We had limited options to fish today since the goal was to get out and fish for a few hours. The tides were right for chum and another watershed was still high and discolored.
The next option was to explore a new section of river and would require lots of hiking, wading and searching. Often steelhead is about good timing and it was been a pretty horrible season for salmon and steel.
The fishing was so poor we couldn’t even raise a bull trout or even a single whitefish. I did pickup a couple of small trout and two very large chums on the 6 wt. however want what we were targeting.
Sometimes taking the new guy out involves a learning curve, but at least got to explore some new to me water and spots that are normally not accessible. Some nice scenery and gin clear water, just devoid of steelhead, coho, just some staging chum on their redds.
It’s been several weeks since we last crabbed and we were blessed with the calm after the storm.
Rivers are blown, end of the year schedules are busy preparing for the new year and kids are in full swing with school and activities. Not a whole lot of time left for fishing.
Next best thing is to attend the DTH film fest sponsored by Orvis and showcasing some exciting Bluewater films and various fishing destinations. Ching, Tom, and JR made it out tonite at the Flycast Brewery in Kirkland to sample some tasty brews and pizza.
Highlight of the evening was the film Streamer Inc. making a nice twist on the National Geographic show Drug Inc. Smart, creative and definitely good stuff.
Definitely try the Pale Ale, dry hopped but had a nice hop taste or the IpA which my favorite with a hint of fruit undertone.
Have a pint over the recycled flyline coasters!
Rivers are dropping but still slightly high with about 2-3″ of visibility. I stepped into the waders for an out an hour today to make some swings but didn’t see any splashes or connect with any players. Will keep watching and waiting…
Look at the photos from last weekend of the Sultan River at confluence Park. The parking lot was covered with water!
It’d been 4 years since I’d visited Johns creek near Shelton. Hoping for some chum salmon fun in area 13 we were armed with some good patterns, rods, reels and lines. Too bad the chums didn’t get our message that’d we’d be coming as the place was pretty devoid of keta activity.
A few seals were working what appeared to be a few lonely chums and of those we saw were moving pretty slowly. Old and moldy, spawned out and on their last legs was this it?
On the way back passing Kennedy creek the cars were lined up and folks were lining the banks yarding in the dogs of the mid flats. Not my cup of tea, will have to try again in hoodsport or perhaps Ollala.
Didn’t fish, but scouted a well known spot for chum, Chico Bay. Saw a few hearty anglers that probably weren’t Hawks fans casting for the toothy salmonids. The new parking spot and creek improvements look good. Hopefully fishermen will keep the grounds trash fee and utilize the honey bucket.