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Brian Simonseth
03-23-2005, 11:30 AM

Ill take you up on you're offer and I'll take my NEW indicators and meet you up there. :D

You touch me deeply with the gift you gave me, now I have to learn how to use them! :smokin:

03-24-2005, 01:32 AM
It's a date.

Are you free June 1????? :lildevl:

03-24-2005, 09:39 AM
I want to start off by saying I am a newbie to this type of fishing. I would love to hook up with you guys at Fortson and maybe you could teach me a few pointers for fishing for steelhead. But with the low snowpack this year, I'm really concerned about river flows. Could we meet up up there around the middle of May instead? I would suggest the first week of May but I've signed up for a steelhead school that week.

03-24-2005, 10:19 AM
Hey tip I thought you were gonna fish over here in early May when the crowds are down :lildevl:

Brian Simonseth
03-24-2005, 10:20 AM
I would suggest the first week of May but I've signed up for a steelhead school that week.

Bummer, I know Sparkey could have help you out too. I'm looking forward to the day when I can fish with a floats! :D

03-24-2005, 11:25 AM
You guys missed it. You should have been there last Saturday. Nobody else around and plenty of fish. :razz:

03-24-2005, 01:28 PM

You better be careful that steelhead school will take the skunk off you and you'll end up becoming a catcher of steelhead. Besides, after you take aforementioned school, you won't need Sparkey and Brian to help you learn how to fish indicators at Fortson. :biggrin:

03-24-2005, 01:47 PM
Ok, who wants to take me fishing and show me how to catch steelhead with a dink? I went out and spent a gazillion dollars and now I think I have all my bases covered. I have a new Kispiox rod, an Islander reel, a Skagit line and a Skykomish Sunrise fly. And I just bought an orange Hummer off of Roger Clemens's high school age son.

Brian Simonseth
03-24-2005, 02:06 PM
Im a newbie also (with dink floats)

Is there a secret too using dink floats?

Can you guys help me out; I would like to have some practice with them before Sparkey takes me up there. Is there a web-site that I can go to and get information on dink floats fishing?

03-24-2005, 02:23 PM

Although I've not used dinks, I've observed folks at times using them in the holy water on one of the S. rivers, which a certain gentleman named George runs off when he sees dinks in use. However, the folks using said dinks were using large marabou things with large lead eyes or cone heads on the front, which they claimed provided a "jigging action". I never saw them use a Skykomish Sunrise though some of those large marabous had a lot of rubber legs on them.


My appologies, I meant to say Sinktip could go to Fortson with you and Sparkey would show both of you the finer points of indicator and weighted marabou fishing from Sparkey. Then Sparkey could use it to promote his own steelhead school and become rich and famous for it, just like another S. river fisher.

03-24-2005, 03:04 PM
Man you guys are just hitting the tip of the iceberg in terms of effective steelhead techniques. Let me start by saying i love flyfishing and will only ever flyfish. Darn gear chucking rednecks shouldn't be allowed on our rivers. Anyway..

Three years ago I gave up swinging flies for steelhead because, as you all know, it is impossible to catch a steelhead while swinging a fly. Instead I started using the "S.S." and nymphing it under a yarn indicator. I caught many steelhead over 15 pounds with this technique, but was still not satisfied.

Two years ago, I substituted the "S.S." for a orange piece of foam/plastic that looks like an egg, along with a gamikatsu 4/0 shortshank off center hook. I also replaced my indicator with a 4 inch long piece of foam that floats upright. Boy was I getting good at flyfishing for steelhead. Using my new, highly challenging technique, I caught numerous native summer steelhead over 20 pounds. I didn't quit in my pursuit of the perfect steelhead flyfishing setup though.

Last year, I substituted my splitshot with a 2.5 inch long piece of lead wrapped on the line, and I replaced my flyline with mono because I found that it would really get down to the bigger fish. Loads of 25+ pounders!

This year, I have made some other small modifications, and I believe I have the perfect steelhead fly setup. Now i can really show those darn gear-chuckers who is boss. I substituted the flyreel for a reel that spins, so i can real in my line faster. I have also replaced my egg-like plastic with a more reallistic lure... a sandshrimp tail.

So there you have it...the perfect flyfishing setup for steelhead.

600 dollar sage XP
200 dollar spinning reel
20lb mono line
2.5 inch pencil lead
4/0 gamikatsu octopus hook
sandshrimp tail

Guaranteed to outfish those lowlife gearfishers. See you boys at fortson.

03-24-2005, 03:36 PM

I want to learn from you. You da Man!

I haven't laughed like that in some time.

So does S.S. stand for Skykomish Sunrise???? :razz:

03-24-2005, 05:45 PM
More than one hungry wolf today.

I like the idea that steelhead fly fishing can be so liberal in ideas. I also like the idea that many of you are willing to help each other out so everyone can catch more fish and make it a lot easier to catch fish.

I hear the Skagit system is all the rage this week? :razz:

03-24-2005, 06:42 PM

Wow! A rig for use when fly fishing that is even more effective than the "S.S." I didn't think such a thing was possible. You are defintely the man.


Must be all those downriver brights, unless you are speaking about the terrific golden bone fishing.

Brian Simonseth
03-24-2005, 11:58 PM

I want to learn from you. You da Man!

Me too!!!!!

When and where?

Maybe these type of fishing will replace "Skagit Casting"!!!!!!!!! :whoa:

03-25-2005, 10:42 AM

I thought what Tom was describing was Skagit Casting. :lildevl:

(long liners anonomous)

03-25-2005, 12:43 PM
Not quite Skagit Casting. In Skagit Casting they have figured out how to lengthen the dink to over 20 feet long. Sometimes as long as 30 feet. A long skinny dink is the ticket.

Brian Simonseth
03-25-2005, 01:11 PM
(long liners anonomous)


You know any thing over a 50 foot belly is a long belly line :hihi: