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Old 01-20-2004, 01:24 PM
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Hello Dolly!

Just a question to my fellow Steelhead Vagrants - have you been catching a suprising number of Dollys in the steelhead water lately?

I've often caught them in the Skagit, especially in the faster tailouts and riffly heads where they like to grab just as you begin to strip in.

But the fish this year have been 50% on the swing, and often in prime 3-5' walking pace steelhead runs. And a LOT of 'em too - in rivers that normally don't have high #s of them like the upper Sky.

I know these fish are very nomadic and Basin-Hopping is common, but any thoughts on this phenomenon??

Not like I'm complaining I had a 27 -28" Dolly just about take my 12' rod out of my hand with a vicious strike and a very respectable battle yesterday. Not a steelie, but still a lot of fun.
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Old 01-20-2004, 01:43 PM
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Not a lot of dollies down this way, they sure a pretty fish and can brighten up a slow day.

hey I got a sucker this weekend, I guess that doesn't count?

otherwise I missed a nice grab.

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Old 01-20-2004, 02:30 PM
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Nope. It must be just you DS.

All kidding aside, the last 3-4 years I have caught a ton of them on the Skagit system but very few on the Sky. I also noticed a big drop off in my dolly catching when I switched to a double handed rod and a longer bellied line. Less stripping seems to yield less char.
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Old 01-20-2004, 04:05 PM
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We would give the dolly lama award to the one that caught the most during a given day of fishing. I was the proud recipient of this award a few times.

This year I have heard of tons of dollies being caught. So far I have only 1 to my credit. No dolly lama award here.
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Old 01-20-2004, 07:19 PM
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Dolly

I haven't found this year to be any better than last year, or the year before. I love the agro strike and head shake!

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Old 01-21-2004, 01:48 AM
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I'm getting a lot of Dolly too on both the Skagit and Sky. What is up with that?

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Old 01-21-2004, 03:31 AM
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I usually catch a lot of dollies but have only got one this winter. I think this is the first winter ever that I have caught more steelhead than dollies.
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Old 01-21-2004, 09:41 AM
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Brian,

Isn't that to be expected when you are fishing an ESL with an Eggo trailer?

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Old 01-21-2004, 09:45 AM
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Ah-ha -- I knew he had a secret!
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Old 01-21-2004, 10:03 AM
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Huh?

No, Sean - you've got me confused with the notorious Rich Simms.

I fish all my Eggos exclusively on the back end!
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Old 01-21-2004, 11:46 AM
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Red face

I think Brian maybe fishing a Cop Car with one of Todds "trailing live egg systems".
Oh boy, I'm in trouble now!
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Old 01-21-2004, 12:09 PM
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Does that make DoubleSpeys new sled the "Roe-Boat"?
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Old 01-21-2004, 12:21 PM
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Only if he had his bait bag, er, ah, I mean zip-lock with "natural flies", in the boat with him.
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Old 01-21-2004, 12:34 PM
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Hey Brian,

LOOKING LIKE THIS IS YOUR DAY!
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Old 01-21-2004, 01:39 PM
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Hey Now~

Don't knock it - I've found super-industrial spawn sac material that can take 5-10 good Snap-T's before disintegrating. Hang one off the back end of an Intruder (flyfishing's version of the Bait Diver) and I promise all your winter catchrates will improve.

I know that for some of you that might just mean 1 fish, but then again anything added to 0 is still an improvement.

And don't forget Barbless Hooks - they really gobble these little morsels!

And ya better stop badmouthing my "Sac Attack" or I'll have to rename it! Maybe something more PC like "Low-Hol-U" for the upcoming C&R season! :hehe:

See you on the River!

DS
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