Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Irafly, Oct 16, 2013.
Mis-clips go in the fish box...... If it's obvious.
Enjoy the crowds...and BEARS.
<----- possibly an opener fish caught on a rocktober raddis
I'm usually the same way... but the one pictured didn't even have a visible scar. it was definitely clipped, but I would have had no way to really talk my way out of an inspection.
I've run into a few "clipped" fish where the scar was still fresh. I found out that some yokels would catch wild fish down river, clip them and let them go in hopes of catching them later on as "hatchery" fish. If it ain't down right obvious, I'll take the chance fine for accidentally releasing a "hatchery" fish over bonking a native any day.
Considering I was the only boat on this stretch of river, and was the first to hit all these spots, I don't think it had any "help" like that. Though that can definitely happen (they had issues with that in SW WA in recent years). That one was from the Wenatchee opening morning. I've seen a lot of bad mis-clips there. And totally agree: I'd rather release a brat than bonk a native. I err on the side of caution when it comes to these types of fisheries.
Also, Ira: That one fell victim to the centerpin
Were you in that green wood boat with the center pin?
I was in a Clack with a centerpin, yes.
If you are the boat I'm thinking about I was the guy wading in the middle of the river up above Carl.
I was on the Wenatchee.
We were at the access at 9 miles on the Met; great day, warm, blue sky, and not a fish to be seen. Did see one gear guy with one by second bridge though.
Fished from the lower river upstream and found one player that didn't find my hook. tried dry line, sink tip, middle of the road, leeches, dries, traditional wets. Fish are difficult.
Sounds like business as usual. The Wenatchee wasn't exactly popping either. The reports I'm getting from friends on the Methow so far aren't stellar. Then again, with these counts I'm surprised they even opened it.
Can I just leave zombie meat on the bank for the wolves and wolverines?
Opening day was decent but it's been slow and crowded since then.