12-17-2003, 05:25 PM
Seeing as how I haven't seen any reports up for a while, I was wondering if anybody has done well on the winter hatchery fish. I am going to be able to hit the rivers in about a week, and I wanted to know what was up. Thanks guys.
12-17-2003, 05:52 PM
I have heard of a few being caught on the fly and the gear guys are doing ok at the usual terminal areas. Water conditions are the main limiting factor I would guess. That and the fact that the brats are not that great of feather biters. If you don't fish though, you can't catch.
One thing we all have to remember is that Sinktip is a winter steelhead God so the fact that he hasn't been out is the only reason that the winter fish have been safe.
12-17-2003, 06:54 PM
you are right about needing to fish to find out. That I will do. I was just wondering because this will be my first chance to fish because I will be back from school for christmas break. It's good to hear that the fish are showing better than last year. Thanks.
12-17-2003, 09:27 PM
Heard a few rumors that the Sky is putting out a few fish above the Sultan. The guy I heard it from is pretty reliable as to what is there.
Having fished the PNW since the early/mid 80's, even with 3,000 of frozen tundra between where I am now and the river I can tell this is a strong brat year. Hope this translates to strong ocean survival across the board!
12-19-2003, 09:22 AM
There are hatchery brats coming out of the Skagit and Cacade river. I saw a couple fish taken by gear guys in the upper Skagit this week. No steelhead for me, a couple of chunky dollies, and some time getting aquainted with another spey rod. RX
12-19-2003, 11:20 AM
sounds like a good time. thanx for the report. I was planning on hitting the skagit within the next two weeks anyway so it is good to know there are fish to be had.