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Queets River - September 26th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Cloudy
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The river is in great shape right now between the rains with plenty of Coho and lingering Steelhead tucked in to the pockets of all those silvers.

We had a great day catching Coho and getting the benefit of the occasional Steelhead as a by-catch - who can complain about that?!?!

Watch the flows and the weather...the penninsula can be incredible or be totally blown out within a matter of 6 hours.

Orange Beadhead/Chartruse Streamer, Pink Intruder, Glue Eggs, Beads and Black ESL's.

 
Yakima River - September 18th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
The Yak is hotter than Katy Perry in the Calfornia Gurls video right now.

Carleton to Rhinehart's. Noon-7pm

Strike while the iron is hot. Its no secret that these few weeks turn the sometimes fickle Yakima in to a productive and more predictable blue ribbon fishery. Be prepared for some pressure and feel free to select a shorter section or float to fish and take your time. The fish are willing to feed more consistently right now. We ran double dry rigs with a larger Stone immitation and a smaller dry. We were about 50/50 between the two.

Parachute Adams, PMD, Swisher's PMX, Purple Stimmie, Griffith's Gnat.
 
Snoqualmie River - September 5th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Snoq. Area Small Marsh (named, but unnamed) in Hancock Private Forest.

Plenty of small native Cutthroat and Brookies if you're willing to hike in and explore this area just an hour outside of Seattle.  Small Dries: Parachute Adams, Black Gnat, Small Humpies/Royal Wolff.

Maps available from USFS or Hancock (if you buy a permit). This area is an excellent local resource, protect and respect it. Please know that permits are required to drive in to the Hancock Forest. You cannot pass by Gate 10 on to the Spur Road without a permit and a key to the locked gates.

Word of warning: PLENTY of leeches in this marsh system. We got leeched several times as we wet waded. Waders recommended and have a friend do a thorough leech check when done.
 
Puget Sound - August 8th, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 63 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Tuna Fishing out of Hammond, OR (No Standard Body of Water for Pacific Ocean)
Weather: Overcast in the morning, sunny in the afternoon with moderate seas and bar
Fishing: 18 fish hooked, 13 to boat
Flies: shock and awes are all you’ll need (and I wouldn’t want anything else)
            Imagine a 200lb Chinook that never gets tired…If you can’t go tuna fishing. There is nothing like landing a tuna on a fly rod. First of all, you’ll need a stout 12 weight to land a 20lb fish. We’ve all heard stories of 100 yard steelhead runs. While I’ve never actually seen one of those I can tell you that the first burst of a hooked tuna will easily take 100 yards off your backing…and expect 2 or 3 of these in an honest 20 minute wrestle with this impressive fish. If you can land a tuna you can land anything. You NEED to get down to Hammond and go fishing with Chuck. He’s a cheerful, salty captain who listens to what you want and gets you on top of fish.
            Some things to keep in mind for your trip: Bimini leaders, these fish fight hard to the end and you want a leader that can handle the constant shock and tension that come with tuna. Polarized glasses are a must, the glare from the water will burn your eyes by the end of the day and having some polarized protection also lets you see these beautiful fish in the water (believe it or not you will probably have an opportunity to do some sight casting!!). BONINE, if you might get sea sick… you will; take a BONINE the night before and 1 ½ when you get up and you will feel great without the drowsiness of Dramamine. The bait switch, ask Chuck to point out the bait switch to you before you shove off so that you make sure you DON’T turn it off. When a fish is hooked, he throws some live bait into the water to keep the fish around/bring them up (hello sight casting). You really need to book a trip. If you don’t believe me, next time you’re in the shop ask if anybody’s ever been tuna fishing and see the reaction you get…you’ll never be the same once you’ve landed a tuna.

 
Yakima River - August 1st, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Section: South to East Cle Elum
7:00am to Noon

2 fish to hand, both under 12"

Flows are raging at this point and best to fish out of the high hot sun.... Dawn to 11am or 4pm-Dusk. Tough going today. We didn't see any bug activity today and aside from from the two fish that rose to our stimulator and hoppers. Really a tough going both from a fishing perspective and behind the oars. Keep an eye on the takeout at east Cle Elum, the channel that dumps in at the takeout ramp is REALLY flowing right now and making pulling out there tough and kinda sketchy.

Dave's Hopper (sz. 12), Tan/Yellow Stimulator (Size. 10), Tan Sculpzilla (sz.8), Flashback Stone (sz. 12), Copper John (Size 10).
 
Yakima River - July 31st, 2010
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
We fished the Lower Yak on Saturday (Snively to Hyde Rd). Plenty of smallies still in the system that are willing to bite, but the flows are slow and low right now. We turned and burned through the frog water and concentrated on structure and faster, more oxygenated water.

Brown, Yellow, White and Green Buggers (sz. 6-12), Top Water Popper (Green and Yellow).  

16+ fish to hand... most in the 6"-12" range.