spey water?

James Mello

Inventor of the "closed eye conjecture"
#31
and this summer? 2 summer runs both natives, but not on the spey, jsut on a 9 foot 6/7 wt. throwing a big ugly moal leech. and last winter was tough everywhere, but i did manage 6 steelhead over the course of the winter, 4 natives and 2 hatchery.
Damn, was that swinging? I had my A$$ handed to me last year. Six would have been sick!
 
#32
jason-

if you have been reading my recent posts then you shoud have learned that i have a new spey setup, and being new to the spey casting world, i wanted to "catch a few" with my new toy. and to clarify, i live in kirkland, so fishing the sky or snoqualmie is do-able for me to head off to and fish after work. for the most part, ill fish the methow or cascade for my steelhead, smaller rivers and decent access, the "big water" scene is newer to me, and have only been fishing this far west in the past couple of years.

and this summer? 2 summer runs both natives, but not on the spey, jsut on a 9 foot 6/7 wt. throwing a big ugly moal leech. and last winter was tough everywhere, but i did manage 6 steelhead over the course of the winter, 4 natives and 2 hatchery.

ive never fished the n. fork stilly for steelhead, but have spent many a days fishing trout water up in that area, but with the flows as high as they are, these areas aren't deemed as real nice steely water, so i was doing some research as to where to go in reagrds to high summer flows.

so far from virgin there cheif, and i really didnt appreciate the disrespectful comments.

and the easy "let down", very unnecessary. i am also very aware that steelhead fishing is far from "productive". on average i spent about 150-200 hours per fish last winter, so im fully concious of the slums and fish-less days.

so don't be so quick to judge next time please.

best regards,

the trout bum

Sounds great man! I wasn't trying to judge at all, I never said you were anything bad or anything.......

I figured you were a greenhorne expecting to "catch a few" is all.

I def. fish a lot like yourself and you are doing a lot better than me so......Sounds like you know your stuff.

Really sorry for the misunderstanding. Words tend to sound a lot harsher in print than they do in person. :clown:
 
#33
but if jason is fishing 100 days for 4 hookups he's probably doing something wrong even in the worst of seasons.

Will
Gee thanks! :beathead:

Also, that was 4 fish to hand, not hookups.

I don't go after hatchery fish, I don't nymph, and I don't like crowds.

Oh, and I don't lie about my steelhead numbers like 90% of the fishermen out there. ;)
 

Philster

Active Member
#34
It is hard, but if jason is fishing 100 days for 4 hookups he's probably doing something wrong even in the worst of seasons.

Will

I know my shit and remove home field advantage and I wager I'd at least keep up with just about anyone here. But I have two small kids and I'm the primary caregiver. there's something called "Fishing when you can" as opposed to "Fishing when it's good". When you're fishing Sat and Sun, from legal sunrise to 8:00 to be back for breakfast (I live close), regardless of temps, water heigth, fish in the river:clown: I'd take 4 fish for 100 trips:D
 
#35
there's something called "Fishing when you can" as opposed to "Fishing when it's good". When you're fishing Sat and Sun, from legal sunrise to 8:00 to be back for breakfast (I live close), regardless of temps, water heigth, fish in the river:clown: I'd take 4 fish for 100 trips:D
Oh yeah, I pretty much only fish weekends as well.
 

Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
#37
Good point Ed. If you fish the Nooksack then you should never be ridiculed or questioned for poor catch rates. Between the sledders, poachers and horrible returns it is a wonder that flyfishermen ever catch fish at all. I have spent hundreds of hours not catching fish there. I have a better chance scoring with a supermodel than hooking a steelhead in the Nooksack, and I am married, portly, and generally unattractive.

Now the trout bum caught six fish last winter. He probably caught more than all Nookie flyfishermen combined. Good work trout bum! Keep working the same water. It seems to be working.


Masterson today,
cds
 
#38
Between the sledders, poachers and horrible returns it is a wonder that flyfishermen ever catch fish at all.

I have spent hundreds of hours not catching fish there.

I have a better chance scoring with a supermodel than hooking a steelhead in the Nooksack, and I am married, portly, and generally unattractive.

Masterson today,
cds
You forgot the Tribal fishery and the rampant habitat destruction, especially on the South Fork.bawling:

Me too but I love that river. We did the Class III's :eek::D:beer1:eek:n the North Fork last weekend...man, that is one killer section of the river...never ceases to amaze me.

You crack me up...now that's funny.

See you out there.

Ed
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#39
Damn, was that swinging? I had my A$$ handed to me last year. Six would have been sick!
James,

I was only able to fish one day this past winter because of personal & work reasons, but back to what I was going to say; I hooked 2 steelhead and landed one along with a couple of dollies. By far the best season I ever had on the Skagit considering the hours fished to fish hooked ratio. Hope I can keep it going in the 09 winter season.:clown:
 
#40
James,

I was only able to fish one day this past winter because of personal & work reasons, but back to what I was going to say; I hooked 2 steelhead and landed one along with a couple of dollies. By far the best season I ever had on the Skagit considering the hours fished to fish hooked ratio. Hope I can keep it going in the 09 winter season.:clown:
Damn KerryS!!! I will show you those Nooksack spots if you can show me some of your Skagit spots.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#41
Kerry,

It happens. But not often. You shoulda' checked to see if you could walk on water while you were at it. I'm sorry you were able to get out for just the one day. When you're a steelheader, it's more important to get time on the water than it is to catch one fish, although your experience makes for good story telling.

Sg
 
#42
Three years ago I flew home to Seattle from Arizona, got off the plane grabbed my brand new never fished MKS 7/8 at my dad's in Seatac and headed to the Sky and Buck Island. Sun was going down by the time I walked in, nobody but me in the run, made about 10 casts and wham, a 38 inch wild buck that tore my Marquis up. It happened so fast, I was laughing out loud all the way home. Sometimes (okay about as often as seeing a 3 legged ballerina) shit just lines up and magic happens. I didn't go back to the Sky the rest of the trip and landed 3 more wild fish in the Sauk in 7 days. As I was getting back on the plane, I actually had this crazy delusional thought in my head, that things were getting good again back home. By the time I sat down and started reading, I realized that maybe, just maybe, that was the best trip I will ever have again back home. I landed in Arizona with a heavy heart. Tight lines fellas and never give up. Duffer
 

SpeySpaz

still an authority on nothing
#43
If we're talking about psycho wonder days, I caught seven steelhead on the N Fk Stilly in two hours one late fall day in what? 97-99 somewhere? what was that real dry autumn we had? There were a few dry autumns in the late 90's.
Me and my buddy Steve had pounded the water for hours without a bump, trying to avoid the dogs, and we came on this pool with a bunch of cookie cutter steelhead stacked in there, holding in midwater like pressured fish sometimes will. I put on a #14 nondescript nymph and started catching one after another, Steve stayed with his big honking classic pattern-a Fall Favotite I think-and not a blip. Finally he kissed my ass enough to get one of my nymphs and he caught and released two...every one of the nine we caught were 5-8 lb.
I had a three year dry spell after that.

Man, thanks you guys for reminding me about that. I'm getting wood here.
I love those days where luck fools you into thinking for a second you actually know what you're doing, that you actually deserve to catch one.
 
#45
Man, thanks you guys for reminding me about that. I'm getting wood here.
I love those days where luck fools you into thinking for a second you actually know what you're doing, that you actually deserve to catch one.
I know what you are saying.

I usually think I had a break through or something on a good day but than I hit a slump and badluck ensues and I go back to square one with my confidence.

It doesn't take any skill to catch a steelhead really, just a shit-ton of good luck.

Remind me of a new fly fisher/spey caster I took out this spring on the Skagit. Nailed a 12 pound wild fish on his 20th cast EVER. Barely landed it. Lucky, lucky, lucky. He kept saying, "This isn't so hard...." and, "I need to buy a video camera and start guiding." while I just bit my tongue.....
 

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