SRC august 6th

D3Smartie

Active Member
#1
Good morning chasing the cuts on Hood Canal. Not as plentyful as I have seen in past years and there werent any returnign salmon which was unusual but I still had a good morning. Fished from about 7:30 to 11:30.
Landed 15 or so fish. mostly cuts but a couple small silver smolts.
The biggest cut was a very nice 18. Thick and powerful. made several jumps and runs before being released. I also landed a couple in the 15-16 inch range and a bunch of 10s.
Not as many fish as usual but still enough to make it fun and the fish were on average a little bigger than years past.
 

PeteM

Active Member
#2
Sounds like a great morning. I keep waiting for them to show up in the local rivers but I'm not seeing much yet.

Pete
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#3
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I need some bad days like that!:thumb

Jimbo

edit: I'm leaving soon to put in an afternoon/evening shift on a wind-protected tidewater creek, as it is still gusting hard, although the clouds are lightening up, with some sun breaks. Seems like the front has passed here on the coast in the Twin Harbors area. See ya'll!
 
#4
I did OK this last August (not as well as you) out on the canal. Nice 14" fish, 4 of 'em. Two on the first day and two the next. I'm goin' back out there tommorrow to see what I can do.
Also, I was not fly fishing this summer, just throwin' Kastmasters. Now I have a fly rig and will be hitting the Canal with the fly for the first time, so needless to say, the anticipation is at a fever pitch. Wish me luck!
 

Jim Kerr

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#8
Definitly not as many fish this summer in those places, (I'm the guy in the tan Lund). Kind of a steady decrease in numbers in many spots over the last three years. Its getting so I have real concerns about the fishery.
 

D3Smartie

Active Member
#9
tan lund..... hmmmm..... I dont usually see many people out there wheer i fish. Maybe 1 or 2 other people in a summer. Where do you launch?
I have an 11 foot whaler i used to use but have been fishing out of a 17 foot Grady White the past couple summers.

The place i have seen the worst decline in SRC numbers has been agate pass. Used to be tons there and i could run from the dock infron tof my house for about 10 minutes and be into fish. Now there are very few cutties in there. Of course they also got rid of the net pens that used to bring all the hatchery silvers in there. Man that used to be some good fun.
 

Jim Kerr

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#10
I don't see any one where I fish either, thats why I recognized you a few summers ago in the little whaler, I was wondering about that Grady. I run a fly fishing guide service in that area out of a 18 foot lund alaskan, used to own the fly shop in P townsend.
 

Jim Kerr

Active Member
#13
Heh, about kings right there, I have hit some beauties on 4 to 6 weight rods but one this summer took the cake. We were fishing a 2 fly combo that has turned into a regular WMD. Maybe 5th. cast of the day we hook about a twelve inch cutt on the four weight, the water was crystal and the thing was pulling staight down so we were watchin it spin around about 6 feet under the boat. All of a sudden it freaks out as a small king, 8 or 10 pounds starts treating it like a living flasher and trying to snap the 2nd fly. Sure enough he got on there, gave one big head shake that knocked the cut right off and took off runninng, we screwed around with him for a little while before he busted off. Was really fun to watch the whole thing though.
 

D3Smartie

Active Member
#14
Nice... Do you still fish that toothpick fly? I have tried to tie up some floating candlefish but havent had a lot of success on any. Tough to beat a regular baitfish pattern for overall success.
 

Jim Kerr

Active Member
#15
The PICK, If they're in those little baits real well the pick will kill them, or early mornig, late evening. Problem is its gotta run mach 2 to get bit, so if your blind fishing over semi productive water its hardly worth the trouble. I just feel nothing gets the real monsters like the topwater baits. As far as regular bait fish fly's Ive never found one I can stick with season after season. Lance P has one he calls sequim bait that I go back to as a standard but thats about it.
Do you have a favorite Vanilla bait fish?