2012 Chum thread

Mike T

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Saw the nicest coho I've seen all year landed on an area 13 beach yesterday, must have been pushing 15lbs, dime bright and hit a clouser. Found some blackmouth carcasses on an area 11 beach as well. Bring a full fly box, not just chum patterns like I did.


For him there whould always be the riddle of steel
But for some reason those smaller chum tug harder than those 15 pounders.

Amen to that, had some smaller pure chromer chum on last Fall. They fought like mad.

Were hanging out with some older darker fish, but you knew instantly when you had one on. They fought like steelhead but without the jumps.

Spent a few hours yakin at the Hood this afternoon . . . nets everywhere! The tide was up, it was raining pretty steady, and only one or two other rods were there. I'm guessing there were better than 50 folks working the nets and they were absolutely full of fish!! The chummys were jumping everywhere. I only managed to bring one to the net but that one willing biter made my evening. The ugly beast was likely 15lbs or better (fisherman guess) and made me wish I had not chosen my 7 weight ... or the net I brought. I slowly worked a weighted chartreuse and silver morsel on a Gamakatsu SC15, which the big toothy chum simply could not resist. It took me way too long to get it to the net and then when I did, I could not get him in it. Bad planning all around on my part but I'm glad I made the trip. Don't under estimate the pulling power of these fish like I did, nothing less than the 8 from now on for me.
Very true PSP! Mike T's post about the Silver is what really fueled my itch to get out there and fling the fly. What I DON'T want to imagine is a big bright Coho in the nets too. Those are the buggers that have successfully eluded me this year.


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Ok I've got it figuered out. Chum do not hit anything at all i have been in the water throwing different flies at them with Chum jumping all around me. Never so much as a hit. You guys know where the ugly Chums that cant get layed go to commit suicide. You go down to these beaches and take Pix and post them to make us newbies think they can really be caught on a fly. Then you post all these different pix of flys to tye. Red nose, green body, purple tails. Then you hang in the back ground and say" look Fred we got another one using that dumb fly pattern thinking he can catch a Chum. I hope they never learn this is just too much fun". Am I right?
Bag, I have done quite well this season fishing to those same fish. Let me know next time you get down there and maybe I could get down there and try to offer some help. This is my first go at chums so I'm learning as I go but I have been pretty successful and would be glad to help if I could

That's exactly how I was feeling about coho at the beginning of October! I'm going to be making my first outing for chum this weekend, so we'll see. Should be fun either way.

Hope you are able to get it figured out.

Bagman... there are distinctive phases new fly fisherman often go through here in the PNW when venturing out for sammy. You obviously are transitioning out of the flat denial phase and dipping into the 'wild and illogical conspiracy phase' . Did you get hazed in the military man . . . I think I see residue of days gone by!? if you live near hoodsport, I'll gladly hook up and show you what the 'set the hook & walk the doggy' phase looks like. You'll get the hang of it in no time and have a blast. I have had 30 fish days there in the Hood and went home dog tired! My right arm was 2 inches longer than the left and my forearm ached for two days. Confidence man . . . need some confidence.


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Tony, Nick I would enjoy meeting up to try and teach a few flys how to swim with you. As I dont know how to send a Pm i ask that you PM me. No durning my time in Vietnam you did not haze anyone M16s fired in both directions. I was just making light of me not being able to hook a Chum. I have been fly fishing for 2 1/2 month. I have been fishing in WA for 2 1/2 months. I'm enjoying it very much. As you guys get to know me you will find I enjoy life and a good poke at fun. Life is a joy to me. I laugh at my self and try to find humor in my everyday life.
you didn't think my post was funny? that's some of my best stuff. I spent 20+ years in the military, but were back home now - let's go catch some dogs! :)
Nice work Nick.

Back it the 80's we used to catch super small chum out of Grays Harbor tribs. Some were as small as 18" and they were always much brighter then the larger fish.
After I mentioned catching a bunch of small chrome silvers in the river last weekend, a friend suggested that we were selecting for smaller fish by commercial net mesh size.... Possible, I guess, but...?


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Tony, I only spent 3 years 5 months 13 days in. But who's counting. I spent 45 years working for the safety of our airman, as a govt. contractor. That's all behind me now. I will land a dog fish. Will I land it with no one around to see me do it? With no one to tell me there's is bigger then mine? As a surfer I have dropped over the edge of 25 foot waves. But I always knew I had someone to cover my back. At 65 I do not look forward to fishing alone.
No worries Bagman - we're going to get ourselves (Jason too) some chum, however . . .
Just looked at the tides for the weekend - does not look good for getting some beach at hoodsport. Do you get out on the water, or just fish from the gravel? I walk and Kayak.


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I only walk the gravel. I have not fished the Hood at all. Other the under the hood canal bridge for Cuts. In fact I got my first and only cut there. Shortly after that I hooked and landed a Silver and my life has changed for ever. Some of you guys have been at this forever, and can not remember the stoke of that first time you lifted your rod and felt that 6 lb Sliver run for parts unknown. It is still so fresh in my mind. I need to feel that rush again a Chum is needed. Please help this fish junky get I fix. don't feel sorry for me I brought this on myself. A rod then a reel, then a floating line then a slow sinking 1 to 2 in/sec. Is there a cure? I don't care I don't want to take it.