02-21-2002, 05:36 PM
After hooking and landing two kelts, or as I prefer, very large and hungry rainbow trout, on my last two trips to the Sky, I finally hit a big, chrome bright, wild native steelhead this morning . . . although, I donít know this to be fact as I never saw it . . . but I did get a couple head shakes before it came unbuttoned . . . or did it come off because I was late in applying the lumber . . . and was it because I was daydreaming . . . of a big, chrome bright, wild native steelhead . . . or was it another . . .
02-21-2002, 06:26 PM
Funny how one's sense of frustration over losing a prime hole to another angler goes away once you discover that angler is a fellow Flytalk board member.
It is my custom to hit the top end of A run at first light before moving upriver and hitting B run. This works well as should you see another angler pop out of the woods downstream, you have plenty of time to reel in and head up to B. This morning though I just had a hunch that B was the place to be. As I was about 2/3 of the way through B, I spied an angler emerge from the woods and enter the river at the head of A. Cuss cuss, bitch bitch.
After finishing the run I was on and of course touching nothing, I started down the bank on my way to C, a run of questionable worth at the present water level. On approaching the before mentioned angler, I was pleasantly surprised to see Leland. 5-10 minutes of chat later and I am walking to C thinking it was cool to run into him and forgetting my displeasure over not getting to B first.
A few casts later, I hear the loud universal DAMN! of a missed hit coming from up river. My first reaction was DAMN as well. Not that it wasn't me because I had walked by that fish an hour earlier but because I knew exactly how he felt. First disapointment followed by satisfaction that he did everything right. Thanks Leland, you touching that fish made my morning.
02-21-2002, 06:43 PM
I too enjoyed Leland's tale of The Grab. It was probably a Snake :devil: - but then again it could have been a 20lb angry chrome buck that would have done bad things to his tackle and sanity!!
Speaking of which - I had an interesting event on the upper Sky a couple days back as well. Was fishing a fine new run I'd found right at dark. Midway thru the swing, I feel a violent bump and release. It didn't really feel like a grab - no headshake or anything like that.
A couple casts later I check my Patridge #2 Nordic Tube Fly hook. For those not familiar, this is about the same diamater and shank length as a standard heavy-wire bait hook but black and with a straight eye. Anyway, the hook had been ~closed~!! As in something pressed from both sides and closed the gap to almost nothing! :whoa:
There were almost no scratches on the hook, and I'm still wondering what the @%*# happened to it.
Anybody ever have anything like this happen to them?? And FWIW - I've still got the hook :)
02-21-2002, 07:19 PM
Of course, as I work(?) away thinking of a return engagement tomorrow morning, the river has risen about 4,000cfs. Talk about a freshet.
Brian, can it be possible that something REALLY large clamped down on your hook and has given a whole new meaning to the term "straightened out the hook?"
02-21-2002, 07:32 PM
Ah Leland - the million dollar question! I've wondered if it got stuck under a log, if I inadvertently dropped a rock on it . . . .you name it, I've wondered it. I only know that it was a sharp, normal-shaped hook when I knotted it on my line.
I'm not even sure a Steelhead ~could~ close a wire hook this heavy!! Remind me and I'll show it to you when we're on the river again. It looks like a parody of a Circle Hook!
I'll consider all terrestrial or extraterrestrial explanations! :chuckle:
02-21-2002, 07:45 PM
Only a 40 pound plus steelhead could have done that to a hook...that is an occurence that only happens once in a lifetime, if ever.
I suggest you give up now and hand over all your tackle to me!! :devil:
02-21-2002, 11:50 PM
Freshet for sure. Started fishing at 1:00 pm and I was able to get one run in down in the lower river, no hook-ups or bumps. At 3:00 pm decided to head up river and when I got to the hole the river was chocolate brown and blown-out. Thats what I get for blowing off the afternnon of work to try and some fishing in. At least I got one run!! Hopefully, it will cool-off and be back in shape for this weekend.