Smelt?

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    FishPirate New Member

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    Anyone fish for smelt with a fly rod?
     
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    Due to the response, I'd have to say not many. They don't don't grow very big in these parts, but in Steamboat Bay, SE Alaska, we jigged for them off the boat. These smelt were up to 10" and fight like a trout on steroids, and they bite a small white jig and hit hard, not like kokanee, these fish nail it, and go crazy. If they grew big, EVERYONE would use flies on smelt.
     
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    Not only do they taste great, but they go CRAZY for a size 16 gray scud. I only keep the 6-8 inchers, but on my 2wt, they are a real kick.
     
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    fish pirate, thats pretty enventive there, never thought of that. they spawn thru sinclair inlet, and oyster bay in bremerton by the thousands. I 'm gonna try it, if I'm correct I usually see people fishing for them in the fall. alot of orientals throw there minnie trawlers over the spawning beds and pull them in, they'll freak seeing someone flyfishing for them. Ben
     
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    Fish till ya drop.
    Then suck it up
    and fish the evening hatch.

    Man, you want some fun....go for those giant smelt they call Shad
    below Bonneville with the 2oz. 2 wt. Naw ya better go to a 4wt. 3oz. These guys are supercharged and got a little current behind em and go to 4#.
    Use bright colored bonefish charlies & cast along the edge of the
    current riffs. Hold on tight.
     
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    When I was talking about the big smelt in Alaska I totally forgot about shad, the same family as the smelt, and a legendary gamefish.What was I thinking?
     
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    So when/where should a bankie go on the Columbia for shad? I've heard that below Bonneville is good. . .any specifics?
     
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    Fish till ya drop.
    Then suck it up
    and fish the evening hatch.

    The run peaks sometime in June and goes into July. There is somewhere on the Web that shows Bonneville fish counts or some newspapers do too. When you see shad in the counts....GO!
    Guys fish em certain places clean down to Camus. Somma the better spots are boat access only though.
    For Bankies go to Bonneville and look till you find fish.
    Oranges and bright yellow stuff is good. Red OK too.
     
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    www.ifish.net scroll down to the corps of engineers on the left it is the bonneville fish count updated daily I think. Ben
     
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    Not so, smelt are Osmeridae and rather closely related to the salmonids. Shad are Clupeidae and are members of the herring family.