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Old 02-18-2002, 09:22 AM
KerryS KerryS is offline
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A fishing report................ (what's that?)

Fished the Skagit at the rock pile Saturday. Water was cold and clear. First time through, nothing. Decided to fish the upper run again. Half way down a seal pops up not 10 feet from me. Headed home.

Sunday, slept in and didn't head for the river until 1 o'clock. Started fishing about 2. Half way through my favorite run the rod dips hard and 80 feet out a bright steelhead leaps 2 feet into the air. Several minutes later I release a nice 12 to 14 pound native hen. Back into the run and fish number 2. This one was a 3 or 4 pound hatchery hen. What the ???? Decided to release the small hen. 4 or 5 cast later fish number 3! This fish is strong although I don't think it got me much into my backing if at all. The fish is heavy and strong. After a couple of runs I finally see a huge buck. He might go 40 inches. Rosy cheeks and flanks. He is already displaying he spawning colors. Every time I get him up close and his stomach touches the rocks off he runs. He is so powerful I can do nothing but, let him go. 15 minutes, and I can finally attempt to tail him. I grab his tail and cannot get my hand around the wrist. I laid my rod down to get a better hold and off he goes throwing water everywhere. I grab the rod but, the big fish shocks and breaks my tippet. If you hook into a big buck and find a black GP in the corner of his mouth I would like the fly back please. What a day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 02-18-2002, 09:46 AM
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Great weekend story. 2:00pm tee time egad it sounds like a very effective "strategy", I heard reports from guys who were in Armadas waiting to fish crowded waters who went home with not much more than frustation and wet waders. So smiles all around if I run into your fly I'll...........
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Old 02-18-2002, 11:41 AM
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I wish our rivers had fish like that. A fly guy here in SouthWest Washington is lucky to get 3 winter runs a season let alone 3 a day. I know the Skagit,Stilly,Sky Etc. have seen better days but guys you really need to be counting your blessings for what you have. I wish our rivers got 3-6 thousand fish a winter instead of 50-200. I fished hard on the Sandy yesterday with no results. Saw 15 other boats with no luck and 20 or so bankies with no results.
Only steelhead matter!
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Old 02-18-2002, 01:38 PM
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Thanks Kerry, you made my day. I am now officially cRaZy about getting my behind out there this spring!

Must go tie black GPs....
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