Had the opportunity to get out and try the Chum run at Chico Creek. It had been 2 weeks since I fished and was itching to get out and feel a tug since the last outing resulted in nothing hooked. Jeff H and I met up at 9:30 and drove down to arrive just after 10:30. Three fishermen were on the water, one in a LIvingston, 1 fly guy and 1 other fisher lady tossing lures. The schools of chum were around as they tasted the fresh water of Chico Creek. The water levels in the creek are still very low and we need some serious rain to get the creek up to speed so that the chum can run up to spawn.
I tied up a black over chartreuse bead chain clouser and started with that as the schools were in casting range. It was typical lockjawed Chico chum however, No amount of retrieval speed or pause would result in a hit. Only when I waded out very far in to the bay I saw a school near shore and my backcast turned into the forward as the size 4 fly found its way within striking distance. I stripped and the line stopped and a nice hen about 8 – 9 lbs came to the net shortly after. I am amazed at the strength of these fish and impressed to see their numbers strong in the south sound.
The weather was partly cloudly but the time that we were on the water I was cold as I forgot my rainjacket in the van. Only having a short sleeved T-shirt and my light down jacket, it was cool to say the least. I probably burned through 1000 calories trying to stay warm in the 50 something degree waters. The sting of the cold went away with the constant casting and when I did hook fish, it was adrenaline keeping things warm. The best pattern that I found after switching flies a few times was the orange bucktail with copper bead head, which resulted the other 3 hooked fish.
I didn’t have a chance to take photos since I was cold and feared dropping my phone into the water, but fair hooked and landed 4 chums and snagged 1 on the caudal fin. Even if it was 1 fish, it would have been worth it to spend some time on the water to decompress from a stressful 2 weeks.
Rod: Redington Predator 9′ 8 wt 4-piece
Reel: Galvan Torque 8
Line: Cortland full clear intermediate Camo