It has been an amazing summer as I figured out a new fishery and spent a good part of July and August chasing King salmon. In the end, I was able to punch out some very nice fish up to 27 lbs and have some fine table fare both grilled, baked, and smoked. This fishery is best accessed with a small pram or drift boat, the 2 mile row is better served with the use of a small kicker motor. On a couple of occasions I had myself and a partner in my 8′ pram with the 3 horse kicker motor putt putting us to the estuary. Fish was at time fast and furious with these powerful salmonids, use 10 wt rods or better with 12 weights being a better choice as they can quickly take you into backing and or break rods easily. One of the casualties of the season was my beloved RPLXi being torn up with broken eyelets on the guides from exploding fly lines and long reel screaming runs.
Thankfullly, I use great fly rod by Sage and their warranty program is above the bar as I can drop into Sage on Bainbridge island and be back in a couple weeks with a fresh tip and or repaired section. I also recently picked up a 12 wt. Xi2 and TCX 10wt which is about the best tool for multiple casts without wearing out my arms. By the end of the run, I had torn a biccep tendon in my right arm and my rotator cuff was in pain. Its a slow road to healing, but the memories of these fish will bring a smile to my face as it was epic. The best run that I’ve seen and can record.
I punched out 31 Kings on the catch record card, and there wasn’t a day when I went skunked, what an amazing fishery! I am looking forward to it next year for sure.