I spent Monday and Tuesday fishing a variety of South Sound and Hood Canal beaches. It was the usual sea-run cutthroat deal, as the mysterious fish weren't at some beaches -- even though I thought they would be there -- and the fish were at other beaches -- including one I thought was a longshot for the tidal conditions. I fished one beach on the incoming, and I had never fished that beach on the incoming before. I hit it hard with an intermediate line and small -- about 1.5 inches long -- Chum Baby fly. I didn't even get a bump, even though a lot of bait was around. The tidal flow was really strong -- we had big changes over those two days -- so I put on a Rio fast sinker. The box advertises 6 to 7 inches of sink per second, so it wasn't too much fun to cast. But that line got down a little deeper and I hooked some fish. One fish was the classic monster take and heavy, heavy head shaking of a really nice fish. It came unbuttoned late in the fight -- just as the thought of taking a photo flashed into my addled brain. I got a glimpse of a big tail.... So it goes. Here's what I came away thinking: I saw lots of chum fry, but most of them were stll pretty small -- less than two inches long. A Chum Baby -- thanks Bob Triggs! -- that matched the size got a lot more attention than a longer Chum Baby. Sparse flies -- they almost look as though they're not there -- got more attention as well. I'm also still thinking about that headshaker with the big tail.... Oh -- if anyone is looking to sell post-1998 Ross Gunnison 2 or 3 reels and spools, I'm looking to buy! Tight Lines!