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Last Friday Chad Lewis was in town and we took a few hours to float the lower Yakima looking for smallies. As we were getting ready to put in a drift boat arrived to take out. It was a guide boat from Reds, or at least I assume it was, since it was the guy who does all their fishing video stuff...Joe I think his name is. Guides in drift boats in the Tri Cities is such an odd sight to me.

As usual, I think we're too late to find the big spawning females, but we did find fish and had a good time. The water was surprisingly warm already, perfect for bare legs in the water.

Pretty average fish for the day. I was using my 4wt since that is the only rod I have a sinking line for. These little guys can put a hell of a bend in that rod.


Even drifting through non productive sections was nice, it was quiet and relaxing, a good time to enjoy a frosty beverage.


I love those red eyes.


It's a great way to spend a hot June evening.
 

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Atomic,

It was Joe from Reds with Ben and Mike from OPST and they did find a lot of smaller smallmouth and not many large fish before the Demonstration at Reds on Saturday. OPST guys we using a 379-4 Sage Circa and a 370-3 Redington Butterstick with Commando 150 grain head and some of their MOW type sink tips they are coming out with. Saturday Ben Paull had a Sage 2109-4 Trout Spey set up and I told him it cast a bit funny with mow tips when they get more than about 1/3 the weight of the Head. He proceeded to hang 12.5' of T-14 MOW tip on the 175 commando and had no problem casting it with his bullet loops. Taper on the OPST is not the same as the taper on the normal short skagit. I was so very WRONG!!

Craig
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I fished with Chad Lewis, a fellow WFFer and we shuttled it. We put in at the launch from Hyde Road just upstream from Van Giesen Bridge and floated to Duportail, it's about 3 hours with stops. Maybe two if you float straight through. We've done a longer float from Snively Road launch (I think that is what it's called at least) down to Hyde Road, which I seem to remember took us more like 7 hours I think. I believe this is what Joe from Reds had done when we saw him.

It's a nice mellow float, the water is warm - no need for waders. I mostly use my fins to kick around, rarely needing the oars.

Shoot me a message if you want to have a go some time, I'm always looking for someone to join me.
 

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Snively to Hyde is about 4-5 hours, of course depending on how much time you stop to fish. I think the fishing is better up there, or at least it has been for me the few times I've done the floats.
 

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I came across this handy video today, Joe filmed this the day that we saw him and the OPST guys. I wish I had known what they were doing, I might have chatted them up a bit. I know nothing at all about spey casting/fishing, but after watching this video I read up on those Commander Skagit heads I kind of want to set up a reel with one for the 3wt Blue Halo glass rod I'm building. It'd be a hoot to catch these little summertime smallies with that setup.

 
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