Pink Recon

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
Nick, sorry to break it to you, but you are not looking all that well. I think you should rest up with a long reaching fly rod in the morning and work after that.
 
If only, Ed. If only. As it was it was sheer torture to tear myself away from the lake with Ira today.

If I was working my normal swing shift it wouldn't be a problem to get out, but I have to go in at noon tomorrow for some training so that cuts way down on my available time. Oh well, I can't complain as at least I have steady employment. Plenty aren't that lucky.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
I call bullshit. You need to be on the beach by Five and off by Eight, eat breakfast, socialize with the family, post a report for the WFF membership then roll to work.
 
you got that single hander figured out?
Getting there. 2yrs of not really fishing a single hander(at least in situations where I have to cast more than 20 feet) really didn't help me. I put the rio grand on it yesterday instead of that outbound short, and that made a world of difference.
 

Jay Burman

Fly Fisher, Bon Vivant, Layabout.
I'm starting to wish I had a 9'6" 6 weight, not only for sw but river fishing too. I think a 6 is the minimum to use, some 6's are built more like 7's and even some 8's so it also depends on what make/model rod you are using. But, Salt dog makes a great point, sometimes when you have your extended cousins fishing with you have to bring them in quick and straight!
I bought a Sage Z-Axis 697 which is the 9'6" six weight. I bought it primarily for lake fishing but it's also perfect for SRC's. It has a fighting butt which should be on all rods. I order to get the fighting butt I had to buy the 4 piece model so for convenience I only break in down into main 2 pieces and carry it in a rod and reel case. I love it! I would marry it if could.
 

Gregg Lundgren

Now fishing on weekdays too!
Hit the beach this afternoon and fished the incoming tide until dusk. Certainly was a beautiful evening. No pinks to hand, although another fly angler said his friend had picked one up earlier in the day. A single bullhead kept the total skunk off.

I purchased one of the Orvis stripping baskets today and introduced myself to Leland. My integrated head line casting is slowly improving, and with the basket I was amazed how much of that Airflo 40+ line can be launched with just a bit of a tail wind. My lesson learned for the day was that "less means more". Less force; better timing, let the rod do the work. Less casting; roll cast to get the head back out, then make just one cast. The results were more distance and more fishing time with the fly swimming.

Don't you just love that rebound bump when you unexpectedly shoot more line than what you have in the basket? Learning. Thanks for the tips guys!
 
Thats exactly right Greggor. It took a long time for this meathead not to overpower the rod when using a shooting head. Not overpowering on the forward cast was quite the challenge, but like you said, LESS IS MORE. Thanks for the report on the beach.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
Mumbles, Evan, Steve,

I'm curious about those puffins. Are they in south sound, where you fish for pinks around those points just north of Tacoma? I've only seen puffins out on the north coast and Neah Bay. I could get more interested in chasing the pinks if there's cool birds too. Is there a good place where I could launch my 16' Lund?

Sg
 

Greg Armstrong

OldRodsHaveMoreFun
Mumbles, Evan, Steve,

I'm curious about those puffins. Are they in south sound, where you fish for pinks around those points just north of Tacoma? I've only seen puffins out on the north coast and Neah Bay. I could get more interested in chasing the pinks if there's cool birds too. Is there a good place where I could launch my 16' Lund?

Sg
SG,

The Tufted Puffins are found mostly in areas with steep rock bluffs ie; San Juan Islands, Discovery Island, North Coastline of the Olympic peninsula, etc. Because of their habitat preferences you won't likely find them in central or south sound areas. Kind of like fish species, birds have habitat preferences too.
I watch birds for enjoyment wherever I fish, rivers, streams lakes and on the salt. It really adds to my enjoyment (and sometimes helps increase my fishing success) on any waters.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
Greg,

Yeah, that's what I thought. And maybe I misunderstood. But it read like they saw the puffins while fishing for pinks in south sound. That's why I posted my question.

Sg
 

cabezon

Sculpin Enterprises
Hi SG,

I was responding to the puffins, not the pink fishing report. No, I've never seen tufted puffins in the South Sound, but I've spent very little time on the water in that area. The place where I have seen several at a time is Iceberg Point on the south side of Lopez Island, not far from Cattle Pass [this was a decade or more ago; given the substrate of the cliffs, I wouldn't be to surprised to find that they were breeding there in tunnels in the cliffs]. We were collecting sculpins from the subtidal and intertidal (collected 9 species from one pool!). On rare occasions, I have seen tufted puffins in Cattle Pass (between the south ends of Lopez and San Juan) especially off Goose Island. [If you want to see harlequin ducks in winter, go to Cattle Point lighthouse].

While Goose Is. has a great reputation as a King salmon hole, I don't much about the salmon fishing prospects at Iceberg Point (rockfish / lings / greenlings might be good though). Generally, incoming salmon that hit the islands from the Strait of Juan de Fuca pod up between Cattle Point and Eagle Point on the low tide and then use the incoming tide to assist them around the west side of San Juan and then the north side of Orcas. Sockeye wander more, hence the several set nets found between the islands, such as off Shaw Island and Lopez Island.

Steve