North Hood Canal is Healthy!
Don't get to fish much anymore but this weekend Tracy and I anchored Hannah off a point somewhere on the Hood Canal so she could go to shore and dig a few clams. The late morning was a hot 85 and bright sunshine. It was a minus tide and dead low, not moving at all. I stayed on board to do a little reading but I noticed lots of Sea Runs feeding on small bait fish. Decided to dig out a 6 weight I keep in a locker on board. After lining up and digging around in one of my sons tackel boxes I found an old red spider fly with a rusted hook. Cleaned the hook up a bit and made my first cast off the stern. Not easy casting off a sail boat but the fish were everywhere.
Started stripping the fly in and when it got close to the boat I noticed 5 or 6 SRC"S following it. As soon as they saw my shadow they would disapear but before I could lift the fly out of the water for another cast a Sea run would come out of nowhere and attack the fly. I made 14 casts and caught a Sea Run on every one of them and all the same way. Not one fish took the fly untill they disapeared from sight and I stopped moving the fly. I even tried stopping my stripping half way out but not a bump. It was not until the fly was right beside the boat before one would take. They were not big most in the 9 to 13 inch range and one about 16 inches but they were as pretty as could be. There are so many Sea Runs now in the Hood Canal I wish they would allow us to keep one for dinner. They must be premium food fare fried lightly with a good cold chopped clam salad with lime dressing for dinner and a good bottle of chilled white wine. Also made a few casts with same fly and let it sink to the bottom in about 15 feet of water. Within 3 or 4 slow stips I would hook flounder, not big but plenty of them that's for sure. I wish they would open that up again also as they are everywhere. The Hood canal north end is healthy and the Disolved Oxygen problem is non exsistent from half way up the canal to the bridge.