6/11/2012 on the Columbia

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by Ed Call, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Fished the Columbia for the first time today. Connected with Evan, Jason, Keith and Daniel. Long drive from the Kitsap Peninsula to anywhere on the Columbia. Evan's selected location was not one of the closer ones!

    First opportunity to fish a couple of new to me used rods. Each felt fine and did their job as expected. First Shad on the fly - check.
    First Smallmouth on the fly - check.

    Long drive there after biking and kayking with the ladies yesterday. Very little, if any actual, sleep before Evan's headlamp was lighting up the whole gorge. Long drive home because I took the scenic route. Home in time for dinner, as hoped.
  2. I think you broke one of my long time fishing rules. Never spend more time driving than fishing.
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  3. If you total the to and from trip as compared to the fishing time, I certainly did. When you have not fished in a very long time you say to hell with the rules. I could have fished a lot longer from a local beach or lake, but I'll do that soon.
  4. Congrats on the 2 firsts Ed! It sounds like it was worth the drive!
  5. The fishing was definitely slower than expected. THey had dropped the river level the day before which put them down and out. I ended up with 20ish fish to hand in about 10hrs of fishing (not epic by any means for shad). But we had a great time for sure.
  6. Any big females?
  7. Not one female, period! I was really bummin. I was stoked for my annual shad roe dinner.
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  8. No females at all.
  9. where's the pic's?? (yellow flag for breaking thread rules) :D
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  10. I agree. Didn't happen. Probably just a little brokeback mountain action.
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  11. Sounds like a good time. What type of flies did you guys use for shad?
  12. I took pics, just don't post to protect the secret spot.

    I slept in my rig, alone, doors locked. Wondering about my fishing friend Rob!

    I used some sparse cloisters tied short, some sparse beachheads and some sparse flashy weighted flies. I was woefully prepared fly wise. This was a pretty impromptu trip for me and my first attempt at shad. I'm all over them jumbo acrobatic herring now!
  13. If you use flies for shad, you're gonna have a bad time...

    Shad darts and slipstream shad killers are what will get nibs.
  14. haha haha
  15. Here's my buddy Jason with a sucker shooting a surprise all over him
  16. I had a good time. Limited nibs, but on flies.
  17. Proof shad can be caught on the fly below, you will catch 1 to every 12.5 fish Evan gets. Also for the oversensitive tree hugging hippies that are offended by dead fish, the ones on the stringer are not dead, they are just sleeping.

  18. Thanks....not well versed in the shad fishery.
  19. The females are just now starting to show up, as they bring up the rear of the run.

    Anything near Bonneville...is hardly a secret. lol

    Best day so far this year is about 50 fish, but just like you guys...it took a lot longer than is typical for shad. (gear though...not a fly rod)
  20. Nope, not even warm...well warm when the wind stopped howling. This spot is certainly not your run of the mill Bonneville broadcast it to the world spot. NIce try tricking it out of me though.

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