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Here are some recent pics from the MF.
Took my 2yr old out for a short scouting trip and found a few decent cutties in a beaver pond area and didn't touch a thing in my usual spot on the main river. I've never fished the river in November, and there was lots of ice on the beaver pond and frost on the ground.
I snuck out my wife's new digital camera to try out. After seeing what my last set of pics from my disposable looked like, I just had to try to get some better shots. Only about 1 in 5 turned out reasonably well with that disposable - and none of my big fish pics turned out at all. But I have a few that I'm scanning and will post when I'm done here.

(I forgot that I needed to turn off the date - or at least put the right date on it...)

Here's the beaver 'pond' that I've been finding some pretty cutts in:
http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/uploads/UP1579.jpg
Fish number 1 (normally I keep them in the water, but it was almost impossible in these conditions)
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http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/uploads/UP1580.jpg
Cuttie #2
http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/uploads/UP1581.jpg
This log jam on the main river is usually good for non stop action during the warmer weather. It was lower than I'd ever seen it, and no fish around...
http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/uploads/UP1582.jpg
 

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Great pictures, I know exactly where those spots are! My wife lost the top two sections of our St. Croix rod somewhere along there in early October. You didn't happen to find it. I looked for about half an hour and couldn't find it. We were bushwacking along the little stream to get back to the road and she had reeled in her line because it kept catching on the brush, and when we were walking down the road back to the truck I noticed that the upper two rod sections were missing. Went back to try to find it but in the waning light I didn't have any luck. Keep thinking that I will get back for another look but I have been too busy. Anyway if anyone found it, I'm the one that lost it! You can e-mail me at [email protected].

Thanks,

Bill
 

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Sorry, I didn't see the rod sections. That happened to me in this section once too. Fortunately, I realized it just a few seconds later and was able to find it. Amazing how a rod tip section can dissapear so easily in the thick brush. They just blend right in and unless you know exactly where to look, you'll have a real hard time finding it (as you found out). It seems like a good idea at the time to cut off your fly and reel in all the line so it does not get caught in the brush so much. But the line and hook help ensure that the tip can't sneak of so easily - or better yet, break it down and keep it safe in a tube or sock while bush wacking.

Maybe we can hit this spot together sometime. It is a special spot that could easily get spoiled if too many people know about it... It is no real 'secret', but it is a nice spot where you almost never see another fisherman. The only time I've ever come accross another person here was when I tried to park in the pullout and saw a car already there. I just kept driving to another spot because that's what I'd hope someone else did if they saw that I was already there...
 

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Thanks for the photos, Chad. It looks like a sweet spot.

You did make a second post last night. I replied to it.

Do you think there's a chance that the warmer nights to come this week will bring back some of the fishing action out there?

I've never fished even as late as October before this year, so I don't have any experience to draw on. The middle fork is my preferred spot, so I would like to go a few more times this year.

I would hate for my fishing to be over until Spring as I've never fished for Steelhead, though all the talk on this site is getting me interested.

T Dub
 

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T Dub, I think it's over unless you know a few deep pools where the fish have moved into. The fish I was catching were only in the warmer beaver pond where I think the bigger fish were trapped. The main river where I tried was completely dead - no action at all. The good deep pools on the main river I know take some work to get to, but I bet they'd be fishing well. With the rain coming, I think I'll start working the lower rivers looking for some fresh salmon to move in... Finally, some real rain may be here!!
 

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LOL. Good question. That's why I called it scouting and not really fishing. I had my 1 year old with me last time I was in this spot, and that was even more challenging...

I have a kid carying back pack that I put them in. Then, I go to a spot where I know there is a safe sandy beach (not near fast or deep water) where they (actually just the older one) can play. The 2 year old (now just over 2 and a half) does well and I can fish from a few hundred feet away and keep him in my peripheral. The other one (one year old) has to stay in the pack - and as long as I'm moving or catching fish, he is fine, but if I'm just standing there casting, he gets cranky... The wife likes it when I take one of them with me so she can get more done and doesn't feel like I'm deserting here to have fun while she works...

Here are a few more shots from my recent trip:

Did I mention it was COLD:
http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/uploads/UP1590.jpg

A nice deep pool seen through moss covered branches:
http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/uploads/UP1591.jpg
 

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These shots are from a few trips back in early to mid October. I was using a cheap disposable and the pics did not turn out well at all. Here are a few that were reasonable. On a couple, I just took the pic to show the gorgeous coloring on a few of the little cuttbows, but with the rainy weather and the flash, they just came out silvery - and lost most of the coloration I was trying to capture...

Beaver Pond Cutt #1:
http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/uploads/UP1583.jpg

October on the MF:
http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/uploads/UP1584.jpg

A nice cuttie and a pretty little cuttbow (pic doesn't do justice to the actual colors this little guy had) - both caught in the main river near the log jam.
http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/uploads/UP1585.jpg

A nice beaver pond cutt and a pic of the elusive sasquach - er I mean Tony and his first beaver pond cutt:
http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/uploads/UP1587.jpg

The beaver pond:
http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/uploads/UP1588.jpg
 

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What do I know---I'm just an old man

So you are saying that it is not too good now that the weather is turning cooler. Shuck's I was going to go tomorrow,but if it's no good I say why bother. But with my luck it might work. :DEVIL

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Jim, you seem to be focusing on the SRCs lately, so you will probably do fine as long as the SRCs are still running (or just about as good as you have been). You may want to slow down your presentation, get it deeper, and maybe go as far as using egg patterns.
In my post, I'm mainly referring to the resident trout fisheries - particuallary the Snoqualmie Forks.

Good luck!
 
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