The Pink run is over

KerryS

Ignored Member
#31
My theory only applies to the Snohomish drainage. But, I think the Skagit system got nailed too in 2005. You'd have to do the research to be sure.
The Skagit got hammered in 2005. So much so the slimer run is predicted to be so low the the river is closed to salmon fising this year. No slimer mania. To bad for the comedy or errors show at the launches and for "Fight Day on the River" but for us sea run fly fishermen it is great news. Most of the idiots should stay home.
 

chadk

Be the guide...
#32
The Skagit got hammered in 2005. So much so the slimer run is predicted to be so low the the river is closed to salmon fising this year. Most of the idiots should stay home.
If only that were true... unfortuneately, i'm afraid it only sends them down my way to the stilly and snohomish\sky... :beathead:
 
#33
There were 3-4 inch fry of some kind jumping all up and down the sky when I floated it on Saturday. Were they steelhead you think???
Probably, but I have yet to see one up close. That is very strange, usually you can see them all along the gravel bars and along the steep rock walls as well as the ones jumping. :confused:
 

firemanbill

"Come with me...if you want to live"
#34
I was at Brown's PT on Monday and caught 2 pinks between 9:30am and 11:30am. There was this cat next to me with his 3 boys and they caught 7 between themselves using hardware and buzz bombs. he was casting about 40' out, but everything that he and I were catching was within 15' of the shore. In fact I had a few pinks fin 3-4' from me. I was about thigh deep in the water. My bud went on Tuesday, and said there was a large school of Pinks North of Brown's Pt. about a 1/2 mile walk.
 
#35
I don't think it's over. Maybe slower but not over. Saw plenty of pinks jumping, porpoising, finning, and being slayed by the buzz bombers this morning in Area 11. I was the only fly guy out there and only managed 1 fish in several hours but they were visibly there. I just couldn't catch them. Perhaps they're not feeding quite as much as they approach their spawning run time.
 
#36
I was at Bush point on Wednesday and had a blast catching pinks off the beach. My buddy and I hooked at least twenty fish between the two of us. I don't know if that's "good" or not but we had a blast. Those pinks seem to have a more aggressive spirit in the salt over fresh water.
 
#37
All good news to hear reports of lots of Pinks about to come down the chute.

Bwillroll, 20 fish between 2 guys, ya I would say a kick ass day for sure. If you're having a "blast" doesn't necessary get any better with a couple fish more or less.

I was at the beach this morning along with a half dozen FF; no fish to hand by anyone, two hook-ups, a decent number of fish jumping but all well beyond casting range.

All in all, encouraging news for things to come.
 

Nutty Squirrel

Says: Smoke Salmon not Crack
#38
Definately not over at West Point this morning. Pinks were everywhere off W. Point today. We hooked up with 5 Pinks, 1 humpy, 1 9lb silver and 2 released 6lb Blackmouth & 1 14lb King & lost a few more Pinks in 3 hours of fishing. One hell of a good time this morning. The only bad news was none were caught on a fly but it wasn't for lack of trying. The beach success has been non existent lately for me though but the casting is getting better everytime out.
 
#40
Good Questions. Yes pinks and humpies are the same. As for Blackmouth and Kings, a Blackmouth is a feeder king and as such is not sexually mature. These still have a year or three left in the salt. This defination is only relevent in Puget Sound. In Oregon there is no distinction and everything is considered a king ot a chinook. In BC a king over 40 lbs can also be called a Tyee. Little guys, under 20 inches, are called shakers in the salt and jacks in the fresh.
 
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Will Atlas

Guest
#42
Matt,

Remember that the 2003 floods were probably the most dramatic the region has seen in a good while, yet the 2005 class was relatively productive (at least by your reports). The state guys arent very good at forcasting, but their forcasts are based on juvenile numbers in the nearshore (at least thats the impression I had) which would mean that the 2005 spawners were actually relatively successful. Also, the numbers appear to be going up at Seiku and out on the straight so I dont think we've seen the end of it.

Will
 

Nutty Squirrel

Says: Smoke Salmon not Crack
#43
Isn't a pink and a humpy the same thing??? Also what is difference between a Blackmouth and a King???
Just curious if I'm missing the finer points.....
Good questions. Sorry for the confusion. The only reason I differentated between a Pink and Humpy in my report is one of our fish had a very pronounced hump on it's back whereas the others were more slender/streamlined in shape but also Pinks/Humpies. I should have just said fishing was great off of West Point and it doesn't appear that the Pink run is over just yet in the Central Sound. Good luck.
 

Mr.E

He called me an Elitist ?? LOL ..what a moron
#44
Good Questions. Yes pinks and humpies are the same. As for Blackmouth and Kings, a Blackmouth is a feeder king and as such is not sexually mature. These still have a year or three left in the salt. This defination is only relevent in Puget Sound. In Oregon there is no distinction and everything is considered a king ot a chinook. In BC a king over 40 lbs can also be called a Tyee. Little guys, under 20 inches, are called shakers in the salt and jacks in the fresh.
Not to get of topic, but as a new guy to this state, is this correct slang to describe the fishies?

Chinook=Kings(when in the salt)
Juvinile Kings=Jacks/Blackmouth
Boots when they turned colors in the river


Coho=Silvers
Juvinlie=Jacks/white mouth

Pinks=Pinks in the salt
Humpies=in the River

Chum=In the Salt
dogfood=In the river

???????????So Confusing!!!!!:beathead:
 

chadk

Be the guide...
#45
any dark salmon\steelhead is a boot.
any non sexually mature male (usually) salmon\steelhead that returns to the river is a jack.

pink vs humpy, silver vs coho, chinook vs king.... around here it is mainly just preference. You can interchange the names and most people know what you mean. Has little to do with fresh vs salt.
 

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