I got the itch to get out today and take a break from a little fly tying. Cabin fever sets in rather quickly for me. I decided to catch the last few hours of the ebb in a part of Dyes Inlet. I was in a frame of mind of trying some surface action with Leland’s Popper. So, when I rigged up at the car, that’s just what I did. I decided I would leave it on. I haven’t fished this particular beach very often, and, when I have, it has been mainly an incoming tide. There’s a nice couple points of land to fish from and the tide runs fairly swiftly. (About a million years ago, when I was a young lad, I remember fishing this beach from a boat with my Dad. It was a rare thing for him to go out cutthroat fishing and I was probably 11 years old and just learning to fly fish. Anyway, the one thing I remembered about that little trip, was (at the very beach I’m referring to) looking over the edge of the boat as we were trolling, I spotted a very good sized cutthroat of probably 18-20 inches just sitting in one foot of water not more than 3 feet off the beach. I was impressed at the time, so, I have been somewhat careful while prowling beaches looking for sea runs ever since.) I wandered down the beach to the first point and began casting with the popper. About the third cast I had a good follow but no hookup. Same thing on the 2nd cast. The third cast was slammed by a nice little fat 12-13” sea run. I continued throwing the popper and had lots of follows from small fish. I ended up landing quite a few, but all were small healthy little guys. In a sense, it was good to see these young healthy fish chasing what they thought was food. Hopefully, they don’t forget about chasing the Miyawaki Popper when they get older! I landed and quickly released many in the 8-10 size range. At one point, I rose a fish that somer-saulted up out of the water over the popper. It was fun watching that. Darn thing was easily 16 inches, but, unfortunately I didn’t feel a thing and he wouldn’t come back for seconds! I only hung out for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours and got tired of battling the wind that had kicked up, so headed home back to the fly tying desk. And that’s all I got to say about that.