05-08-2002, 09:58 PM
Yesterday I managed to bring the first summer-run of the year to hand for myself. By far the earliest ever as the Stilly sees its first big push of Skamania stock the 3rd week of May (God I miss that fishery!!! :( )
Anyways it was a first ever as I caught her in tidewater over on the OP (never caught a summer-run in tide before)...what a Hell of a fish and a Hell of a fight.
Will post pics when they are developed. :)
05-08-2002, 10:12 PM
Sounds like you had a blast, congrats.
Good work sparky. Did you get him in the surf or the tidel part of a river. Love to hear more detail on how a steelhead fights in the salt. Have you BBQ it yet?
05-08-2002, 11:58 PM
Pulled her out of the lower Quillayute. Sure wish we would have hooked her on steelhead gear and not chinook gear (as we were chasin' after jerry springer)...she tore me up on those heavy rods, can not imagine what she would have done on a steelie rod.
I have always been intrigued by saltchuck steelhead after reading Raymond's accounts of chasing after saltwater steel in estuaries.
Saltwater steelheading seems to be an untouched steelie fishery here in Wa. state aside from Ft. Casey and Bush Point. I was quickly discouraged though as the estuary steelhead fishing that Raymond described in Steelhead Country seems to have all but disapeared with the rampant urbanization.
I have no desire to stand in the surf and cast to the same spot hour after hour hoping that a stray steelie swims by.
On another note in regards to tidal steelhead, I read a short blib about the lower Quillayute being an excellent steelhead fishery with the fly for the winter-runs.
That had me very curious as I know, away from Richwine Bar, the Quillayute see very little traffic during the winter months and to tell you the truth, the idea of chasing after fresh from salt OP steelies on the shallow flats of the lower Quillayute seems like a Hell of alot of fun and has the possibility for the encounter of a lifetime.
As we made our way down the river I was looking for good fly water such slots within the shallow flats and inside seems. There are more then enough to occupy the better half of a day... :devil:
If this fishery produces the potential I think it could, you will not hear it from me!!!!!! :razz:
Plus we did chase some springers into deeper water as we floated over the shallow tailouts...springers that could be reached easily with a swung fly. Hmmmm.... :smokin:
Sounds like a spanker Ryan. I've caught May fish on Columbia tribs and June fish on the OP but I guess I never hit the westside in May even when out fishing the May chinook / halibut season in Sekiu.
I have scoped the Quilleyute for fly water from shore access and found a couple marginal spots but didn't find anything that looked like holding water from where I could get to, I'm sure the view from a boat is different.
Maybe LaPush is the place to start a new frontier for steelhead on the bug rod. I've always thought so, but have never had the kind of time I needed to hang out there and fish when I stop by.
After years of coastal flyfishing chasing stripers, I see LaPush and see one of the best looking salter steel and salmon spots anywhere on the map on the right flood tide at the head of a migration period.
Another is the mouth of the Lyre, not to mention the lower lower Hoh, or the first pool on the Elwha at tidewater.
05-09-2002, 06:46 AM
If this rain keeps up (I am praying now) perhaps we could see Skammanias in early this year (Early June).
What a fish, a steelhead on steroids, they are aggressive and fighting machines, can't wait.:smokin: :smokin:
05-09-2002, 11:23 AM
Nice job, Sparky.
I've heard rumors of Bill Herzog taking clients down there (and from his mag article), but I really like the idea of exploring it for a little fly swinging.
05-09-2002, 10:42 PM
Originally posted by Doublespey
but I really like the idea of exploring it for a little fly swinging.
We must give it a try next year...invite Juro along. I would not mind giving away the location of the new Shanri-La to a Right Coaster but must keep all the PNWer's away...far away!!! :devil: :D
05-09-2002, 10:45 PM
Here is ms. summer-run...what a horrible picture of me though. :rolleyes: