With the opening of the lower Duwamish below Spokane street yesterday, I wanted to get out and give it a shot. There were plenty of snaggers working the bridge above with fish coming up backwards and sideways.
There were also silvers jumping, big, chrome and fat. And of course plenty of seals chasing the fish and spooking them. The pinks of the past couple runs were exhibiting much different behaviour and not showing them selves as they used to do. We anchored in 35′ to start and as the tide went out moved around locations but settled in 21′ which went down a few ft. By the time we finished.
Tom did hook one fish from a pack and had to go deep. Using a sink tip in addition to the full intermediate line was the only way to coax the deep running schools. Perhaps the seals had them put down?
We fished below Spokane for a couple of hours and then moved over to the east water way. Found ourselves in the industrial hole of South Park. Dirty, polluted, stinky, and visually commercial/industrial. Urban fishing at its finest. We made the 30 minute run all the way above the newly constructed South Park bridge and adjacent to Boeing. There were several boats anchored and working the big side eddy without anyone hooking up. One guy trolling downstream motioned with empty hands and asking us ‘where are the fish’?
If we knew we wouldn’t be up this high chasing them in essential what woukd become the Green river. I did want to explore this part of the Duwamish but don’t care for its sights, sounds or smells.
I did get to water test the new Sage Salt 890-4 rod. I mated it with the Bauer M4 and Cortland clear Camo slime line and used a hothead bead marabou fly in purple over pink. I do like the rod much more than the Sage One, it throws tight loops and almost effortless casts. I like the line marking on the reel seat, but wish it has a hook keeper and alignment markings on the rod sections. Still scratching my head on why a $1000 rod doesn’t have these things?
The taper is also thin with Konnetic technology or Durascrim technology or whatever the marketing department is calling them. The Salt is light and is stiff, it will be a fantastic Silver and Neah rockfish rod. It’s got light touch and a sensitive tip, but delivering the juice especially for windy days.
Maybe it was the new equipment jinx the reason for my poor results?