First cuttie on Sunday 2/26

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Jason Rolfe, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    Hit Carkeek park on Sunday at around 8:30 a.m. for my fourth attempt at catching some src's. I had hit up Patrick's fly shop on Friday for some Miyawaki poppers and advice, and on Sunday, with V wakes on the water, it happened just like Jimmy at Patrick's and Les Johnson in his book said it would.
    I was stripping my popper in at a medium pace for a while, working my way north along the shoreline from the creek. At about 9 I saw one jump so I moved in that direction.
    Once again, casted it out, started stripping and I saw a nice surge of water right behind it. I started stripping faster and it only took one more try for Mr. Cutthroat. He hit it hard and set the hook himself. For the first five seconds or so I was waiting for the hook to be thrown, because that has been happening to me a lot. But I kept it on and had a quick little tussle involving some charges at my feet and a little surface thrashing.
    Got it to hand, and it was a fat little guy, deep blue, about 13 or 14 inches. Beautiful fish, my first cutthroat, and my first fish to hand in a long time. Felt really good.
    I had another follow on the popper a little while later, and then had to leave. But for an hour and a half of fishing, I was very pleased. Sorry if this is a little long, but damn it I'm just excited to have caught a cuttie. It was fun.
    I did it--I finally posted a useful report.
    Cheers :D
    Jason
  2. tightlines New Member

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    Great job Justin--can't find a better back drop than the Olympics fishing on the beach with a cutty on the line. More fish will follow...
  3. Kyle Smith Active Member

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    They say steelheading is addictive, and I believe them, but nothing is a proportionately harder fighter than a cutthroat in the saltwater.
  4. Brent Comer Member

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    Congratulations! :D
  5. Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    Yeah,
    That thing was so much fun to bring in. And then I got to show it to a little girl and her mom on the beach. Very, very cool.
    Jason
  6. Roger Stephens Active Member

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    Jason:

    Way to go! Am sure that you will be out there many more times now that you have gotten a taste of the "special" sea-run cutthroat fisheries on Puget Sound.

    Roger
  7. Kyle Smith Active Member

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    SRC's are so cool, they occupy about 1/3 of my fishing thoughts. So when I'm not thinking about food, there's a 33% chance I'm thinking about fly fishing the Sound.
  8. Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    I think for me, over the past couple days, Searun's have been occupying about 2/3 of my fishing thoughts. Maybe more.
  9. Riane Mouse doctor

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    Nice work! Always feels great to get the skunk off. Caught 7 or 8 of these guys in the rivers this fall, great fun. I plan on hitting the salt more now that most steelhead waters are closing- maybe I'll see you there.
  10. Stonefish Triploid and Humpy Hater

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    Jason,
    Congrats on your fish. Just a quick question. You mentioned this was the first searun cutt you've caught. Based on your description of the fishes color being a deep blue, could it have been a resident silver rather then a cutt?
    I live just above the park and have caught both species there during February.
    Either way, good job on your first popper caught fish.
    Brian
  11. Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    It wasn't necessarily a deep blue. Just a rich blue. It was very close to the description that Les Johnson gives in his book for a Searun--blue back with silver or white below, and spots that are much less prominent and light(but still there). So I was pretty sure it was cutthroat. Could have been wrong, though. Either way, it was nice.
    Cheers,
    Jason