While Hawaii was a nice getaway, coming back to WA was tough to do especially the change in climate. Thao T. and JR had been doing well with the recent rains which brought in a freshet of fish into the system.
The sunrise today was haunting as passed Issaquah the skies would turn into a thick fog
Thao did well on 6 consecutive days with limits on each day. He was on a mission to full his smoker with steelhead chunks. I adjusted my indicator based to allow it to be more adjustable using bobber stops and small beads. This allows me to slide the Thingamabobber up and down the leader to adjust for water speed and depth. While I can’t claim any other fish to my punch card I did have a few takes and fish on briefly, but couldn’t get them converted to the net.
I am still learning this fishery and each trip becomes important to improve my confidence and ability to read the right holding water. Here is Thao’s cookie cutter fish of 5-6# that came on a peach colored bead.
It was darker and he harvested it for the smoker. Also we got tickled by alot of mountain whitefish aka ‘whitties’ aggressive little buggers that love gobbling steelhead roe
Yesterday I made it out for a couple hours and enjoyed the sunshine on my face and the solitude, having the water mostly to myself.
You can see all the snagged goods retrieved from the rocks when my rig got tangled up. I counted 6 separate rigs of beads and yarnies, preferred steelhead diet
All this lead and non decaying tackle is troubling to see on a small system. Hooks will eventually rust, mono decay, and plastic end ups in the ecosystem. What about the toxic lead in the water? Not a good recipe for any of the micro and macrobiology. Ill look for a better alternative to lead and searching for ways to keep more gear above the water line.
We will let this place rest until after the next rains and hopefully bring a few more bright fish into the system.
Rod: G. Loomis classic GLX 10′ 6 wt
Reel: Galvan T8 with floating WF Scientific Angler steelhead taper line.
Flies: Egg patterns (beads, yarn, hot glue eggs, chenille eggs)
After a quick dinner at 10 leaves bistro in the ID, I took the family to the Seattle Boat show to get up close with the industry brands. Kids had a blast running and exploring.