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: GL Skamania Mania

02-23-2003, 08:46 PM
Hey, any of you guys fish for skams in the summer? Anyways, maybe we can get together and do some fishing for these chromers this summer? MJYP and Hal, you guys must be close to the tribs that get skams, I would think? We could possibly meet up somewhere and go from there. Usually, because of beach temperatures, precipitation and winds, you must target the run perfectly. Last year, I planned a trip after I did some of my own homework on the beach temps and surface water temps, along with the winds and am I glad I knew what I was doing....the beach temps dropped to 50 deg after it was 70 the week before. The easternly wind had caused a thermocline close to the shore, and an upwelling of colder offshore water....perfect! :D :D

I had a blast last year on the pier along St. Joe, but as hard as I tried I could not get one on a fly. I'll tell ya, we didn't anticipate fishing the pier and luckily we got some alewives from a gentleman who had a cast net. These guys told us the best spots on the pier and my buddy and I were the only ones catching fish that day, with an exception of a small amount of others. The pier was crazy with people. Anyways, we used flyfishing floats on spinning rods and our flyrods set 8' down with a half of alewife. Worked awesome.

Well here is a fly I plan on using this summer for these beasts. I call it Dan's Skamania Mania!

02-23-2003, 09:42 PM
I quit fishing for Skamania in the summer due to high H2O temps.

They do not release very well, even on the lake front. they tend to burn themselfs out.

We need a very cool summer to do it. I started fishing for them in 1982, they are brutes to say the least. Now I wait for the fall to target them(early September) better chance of releasing them alive.

03-09-2003, 09:23 AM
Yes, I fish them and with big bunnies like that.

I now have a greater justification for keeping them should the steelhead gods allow me to land one.

Siberian huskies love fish I have found out.:D

I have two hungry ones. Thats what their ancestors were fed in siberia and then alaska, etc...

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03-09-2003, 10:05 PM
Feeding your flea hounds such a noble fish is a waste.

Since our runs(Summer fish) are no where they used to be using them for dog food is a shame:tsk_tsk: :tsk_tsk: :tsk_tsk: .

Thought you were a C&R guy,

03-10-2003, 05:46 AM
He'll do anything to save a buck (or a can of dogfood!). He may blame the innocent puppies, but Hal's basic instincts haven't changed.


03-10-2003, 07:00 AM
Where I fish Skamanias is a 100% put and take fishery designed by the DNR. No wild fish, so if I want to take one for the two siberians, such is my american right. I do buy a fishing llicense you know. Plus it will be one less for the lake charters to bring up on their down riggers.

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03-10-2003, 07:59 AM
You are a touch off base on wild skams (naturally reproduced ones). The big Man has had them for years, they stopped stocking them a long time ago. We get some(not many) natural reproduced ones in the Indy. creeks.

All these fish were intended as put and take, we got lucky.

To feed a dog a Steelhead:tsk_tsk: :tsk_tsk: is a waste of a good fish that could be caught a few more times if released.

Thats why they invented Eukanuba, to feed your hounds.

Pat Bahan
03-10-2003, 05:00 PM
Not that Hal needs me or anyone to speak for him, but do you really think he can't tell a wild steely from one that has been clipped?:chuckle:

03-10-2003, 05:20 PM
Poor Hal! He can't win. But maybe, just maybe, if he can feed the dogs on steelies, Skamies and salmon, Hal can "save enough" on dogfood to get his "dream" rod. Eukanuba costs money, you know! And the dogs don't care whether they are stocked or wild!:hehe:


03-10-2003, 06:44 PM
Originally posted by pmflyfisher
Where I fish Skamanias is a 100% put and take fishery designed by the DNR.
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Problem is where he fishes there are some natural fish, Indy. does not clip fish like they used to. Since he does not fish Indy all the skams he would hit in the PM or Man (if he fishes there) would most likely be wild.

Even a fin clipped fish deserves to live, it may spawn and produce young that may survive to become adults.

To me it is a waste of a valuable fish. Hell may as well plant them in the garden to feed the veggies. At least you get something that way besides dog droppings.