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Old 05-01-2000, 11:45 AM
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The right way to end the season

Well I thought I would post my last hurrah. I was supposed to have 5 days of fishing last week but a combination of work, family illness, and lack of good fishing kept me in my office. I decided that Sunday I need to get out for a couple of hours so I threw my stuff into the new rig and headed for the Sky after church. I go down to Hansen, a boat. I go to reformitory a boat. Buck Island a boat. Lower Island (that is what I call it just up river from lewis street bridge) two guys. I am heading out of Monroe thinking about turning around and heading home but I just said I will look at IRS the water is in sweet shape.

I get to IRS and no one in it and no Boat up at Island to float in front of me, so I decide to give it a shot. The water was in perfect shape. It was clear so I decided to snip off the orange GP I had tied on for a Bunny Rat that I had tied two days before. Well about half to two thirds the way down the run. Pull Pull Rod bends. It was pretty close to on the hang down just in the soft water on the inside so I didn't think it would stick that long. But the hook held. It made one OK run then just wanted to fight it out in the slow water and shake it's head a lot. About 10 minutes later a 30-31 inch wild buck was being released back in to go make more of it's kind. It was truely a beautiful fish(not that I have caught to many ugly steelhead ) Silver sides, Pink on it's cheaks, olive back, big stops and strong it took a lot to get it off the bottom.

It was the perfect way to end the season. I wish I could say that I snipped the fly and called it a season like I promised myself I would if I got one but I finished working the run with the Black Bunny rat and had one more pull and then went through with an orange GP and nothing there.

Two guys floated in and fished the Backside of IRS (Jack Daniels is I guess what it is called) and one of them hooked a hot fish but lost it pretty quick.

Like I said it was a great way to end the season. 3 fish hooked one landed (two if you count the jack I got in the Sultan). Beautiful day, water was perfect, got to finally land a fish on my 9140 and new Hardy reel (beautiful sound, why would people want a silent reel?). I walked back to the car and was decided to call it a day even though I only fished for two hours and it was only 4.

JJ
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Old 05-01-2000, 01:33 PM
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RE:The right way to end the season

Way to go Jeff!!!!

Happy to hear you didn't give up. You might be interested to know that at least 6 other rods had fished IRS before you. Must be the power of the Bunny Rat. (I fished one much of yesterday as well without the same results -- Doh!)
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Old 05-01-2000, 05:24 PM
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Way to Hang in There!!

OUCH!! Glad somebody toughed out the last day of the season. I didn't even fish - decided that the trip with Tyler on the Skagit/Sauk last week was to be my last.

I just got an email from Nate and Dylan (the guys on the other side at Jack Daniels that you watched hook the fish). Nate was the one who lost the hot fish, but he got one in BI at the end of the day - a 12-14lb chromer hen pumped full of eggs that jumped 4-5 times. His buddy Dylan also caught one on the upper island, and an 11-12lb chrome hatchery fish in the tailout of Jack Daniels.

So Congrats are definitely in order to those who braved the last weekend - you definitely earned your Silvery Rewards!

OK, Juro - so what's the prize for the first Summer Fish??? <G>
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Old 05-01-2000, 05:52 PM
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RE:The right way to end the season

Congrats Jeff! All this talk is very promising - I wonder if a major factor was water temperature as well as delayed runs? Recent rains may have sweetened up the water a bit too.

Anyway GREAT NEWS! Hey glad the rat's getting some swim time in my favorite rivers [img]http://216.71.206.188/images/flytalk/Happy.gif" border="0" align="middle">

All right... the first summer fish, must be on a dry - it's fins must be snow white and if it's a buck it's snout must be only slightly buck-like, if it's a hen it's gotta be a hardbody <img src="http://216.71.206.188/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif[/img] Have (good) picture, and I'll carve it's image into a Wheatley flybox for you.

Any takers?
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Old 05-01-2000, 05:59 PM
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RE:The right way to end the season

Juro:

Count me in. I think the board is safe as my summer run record is less than stellar. Who knows though, if I win the second contest I can retire a legend. (in my own mind anyway)

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Old 05-01-2000, 06:46 PM
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RE:The right way to end the season

Juro:
Do April atlantic steelhead pics count?
Have photos... want Wheatley! 8^)

PS: atlantic steelhead translation almost ready!
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Old 05-03-2000, 11:43 AM
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RE:The right way to end the season

Skaters, wakers, and hitched oh my. Can't wait summer is closing on us. Hey is anything open up the Seattle way? Looks like I'll be up for a few hours next week.

Jeff congrats on getting the coffee grinder cranking as Juro can tell you there is nothing like the scream of a Hardy (er Lamson)
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Old 05-03-2000, 12:14 PM
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RE:The right way to end the season

Andre,

The N. Fork of the Stilly is still open and if not blown out can produce some good fishing in May. Right now it is blown but if the rains cease and the weather stays cool, it would be worth the trip up. You might check with DoubleSpey as I know he has fished this river more than I have but if it was me, I would try the area around Cicero (assuming it isn't choclate colored). If it is, run up around Hazel.

Good Luck!
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Old 05-03-2000, 02:46 PM
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RE:The right way to end the season

Could be good - I'm still waiting for the first reports from Dennis Dickson to give an indication of how it's fishing. With the late returns, May might be a dynamite month to be there
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