River SRC report

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  1. Old Man

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    You have to be careful about that "P" creek. If you park by the mouth you have to keep your shit out of sight. Locked in your trunk or don't bring anything extra with you. Nothing is safe there.

    I always had better luck there before the salmon started running. When I used to Gear fish I would catch fish to 20" out of there regularly. With flies just a tad smaller. Flies with red in there were about the best.
     
  2. Hillbilly Redneck

    Hillbilly Redneck wishin i was fishin

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    In an effort to beat the predicted storm I got out for a rare afternoon fishing trip. Dodging platoons of humpies marching upstream I managed to find a few. image.jpg
     
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    Gorgeous!

    My personal record out of the Snohomish system for an SRC is 6 lbs. Love those 1 fish per cast days that are common during August/September. :)
     
  4. Hillbilly Redneck

    Hillbilly Redneck wishin i was fishin

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    I've haven't really fished the Sno system for cutties but I've never seen one even close to 6lbs. 1 maybe 4lbs. Maybe. I generally have to work a lot harder than 1 fish per cast too. Although some times you just find a shit load of them in one spot. I was under the impression that the Skagit cutts were generally bigger than other systems but what do I know. Because of time and proximity I am pretty much a Stilly cutthroater.
     
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    The Washington state record sea-run cutthroat (caught in Carr Inlet way back in 1946) weighed six pounds; its length was not recorded. In many years of fishing for them, the largest I've seen was 24 inches (measured by the thumb-to-little-finger-tip method by Mike Kinney), caught by Les Johnson on the mainstem Stillaguamish. I would estimate its weight at somewhere between 4 1/2 and 5 pounds.
     
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    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    I caught a huge Cutt that I thought was a steelhead in the kalama river. Had to be about 4lbs. Feisty guy had my guru singing. That was the biggest ive seen.
     
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    The lagest SRC I have seen was caught out of the Skagit a number of years ago. It was about 24 inches. I have seen a few others that could have been over 20, maybe as long as 22. Six pounds? Doubtful.
     
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    I like how you just happened to get three coho while fishing for SRCs. Nice job. :)
     
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    I learned searun cutthroat fishing forty years ago from someone who'd fly fished for them all his life. He told me that the benchmark for a lifetime trophy was a four pounder. The biggest I ever caught was 19 inches.
     
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    The scale didn't lie but Fisherman do. :)

    I thought I had hooked a Steelhead.

    At any rate, the number of humpies in the system right now makes them much more difficult to catch.

    When using spin gear, small cranks are the ticket (it seems) for FF, we use streamers.
     
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    So True, but it's a little better than last year. I fished a bit where the Bryant road crosses and didn't see the usual tweeker camp. Last year was scary though.
     
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    Never fished the Stilly or Skagit for them but sometimes you just get lucky. All the SRC's I catch generally top out @ 18" or so but keep in mind that's fishing from a sled (covering lots of water) in a system I know like the back of my hand.
     
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    I need to work on my cutthroat game!!

    Checkthisout -
    What sort of flies do you find most effective?

    I have traditionally used mostly spiders with a mix of muddlers and other odds and ends and would say over the years probably only average 4 or 5 sea-runs/hour. And any catch/hour in the double digits for the trip would be certainly be a red letter day.

    The Nooksack, Samish, Skagit, Stillaguamish and Snohomish systems have all produced decent fishing for me but never have been fortunate enough to come close to encountering a 6# fish. Best fish was a Skagit fish though have managed 4 pounders from the Nooksack, Stillaguamish and Snohomish system as well.

    Curt
     
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    Lets see the photos
     
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    Or it didn't happen right? :D
     
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    Well hoisting a cuttie out of the water to weigh it on a scale should raise some red flags
     
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    Why do you say that?
     
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    I also have a 20 LB Coho mounted that I took out the Snoqualmie on a wee Dick Nite with 6 LB test.
     
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    Caught it trolling?
     
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    Skysoldier Trout Hunter

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    Beautiful fish HR!
     

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