Is it just me ??

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by JasonG, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. 10incher

    10incher Active Member

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    I've never had a regular fishing partner that was more experienced. I've been considering a couple of guided days just to glean pointers and tips. "I" think I'm doing alright after about a dozen years. But a real fly fisherman could probably air out flaws on me all day. It's a matter of budget though.
     
  2. JasonG

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    My wife got me a fathers day present of 2 hours with a guide so Im going to try to learn as much as I can. It is expensive and not something I could afford to do very often.
     
  3. Jim Speaker

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    SF Snoqualmie has been difficult due to flows. It fishes best, particularly with dry flies, when the flows not only come down, but also settle down. There's still snow up there that's melting off. Check out this chart, and note the last couple days of hot weather.

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    SF SNOQUALMIE RIVER AB ALICE C

    See the big evening spikes when the melt from the hot day has made it's way down? Yeah, not good. Weekend before this one I was up there and stubborn with a dry at first, I resorted to nymphing and got a few fish. When things are optimal it's usually 20+, 30 even 40 or more.

    Looking at how much snow is left, I think the Sno basin creeks and small rivers will be in good shape in a couple weeks. I like it below 250 up there, and between 125 and 200 is stellar.

    I go up there quite a lot. I'm actually a big fan of certain stretches well above exit 34. I like to tie on a #14 elkhair caddis and unless a prominent hatch occurs, that fly is the only one that gets fished.

    Send me a pm, let me know what your July fishing opportunities are, and maybe we can work out a date where I can fish it with ya. I can absolutely without a doubt point out everywhere in that stream where there are fish ... they're freakin all over - just about every "fishy" spot holds fish on the upper river. :D
     
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  4. Steve Unwin

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    Thanks for the explanation Jim. I went out there this weekend knowing that conditions were not ideal but I was hoping for a little more action. I think I'll hold of before going back, and then probably just try to fish in the evening, since the morning seemed to be a bust.

    I'll be keeping an eye on the flows, now that I know a little more what to look for.
     
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    Not just evening. Think noon+... when the water warms a little they start looking up. Attractor patterns are the ticket, but don't go big as they won't fit in their mouths. Mostly small fish. My largest has been a 13" westslope on the upper river. There are bigger fish near North Bend but not as plentiful, and it's a less enjoyable scene if ya know what I mean.
     
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    Good to know. We got off the water at about 11 today, and there was nothing going on. But that's the time I had to fish, so I guess it was better than nothing!
     
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    If your're not catching fish, either they aren't there, or you're doing something wrong or in-effective. If you don't have the determination to catch fish without a guide you aren't cut out to be a fisherman. The joy of fishing is figuring out how to make it work...on your own!
     
  8. 10incher

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    For my own part I agree with this. But I might be uncomfortable telling someone else what fishing should be for them!?!
     
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  9. Jim Paget

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    Last week was a great learning experience for me. I spent a day with a guide on the Yakima. I caught quite a few fish and learned a whole lot more. The next morning I spent an hour or so with a member of our party who teaches at a fly fishing camp for The Fly Shop in Redding, CA. I am a much better fisherman but still not a good fisherman. During a 5 day period where I fished 4 days I began to get just an inkling of what it means to fish.
    I started this activity because it is one where I can continue to learn as long as I do it. I love every moment that I am fishing, even when I am frustrated and unsuccessful.
     
  10. JasonG

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    When I free up Ill send you a pm. Thanks Jason