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: Snoqualmie

Leland Miyawaki
06-11-2003, 08:52 PM
Today the Snoqualmie finally dropped into shape.

I fished it twice last week but it was still too high for my dryline. This morning, I had a lot of karma going for me I had toured the Seattle Aquarium and eaten sushi with a good friend last evening. I fished the two lower David Powell holes, The river was still a bit too high to wade into the prime casting spot that covers the lower run so I concentrated on the middle run. But the only grabs I had were the ones I replayed in my mind from last year.

After presenting a revised commercial to my client in Bellevue at 1pm, my car suddenly veered off I-405 and headed east on I-90 to Preston. The sun was shining gloriously and surely, the water had warmed, I reasoned. This time I fished below Fall City and again, as in the morning, I had the river to myself. I fished a Freight Train on a 2.0 heavy, the only concession I'll make to the fact that it's still June. The sun was warm, the water was cold and the La Gloria Cubana tasted good. I just know my fly passed over fish, who, obviously, were not yet curious enough to move up. Tips? They're home, coiled up in zip-lock bags and tucked away in a plastic container until November.

All this begs the question: Who among us will be the first to hook a steelhead with a swung fly on a dryline?


06-11-2003, 09:43 PM
That's enough to get me to cancel outings on the cape to come out west to try to be "the one" ;)

I say we hold a greaseliner's contest. Whoever enters the contest owes a fly to the winner. Either Leland or I will be the collector of prize flies.

Just reply here to enter. Must have a photo of fish with full dry line in plain view, fish must be at least 28" to win.

I'm in for a sedge muddler.

06-11-2003, 10:40 PM
I'm game for a Hotpants Spey. I'll be giving you all a headstart though as I won't switch to the floater for a couple weeks.

06-11-2003, 11:13 PM
:whoa: :smokin: :hehe:

06-11-2003, 11:27 PM
It's a little early for me to get in this game but what the hell. I always liked a looooong shot. I'm in with a natural "After Dinner Mint" Muddler variation.

06-11-2003, 11:44 PM
Swung fly with a dryline?? That isn't difficult as I can not tell you how many fish I have hooked while swinging a lead eyed fly with a strike indicator!! :devil: :devil:

...oh wait...I am sure the rules will be revised so that a weighted fly does not count! :(

06-12-2003, 05:02 AM
No need to revise... that's a given! :devil:

The objective is to greaseline the first bright summer fish of reasonable size.

Talk about headstarts, if I don't get out there before September I am just in it for fun!

06-12-2003, 11:11 AM
I am in for an October beetle.

Man I need to be on river rather then work.


06-12-2003, 12:03 PM
I am in for a purple spider. The cowlitz just dropped pretty close to dryline shape and guess where I am fishing this weekend :cool:.

Better start addressing those flies to me:razz:


Leland Miyawaki
06-12-2003, 01:51 PM
Damn, I thought I was going to make this contest moot this morning. Oh well, I'll kick in the Snoqualmie Freight Spey I've been using. Last year I hooked my first grease-liner July 2 so I've got a couple weeks yet.


06-12-2003, 02:02 PM
Don't forget the photo and the pile of spaghetti in the picture! :D

06-13-2003, 11:54 AM
Hooked a small steely on a swung fly while fishing below Deer Crk. Tuesday evening. Alas it was not on a floating line.

I also re-taught myself the lesson about using faulty equipment. In an attempt to save some money I had setup an older click pawl reel on a new 6126. I was a little concerned the springs of the reel were not very strong and may cause some problems. Sure enough when I went to set the hook on my little summer run the reel free spooled several feet of line producing slack between me and the fish. As steelhead do when they are hooked this fish headed straight to the surface and jumped. At which point, as in slow motion, I watched the fly slip out of the fish's mouth and fall useless into the river.

The next day I paid a visit to the fly shop and came away with a new Ross Gunnison reel for my 6126.

06-13-2003, 01:34 PM
At least it will not happen that way again. A good reel is a good investment.

06-13-2003, 05:56 PM
Ah, put me in with a Stillagumish Spider, and to add some class to the operation and for Tip's lower standards, I'll even throw in a big fat egg suckn'leech. :smokin:

Sparkey, Jigs are not allowed:tsk_tsk: :hehe:

06-15-2003, 10:30 PM
I throw in one of my Woven Caddis's been known to get a yank or two.

Have a dry model under advisement might add on of those also.