Running the Wynoochee tomorrow

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Befishin, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Befishin Member

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    Had a trip set up on the wynooche for tomorrrow, Monday, but my partner had to bail. Probably due to his heart attack after watching the Seahawk game! Water is perfect for color and good flows. A few cuttys and a maybe a steelie. 6am Momte Square or Black Creek, $20 shuttle. PM me :)
  2. Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    I use Mick's Fisherman's Shuttle Service. Does a great job, retired gentleman and his wife. When you call him, he'll even give you and idea of river conditions, as in color. Kind of handy after a good rain [IMG] [IMG] 360-249-3127, or 360-589-8102. Call, leave a message if you get the recording, he will call you back. Call him the night before and Mick will put you on his list. Key location to be determined between you and him. Price vary's depending on how far you are going. $10.00, $15.00, or $20.00. Example Crossover Bridge to Black Creek is a $15.00 dollar turn around.
    Good Luck...
  3. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    I hope you got in a great float, Befishin! My casting arm wasn't yet back up to snuff, otherwise I'da jumped on it.
  4. BDD Active Member

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    I heard there was between 110 and 125 boats on the river this past weekend.
  5. Matthew Kaphan Active Member

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    My friend who lives close by and works on our near the river says it's just overrun with sleds this year.

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  6. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    Heard the same thing from my cousin. I've never once heard him complain about crowds, but he says he's flabbergasted at the amount of traffic there this year.
  7. Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Evan you are absolutley right its a F#$king zoo! Alot of it is from sportsmans in Puyallup I think. They have never listed that river on there board before this season and now it states " This is another river that is pumping out tons of fish" which actually it is only fishing decent. I predict that the river will slow down after people get that initial steelhead craving quenched. Until then the lower river is where you will want to be with the lack of rain. Unfortunatley the sleds pound that area hard and couldnt care less about you. They will haul ass up river and stop right in front of you to throw bait in the hole you are working.
  8. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    Yeah, I've had some good times there, personally... But, last year there was a TON of overflow traffic coming from the Cowlitz. Not exactly my favorite crowd to fish with.
  9. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    That's too many boats, period!!!
    IMNSHO, Its way past due time to start pushing for a sled ban on the entire Wynoochee, and not just above White Bridge.
  10. Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    The nooch is my favorite river. Mostly because I know every inch of it. However this year I may try to find new water to explore. I hope for the steelhead sake that the river calms down. There are a lot of natives in that river and it would suck to see them get pummeld all winter and spring.
  11. Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Jim about three weeks ago there were close to 60 drift boats on the river. I could barely cast because it was literally a conveyor belt of boats coming down one after another.
  12. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    We would never float it on weekends or holidays, any more. I don't like Mondays there after a big weekend, either. Its not my favorite crik, by any means, but sometimes I'll go along with my friends who like to float it, when they invite me.

    Its tough from the bank. Try to get above the boat traffic if you are wade fishing.

  13. Befishin Member

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    Get your armed healed up Wallace! Time is pasting by.
  14. sopflyfisher Active Member

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    I agree. Ideally no chehalis tribs. A fishery ruined by sleds and side drifting. The ban was tried before and all the sled makers brought out the big guns. It was an interesting political deal. Half the locals were for the ban along with most the land owners.
  15. Befishin Member

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    I don't think there should be any sleds above Black creek. But this will never happen until the land owners file a lawsuit for land erosion or noise. We can wish all we want its not going to happen. Fishing was good the other day, not too productive but a good day on the river. 010.JPG
  16. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    This reminds me...its time to ice it again.
    I was actually thinking that if I weren't a fly fisherman, I could swap the handle of my spinning reel over to the right side, so that I could then hold the rod with my left after huckin' a jig with a two-handed cast, and crank the handle with my right. I can crank handle OK with the healing arm, just shouldn't flail a rod or lift against a fish with it, yet.

    I could also drift a float and jig in front of the boat with the reel set up that way.

    Just don't tell any fly guys we know.;)


  17. Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    That's a really nice pic of some purty water.:)

  18. Jerry Daschofsky Moderator

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    What's funny, you live in Montesano, so you've lost me on this. I mean, I figured you'd know what I'm about to say next. I know quite a few of the river owners on this river (I own a cabin on the Nooch myself). MOST of them have sleds, and MOST of them have private launches (legal or not) on the Nooch to launch their sleds ABOVE black creek. Now, I'd say up to the Spillway, but not Black Creek would be a good place to cut them off. Sleds access most of that area anyways if they were to pass a law. But I've seen sleds as far as 7400 (and shocked crap outta me seeing them up that high). But you won't see the landowners ever file a suit of that sort. You couldn't get enough backing IMHO.
  19. Befishin Member

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    That what i'm saying, without the landowners backing that river will always have sleds charging up and down it.
  20. Befishin Member

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    See what you missed? It was pretty cold