Fling and Swing

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by miyawaki, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2002
    Messages:
    3,437
    Likes Received:
    1,432
    Location:
    Kent, Washington, USA.
    Did the "Fling and Swing" thing yesterday with Mike Sturza, chief guide and owner of Lost Creek Fly Shop in Onalaska, WA. This was a nutty, crazy, arm-wearying trip!

    We hit Mayfield Lake for Tiger Muskies at 8AM armed with 10wt rods, intermediate lines and 8" flies. We had at least 20 follows, looks, and turnaways. And I thought permit were persnickety! Mike finally hooked one of about 40" but lost it as he was derricking it out of the weeds. I have never seen fish follow a fly, stop at the boat, peer at the fly, roll to the side and look up at us, then give us the fin and drop down out of sight!

    By 3PM, we were swinging flies on speyrods to steelhead on the nearby Cowlitz River - from fish you can see that don't eat to fish you can't see that eat! I hooked and lost one in the first run and landed an 8lb "recycled" and tagged brat. Say what you will about hatchery steelhead, this fish put on a wild high-flying aerial show before heading to the smoker

    Leland. photo-11.JPG photo-12.JPG photo-10.JPG lelandflies-005.jpg
     
    SaltyCutt and JesseC like this.
  2. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2002
    Messages:
    26,601
    Likes Received:
    5,196
    Location:
    Dillon, Mt
    Nice upside down picture. I had to turn my lap top upside down to view. Just glad it wasn't our PC.
     
    Kcahill and miyawaki like this.
  3. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Messages:
    4,115
    Likes Received:
    1,634
    Location:
    Moses Lake, WA
    I think the Cowlitz is known as "down under" to the northern WA contingent. A very nice outing.
     
  4. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2002
    Messages:
    3,437
    Likes Received:
    1,432
    Location:
    Kent, Washington, USA.
    It looks like I caught it in Australia

    Leland.
     
  5. aplTyler

    aplTyler Inept Steelheader

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2011
    Messages:
    573
    Likes Received:
    91
    Location:
    The Evergreen State
    Sounds like a great day. Mike is a fantastic guide and real great guy too. I need to get out and fish with him again soon.
     
  6. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2008
    Messages:
    1,828
    Likes Received:
    895
    Location:
    Seattle, Wa
    It's Cowtits Bill.
     
  7. Builder

    Builder Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2010
    Messages:
    174
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Missoula, Montana
    Back in the day , with gear on Lake St Clair...."figure 8" the Musky at the boat Leland. Probably tough with the fly rod.