow like that, it seems that SRC just boil the top water fly, when they mass with it but don't take.
  15. Alexander, could you post a photo of the knot? With the combination of the chartreuse backing, red string "hot spot" and UV knot sense you might have a new pattern.

    We could all try tie different variations on what they were keying into and see what works and what doesn't. Actually, that might be a good saltwater fly salon!

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