Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Brian Simonseth, Nov 11, 2004.
Looking at some old pic's today. found this one thought I would share it.
That is truly heaven!
Wishin' I was fishin' it now.
Great pictures! So as a novice, what makes that a great steelhead run? Is it because you know there are steelies in there, or are there characteristics that make it a great steelie run?
Structure in the water that you can NOT see from the picture is the key.
Since the picture was taking at a high altitude makes it hard to see.
Looks kinda familiar :hmmm: taken from a logging road?
You want to guess the run?
It is from a logging road.
I know, I know.
It looks like some of the silt is moving around. I fished off of what is now a gravel island last season and a run was starting to develope. The channel has wondered a bit more since then and the island or bar is getting larger. It will all change again with more high water this winter. There is still a lot of material migrating through the system.
Such a dreamy little spot! I installed it as desk top so I could amuse myself everytime I switched the set on. I would like to be on river right and throw just above where the deep water slot begins and then keep working down.
It's a great looking spot because of several factors: The current speed looks perfect. There is a nice depth to the water. The far bank offers some protection. It would be difficult to swim upstream on river left because the water is too shallow. This might cause the fish to hold a bit before crossing over to the main channel.
I can easily see and hour or two spent in just this one spot. Sure wish I knew where it was.
Bob, the Always begging for something.
I caught my first and second wild winter steelhead from that run over a decade ago.
Since then I have learned the best time to be there is when the river indeed runs through the trees with the cleaner strip of water on river right. Those conditions tend to push fish right tight rather than being scattered throughout it's tremendous length and width.
Otherwise its a WHOLE lot of miss rather than hit. And unfortunately it becomes rather boring to fish. It's just too big. But the fly does swing so nice...
Yep, you're right.
Damn Homer - I leave this thread for a few days and ~still~ nobody's ratted out that run! Very Impressive.
For Bob, and others who are curious. This is one of the most heavily photographed runs on any of the Pugetropolis Steelhead rivers. Brian wasn't the first to photograph it, but I have to say his is one of my favorite pics of that run. All true too - Inland's assessment is right on.
Now if you haven't guessed the name of this run yet, I'll give you another hint. It's sarcastically called the Fly Bar by the local side-drifters who also frequent this stretch.
Isn't that the mixer???? or mixmaster. Maybe not, only been their a handful of times.....cool pic though
YT, my body hurts ptyd
It's been fun.
I believe someone on another website already guessed it and is awaiting their prize.
I'm confused - someone said this mystery run is Oh Soo Long, and Oh Soo Wide and gets BORING to fish, but the swing is perfect.......How could anyone get BORED in a run like that? If its a Long, Wide run with a Perfect Swing......why the hell would anyone want to go anywhere else? Isnt that what we quest after in the pursuit of Chrominess?
Oh, I see where this is now. I used to have a job for UW on that river system back in the 70's. When did all those islands appear? One fall, we made some passes through there with a piece of gillnet to get a couple of chinook for hatchery experiments. Isn't YT sort of right, the mixmaster is just out of sight in the foreground?
Disreputable punks from Concrete would throw a shopping cart or something similar into the river through here. Later in the spring once the water went down a bit, they could retrieve all kinds of gear, spoons, flies, leads, corkies.
Sounds like those punks from Concrete were being inventive. They don't have a lot of spare money in Concrete and need to aquire thier tackle in some manner.
The islands started to appear after the flood last year and continue to grow and move to this day. Lots of gravel and silt still moving around up there. A major channel change above the run. The main channel is now to the north side as you approach this area from upstream and then quickly moves to the south side as you come around the new gravel bar/island forming above the top end of the run. Our first trip down the river in the sled last year was a bit interesting as we found the new channels at top speed. Some emergency maneuvers were necessary to avoid a grounding.
It’s kind of like hand grenades, your dead or your alive.
Have ya ever fished that run before?
I put my time in there because you can always get lucky, even when the river has been stable and clear for an extended period. But after you go 20 times through a run that takes several hours to cover, all without a sniff, staring at a clearcut, it gets old. If conditions are RIGHT, it is one of the BEST winter steelhead runs anywhere. Otherwise there are better options.
That river can flat dish out an ass whooping like few others. Even under premium conditions. Knowing WHEN and WHERE to fish is what separates Ed Ward (or anybody with similar experience) from the pack. Covering 300 yards of barren water, no matter how good the fly swings, proves futile and wastes valuable time that should have been spent where the fish actually ARE.