Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by jeubanks, Dec 7, 2008.
Someone needs to post a new trip report, maybe something in the brown line class.
Man I thought that creek was a lot closer to spokane... it's over by Yakima? jeez... That's kinda far lol
Between Moses Lake and Soap Lake, 2 hours or so from you.
Its obvious the guy who posted the pics is probably relatively new to fly fishing, or just doesnt understand how fragile trout and rocky in particular can be. As with many things education is often the key, and it appears some people need education on catch and release techniques. While I suggest not even handling the trout at all if you can I know at times it can be difficult for some to unhook a fish without handling them. If you must touch the fish first wet your hands this helps to keep the slime coating, which helps to protect the fish from disease, parasites and infection, in tact. Its always best to keep the fish in the water, but for those who like taking pictures only have the fish out of water as is necessary. The poor fish that looks like it bounced around in the gravel and dirt for 5 minutes may seem ok when released back into the water, but chances are it will develope ich or some other type of ailment dangerous to trout. I have fished Rocky since it was rehabilitated back in the mid 80's and over the years have seen plenty of fish swimming around with ich. I know it looks like itch, but it is pronounced like Ick. Once their slime is removed in any area of their bodies trout are much more vulnerable to diseases and parasites. For those of us that have seen the rise and decline and rise again of the Ford we want to see it stay good, so lets all take the time to take care of the great trout we have all come to day dream about. Its seems there are fewer and fewer great fisheries with each passing year, lets not ruin the few we have.
I can understand the desire for a newcomer to get a photo or two of those big rainbows because we were all there once but, as Redside 1 says, it's a matter of education.
I've seen many people mishandle fish over the years and a polite word or two on proper handling of fish might make a lasting impression.
First and foremost, if you really need to use a net, buy one that is fish friendly; the old fashioned aluminum frame ones with the green nylon netting are very hard on the fish; they are not intended for catch and release. Don't handle the fish any more than is absolutely necessary and never lay it done in the dirt.
Eventually I quit using a net altogether at Rocky Ford; if you just reach down and unhook the fly and don't handle the fish, it will usually swim off immediately. Pulling the fish into a net seems to really shock it, and it takes much longer for them to revive them before they get their wits about them again.
WTF, why bring up this old thread, Mods?
This thread is a zombie. Someone shoot it in the head and burn the body, it just keeps getting up and shambling forward. Mmmmmm Braaaaaaaains....
i was there today (was passing by on the way home from rock climbing at goose lake) and that place is just a glorified zoo. I might try to make it back there when its 5 degrees and try to get some solitude. pretty insane creek with gorgeous fish but the crowds are a real deal breaker for me.
mmmmm more brains
Dustin, Thanks for posting that note. I was thinking of going but was wondering exactly that - whether the crowds were heavy. Now I know and I don't think I'll make the trek.
I went to The Ford on my way back over from the Wet Side and it was packed... Fish were feeding and landed a couple but alot of pressure for sure! It is fun to get out and sight fish a little, unlike anything you will find any other place in the state
WOW people these days its a trout.. seriously its not a wild steelhead for real calm down.
Just returned from RF. Fished it on a Monday. No pressure, shared it with two other fellas from Kent. Fishing was real slooooow. Only one hook up. Lots of snakes and a beaver. Enjoyed the sunshine.
I used snow shoes in there one day in February. I submerge myself underwater and lie in wait, when a fish approaches I use a barbed ninja throwing star with 30# test attached to it to take my share. These tactics may not be legal, but I have never seen them specifically mentioned in any regulations...so...