First Summer-Run of the Year - Fly Fishing Forum
Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum No such thing as rainbow trout, only landlocked steelhead

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-08-2002, 10:58 PM
NrthFrk16's Avatar
NrthFrk16 NrthFrk16 is offline
Mod
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: NF Stilliguamish
Posts: 1,687
Send a message via AIM to NrthFrk16
First Summer-Run of the Year

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.
__________________
Ryan S. Petzold
aka Sparkey and/or Special
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #2  
Old 05-08-2002, 11:12 PM
TerryD TerryD is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Skykomish River
Posts: 63
Sounds like you had a blast, congrats.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3  
Old 05-08-2002, 11:37 PM
OC OC is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: I've lost them all but I'm looking for new ones
Posts: 1,368
Wink

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?
OC
__________________
OC
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4  
Old 05-09-2002, 12:58 AM
NrthFrk16's Avatar
NrthFrk16 NrthFrk16 is offline
Mod
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: NF Stilliguamish
Posts: 1,687
Send a message via AIM to NrthFrk16
Steve-
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...

If this fishery produces the potential I think it could, you will not hear it from me!!!!!!

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....
__________________
Ryan S. Petzold
aka Sparkey and/or Special

Last edited by NrthFrk16; 05-09-2002 at 01:00 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5  
Old 05-09-2002, 07:21 AM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,593
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6  
Old 05-09-2002, 07:46 AM
pmflyfisher's Avatar
pmflyfisher pmflyfisher is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Upper Mid West - Great Lakes Tributaries
Posts: 3,165
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.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7  
Old 05-09-2002, 12:23 PM
Doublespey's Avatar
Doublespey Doublespey is offline
Steelhead-a-holic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: PNW Waterways
Posts: 711
Smile Congrats!

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.

hasta,

Brian
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8  
Old 05-09-2002, 11:42 PM
NrthFrk16's Avatar
NrthFrk16 NrthFrk16 is offline
Mod
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: NF Stilliguamish
Posts: 1,687
Send a message via AIM to NrthFrk16
Re: Congrats!

Quote:
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!!!

__________________
Ryan S. Petzold
aka Sparkey and/or Special
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9  
Old 05-09-2002, 11:45 PM
NrthFrk16's Avatar
NrthFrk16 NrthFrk16 is offline
Mod
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: NF Stilliguamish
Posts: 1,687
Send a message via AIM to NrthFrk16
...and oh yeah...

Here is ms. summer-run...what a horrible picture of me though.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	summerrunmod.jpg
Views:	159
Size:	37.9 KB
ID:	422  
__________________
Ryan S. Petzold
aka Sparkey and/or Special
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Fly Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
summer run reports? juro Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 13 07-04-2011 12:28 PM
Summer run jones juro Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 11 06-16-2009 02:10 PM
Summer run tactics juro Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 2 07-04-2002 07:44 PM
Summer run? watersprite Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 0 05-05-2002 08:02 PM
First summer run... juro Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 4 05-15-2001 09:06 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:52 AM.



Copyright Flyfishingforum.com (All Rights Reserved)