Fling and Swing

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by miyawaki, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Did the "Fling and Swing" thing yesterday with Mike Sturza, chief guide and owner of Lost Creek Fly Shop in Onalaska, WA. This was a nutty, crazy, arm-wearying trip!

    We hit Mayfield Lake for Tiger Muskies at 8AM armed with 10wt rods, intermediate lines and 8" flies. We had at least 20 follows, looks, and turnaways. And I thought permit were persnickety! Mike finally hooked one of about 40" but lost it as he was derricking it out of the weeds. I have never seen fish follow a fly, stop at the boat, peer at the fly, roll to the side and look up at us, then give us the fin and drop down out of sight!

    By 3PM, we were swinging flies on speyrods to steelhead on the nearby Cowlitz River - from fish you can see that don't eat to fish you can't see that eat! I hooked and lost one in the first run and landed an 8lb "recycled" and tagged brat. Say what you will about hatchery steelhead, this fish put on a wild high-flying aerial show before heading to the smoker

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  2. Nice upside down picture. I had to turn my lap top upside down to view. Just glad it wasn't our PC.
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  3. I think the Cowlitz is known as "down under" to the northern WA contingent. A very nice outing.
  4. It looks like I caught it in Australia

  5. Sounds like a great day. Mike is a fantastic guide and real great guy too. I need to get out and fish with him again soon.
  6. It's Cowtits Bill.
  7. Back in the day , with gear on Lake St Clair...."figure 8" the Musky at the boat Leland. Probably tough with the fly rod.

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