03-07-2005, 07:58 AM
I'm only two weeks away from flying cross country from Connecticut to visit my son's family in Silverdale, Wa.. From all accounts I am as excited as I can be about
visiting a new place and fishing the Olympic Penn. for the first time. Reports about netting are putting a damper on this whole experience. I am considering spend an extra day trout fishing instead unless the situation changes. Have any of you reading this caught steelies at all this month? I'm arriving 3/22 and leaving the 29th.
03-07-2005, 08:02 AM
Phil, I was going to send you an email with an attachment, but I cant attach.....
what is your email addy?
03-07-2005, 03:46 PM
You can fish for trout in Connecticut later this spring. Notwithstanding the gillnetting, there are enough steelhead in the OP rivers to make it worth one's while to devote whatever time is available to that pursuit. My lament is that I have to work at all during March and April. It just ain't right, when there are so many rivers and I have so little time. Further, this drought has the rivers holding low - and clearer - so much of the good holding water is in fly range.
03-07-2005, 04:45 PM
The nets aren't in the river 24/7. Many fish get upriver past the nets, which are placed in or near tidewater on the OP rivers. I share Salmo G's sentiments, it would be nice to do nothing but spend nearly every day on the OP rivers during March and April.
You worry too much my friend! If there is a steelhead in the cards for you, you will hook it. If you keep your cool, you will land it. The second part is hard, the first part you have little control over.
Keep a good fly swimming slower than the current and in the fishest parts of every pool you cover. May it be in the cards for you, and enjoy the incredible scenery.
03-07-2005, 07:26 PM
Thanks for the encouragement everyone! Juro, you are right. I do worry some. I guess once I'm there and the scenery blows my mind I'll get in the groove!
Jay, you have mail.
03-08-2005, 12:50 AM
do people actually fish for trout? :D
03-09-2005, 07:12 AM
Up until three years ago, I was wondering the same thing. Gave up trout for bigger, salt water species. Went to Montana to visit my son. WhoooHOOOOO!
Took me to a spot where I sware the rainbows are on steroids! He spent three years looking for this type of fishery and found it. Almost blindfolded me for the trip there. Hookups required somewhat baggie waders for the run down river with a six weight doubled over. There were some double digit fish but we were not able to land them. They were eating size 20 scuds. Wooly buggers be damned! Nothing but small stuff. And this was December! Not a sole around but us. Hope to do this (trout) again in Washington State and from all accounts it is possible. Only difference will be that I may go for a Nantucket Sleigh Ride in a float tube instead of running down river!