When strip setting goes bad

#20
Had an early appointment today that gave me a window to fish early this morning. Decided to hit a beach closer to my doctors office. It was calm and cold when I geared up, but by the time I started fishing the wind was picking up.

Beach fishing in October is cold!!! My hands/fingers were numb quickly. Luckily I didn't have to wait too long to get them warmed up, as this guy plucked my clouser near the end of my retrieve maybe 5 casts after arriving.

Stonefish is right, these October fish for the most part are not slamming the fly. The hits are very subtle, very trouty. Most of them seem to come on the drop between strips, and it feels like they just pick it up and mouth it or something. I can honestly say that last year I would have missed most of the fish I've caught this week. I think my focus on strip setting is really paying off. This fish this morning hit real soft on the drop, and I managed to wait just a half second to feel him good before I strip set and then raised the rod. I am confident that I would have lifted immediately not that long ago, and missed such a fish.

With each one I keep telling myself "Ok, now that was probably the last silver of the year...."

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dp

~El Pescador
#21
you are on fire!!
last night I told myself I wasn't going to take out the boat (start it up, gas, unload all summer toys stored in it, no one can go, etc) but now I am back on!!
I'll hit the water by myself. I need some coho in the freezer
thanks for the motivation Nick
 

Adrian

Active Member
#23
I can personally attest to the show put on Nick. The only part of his story not 100% true is he wasn't entirely alone...just one other angler who also got his limit ;). Fish hitting on exact opposite sides of the cast and retrieve was a sight. We both would sweep out poles across ourselves before pulling the offering out of the water. This would allow for the curious coho one last chance at our offering. One coho hit Nick's offering at his feet, the other hit the second his offering touched the water. Subtle techniques are making the difference on the water this time of the year...like the final sweep.
 
#24
Hey there Adrian. Was good fishing with ya yesterday. I was alone on Tue from my original report so I wasn't lying Haha. I was meaning to ask you yesterday if you frequented this board at all after you were talking about the fly fishing you did. Hit me up if you ever want to get out. Always glad to meet and fish with other local guys


I can personally attest to the show put on Nick. The only part of his story not 100% true is he wasn't entirely alone...just one other angler who also got his limit ;). Fish hitting on exact opposite sides of the cast and retrieve was a sight. We both would sweep out poles across ourselves before pulling the offering out of the water. This would allow for the curious coho one last chance at our offering. One coho hit Nick's offering at his feet, the other hit the second his offering touched the water. Subtle techniques are making the difference on the water this time of the year...like the final sweep.
 
#25
I don't want to say it, but maybe its coming to an end. Fished the morning incoming and through a bit of the change with Matt today with very little to show for our efforts. I got one 3-4lb fish that I ended up taking home as he was bleeding when I got him to shore, and we saw a gear guy land one, but that was about it.

Gonna go give it a break and go fish Lone tomorrow.

It's not over.... it's not over.... it's not over.....
 

Dipnet

The wanted posters say Tim Hartman
#26
Yeah, I fished a couple of local beaches the last 2 days with meager results. Wednesday had one smallish LDR (but did have a fish about 6 or 7 lbs. swim nonchalantly by nearly over the toes of my boots). Yesterday tried another spot a little south of the previous with only one small rezzie for about 3 hours of effort. OTOH, I had both spots all to myself and that's my kinda fishin'!
 
#27
That is one nice thing about fishing for silvers on the beach in October, the crowds are thin to none in most places. The other bonus, is that you don't have to get up at 3am!
 

Dipnet

The wanted posters say Tim Hartman
#28
Right you are, mate!

The one thing *I* need to remember is that it's not summer anymore and I need to be prepared for that (as with your experience a couple of days back)!

When I first walked down to yesterday's beach it was calm and fairly warm.

After about an hour I could see rain to the south of me and although I never got rained upon, the wind picked up substantially and it turned darned cold! I pulled on the wading jacket but wished I'd stuffed my Wapiti Woolies "Happy Humper" hat in the pack. That's my most favorite head-warmer ever!

OTOH, due to the wind coming from my right I had a chance to play around casting with my non-dominant arm in order to avoid impaling myself in the head! The casts weren't pretty but they kinda worked!
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#29
I don't want to say it, but maybe its coming to an end. Fished the morning incoming and through a bit of the change with Matt today with very little to show for our efforts. I got one 3-4lb fish that I ended up taking home as he was bleeding when I got him to shore, and we saw a gear guy land one, but that was about it.

Gonna go give it a break and go fish Lone tomorrow.

It's not over.... it's not over.... it's not over.....
Nick,
Thanks for the update.
Lots of fresh fish jumping in a lower river system I checked out yesterday. I think there are still more to come, but it is a matter of getting them to eat.
It will be interesting to see how many fish get checked at the Sekiu derby this weekend.
I was thinking todays rain may draw in more fish. I still may head your way tomorrow although I'm not a huge fan of the incoming on that beach. The outgoing seems to fish much better.
SF
 
#30
I was just mentioning that derby to Matt this morning in conversation about how much longer it could last. I'm gonna go up and fish Lone with Ira tomorrow but I'll probably give it a shot on Monday. There were a few around, but not many. The one herring guy missed 2-3, plus lost one more before he landed one. Did see a couple jumpers.