Swinging the Sky | Short Film

msteudel

Mark Steudel
A bit of advice about fishing the Sky, pay attention to what is going on around you, in addition to the fish. Sometimes the sunrise alone will thrill you to your core if you will let it. And in the more remote areas the wild life can do the same. That said, perhaps a cougar would be over kill. :eek:
Good advice! Being a film maker I always try and keep an eye to the natural beauty and try to capture it ... though sometimes get tunnel vision on the fishing too :D
 
Great Vid! I spent a lot of time on the Sky growing up, from the mid '90's through the early 2000's. Caught countless chum, kings, and steelhead. Used to use that 9140 too!

Some awesome memories from the sky:

Fishing into the night with some buddies for Kings, saw my first northern lights.

Hooked my self in the cheek on the South Fork when I was learning to spey cast. Cold as f*ck that morning, ran it all the way through, that sh$t hurt!

Saw sasquatch, long story but no joke.

Saved the largest king I have seen in person still to this day (I was a fish bio for a few years in the Wenatchee basin, I have seen a lot of big ass kings). He was in a side channel, and beached himself on a super shallow riffle. First flop I thought a deer was crashing through the forest behind me, scared the crao out of me. Turned around and saw what had to be a 60+ pound Chinook stuck. I went and helped him over the riffle.

Landed the last steelhead I caught (actually targeting them) on the Sky...haven't fished for them since.

Found a pot farm trudging through the woods.

Almost killed my friend @mrprohde one cold ass November day. Said it would be fine to cross the river right here. It was fast but didn't look too deep...I was wrong. I got about 6" on him. Water was just about to come over the top of his waders, he started to just hop along, feet barely touching the ground, holding on to me. Glad we made it, and funny now to look back on, but that sh!t was scary!

Anyways, got similar unforgettable memories from the Snoqualmie as well, which I feel "ended" even earlier than the Sky. Fricking sad, for such beautiful rivers with so much potential for sea-run salmonids...ugh...I could go on about that. Instead, I'll just stick with what I have been doing since those times, which is not fishing for them.
 
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I’ve got time to listen.

Summer time. Wanted to do some exploring for trout. Drove up to the North Fork, with plans of checking that out along with the Foss and Tye. Pulled down this access road that paralleled the train tracks. Tracks were about 20 feet above the road, and the road went all the way down to the river, where there was a train trestle bridge. I parked about 50 yards from the bridge. Sat in my car for a bit, thought about how I was going to rig up. Then I see the light on the front of a train, and hear the whistle blow. Trains are loud, decided I would stay in the car till it passed. While I was 20 feet below the tracks, the other side of the tracks were even with the ground. There was a 50 feet clearing, but then it was dense forest. The train is getting closer to the bridge and out of nowhere, this figure comes bolting out of the trees. Dead sprint. As it approaches the tracks it becomes clearer, and is a giant, covered in brown hair. Right before the train got to the bridge, squatch hits the tracks in stride, leaps, drops the 20 feet, and lands in stride, and sprints into the woods on my side of the river. Freaked me the f%ck out. I couldn't believe what I had just seen.

Still in my car I debated if I was going to get out of my car. Not there I decided, too freaky. Drove up to the Foss, hiked up a little ways, and couldn't stop looking over my shoulder. Basically ran back to my car like a little bi#@h and called it a day.


Dude, that was the biggest king I have ever seen. Even the long arm huge ones you see these days on Instagram or YouTube or wherever. I walked across the side channel, onto an island to fish the main river. On the island was where I had planned on tying up. Started to string up, and I hear this huge "crash/bang". You know how it is on a river, when you think you are the only one around, that sh×t startles you. I really thought it was a deer. Turned around, and here is this giant, and I mean GIANT Chinook, who was trying to run up through this riffle that had like an inch max of water flowing over it. He was beached. I would say from belly to dorsal fin, he was at least 12", and at least 3 feet long. After a few flops and some more noise, he quit, and was just sitting there. He was in bad shape, and despite being just in high school (I was super into fish and science) I immediately thought that dude needs to spread his seed. I bet in the salt he was 70+...he was pretty tore up when I found him, but he was a damn specimen. He didn't like my help, but he needed it, and I helped get him up over the riffle. With the size of him it wasn't easy, but thats f*uckin team work, which makes the dream work.

Fun to relive those memories. Thanks for calling me out fellas!
 

bk paige

Wishin I was on the Sauk
I seen a king below Elwell creek in the chute above flat rock in a red that was that caliber, looked as wide as my drift boat when it spooked. I went back up to see if it would come back, a hen about 25# was there but that giant buck never reappeared. It was definitely the biggest king I've ever seen, including a 45 and 42 my old man killed one summer!
 

David Loy

Senior Moment
You do outstanding work Mark! I also fished the Sky with a 9140, late 80s and 90s.
Thanks

Riveting story James, that’d chill your shit.
 

msteudel

Mark Steudel
You do outstanding work Mark! I also fished the Sky with a 9140, late 80s and 90s.
Thanks

Riveting story James, that’d chill your shit.
Thanks David. Do you still fish the 9140? I've been debating about getting a shorter rod, what do fish now days?
 

David Loy

Senior Moment
Right or wrong, I sold it quite a while back. I’ve sold a few other Spey rods too. The only remaining Steelhead rod is a CND Skagit Specialist (13’9” I think) that throws a 9wt line (Airflo Delta w/tips). So mostly a winter rod, but I haven’t used it in maybe 20 years. I have a WInston MicroSpey for trout, but just don’t do Steelhead anymore.
 

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