Leland gave me a fish!! now I'm inspired!!!

Tony

Left handed Gemini.
#1
I went to a popular beach today to try my luck and even tho the day started with adverse conditions wind, rain and the destruction of my line, it caught on something and was cut completely in half I was not deterred, I have jacket, the wind yes less than ideal but can dealt with and with a quick and dirty line splice and I was out there casting away my major annoyance as it turned out was the ticking of the splice both when I cast and upon the retrieve, it did really suck but no spare and nothing open so you go with what you got or go home. So there I was bitching to my self about ruining my line pissed about my inability to get much distance with my casts due to the joint hanging up in the guides and lets not get into how it messed up my retrieve when I hooked a fish, a sculpin the first of many, something about the splice catching on the guides during the retrieve gave them a really good shot at the fly and they were more than willing to take it, damn it, but I persevered and caught a nice little 12'' salmon, ok at this point I was going to be happy with anything as long as it wasn't another sculpin I might have possibly even been happy with a few flounders, well I released it and few casts later and I caught a small but in my opinion bonkable silver and with that decided to head home dinner in hand. While I had been fishing I noticed another another fly fisher down the beach a ways and had from time to time been watching him fish and as I walk down the beach I realized it was Leland and at that moment he hooked a fish, I should have known without asking what he was using but I asked anyway and got the standard reply a popper its all I use he said and then he offered me the fish which after a moments thought I accepted. I've tied his pattern and have used it on cutts I've also tried fishing it for salmon but without much confidence never having invested the time it takes to make a popper a viable part of my arsenal I've just always gone back to a clouser if I didn't get a hit fairly rapidly but after today I think I'll dig out my poppers and maybe leave the clousers at home and make myself put in some time experimenting with them until I gain confidence in them because they certainly do work and Leland if you happen to read this I regret not staying longer and getting some pointers when I had the chance also I realized I never introduced myself my name is Tony, thanks for the fish and the inspiration.
 

miyawaki

Active Member
#3
Tony, I should have taken a photo of the two fish in your stripping basket before you left. I turned two more fish after you left. One bow wake was enough to take my breath away.

By the way guys, check out the new parking area at PNP. Those are mine and Tony's cars.
Leland.
PNP Lot.JPG
 

holtad

Active Member
#4
Anyone fish from Kayaks at/PNP? I was wondering if there is a launch near by or if anyone has comments about how tough fishing would be out of a yak.
 
#5
WOW! I used to live out there and fish it all the time, about 15yrs ago... I've been back since but dang has that place changed! Before you know it they will charge for parking! :eek:
 

Tacoma Red

Active Member
#6
Directly behind where Leland is standing taking this photo is an archeological dig that was initiated when construction of the new parking lot uncovered human bones dating to pre-European settlement. If you get a chance check it out.

I suspect the latest rain will stimulate coho activity and migration into the PS.
 
#11
Anyone fish from Kayaks at/PNP? I was wondering if there is a launch near by or if anyone has comments about how tough fishing would be out of a yak.
Fishing from a kayak there would be nice, if you enjoy running a gauntlet of boats and being targetted by beach casters throwing lead projectiles. If you have a kayak there are much better places to spend your time without dealing with the combat fisheries!
 

dibling

Active Member
#13
Oh shit, one of the most popular fishing spots in Washington was listed on the internet! A public park at that! How will people cope?

It gets tiring reading claims of spot burning when everyone's taxes paid for the park as does our discovery pass, yet people want to treat any information as treading on your personal private property.

I don't even like the tax argument.

More important, can we treat this place like a community where we are willing to share information, success and failures and not treat people like shit over it?

I like to live vicariously through others that can get out and win and lose and so that when my fat ass is sitting at the computer for 9 hours, I can pretend I'm elsewhere. Let's not treat information sharing as a criminal offense.

</end rant>

(I love you all)
 
#14
dibling I think those days are over. With 50,700 members on this site and twice as many guests as members on most of the time. To many rats in the cage and getting more everyday.
 

holtad

Active Member
#15
Fishing from a kayak there would be nice, if you enjoy running a gauntlet of boats and being targetted by beach casters throwing lead projectiles. If you have a kayak there are much better places to spend your time without dealing with the combat fisheries!
This is what I was afraid of. Thanks for confirming.