Area 13 SRC/Coho reoort

#16
A quick report from my weekend in MA13. I didn't find any cutts, but I did somehow manage to find a family of idiots that thinks that the appropriate spot for rock throwing is directly next to me. Honestly blew my mind when I realized I was seeing rocks land out past my casts, and that they were being thrown by a family standing 15 ft behind me on the beach. I just stared at them until they walked away, because I didn't know what to say. They didn't seem to intentionally be malicious either, just stupid.
 
#19
Amazing. You surely demonstrated better self control than I would have- which is probably better for everyone involved.

I have found that most people will give me a wide berth when I'm fly fishing on the beach. Yesterday there were two different dog owners that were throwing balls in the water for their dogs to retrieve and they both saw me and went up the beach in the direction they came from.
 
#20
Thanks all for the nice responses.

One of the reasons I enjoy late fall/winter fishing in South Puget Sound is the fish are generally more colorful. Clearly the color transition from saltwater roaming phase to freshwater stream spawning phase begins in the salt but how much of that happens in saltwater vs. fresh I don’t know. I assume that because of the deep color the fish pictured returned to saltwater very recently. A “earlier entry” spawner in a “late entry “ area as Preston points out. The knowledge base on this forum is awesome.

The beach it came off of was a public beach I located some years ago using a “very well worn Gazzetter”(LOL). I targeted it for a year, trying to fish in as many tide and weather conditions as possible over the seasons with a bunch of flies. In winter AM, ebb tide, overcast, and either a pink epoxy head marabou minnow or marabou popsicle stick (great winter SRC fly!) is the ticket.

Another reason I like this time of year is AM, crummy weather, generally reduces the dog walkers/beach strollers/ stone throwers on the public beaches I fish. Sometimes sharing the beach with a non-fishing crowd can be a bit difficult. The obvious solution, O how I wish!…..A boat. Should have bought that damn lottery ticket.
 

Cruik

Active Member
#21
Awesome fish. Man, that is a weird dot. I landed a 24 pound King at Westport ten years ago with a similar dot. Anyone know what it is? I can't imagine it's a hatchery marking, although that was the explanation the charter boat captain gave me at the time.
 

Dipnet

The wanted posters say Tim Hartman
#23
Awesome fish. Man, that is a weird dot. I landed a 24 pound King at Westport ten years ago with a similar dot. Anyone know what it is? I can't imagine it's a hatchery marking, although that was the explanation the charter boat captain gave me at the time.
I've seen those yellow belly spots on Puget Sound salmon over the years and simply assumed they were due to something natural.

Your question got me thinking again so I gave the question to our old friend "Google" and here's the only information I was able to find:

http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10364_52259_48361-316009--,00.html