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  1. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    Messing around in the yak today on MA !! First spot tried was an old chestnut of a beach but there wasn't much doing apart from other fly dudes. I've learned the hard way, if it's not dawn or dusk, and if there's nothing there in 5 minutes it's best to bail then and there rather than 2 hours later. So into the yak I went, paddling north.

    It's been a long time since I got into a pod of resident coho and this was some needed tonic. Fun times with pretty much any moving fly. So... the experiments... Specifically new poppers I tied. ( These are based on ear inserts for hearing testing that one of the techs didn't need and was going to toss, so I grabbed them instead, attached a variety of tail stuff onto the black stem and presto, there's a tube fly popper) If you are interested, carefusion ear tips, they have a good buoyancy, come in a bunch of sizes and look like this:

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    well they generated lots of interest but zero hookups. Zero. ZERO. I mean it was fun watching, I guess, but as usual subsurface ruled the day.

    I tried using the eerie poppers as indicators alone, suspended amphipod(s) beneath and dead drifted, but nothing... despite tons of fish around. Alls the coho and cutts were interested in was something small and vaguely fishy, and retrieved. I consider myself a specialist in this kind of brainless delivery of half-assed ties, so this was good indeed. It was cool to see the two species were in the exact same area, at the same time, haven't come across that before.

    I am curious to see what others think but the 15 inch cutt fought harder than the 15 inch coho. But the 15 inch coho was way more acrobatic. The cutt had lice and looked like life was unkind, the Coho looked like the living was easy...

    Tides were interesting, normally they flow due north, and for a two-hour window in this relatively weak high and turn meant I was in a back eddy flowing south. That backwards eddy was gold... As soon as it started going back north the bite died....
     
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    eli neshiem New Member

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    Awesome report! Awesome picture! Thanks for sharing :D
     
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    SquatchinSince86 Totally Unprofessional

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    beautiful day to be out on the water. Those have bluegill poppers all over them! They tend to nip so maybe a tube fly popper will be the ticket
     
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    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    The mysteries of PS tides.
    Just when you think you have them figured out, you wish you were wearing a cup.

    Nice report boot.
    SF
     
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  5. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    There have been times when I shake my fist at the wind and tide gods and curse their trickery...today it was different, they weren't too brutal. If I kept better notes I am almost certain the exceptional south movement is actually pretty common at a certain tide height, and those inverted eddies are probably a key reason why resident coho and cutts pen there. Taken a step further there are probably similar features in other places I've never paddled to that would hold up just as well should those criteria be met
     
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    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Where if fished today, the north wind stuffed the tide....and my casting Like any stud NFL middle linebacker versus a Seahawks RB.
    Tackle for loss. Third and 17.
    I was losing and somebody was winning but it wasn't me. Where is Charlie Sheen when you need him and his tiger blood?
    I said the hell with it. I went down tide and casted up tide with the wind at my back.
    Not a perfect situation or solution, but some fish declared it brilliant.
    SF
     
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  7. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    About 6 years ago this particular cove used to be one you could walk to in a modest high, maybe duck or climb over a fallen tree or two. These days that passage was not at all possible for long stretches. Fallen trees and slow progressions of small slides have made that impassable in all but the lowest of tides. Weather records suggest this is the wettest four year stretch we have had. I wonder if that has something to do with it. There was far more organic debris/shelter in the water without a ton of silt or washout. I'm hoping that means good things.

    Here's a sense of it...see the beach?
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    What a cool experiment it would be to have tons of organic debris fixed in place on the ocean side of the N/S riprap rail line between say Shilshole and Edmonds. That low wall of rock boulders obliterates lots of interesting potential...
     
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  8. Dave Boyle

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    “The cutt had lice and looked like life was unkind, the Coho looked like the living was easy...”

    All the SRCs I’ve caught in the past month have looked like they are feeling it and all were ‘caked’ with argulids. I’ve just taken up the salt after a long hiatus and never seen so many hangers on but I only fished the N sound previously. Now I’m trying to learn or really, explore the SSound.

    Anyone catching SRC in Seattle or north see these? Nick Clayton has a previous post with a pic.

    Anyway, I agree the coho are fat and healthy and the ones I’ve caught are bug free. Given both species are salmonids I wonder why only the cutts get infested.

    Dave
     
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  9. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    I was mistaken these were not sea lice on the cutts, these were argulids.

    No doubt Charlie has a scorching case of argulids. The tiger blood doesn't work for that. Maybe a poultice with ground rhino horn? A shark-fin lined tortoise-shell chastity garment might also work.
     
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    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Winning!
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