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