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Old 05-23-2004, 05:58 PM
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Smile Up coming Summer Run Season

What are all of you guys doing to get ready for the Summer Run Season?

Iíve have been to three different Spey Claves testing new rods and Lines.
The rods this year and last are great. I bought a rod at the end of the season last year and never use it till 2 months ago, and just ordered an other (Fred E. and RA you guys cost me money again) canít wait to use them. Lines have come a long way; Teflon impregnated makes this lines fly. Most of you know what I think of the SA lines but the Hardy lines are right there with them.

Would like to hear from the rest of what youíre doing to get ready?

OBTW I do not have a 9-5 job thats why I can go to this things
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Old 05-23-2004, 07:39 PM
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I have just finished putting loops on my new floater and on new tips for the 6126. Also tied up a couple of new leaders for dries. Now to the vise to tie up some steelhead bees. When I'm done with that I will take the dog for a walk by the river and do some practice casting.

Soon, very soon.


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Old 05-23-2004, 08:48 PM
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Picked up SA short a couple of weeks ago been playing with that. Picked up a Marquis Salmon 2
just in time for the opener. Decided it was time to start tying summer flies. I usually wait till the last second to tie so I'm doing pretty good this year.

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Old 05-23-2004, 09:23 PM
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Doublespey and I fished the Cowlitz yesterday. We figured the best way to tune up for summer steelhead was to fish for them.

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Old 05-23-2004, 10:39 PM
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Leland, agree 100 percent. Did you bring any to hand
or any takes - found some in a couple other rivers.

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Old 05-23-2004, 11:29 PM
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It was a prototypical Washington spring steelhead day Ė cloudy, breezy turning to rain, clearing to sunshine, then showers, followed again with clearing, then more rain followed by sultry mugginess, then more sunshine. The killer was at the takeout when just as we began dewadering, it thundered, hailed and turned into a drenching downpour.

The river was in perfect shape at 3500 cfs and chockablock full of cutthroat and smolt. The cutties ranged from 6 to 18". They were in all the runs and would attack our flies the moment they landed then nip at them all the way in or get hooked making us bring them in to hand. I can't tell you how many times I worked my Windcutter head out the guides to recast.

Throughout the day, I had visions of a small cutthroat snatching my fly away from a big wild buck just as he began to moving out of his lie.

I just know it happened . . . again and again.

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Old 05-23-2004, 11:44 PM
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What have I done to get ready for the summer season?

Honey do's of course. It is tough when you have to cram a year of family projects into one month but it can be done. Oh and I also got my trout fix out of the way for another year by spending three days last week on the Deschutes. Of course the whole time I was down there I was looking at all the steelhead water and drooling. It is still fun to cast for redsides though and I met some great people from the Clark-Skamania Fly Fishers.

Of course I had to hit the Sandy for a day on the way home to get the spey muscle memory ready.

So when is that summer opener anyway?
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Old 05-24-2004, 02:04 AM
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catching them! (one to hand tonite)
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Old 05-24-2004, 11:00 PM
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I usually don't do anything to get ready. Everything that I do is wait until the last minute and then go trout fishing some place on a small stream.

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Old 05-24-2004, 11:23 PM
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Hmmmm...I really do not need to get ready.

I just need to get out there....fish the Sky on my way home from work and take advantage of the fact that my beloved Stilly is practically in my back yard on my days off.

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Old 05-25-2004, 01:56 AM
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Yahoo! 3 seperate rivers, 3 seperate trips, all produced
fish - they are here!
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Old 05-25-2004, 02:28 AM
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i have to wait till mid-july for the ringold steelies to get here, just up river from tri-cities. then i have to wait till september for them to get to the grand ronde. then i hope i draw a moose, sheep and goat permit and have to decide what to do. to answer the question, i dont do much in prep. except try to remember everything to take.
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Old 05-25-2004, 12:26 PM
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One fish head start

I will let Brian catch the first one and then try to catch up with him. My rod is hanging over the car port and always ready. I just hope it will be better then 2003. Jerry
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Old 05-26-2004, 01:20 AM
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Hip Boots

Went down to Swains and purchased a pair of "hip boots" for those quick spots where you do not really have to wade and do not want to take the time to "suit up"!
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Old 05-26-2004, 04:30 AM
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here on the dry side of washington we wade wet from july thru sept. if it is a bit cold but the air temp. is above 75 or so i put on 2-3 wrestling kneepads on each leg to stay warm. i coached wrestling for many years and they throw them away, my way.
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