Skagit Report


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Way to go Leland. I've been wanting to fish with John for quite a while, I always enjoy his company at Patrick's.
John is a good friend and we fish together as often as our schedules permit. The man knows his river. Let me amend that - John knows as much as you can about the Skagit as it lets you. The river changes with each flood and yesterday was a day of exploration for places that he will take his clients. We fished some new little slots that weren't there a couple months ago.

Yesterdays fish had the most translucent, rosy caudal and anal fins of any steelhead I can remember.

Yes, I agree that "Dolly" is a much nicer name than "bull trout," though the latter is technically correct. I tried using "Bully" for a while, but it never sounded right. I think I'll stick with dolly for common usage, and leave the nit-picking on technicalities (my occasional guilt) to others.

I'll be on the Sauk tomorrow--a bit early for SH, maybe--what color would a "Sauk Magic" be?

We use to call them pecker fish, strip them in as fast as we could than let them go to eat up the steelies eggs. Now they are protected, Why? They have always been predators these little dollie varden trout but they eat up a lot of wild steelhead eggs. The last steelhead egg will probably be eaten by a dollie.


Calvin Fuller
For some reason we call them Lizard Fish...not sure why.. I think we were spying on some guys 8 or so years ago and heard one of them call a dolly a lizard fish.


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Now that is funny! A friend started calling them lizard fish 10-11 years back. Don't know if he made it up. Or picked it up. Of course it stuck throughout our group.



Calvin Fuller
Does he yell Lizard fish everytime he catches one....because we do now. It would have been around 2002 on the same run Kate, Dan, and I ran into you last year.