The Wenatchee's open for Chinook

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Alex MacDonald, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    We have this debate: these fish aren't eating, but rather attacking something that flashes in front of their face. Two questions: first, which is it-trying to eat or attacking, and second, do you think they'd go after a spey fly?

    The Wenatchee's really rolling now, so floating is the safer option, but as soon as it goes down a little, casting the big rod might be worth while. do any of you think a 7 weight would handle one of these fish?
     
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    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    Whether attacking or eating... I guess I don't really put much thought in to it anymore. They are responding to something in their space and that often involves putting it in their mouths. In any case, they're not feeding (they can't. they can't metabolize it at least), so who knows what they're doing.

    I've swung kings on a 7wt spey. It was a little undergunned. 7wt single hander, probably adequate for only the small guys ( < 10lbs )
     
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    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    7wt 2 hander should be fine. But keep in mind my "King on the fly" experience is limited (one King, not a Spring fish). I have seen a lot of Springers caught this year and most are in the 28" - 34" range. So, 12#- 16# tops?

    AND the 7 wt I would use many consider a slightly light-8 wt (TCX).
     
  4. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    thanks, gents! I've got both a Reddington 8wt and a Cabela's LSI 7, which I prefer. It'll take more time before the runoff subsides, but once that does, I think I'll give it a go!
     
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  5. sounds like a good excuse to buy a new rod
     
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  6. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    find a nice used sage 9140 brownie, I highly recommend them for fishing king salmon..
     
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    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

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    Sweet- Get those articulated intruders ready!
     
  8. jake-e-boy

    jake-e-boy No mas

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    I will be on the snatch/icicle this weekend, not flyfishing

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  9. Chawhee

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    9wt, you going to be tossing some huge flies.
     
  10. Steve Saville

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    Look up fly called a "Fat Freddie." Basically it's a yarn ball with a white shuck that imitates a gob of eggs and is tied on a 2/0 or larger hook. It might be worth it. They work well in Alaska.
     
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    jake-e-boy No mas

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    someone was swinging flies on it today, below the hog line
     
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    I swing flies on the icicle especiall a little later when the water drops ,6 yrs ago when I was moving down from alaska I started fishing this river again ,got a lot of funny looks swinging a fly and then it happenned-------------- right by the boat ramp I nailed a hen and she spent more time out of the water than in it , woulda thought she was asteelhead, buddy had a net w/ scale she was aprox 15 lbs ! what a show then to throw salt in all the plunkers wounds I revied and released her knowing as she had been stung she would shoot for the hatchery rules and rude bankies be damned she earned it smitty
     
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    jake-e-boy No mas

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    Launch is only swing-able spot on river unless you in a boat, you could swing it now, but might get caught in some plunkers mono. Way to live up to the elitist fly flicker stereotype
     
  14. Josh P

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    You're going to need to fish some heavy tips and big bugs to get down in these flows. That along with the high water I would say fish a 8 or 9 if you can. Has anyone swung a springer on the Wenatchee this year? Grew up there and its killing me not being home to fish it. With the recent popularity of spey fishing if its happened it could quite possibly be the first springer caught on a spey rod in the history of the Wenatchee?
     
  15. jake-e-boy

    jake-e-boy No mas

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    There are much better waters to fish for springers with a Spey rod right now. Only small handful of spots you could efficiently swing right now with the flows. Come July it will be slightly better
     
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