Tacoma Narrows (Gig Harbor side)

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  1. Tom Johnston

    Tom Johnston Been around a while

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    So I was fishing there yesterday and right at the turn of low tide and the first two hours after the SRC's are real active. I threw everything I had even some river flies. Could not catch a thing. Never seen them so active except this time of the tide. Talked to a older gentleman and he told me to throw nothing but pink and white flies. I even threw that. What kind of fly should I throw when I get into this situation?
     
  2. Philster

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    It's heresy but at the narrows casting long to deeper water and letting your fly swing in to shore is more important to me than what I throw. A 1.5 to 2 inch chartreuse clouser cast really long. Multiple fish seem to really follow a long way before striking. Almost like they aren't interested in feeding in the deeper water they are hanging out in but then they hit it when it gets right along shore. But casting right along shore only gets you those 6 to 8 inch salmon. Draw them in, and then they'll bite. That's my experience there with decent sized SRC.
     
  3. Tom Johnston

    Tom Johnston Been around a while

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    Cool thanks, I was getting pretty frustrated yesterday. I was trying all types of tech. and none of them were working. Jumping all around me it was crazy.
     
  4. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Are you sure they were searuns? If you are talking about Doc's, it isn't know as a top searun spot compared to other south sound locations.
    You mention lots of jumping fish, could they have been coho rather then src's?
     
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    You may want to check out my recent thread. I'm sure the fish you're seeing are feeding on euphausiids.

    http://washingtonflyfishing.com/board/showthread.php?t=48820

    I fished north of the bridge yesterday on the afternoon incoming and there were again tons of rising fish (I suspect herring, but I guess I'd have to catch one to truly know) and gulls feeding on euphausiids. I stopped by the narrows park at dusk on my way home and the scene looked similar.

    Euphausiid pic from that first time.
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    Those are not SRCs but herrings. I caught a couple of 6 inchers on Sunday. Boy, do they stink! They are really active around slack and disapear once the current gets really moving.
     
  7. Tom Johnston

    Tom Johnston Been around a while

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    I guess it could be a mix of alot of things. Some did look like SRC, came completely out of water. The big ones were probly kings. Some did look like herring. Lots of activity. Hooked a little one that was an SRC. Yeah first two hours of incoming is real active there. What kind of flies do I use to catch the kings?
     
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    Tom Johnston Been around a while

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    Thanks for the link.
     
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    When beach fishing, water coverage is key (in my opinion). As Phil noted, longer casts increase your chances of hooking up.

    Also, the Narrows isn't really known as top searun spot, so don't get down if it takes a while for a searun to jump on your offerings.
     
  10. Tom Johnston

    Tom Johnston Been around a while

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    Now I have been looking at new fly rods. Does a higher quality rod help cast further and cause a tighter loop? I bought a Lamaglas to get back into the swing of things, and I dont think it has very good performance.
     
  11. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    I have an older lamiglas 8wt, a st. croix 8wt, a 5/6wt that I built and a 5 wt that I built. For each of them I use my stripping basket when fishing the beach and find that I can get more line out using the basket. I'm a hack, if it works for me someone with some talent should get better rewards. I'm sure I get 20' or so more line out with the basket.
     
  12. Tom Johnston

    Tom Johnston Been around a while

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    Yeah I noticed a basket is where its at. I have about 20 feet floating down the beach.
     
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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    You can make your own on the cheap. Mine is home engineeered from a kidney shaped laundry basket that had a broken handle. All that line floating away is adding tons of drag through the water, your hands and the guides to get it out. If you want to see a picture of mine or get a recipe of how to send me a PM.
     
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    Alright, when I get around to it Mumbles Ill PM ya. Thanks.
     
  15. Jake Bannon

    Jake Bannon nymphs for steelhead....

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    Its probley not the rod that is lacking your distance of casting. Ive casted a Cheapy scientific anglers rod from wally world for 20$ and I still could cast a good 90ft. Depending on how much and how long you have been doing it will most likely determine your cast distance.

    Im no expert on saltwater but as for flies I like to keep it simple with baitfish patterns. Clousers, epoxyheads, whatever.....if a fish sees a baitfish presented half right most likely they will eat it. IMO SRC are opportunists meaning they will eat almost anything if its presented to them decently. Good Luck.....


    Jake