Skagit River 11/16 & 11/17

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by boxcar, Nov 18, 2000.

  1. boxcar

    boxcar Scott Willison

    Dec 31, 1969
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    Bellingham, WA, USA.
    Floated from Sutter Creek to Concrete over two days down the Skagit. Where's that familiar November rain? The river was unusually low for this time of year, but we managed to find a few fish here and there. I caught a smaller Dolly and a nice sea-run just above Rockport--both on the ever-effective black/orange-egg sucking leech. There were good numbers of Chum rolling along the Sauk Bar later in the afternoon and I managed to hook half a dozen before dark fishing a size 6 chartreuse/black or chartreuse/purple strip leech. Every year I completely forget just how hard these guys fight. I've got a nasty cut from where my rapidly peeled backing burned right through a fleece glove and into my fingertip--not to mention a few bruised knuckles. The second morning we encountered very few salmon between Rockport and Concrete, but I hooked a bruiser of a Dolly on a white bunny leech. Though a little rain would certainly bring more fish, I couldn't fault the cold, clear weather and was hardly disappointed with two-dozen bald eagles we observed as we drifted down the river. Happy fishin'
  2. Nickel98

    Nickel98 New Member

    Feb 25, 2003
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    Hi Boxcar, My wife and I just bought a home in Concrete in May of 2000,we are from Oakland Ca. and our son and his family live in Arlington. We have a 12ft. alum. boat with gas & elec. motors and are novice flyfishers, we would appreciate any imformation or advice on fishing the Skagit and Sauk rivers and some of the lakes in our area. I have contacted Dana of Holiday Sports Market. What do you think?
  3. guest

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    I think I'm jealous for not having a place up there myself. The Skagit, Sauk, and N. Fork of the Stilliguamish Rivers make up a sort of flyfishing "Bermuda Triangle"--it's easy to find yourself lost in the almost year-round fishing opportunities. It's a shame that all three watersheds are closed for the moment. With that in mind, I myself probably won't be fishing the Skagit until late summer when the "humpy" run begins to show (if we have a season this year). These 3-5 lb. salmon are great fun on a 5 or 6 wt. rod. With your boat you also have an opportunity to explore some of the sloughs lower downriver for a shot at fresh salmon. Fall and early winter is by far my favorite season to fish the Skagit. Decent returns of coho and chum salmon the past couple of years have contributed to a few memorable days on the river. That time of year I usually stick with an 8 wt. rod and tend to fish various color combinations of egg-sucking leeches for both species. The chum seem to prefer a dead-drift, whereas a fly erratically retrieved in foot long pulls often does the trick for the coho. In late November and throughout December, you'll usually find a good number of dolly varden active in the Sauk and Skagits systems--and on some days surprisingly few people. These close relatives of the brook trout favor the slower runs and like to feed on the eggs and flesh of the recently spawned salmon, not to mention sculpins, stonefly nymphs, other fish, and virtually anything that looks big and tasty. The sad thing is, our uncharacteristically dry Northwest winter pretty much has a chokehold on the Skagit. With the energy crunch and diminished waterflows, many salmon spawning beds have all but dried up. Unless these fish spontaneously generate lungs and learn to walk on land, we will likely be looking at some fairly dismal anadramous fish returns on these and other rivers in the next few years. I hope this helps somewhat.