Yarnies - Love or Hate?

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by flyfishmt, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. Peyton00

    Peyton00 Active Member

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    Plunking, If you know the travel lanes... is a good time and most takedowns are landed. The downsize is natives are hooked just as deep down the throat as the hatchery fish. Using good bait and plunking is not sportie, but effective.
     
  2. Sean Beauchamp

    Sean Beauchamp Heavies...

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    Remember this was all about a dec trip to fish a small river jugged with hatchery clones (and wall to wall gear guys). You realize PP holds a snoopy pole fishing derby?

    Here's a yarnie caught bogi brat rockin a November stash. Fishing is supposed to be fun. I had a great time that day.
     

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  3. KerryS

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    One of the few legit 20 pounders I have seen caught from the Skagit was caught by a plunker just below the Burlington launch. I was impressed with the cat's genuine concern that the fish be handled correctly and released quickly. He and a friend landed the fish and took one quick picture with the fish in water before releasing it. Took them only a few minutes. They did a much better job than many of the fly fishermen I have witnessed catching steelhead. I have seen many other steelhead caught by plunkers mostly hatchery fish early in the season.
     
  4. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    You mean care for the fish and a conservation mindset isn't exclusive to fly fishermen? Now that's just crazy talk!
     
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    DanielOcean Steelhead Virgin

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    This thread would really get awesome if Nate Treat chimed in.
     
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  6. TallFlyGuy

    TallFlyGuy Adipossessed!

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    Seems plunking works well.... If we could only figure out a way to attach a big piece of lead to a fly line and "plunk"... Then we could call it fly fishing.
     
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  7. Brady Burmeister

    Brady Burmeister Active Member

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    Just make that fly line super short or "compact" if you will, and instead of lead use a bunch of tungsten cones stacked on each other,... then make a movie called skagit master 2.
     
  8. jake-e-boy

    jake-e-boy No mas

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    it would actually be Skagit Master 6
     
  9. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    If I went and did this, would it rustle your jimmies?
     
  10. Brady Burmeister

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    Nope, it was 2.
     
  11. Jason Rolfe

    Jason Rolfe Wanderer

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    With a stache like that you should be allowed to fish however you want.
     
  12. CLO

    CLO It's not the fly, you suck.

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    I'm not proud of this, but we were plunking back in the day for pinks and my buddy forgot his rod so we "plunked" a 3 oz weight on an 8 weight rod. Oh yeah, it worked even though we could only cast 15 feet.
     
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    My introduction to steelhead fishing was from an old timer who was a plunker. It works, fishing the travel lane for moving fish - when they are moving. Plunking is characterized by shoreside fires, or a plunking shack with a wood stove. And coffee doctored up with plenty of brandy. The old timer kindly suggested that I'd probably find drift fishing more to my liking. And I did. All this was before I discovered Haig-Brown and fly fishing.

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  14. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    I've pulled plugs with a spey rod before and I'm damn proud of it. Everyone involved laughed and had a good time. Fishing was fun that day.
     
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    Nate Treat doesn't need any of this fancy shit. He just stands over the river with his arms crossed over his chest and 20 pound steelhead flop on the shore for him.