Skagit Pinks

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by zinger, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. zinger Paul Singer

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    What's up, my angling compadres.

    Hoping to get your advice on Skagit pinks.

    --Thinking about drifting Marblemount to Rockport in the next few days--what do you think, too far up? Or will there be fish?

    --How far in to Sept. can the Skagit be productive for pinks?

    Thanks, all, for any info. Cheers!
  2. BDD Active Member

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    Check the flows before going. Should be coming down and coming into shape, unless more rain comes. Might want to check the regs too. Not sure if it is open to targeting pinks at Marblemount yet. And even if it is open, I would not expect them to be worthy of table fare so probably a C&R situation, which is fine too.
  3. zinger Paul Singer

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    Thanks for the info, BDD. Much appreciated.
  4. Salmo_g Active Member

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    If you plan to target pink salmon, the closer to tidewater, the better. By the time they reach Marblemount, it should be embarrassing to fish for them.

    Sg
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  5. KerryS Ignored Member

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    Don't know about the river up high but I drove by the river in Burlington today and it looks like you could float it without a boat. Likely the worst condition I have seen the river in at this time of year. It looked like coffee with mocha mix in it.
  6. zinger Paul Singer

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    Good to know. Thanks for the intel, KerryS!
  7. Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    I floated Baker to birdsview on Thursday, and it was DEAD. And I mean completely dead. Did that drift two weeks ago and lost count of the fish we caught in pretty short order. Thursday, we netted 6 fish all day. The tribes have been netting quite a bit, and it's showing. We hardly saw any rollers or anything.
  8. zinger Paul Singer

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    Thanks for the info, Evan.
  9. Hyde New Member

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    I was fishing just above Rockport on 9-11-01, the river was filthy with them that day. I've fished that area many times in early Sept and have found TONS of fish. The run just down from Swift Creek, and then of course the mixer run are my favorite areas. Some of the fish will be humped up fairly well, but there are lots of nice fish too.
  10. zinger Paul Singer

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    Thanks for the info, Hyde; mucho appreciated
  11. KerryS Ignored Member

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    "Oh yeah, that will smoke up just fine." Famous Concrete fisherman quote.
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  12. cuponoodle breakfast gritty

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    It's puked below the Sauk. Lots of pinks above.
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  13. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    The meat shakes right off the bone!!!!
  14. Nooksack Mac Active Member

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    I fished the Skagit Monday, both below and above Sedro Woolley. The water was muddy, around ten inches of vis. Plenty of pinks breaching within easy casting distance from the shore. Some even took my flies.
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  15. Stonefish Triploid and Humpy Hater

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    No smoker required Kerry as they are already smoked. A box of crackers will do.
    SF
  16. zinger Paul Singer

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    Founding Member - 2013 Pink Plague Opposition Party ... that's pretty funny, man
  17. papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    I would like to do the SutterCreek to Howard Miller run on Friday, anyone else? I will be in my toon if you are available let me know. Plenty of Pinks and perhaps Silvers? Otherwise I'll do the shuttle thing.

    LB
  18. cuponoodle breakfast gritty

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    Sauk mouth on Tuesday...
    And it looks about the same now.

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  19. Smalma Active Member

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    Don't look for the Sauk to clear until the weather cools off and the freezing level drops.

    The river color above the Sauk looks like a nice steelhead/salmon "green" and should fish well.

    Curt