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Old 02-20-2006, 09:32 AM
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How is fishing???

Been told that there are fish around in our sound rivers. Got a call over the weekend from one person who had just taken a 15 pound wild buck. Any one else doing any hooking?

Did read on that famous fly fishing guides site this morning that someone named Sparky has been doing real well with a two hander + floating line + dink + jig on the Sauk lately. If it is who I think it is I am very surprised as I thought he had come totally over to the right side of traditional fly fishing for Wild Steelhead.
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Old 02-20-2006, 09:50 AM
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I hear our Sparky has an evil twin, Spark'em. I met him a long time ago, you can tell them apart by the pink spiked hairdo (color varies with occasion). There is a striking resemblance to Billy Idol in the smirk.

The real NorthFk16 has grown into his role a savvy flyfishing professional and has been a big proponent of the cause of protecting wild steelhead. He's an asset to the community and a guy I am proud to call friend.
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Old 02-20-2006, 12:06 PM
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At six in the morning the mercury was somewhere in the twenty range on the thermometer at home. This meant there was no hurry to get on the water. At least not while sitting in a nice warm home with the smell of eggs and sausage frying in the pan. But, then again, there have been rumors of fish starting to show up.

Around 9 the temperature was still well below freezing and the sun was directly upstream on the run shining right into the eyes of any fish that may be there so the anticipation of hooking a fish wasn't very high. Still it was nice to be outside throwing line despite the iced up guides. The ice in the guides suddenly exploded into a thousand tiny pieces of crystal as the line came taunt. Line peeled off the reel revealing a 100 feet of backing. The water exploded somewhere in the middle of the river as the steelhead surfaced for the first of several jumps and then submerged to once again begin robbing backing from the reel. A tug of war of twenty minutes ensued until the native buck finally rolled onto his side in the shallows as if to say you win. The fly was removed from the corner of the large fish’s mouth and after a few minutes of rest he headed back to the river.
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Old 02-20-2006, 03:03 PM
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Sounds like one of those perfect days we all hope to have. Bacon & eggs and Steelhead for dessert. Heaven it must have been. Way to go kerry!
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Old 02-20-2006, 05:24 PM
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In a word just brutal. No road,so you hike and bike several hours a day to find that the fish are few and far between in our favorite system. But hey few and far between works just fine for me
As soon as my hamstrings relax a little I will make another venture into the realm of "Extreme Steelheading", one thing about non motorized fishing access it gives an old guy a refresher course on why regular excercise is a smart lifestyle choice. I promise myself I will never sit around and get this out of shape again
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Old 02-20-2006, 11:13 PM
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Old 02-21-2006, 08:07 AM
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Sparkey, I'm sure he is not telling the truth about your fishing habits. Have you ever thought about sueing Dennis D. What he said about you is pure slander because we all know you only fish in the traditional swing. I know a good lawyer.

Keep swinging those flies under log jams!
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Old 02-21-2006, 01:16 PM
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Due to the extended high water conditions (read that a month long of flooding) where the Rogue fish are hiding is still a coin flip. Interesting thing is the fellows (not many at this point) who are floating the upper river either get a wad of them ... or nothing.

Appears the low(er) water conditions we've got right now are schooling the fish up. Find them and BOY you've really found them in numbers. When the counter was in operation (flooded out twice) the fish counts as of Feb. 15th (this is into the top 30 miles of river) was 1118 winter fish and 8,443 summer runs actually in the hatchery (base of Warm Springs dam).

So they're here ... just schooling up with our low water conditions. 30 days ago the Rogue flow at Grants Pass was about 20,000 cfs ... it's now at/under 3,000 cfs.
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Old 02-21-2006, 02:22 PM
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Hey, Fred,

A friend of mine and I are planning to float from Almeda Bar to Illahee middle of March. Fish around then? We'll probably camp in the area of Horse Shoe Bend (Telegraph) first night and somewhere around Tate Creek the second.

Taking the rod for sure. I hope there'll be time and light between when we set up camp and it gets too dark to fish.


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Old 02-21-2006, 09:21 PM
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Ah Sparky having a little flash back to his youth.
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Old 02-21-2006, 11:19 PM
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I did hear a rumor that Sparky's girlfriend got pinched without a guides license.

BTW, I always thought OC was alway the report and not looking for the report.

-Lost poor realitive of the Simms family fishing fortune
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Old 02-22-2006, 07:19 PM
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Fishing has been fairly good for natives lately. Lost one dandy chromer on Sunday in my local little zipperlip stream. I was a bit disappointed and wanted to go back again. I got lucky today because the crane on the jobside broke and today was a half-day for the carpenters!

I departed from the Waste Treatment Plant in Everett and I headed up to the stream immediately and fished for the next 4 hours before I started heading back up. I saw two other fly guys on my way up and we talked briefly about how the fishing has been and such. (it's rare to see other fishermen here in this stretch, especially fly guys). I was happy to see some friendly company, even though I had no fish to show for the day. On the way back up to the truck I decided to fish one of my favorite holes in the river. I drove upstream a bit and hiked in. A dozen or so swings with my lucky blue-fly and a nice native buck of about 17lbs was in a tug-of-war battle which was making my 9wt outfit (and me as well!) start to sweat. He was finally landed but not after one of the longest steelhead battles I have ever had.

It seems that all the steelhead caught from this stream lately have been averaging in the 12-14lb range. I have personally seen 4 trophy fish caught or lost that were in the 17-22lb range. This is an EXCELLENT sign for puget sound steelhead, seeing as last year was so bad that many locals thought that the run was almost extinct in this certain watershed. There were almost no fish in the stream, and the ones that were there were small. 4-8lb natives.

Well I hope the bigger rivers are doing as well, I have heard some disappointing news from the Skagit, but good news from the Sky. We'll see what happens in time I guess.
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Old 02-23-2006, 12:46 PM
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Always nice to see big fish around but I wouldn't be making the jump that it shows the run is healthier. Last time I talked with Curt on this, he indicated that it was when the 6-8 lb. fish started coming back in numbers that he would smile. The 3 salts are not indicative of any change in conditions.

Still, since the kid seems to have to fight the big fish off, maybe the one and two salts are swarming too and he is just a big fish magnet. I haven't heard of one person catching that many bruisers since ...
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Old 02-23-2006, 01:50 PM
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"I haven't heard of one person catching that many bruisers since ..."

Now, now, Sinktip...


Ok...I take it back...that was funny! That's a mighty "sharp" wit ya got there, Sinker...

Fish on...

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Old 02-23-2006, 03:00 PM
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Juro - Sparkey should put that on his new river "ride"!

Jeez guys - this is getting a bit pathetic. You may not like fish porn, but I enjoy seeing a bit (since I can't seem to any chrome volunteers myself). Give the posters a break and, just for once, assume that they might be telling the truth and even, maybe, that they took reasonable care of the fish they caught.

That's one of the things I've enjoyed about this board over the years - that it was a basically good natured place and not a pissy flamefest.

If they are just delusional attention sluts, we'll know that soon enuf as the fish will keep multiplying and getting bigger and BIGGER.

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