Had the opportunity to check out some of Chris M’s SRC spots around North Kitsap. The run from the marina wasn’t too far and got to see some new water as well as explore some places I’d passed by crabbing.
Chris and I have alot in common, we are both Realtors, love vintage Broncos, and motorcycles, but share a passion for throwing flies for trout and salmon.
We left an hour prior to the flood and the water was moving pretty well and had to anchor to keep us in the zone. Chris loves to tie flies and came up with a couple good patterns to resemble bait fish, the trouts preferred diet.
The first place we stopped we moved around a little but settled on a spot that was surrounded by cobblestones and boulders which looked extremely fishy. The first fish I brought in was a bullhead, but sooner after Chris connected with a small resident silver. When he got it close to the boat we saw a slash and a much larger silver came broadside and starting frothing as the fly. I quickly threw my offer in the direction and began to strip. I instructed Chris to leave the smaller fish hooked up and in the water. On my second cast into the area and then stripping the lone went tight and I had a nice silver on as well. It was the stray fish that was hoping to grab an easy snack.
While it wasn’t the largest fish or the best fighter, it did provide a good photo opportunity and the satisfaction of catching it on the fly. We pulled anchor and headed towards another spot that looked even fishier. With the shaded hillside, clam shell and smaller river rock sized bottom was perfect habitat for the SRC. We made a dozen or so casts and Chris hooked up with one that was covered in sea lice.
There are commercial net pens nearby and those are likely the culprit on why there were so many lice strewn atop this fish. It was time to go for me, but a nice couple of hours spent on the canal exploring.
The month of September will bring more Coho and much needed rains. I immensely enjoyed the change of pace and some time spent fishing with a friend.
Rod: 10′ 6 wt GLX classic 2-piece
Reel: Feather craft SCLA3 cassette
Line: Rio outbound short intermediate tip
I’ve noted out this year’s pink run in favor of silvers and kings. Since the pinks have been so fickle, I decided to target Hos on the fly. We’ve been spending time in North Kitsap and exploring the waters in search of the herring eating salmonids.
So far the early biters have shown up and while they are small make for some nice action and some incredible scenery.
We were feeling pretty deflated after coming up short changed by the wishy washy pink run in the south sound. After a late drop of crab pots into deeper waters I made the call to venture north torwards the west side of Whidbey in search of pinks on the fly. Once we arrived at our destination it took a while to figure out their travel lanes but once we did, it was consistent action for me. A pink marabou with large hot head bead.
This was fished with a Rio Outbound short intermediate 6 wt line on my 10′ 6 wt GLX classic rod and Feathercraft CLA reel. The fish picked it up on the drop, the strip, the swing, and on troll. The action was much more typical of pinks and not like the south sound fish.
My 3 year old even got to reel in a pink and loved being on the boat and also pulling some nice size Dungeness crab. The weather was a bit volatile with ESE winds and some 2′ wind waves and choppy water but the Arima held steady and ran the Admiralty crossing fine. The run was my first and took about 20 minutes from Foul weather Bluff and once we got to the west side of Whidbey island found a sheltered cove that was perfect and well suited for throwing flies on the drift.
Next time, I’d like to anchor up and fish it, swinging and stripping flies in the travel lanes, which was between 20-45′ of water (FOW).
I was experimenting with deep water crabbing and prelim results after a few hour soak was good. I tried a spot near twin spits but wasn’t as productive as I’d hoped. We then pulled all the pots and moved them back down near Port Gamble and Salisbury Park. Hopefully some better pulls for tomorrow.
The south sound pink action has been very slow and while we know there are lots of fish moving though as evidenced by the sonar presence and some visual cues they don’t seem to be interested in our offerings and or seem to have a case of lockjaw.
A pink with lockjaw?! Seems like it’s more a coho thing but could the warmer temps and environmental changes have caused them to shift their migratory patterns?
Jeff H. and I scouted out Lincoln Park a few day prior with limited results, one pink and one flounder to the net. At the launch we met up with my old neighbor Jim G. he was pulling out of the launch and was lucky to get a nice 15# king.
Phil and I went down to Pt. Dalco to try our luck as there was very good bait fish and fish activity on the sonar. We did have a big hookup, most likely a big king that took my green splatter back hoochie with army truck flasher at 150′ of cable.
Phil did pick up one small pink with what appeared to have many body sores or dots which appeared to be lesions. I didn’t get a photo as the fish jump out of his hands and back into the south sound. Oh well, that was all the action we saw, but was an incredible day with some fantastic backgrounds, classic PNW: ferry boat, MT rainier, and fishing for salmon.