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Old 03-12-2001, 04:57 PM
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RE:post-partem depression -or- OP pursuit?

Low water in March... Boulder garden below the salmon hatchery on the Elwha, tight to the far bank, apple orchard tailout, or the run above the bridge - sure to be holding some fish right now. Remember that first hole with the kings and chromer summer fish? I wonder what's sitting in there today.

How bout' those big mondo Duc' pools where I wished I didn't bring the damn 7136-4 for that nate? Never mind that would be a driftboat parade... unless you hit it first light. Or even lower where one could cross above the pool to fish the tail out bend, yah shuwah if it's that low. Down further where you need a compass to find the road where the plunker's keep it simple and the water is 'bright'. Very few float past the lower take out on the Hoh and that first pool from tidewater where they were bonkin' em fishing roe last spring. They have to be in tidewater, at least. The first long-term pools from tidewater must be holding some big nates. Call me a dreamer but I can see their ghostly forms in my minds eye. I've almost talked myself into a trip thinking about it.

You mention the Green - is the Green open? Down thru Auburn across from the apartment side at the slab hole after the next freshet, depending on the bar structure lower golf course pool, beer bottle beach (floater with a stout wet fly there or short type II tip), etc. I used to float the bronco from up inside the park down to Whitney Bridge, you'd see a ton of fish. If the Auburn valley stretch is open, a hike into strawberry farms would be in order right about now. They make it to that point no matter what happens. There must be a ton of winter fish brooding up at Headworks Dam... and visible too. Practice for the Kalama, there will be fish up there for sure, a mix of nates and hatchery.

How about the Carbon? There is only really one hole worth hitting in low water, but everything coming through will stop there and it's a great nate stream.

Upper Puyallup? If it's low, that's often clear - and with a fort pass you can float some incredible water with good nate populations. I could be out of date but that was a big native stream several years ago. I don't think they've disappeared.

The Columbia tribs? Might be an opportunity for unconventional thinking to uncover new fisheries and approaches... if nothing else, you're lucky to have spring in the pacific northwest!

<font size="1">(thanks for the chance to reminisce!)</font><!--1-->
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