Sometimes, a guy just has to fish a bit; my week, a report and pics...

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by formerguide, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. formerguide

    formerguide Active Member

    ... and thankfully the week's not over yet!

    Haven't posted much lately, due in large part to not having fished much I suppose. Was planning on a 3 day trip to Forks this weekend, but alas, family needs necessitated me to take a pass. Which is fine, as family always comes first. But sometimes, you just need to get out on the water a bit, so I took a much needed week off of work, allowing me to fish in the mornings while still being home each evening with the wife and kids. Thus, my morning forrays require some proximity to home, but luckily I have started to learn a few spots in the sound. I've only been here for a little over 9 months now, yet am constantly amazed at the variety, quality and breadth of angling opportunities here in WA.

    Anyway, hit a few beaches. Saw some seals absolutely torpedo some fish in the shallows. Watched a gull eat my fly, and gazed at several jellyfish as big as my garbage can lid.

    Caught lots of these...

    and these...



    My boot finally gave out (just picked up a killer pair of Simms Riverteks from Puget Sound to replace...)

    Got my first and second ones of these (on my 5wt at that!)

    And got my largest SRC to date this morning as well.

    All-in-all, a nice week of morning fishing. Thought I'd share, as always, great site, great state. Hope you all are getting out some as well!

  2. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

    Nice catches, thanks for sharing the shots.
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  3. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

    Great report as always, Dan! Confession: I've lived my whole life in wa, and have yet to catch or fish for src. They're gorgeous fish, and I'm sure if I was ever on that side of the state(haven't even been to the wet side in a decade), I'd spend most of my fishing days hunting those over steelhead or salmon.
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  4. Steve Saville

    Steve Saville Active Member

    Wondered about you. I thought maybe you had gotten transfered away. Glad to see you are still showing us how it is done.
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  5. Jason Rolfe

    Jason Rolfe Wanderer

    Not trying to be a jerk, but where are you allowed to keep chum?

  6. Jason Rolfe

    Jason Rolfe Wanderer

    I'll amend that:

    I can see from the regs that there are some areas where you are allowed to keep chum (I think). I just figured the areas where you would most likely encounter them would be closed to keeping chum.
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  7. formerguide

    formerguide Active Member

    Not being a jerk at all. I actually took the pic after I beached it landing the thing. Released it, I wasn't actually sure it was a chum (shows you what I know...) Got one more a little bigger, and a small king (really small, around 20" or so...)

    I had to text a pic to Joe and Anil to confirm it was a chum, talk about a newbie...

    Thanks all. Can't tell you what a relief and break it is to get out on the water for a few hours. Saw some pretty impressive fish today as well. Gonna try a new spot tomorrow morning, specifically for coho, so we shall see!

  8. Eyejuggler

    Eyejuggler Beech Nut

    Awesome! Good work sir and grats on a superb day as well as more to come!
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  9. formerguide

    formerguide Active Member

    Oh, and btw, the two chum salmon crushed me on my 5wt, I came away impressed! Having said that...

    I have been SUPER lucky so far, way more luck than my skills would allow... gotten a few salmon off of beaches already. One king about 12bs, a few silvers, and now 2 chums. But I really, really like the searun cutts above all. I just think they are the ideal fly rod quarry. They are willing, don't take a whole lot of fly selection, yet are scrappy, beautiful species, and are consistent. Given one WA species to fish for to the exclusion of all others (if forced) I'd choose the SRC.
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  10. mtskibum16

    mtskibum16 Active Member

    For future ID, chum are usually easy to spot by the vertical bars on their sides. They can be faint on the bright fish but usually visible. Dead giveaway. Good report! I really need to spend some more time chasing SRC. Most of the local spots I know of seem to just be filled with the little guys.
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  11. Patrick Allen

    Patrick Allen Active Member

    Absolutely outstanding. Beautiful SRC
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  12. Skysoldier

    Skysoldier Trout Hunter

    Looks like an awesome time! Thanks for sharing.
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  13. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

    Way to go Dan, those chum are still handsome, later on they get a little chugly
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  14. orangeradish

    orangeradish Bobo approved

    It's been a while since you posted anything. Order has been restored.
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  15. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

    Oh Great, feed my affliction. I have been dealing with fishing suppression for weeks now. And you come along with such nice fish porn. Seriously, great report and nice looking fish. I am not a salt
    fly rod fisher but I need to get out and work that arm with my 5 wt.
    Maybe today if it rains, I can chuck the honey dews and go.....

    I have fished in the rain before. Haha.
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  16. pigburner

    pigburner Active Member

    Looks like a great morning! I agree with your assessment of chum fighting; we ran into chum occasionally on a couple trips to Alaska, and they fight surprisingly hard for their size.
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  17. Tacoma Red

    Tacoma Red Active Member

    Nice report, Great Onos !!!
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  18. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

    Two thumbs up!
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  19. Josh Stroud

    Josh Stroud Active Member

    As always, awesome job Dan and great pics!
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  20. Dipnet

    Dipnet aka Tim Hartman

    Yeah, those are beautiful cutties, Dan! Good on ya!

    I'm just back from my fishless trip to Hawaii and preparing for our fall fisheries here on the Kitsap Peninsula.

    Tried for silvers off the beach near a local estuary last night but no luck even though lots of fish were airborne. (Did have a small one on for a while)

    Lookin' forward to chum fishing pretty soon.

    According to my journal they showed up here in Dyes Inlet on October 3 last year.

    Gotta get some more chips for the smoker!! :)
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