Who loves HO'S?

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by stilly stalker, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    January coho that is!!! Landed this beauty at about 4 this afternoon. Pretty damn bright for mid January Id say. I consider my spey cherry officially popped now. First fish Ive got on the new rod thats taken me into the backing. He was a bulldogger. Short bursts of energy peeling off line, followed by lots of head shakes and rolls at the surface. Hit a new fly Ive been tying thats kind of like Scott Howells prom dress, in metallic green/black
  2. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Nice, now show us that fly! Strong work.
  3. stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    Well, its a bit mangled now! Ill tie up another on. Today was my first R and D day with it. The water looked like chocolate milk, but this guy hit on the swing! Just goes to show tht 6 inches of vis doesnt mean you wont catch anything! Still not a steelhead, but Ill take it! S river coho don't exactly hit everything that goes past their face
  4. Matthew Gulbranson Resident Swinger

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    That is cool as sh*t! Not a bad looking fish at all for Jan. Consider your rod to have some mojo now, along with your fly. Nice fish.
  5. Yard Sale Active Member

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  6. shotgunner Anywhere ~ Anytime

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    Nice one, friend!

    Is that a wild fish? Are there wild fish in that trib and if so how would you differentiate from a hatchery return? [if there are any]

    Well done.. :thumb:
  7. Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    Are you sure that's not an Atlantic Salmon? :clown:

    Nice feesh...
  8. stewart dee Guest

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    Nice work. Those guys run until late Feb on your river. Very hard fish to take fair hooked, hats off to ya.
  9. Steve Call Active Member

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    Congrats! Must have hit it on the nose.
  10. stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    theres more in that run, i know it! going back friday to catch another, and hopefully some steel to boot!
    notice the leeches coming out of his gills in the 2nd pic? only ever seen that on the samish
  11. Derek Day Rockyday

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    We see it all the time on the Skagit.
  12. Andrew Lawrence Active Member

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  13. Smalma Active Member

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    Those late spawning are found in all the "S" rivers. Not all that uncommon to see coho spawning in some tributaries (and even main river areas) in February and March. Some years in a couple tribs. actively spawning coho have been seen during steelhead spawning surveys even in April. Just another example of the wide diversity of the coho that was one time found in many of our rivers. Over the years on North Sound rivers I have caught adult coho in freshwater every month of the year except April and May and as mention have seen adults in April.

    One thing folks might find interesting is that these fish appear to more or less "normal" time in terms of river entry. Just that they hold for extend periods prior to spawning. It would be rare not to see leeches on those late staging coho - maybe due the months those fish hold before spawning. As with many of our coho late in season those fish (especially the males) seem to be better biters. Have suspected that is due to the increased aggression of the fish as they near spawning. For the same reasons those fish are rarely the spectacular fighters often associated with fresh run fish. In addition those fish typically have exhausted most of their fat reserves and when an angler stumbles on a pod of such fish it is best for the fish to move on.

    tight lines
  14. stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    this guy was a serious brawler for his size. Im glad I had the spey rod and 15lb tippet to muscle him to the bank before he ran downriver past where I could chase him. I think I hit him on the head with it basically. I cast, mended and 2 seconds later, BAM!
  15. Richard Torres Active Member

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    Nice job SS.

    A beautiful coho it is.