Trip Report Forks Trip Last Day 4-12-19

Bentley

Active Member
After our two full weeks fly fishing the Forks area rivers, we hiked into a spot above the slide on the Bogachiel on Friday morning. Spoke to some WDFW folks who pulled over in a couple of pontoon boats who were obtaining upstream Steelhead redd data. While we got no positive takes, later in the day we did disturb a large eagle. He was on the bank feeding. This turned out to be a 30# plus native Steelhead judging from the rear portion that remained and the broom sized tail. From the silver, red & green coloration it is possible that its genes were passed along to a future generation. The eagle stayed in a tree across river screeching until we pasted. I will long remember the encounter. Interestingly, this eagle may have readily caught a Steelhead of a rare size few fisherman would have been able to land on either fly or gear tackle given this challenging section of river.
 

Gyrfalcon2015

Wild Trout
After our two full weeks fly fishing the Forks area rivers, we hiked into a spot above the slide on the Bogachiel on Friday morning. Spoke to some WDFW folks who pulled over in a couple of pontoon boats who were obtaining upstream Steelhead redd data. While we got no positive takes, later in the day we did disturb a large eagle. He was on the bank feeding. This turned out to be a 30# plus native Steelhead judging from the rear portion that remained and the broom sized tail. From the silver, red & green coloration it is possible that its genes were passed along to a future generation. The eagle stayed in a tree across river screeching until we pasted. I will long remember the encounter. Interestingly, this eagle may have readily caught a Steelhead of a rare size few fisherman would have been able to land on either fly or gear tackle given this challenging section of river.
Quite a cool scene! Eagles cannot beach or fly with a fish over about 5-6 pounds, usually less, so indeed, that fish made it to the bank naturally and should have probably spawned, great stuff!
 
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