I tell you he gets no respect!
When the early chum go on the bite and take the swung fly, it sure fills the gap between summer runs and winter runs!
OK - steelhead they're not, but I liked that picture from the days when I would battle a few big chum before the commute to work. Sure made the work day easier to take!
The problem is you need to find a stretch where they feel good about moving to a fly swung high on a light tip. Not easy to do if anyone else is there tapping drift rigs and snagging them unintentionally, or sometimes intentionally.
Surprisingly they sometimes get into a real biting mood and you can raise them to surface or sub-surface flies.
They don't get the respect they deserve IMHO.
Man -- you're right about the "no respect" business. If these fish occured anywhere else but the Pacific Northwest, they'd be regarded as world-class game fish and targeted by the glitterati.
As it is, they are a local option and provide lots of sport for those of us lucky enough to live near their natal streams. It seems, though, that their popularilty is gaining year by year. On the Tillamook Bay tribs were I fish, there are more fly anglers every season and I hear that some of the Hood Canal hot spots have become zoos.
Chums have an established band of enthusiastic followers (among whom I count myself), but I think we keep their feelings about these fish to ourselves. It's almost as if we ashamed to be thought enjoying catching these wonderful fish.
I hope to get back to Alaska sometime next summer and try for chums in the salt. The word is that they take Pink Pollywogs very well.
09-27-2001, 12:59 PM
Been a lot of years since I've fished for Chum's on the NF of the Stilly, etc. No class but just brute strenght. Find them and the summer runs are sitting just below (or in the middle) of the school.
About the last time I got my butt wet was fishing over these guys of a fairly large gentle slopeing gravel bar. I'm out there doing my thing and a couple of hundered fished moved into the quite water (about 2 foot deep) behind me. This I didn't know ....... (he's so poor he can't even pay attention?)
I'm done, turn around and the river goes balistic! I was so startled I actually fell over flat on my face. Drove home in my shorts with a small towel wrapped around my middle.
Good thing you didn't get pulled over by C.O.P.S film crew ^_^