Sea-run Cutt Report

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Jeff Hale, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. Jeff Hale

    Jeff Hale B.I.G.F.F.

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2005
    Messages:
    641
    Media:
    71
    Likes Received:
    27
    Location:
    Bainbridge Island, WA
    Fished the Hood Canal today with Mike. Got several nice photos of him with cutts (see attachments). He landed 10, I only got two. All fish taken on intermediate lines and sculpin patterns. Wet day, but the fish didn't care! Jeff
     
  2. salt dog

    salt dog card shark

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2005
    Messages:
    2,306
    Media:
    36
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Edmonds WA / Mazama
    Well done Jeff. Looks to me like some nice sized fish!
     
  3. MasterAnglerTaylor

    MasterAnglerTaylor Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2007
    Messages:
    749
    Media:
    29
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Poulsbo/Pullman, WA
    Seeing as i live on hood canal....looks like i have some fish to find. Gotta decide where to start. Nice reports though.
     
  4. Nick Andrews

    Nick Andrews New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2004
    Messages:
    486
    Media:
    150
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Bremerton, WA, USA.
    Nice fish...were you fishing South or North end? Did you get into any resident silvers?
     
  5. Peter Pancho

    Peter Pancho Active Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2004
    Messages:
    1,749
    Media:
    3
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Gig Harbor,WA
    Home Page:
    Beautiful fish dude! Soooo glad I'm less than an hr from my Prime spot on the Hood Canal...
     
  6. Jeff Hale

    Jeff Hale B.I.G.F.F.

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2005
    Messages:
    641
    Media:
    71
    Likes Received:
    27
    Location:
    Bainbridge Island, WA
    Got them about 10 miles south of the Hood Canal Bridge on the West side of the Canal. However, I have caught a few right around the bridge off the bank. Hit one small coho that flipped off right as I was going to land and release him.

    Thanks guys. Good luck. Jeff
     
  7. Denny

    Denny Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2001
    Messages:
    4,095
    Media:
    100
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    Seattle, WA, USA.
    Good for you, Jeff, and thanks for sharing! If you're going to get soaked, I'm glad to see some grip-and-grin photos!

    You recommended the Outbound line to someone in a post elsewhere; is that what you are using? If so, on what rod, and are you lining it with the matching line weight?
     
  8. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2004
    Messages:
    5,708
    Likes Received:
    563
    Location:
    Somewhere on the Coast
    Hey Jeff, did you notice fish moving or any surface activity at the spot you fished before you fished it. Or is it just a spot you know and hit it without noticing any fish movement? Just curious about that...Thanks for the timely report. Sounds like you guys had a great day.
     
  9. Matthew Gulbranson

    Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2007
    Messages:
    1,734
    Media:
    37
    Likes Received:
    40
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Congrats on the good day! I really need to get out and not get skunked! I hope I have a ten fish day coming soon. Good on ya for getting out, and gettin' fish!
     
  10. Don Freeman

    Don Freeman Free Man

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2006
    Messages:
    1,333
    Likes Received:
    269
    Location:
    Olympia, WA
    Beautiful fish, Jeff, I've caught many of my biggest fish on sculpins as well.

    Do you use green or brown?

    A heads up though, Big Brother is watching. It's now illegal to remove "must release fish" from the water, even briefly. A friend of mine in knee deep water lifted a native steelhead up on request by a reporter from The Olympian long enough for a quick Kodak moment a couple of years back, and they put his picture in the sports section, along with his name.

    A couple of days later WDFW showed up at his door. Most thinking folks would agree that you didn't harm your cutts, but I'd hate to see someone rain on your parade. Pun intended.

    Thanks for the detailed and entertaining report.
     
  11. Jeff Hale

    Jeff Hale B.I.G.F.F.

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2005
    Messages:
    641
    Media:
    71
    Likes Received:
    27
    Location:
    Bainbridge Island, WA
    I did notice some surface activity and it was about an hour before the incoming tide. We fished Brown/olive sculpin patterns with gold colored flashabou in them. After the slack high, the bite dropped WAY off and we didn't hook much after that. We didn't have time to wait around for the tide change, but I am sure the fish would resume feeding once the water starting moving again.

    Thanks for the heads up about removing fish from the water.

    Regarding Richard's question about the line: it is a Rio Outbound with an intermediate head and floating running line for a 6 weight. I fish it on my TiCrX 6 weight or on my medium fast 6 weight Scott. Can get quite the distance with the Scott as I can with the TiCrX though. Jeff
     
  12. Doug Fir

    Doug Fir New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2007
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Puyallup Washington
    Rookie question- can you explain intermediate lines? Thanks!
     
  13. Be Jofus G

    Be Jofus G Banned or Parked

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Messages:
    2,051
    Media:
    10
    Likes Received:
    53
    Location:
    Washington
    Not to stir the pot but jeff has done nothing illegal. Nice catch man! :thumb:


    and the definition of salmon is

     
  14. Be Jofus G

    Be Jofus G Banned or Parked

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2007
    Messages:
    2,051
    Media:
    10
    Likes Received:
    53
    Location:
    Washington
    slow sinking lines.
     
  15. salt dog

    salt dog card shark

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2005
    Messages:
    2,306
    Media:
    36
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Edmonds WA / Mazama
    Doug, an intermediate line is a fly line which has a portion of the tip that sinks at a slow rate of descent. Normally the tip is clear, or sometimes referenced as “camouflage”. The entire fly line can be intermediate, but most frequently just 8-15 feet of the tip is, and the remainder of the fly line is floating line.

    The Rio Outbound has an intermediate tip section that is 37.5' long, designed for beach fishing. The tip, or head, is longer than normal to allow quicker loading of the rod, and the sink rate, about 1.5" per second, is designed to just get it, and the fly, a few inches below the surface of the water to avoid wave and wind action pushing on the line and fly.

    I fish the Rio OB with 4 feet of tippet material, about 8-10 lb test, without using a leader with it; as it is clear, a leader isn’t necessary, and may actually keep the fly from sinking. Faster sinking lines or tips are usually designated as TYPE I, II, III, etc., to designate increasingly faster sinking rates, but they are not clear. The clear line may help with spooky fish in clear water too.

    90% of the time I go to the beach with just two lines, a dry and the RIO intermediate line. You can usually get bye with just the floating line and throwing a fly with some weight in it, but there are times when an intermediate line is just the right tool for the job.
     
  16. Doug Fir

    Doug Fir New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2007
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Puyallup Washington
    Thanks 'dog! :)
     
  17. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Messages:
    1,352
    Media:
    15
    Likes Received:
    120
    Location:
    Phinney Ridge, Seattle, WA
    Nice fish. Haven't fished for SRC yet but that's on the list for 2008.
     
  18. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2003
    Messages:
    4,127
    Media:
    203
    Likes Received:
    595
    Location:
    Near the Fjord
    Nice job Jeff. We should get together sometime. I was out today in the drizzle as you were yesterday and beached about 9 fish also. I'm at Seabeck. I'll trade you your sculpin pattern for my Kilowatt Red. :)
     
  19. Jeff Hale

    Jeff Hale B.I.G.F.F.

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2005
    Messages:
    641
    Media:
    71
    Likes Received:
    27
    Location:
    Bainbridge Island, WA
    Right on, Larry. Let's do it. I can't ever get enough cool sculpin patterns. PM me if you want to hook up with my crew and we can wreck some havoc on the cutts. Jeff
     
  20. MasterAnglerTaylor

    MasterAnglerTaylor Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2007
    Messages:
    749
    Media:
    29
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Poulsbo/Pullman, WA
    Hey larry, i have been to seabeck before but never really looked around for fishing spots. Is there a public access around there, i know there is a boat launch and stuff, at least i thought there was.

    Thanks
     

Share This Page