[font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON Feb-18-01 AT 10:37 PM (PST)[/font][p]Okay, so I’m delinquent. Here’s a recap of my past 9 days in the salt. I'm sure with 66 registered users, we'll see additional reports posted after this 3-day President's day weekend. 2/11 - Inaugural trip for my new T&T Horizon 906S in my favorite little spot just up the street from Mary K’s place. Fish popping the surface everywhere and I got skunked. I mean, totally S-K-U-N-K-E-D!! Oh well, there’s always tomorrow. Must have been the Karma evening the scorecard. The rod, however, is awesome. If you haven’t tried one before, do so before you make your next rod purchase. Morning Hatch and Worley Bugger are the two Washington Flyshops that carry them that I know of. Also switched to a Cortlant 444 .031 floating running line and a Cortland SWT8F shooting head cut back to 27-feet (it balances there for me) - don‘t know why I decided to switch to this, but I did. Maybe for the smaller diameter running line? Not only regained my previous distance, but increased it by about 12-feet, all with detectable less effort. I like this, its a good thing. 2/16 - Back to “the spot” - a diamond in the rough or, for those of you familiar, a real “Pearl." 6 Silvers 13“-16” on my pink shrimp pattern in (see previous post under South Sound Report for the pattern.) Gave a Clouser a serious try when they began clearing the surface 2-hours before peak high tide but to no avail. I don't think they're onto baitfish patterns yet although some of their behavior suggest they are. Gotta go back to the drawing board on this one and rethink it. 2/18 - 2 Silvers and a Cutt off the point where Goodnough Creek dumps in (most folks seem to pass this spot up opting instead to stay below the access path or off to the right towards the bridge.) The Cutt was the biggest I’ve ever caught here - a MEASURED 21-inches. What a spirited fight it was! Both Silvers 15-inches. All caught, again, on the pink shrimp pattern. Strip, strip, strip, pause (about 20 sec.) Strip is like shaking down a thermometer (some call it the "amphipod hop; take is usually on the pause. One other FF'er caught a small Silver on a Clouser; go figure! Saw something I’d never seen here before. A gear-head hauled in a 13-inch WILD juvenile Steelhead (clearly a Rainbow) on a #4 silver Blue Fox Spinner. Could ther be a saltwater steelhead fishery developing here? Be still, my heart. Or was this simply the villiage idiot who lost his way? Boxcar? Rod-N-Reel? HELP!!! Wife off to a conference for a week beginning 03/03/01 - My crystal ball shows a solid week of flyfishing ahead. If you happen by and see a black 1999 Ford F250 4X4 Offroad Pickup with FFF and TU decals in the back window, stop by and say hello. Saw an update dated 2/16 on the WDFW site today announcing the closure of several rivers to ALL fishing effective 03/01/01 through 05/31/01 (assuming I read it correctly; I think I did.) Most distressing was the Snoqualmie River system. Chris, its beginning to look like June for a Mid-Fork rendevous.