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So while the weather goes in and out of pretending its summer we are still awaiting water flows to do the same and some are complying more quickly than others.
The Skykomish River has been at a ...More
So while the weather goes in and out of pretending its summer we are still awaiting water flows to do the same and some are complying more quickly than others.
The Skykomish River has been at a great flow for the past week and we have even seen some steelhead come to hand here the past few days while swinging flies with the two hander. So there is that and we expect to see summer steelhead begin to enter the Cowlitz River in bigger numbers over the next couple of weeks spring boarding that fishery into action.
We are about to hit a warm spell so expecting to see creeks and the Forks of the Snoqualmie hit some high water over the next week which hopefully leads them into some flows that will stay sustainable for the rest of summer. The Cedar River about 20 minutes from downtown Seattle has been high as well but confident anglers have been aggressively wading it and finding some trout both on surface and subsurface flies.
Puget Sound has begun its Sand Lance season with these lovely little baitfish swimming around the cutthroat are going nuts but...with summer comes high sun and when it gets up in the sky they move deeper and become more of a challenge to find from shore so the gist of it is, start your day EARLY. Sun is up about 5am or so these days for those who haven't noticed! Pink salmon should begin showing their faces around here sometime in the next few weeks as well so look to start filling your fly box with all things pink as far as your flies go.
Hope to share some photos from the small waters or "blue lines" here on our next report. Have a great summer everyone.
The boys from Orvis and I jumped on a Vermont stream for some unreal pike action on the fly.
It’s now June and winter seems like it was years ago. Wait it did snow on Memorial Day Weekend, that snow is long gone now. I was thinking about all the fishing I actually did this winter. Cannot ...More
It’s now June and winter seems like it was years ago. Wait it did snow on Memorial Day Weekend, that snow is long gone now. I was thinking about all the fishing I actually did this winter. Cannot beat fly fishing in the winter, the crowds are nonexistent. Hmmm, I wonder why. But I’m not writing this about winter fly fishing.
My love and passion for fishing started well over 25 years ago. I can thank a bunch of people for that especially my Father and Grandfather. I really enjoyed sitting on my 5-gallon bucket staring into a black hole drilled into the ice. Ice fishing was my favorite fishing. I could not wait for winter to arrive. Though many people do think we are nuts for sitting on a frozen lake for hours upon hours. I grew up in southern New York and some years the lakes would not freeze. This meant we would have to travel to find ice. Sometimes we would go 3 hours one way up to Schroon Lake, NY, just to stare down that hole.
My father and I also would make a trek to Maine over Presidents weekend a free fishing weekend. This would be known as the man’s world weekend, a weekend without mom for me. Let's just say I got to stay up late and forget to shower. Hey, I was a kid just there for the fishing. Maine was one of the first places we targeted Lake Trout or Togue as the New Englanders call them. We had success every year in Maine but no monsta’s. Until one year, I may have been 13 or 14 I cannot recall. My father’s tip up flag went up way across the lake. We used binoculars to spot it. Yeah, we liked to cover ground and swiss cheese the ice. We got on the snowmobile and zoomed on over. The line was screaming off the spool. This would be my first glimpse at a trophy Lake Trout. The only sad part was the fish was so fat it didn’t fit through the hole. When my father tried to pull it through the hole it got stuck and snapped the line, disappearing into the depths below. And that was the closest we got for years to come. My father and I tried years of trolling and ice fishing to only catch the average 20 incher.
My lake trout fishing career would take a break while I attended my first couple years of college. I did not stop fishing, just targeted a different species. My college was smack in the middle of the Adirondacks and was situated on a lake teaming with pike. During the spring of my junior year, I discovered a lake with large Lake Trout. The Only issue was no ice fishing was permitted and the road to it was closed in the winter. That’s ok it made me discover ice out fishing was the bomb and that’s when the road would open. Still even finding this lake I was not successful in catching a trophy Lake Trout. I did happen to lose one right at the bank. But the day I graduated college I did manage to catch my personal best Lake Trout at the time. It was nothing impressive about a 30-inch skinny laker. Then a few weeks later I took off for Colorado and never looked back.
Again my Lake Trout fishing would take a short hiatus, mostly because a fly rod was put in my hand. I couldn’t pass up all the river fishing right in my backyard. I also needed to make friends with someone who owned an ice auger. And finally, after 3 years I got back on the ice seeking trophy lakers. My buddy owned an auger and our days off finally lined up. On New Years Eve day we set out to stare down some holes. It was beautiful cold morning. I’m glad he also owned a pop-up shack, it was rather chilly at 7 am. The auger knew it was cold and before we could drill our first hole the gas line snapped off the carburetor. I thought the day was done before we even got to fish. But I reached into to my Carhartt jacket pocket and pulled out a rubber glove. With that glove, I was able to hold the fuel line to the carb and keep the motor running. Drilling holes now was a team effort. That glove saved the day and we drilled a few holes. We got the shack set up and started jigging. I managed to put a jigging clinic on that day. I sat no less than 4 feet from my buddy. We fished the same setup and everything, but that day I managed to ice a dozen small lakers and my buddy put 2 on the ice. Who knows why but I say dumb luck. The time had come to pack up and ring in the New Year.
Another 2 months would go by before my buddy and I would step on the ice again. At this point more of the lake had frozen, so we tried a new spot. Oh yeah, we never fixed the auger just got more rubber gloves. I wasn’t the one hauling the auger so I decided to jump on my sled and ride it down the hill. I made it about three-quarters of the way down, when a bush was no match for my sled. I ended up crashing and having a yard sale on the hillside. I gathered all my stuff, discovering my jig rod was now in 2 pieces. Good thing my buddy had an extra rod for me to use. We both made it down to the ice and walked to the opposite side. It was a beautiful Colorado March morning. We drilled some holes set up the shack and got to fishing. An hour or so went by with not a single bite. It had warmed up nice; I went outside and tried a new hole. I was jigging away then whammmmm, my line was screaming off my reel. Something big ate my jig, my rod was doubled over and the fight was on. I could tell this was no small fish, it ran out a good amount of line before I could gain any ground on it. My heart started pounding knowing could this be it. I fought this fish for a few minutes before I got it close to the hole. Then finally a lake trout went buzzing by the bottom of the hole. After a couple runs away from the hole I got the fish through the hole and on the ice. I finally had done it. I put a beast of a female Lake Trout on the ice. I was ecstatic and so was my friend, we managed to snap a few quick photos. And back in the hole she went, I revived her for a few seconds and off she went. Hopefully, another lucky angler will get a chance at her. She was still small for a trophy Lake Trout but hell she was a trophy to me.
It took me well over 20 years to land a fish like that, but I never gave up. Man the smiles on our faces, grinning from ear to ear. I still smile every time I think of that fish. We fished the rest of the day with not another single fish being caught. Now just have to wait till next winter and see what surprises come from under the ice.
What's got the legendary Milkman, Arno Matthee, (of The Guide's Company) a FlyBru, Edward Truter, pilgrimages in search of elusive fish (both fresh and saltwater), kick-ass images, stories, gear, ...More
What's got the legendary Milkman, Arno Matthee, (of The Guide's Company) a FlyBru, Edward Truter, pilgrimages in search of elusive fish (both fresh and saltwater), kick-ass images, stories, gear, a chronic wanker and more?
You got it Horatio Cane. Issue 3 of The Mission is waiting for you.
Fishing remains killer as we round out the last part of june... Colder then average water temps should keep sight fishing strong threw the month of july, Come Join Me!!
Awesome new film from Bighorn Trout Shop a few days ago. The river is high from spring runoff and the cicada hatch is bringing carp to the surface. The result is spectacular!
Quick Flick #3, Watch this video to satisfy your senses! Mayfly feeders on 23rd of May 2017
WOW! It’s hard to believe that we’re already heading into the second week of June and only a couple weeks away from our “World Famous” Scallop season. Before Nature Coast anglers start looking ...More
WOW! It’s hard to believe that we’re already heading into the second week of June and only a couple weeks away from our “World Famous” Scallop season. Before Nature Coast anglers start looking ahead to Scalloping local spin and fly anglers are still finding “World Class” Tarpon fishing along the shallow grass flats ranging from Crystal River to Homosassa. With the Nature Coast Tarpon season running from May 1st-July 1st now is the time to get on some of the Best Big Time Tarpon fishing found anywhere in the WORLD!!
The later part of our May Tarpon season was highlighted with great weather and tons of Large Tarpon showing up early on our local flats. The cool foggy mornings of May have quietly given way to the heat, humidity, and afternoon showers that June Poon Chasers are accustomed to. Most anglers visiting the area this time of year will be hoping for Chamber of Commerce weather days but most Tarpon fishermen know that it’s the impending weather days that create the most memorable fishing experiences. Such was the case when I had the opportunity to fish with Neil and Sean Forest who made the trip down from Tallahassee, FL recently. Both Neil and Sean have fished with me in the past and Sean actually landed his first Tarpon on fly with me 2 years ago. Over our two days of fishing we were dealt with every weather condition possible in Florida. Wind, rain, clouds, fog and calm seas were all conditions that we experienced and surprisingly the fluctuating weather pattern was a catalyst for two incredible days of fishing. Over a our two day stretch we averaged close to 30 shots a day with Sean putting 4 fish in the air before landing a beautiful 120lb Tarpon that would be considered a trophy by most fly anglers.
The changing weather patterns of June will mean changes coming to the migration patterns of our Nature Coast Tarpon. Baby Tarpon will start to become more prevalent in our backcountry waters and many bass fishermen will be shocked to find baby Tarpon staging around many of the same productive docks found in both the Crystal River and Homosassa Rivers. The real changes will be evident in the large migratory Tarpon that are roaming the deeper flats at this time. As water temperatures steadily climb towards 90° most fish will begin to find new foraging grounds on shallower flats closer to mangrove laden islands. The St. Martins Keys will become a prominent feeding ground for many Tarpon looking for one last meal before heading offshore to spawn. Savvy anglers will find free lining Live Pinfish, Pigfish, Whitebait, and Blue Crabs to hungry Tarpon will be a sure bet. Fly anglers will continue to have a plethora of opportunities as long as the offshore grasses stay offshore. With NOAA’s long term forecast calling for east winds for the next 10 days most of the flotsam should continue holding further offshore allowing for Black and Purple Toads and Chartruese Megalopsicles to continue to be the best bets for flies.
SCALLOP SEASON 2017 BEGINS JULY 1, 2017
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Capt. Kyle Messier
The Manso river is a particular one, in the first place because after several curves it ends up in Chile through a transversal valley in the mountains. It has several interesting fishing parts, ...More
The Manso river is a particular one, in the first place because after several curves it ends up in Chile through a transversal valley in the mountains. It has several interesting fishing parts, each of them with very particular characteristics.
The most famous and floated part is the one between the mouth of the Steffen lake and the confluence of the Villegas river. This part has 8 kilometres, the first four with very calm and clear waters; along the other four kilometres the river increases its slope and speed, there are much bigger stones and rapids.
The best time of the year to fish this river is in the beginning of December (in the start of the season) until the middle of January. Then the flow and the strike decrease. The end of the season, in April, it is interesting to wade looking for the big brown trout which migrates to the river to spawn.
Before getting into the river it is always interesting to fish the reed beds of the Steffen lake and then wade the mouth which can offer pleasant surprises. We could say it is a small river with an average flow of 65m3/sec and unlike the Limay river it is well covered from the wind thanks to the vegetation that surrounds it. There are many coihues, arrayanes, pitras, cypresses and larch trees. The dominant trout is the rainbow trout, with a large number of fish between 30 and 35 centimetres and the chance of catching fish of 2/2.5 kilograms. There is also brown trout of up to 3 kilos.
Regarding the equipment the ideal is a 4/5 rod with a floating line and another line with a sinking tip such as Rio Avid or Mainstream. My first option, mainly in December or January is using floating lines with dry-flies, with attractors such as Chernobyl, Foam Cicada or Fat Albert, mainly trying to imitate the Odonata which are abundant in this time of the year. In this section of the Manso river it is possible to find a large number of stoneflies. To imitate these insects, I use Stimulator.
In 2012 a team of the Nahuel Huapi National Park detected a community of ducks called the Torrent Duck, which lives in cold and clear rivers with fast flows in the Andes mountain range. In order to protect them, the administration of the Park made a drastic decision forbidding the fishing floats (but not the rafting). After many negotiations with the Association of Guides, they decided to change their decision but starting the season in December 1 and forbidding the use of the anchor in fast waters. Now, to float the river the guide has to ask for a special permission and has to give a notification each time he finds some Torrent Duck. By Horacio Maida
What many consider to be the height of the Montana fishing season is soon to arrive and here's our best guess as to what is going to happen and when, given our current river flows, snowpack, ...More
What many consider to be the height of the Montana fishing season is soon to arrive and here's our best guess as to what is going to happen and when, given our current river flows, snowpack, weather forecasts and tarot card readings. All bets are off if we get a deluge of rain, or no more rain, or if we win the lottery.
Weather and Flows
Summer weather has arrived in the last couple weeks with 70-85 degree high temps and afternoon thunderstorms which has helped trigger our mountain snowmelt and some bug hatches. Most rivers in the state are high, muddy and largely unfishable, which is standard fare this time of the season. We are going to get a great flushing flow on most Montana rivers this season, which bodes well for the late summer fishing we love to get. All hope is not lost for great June fishing though, as there are some gems in the rough water.
Our home water has been the destination for many Montana anglers the last month as it has fished well through a moderate dam controlled run-off and is now on the drop. We may have seen the peak flows for the season already, depending on rain and irrigation upstream in the next couple weeks. Current flows are just above solid dryfly conditions, the caddis and pmd mayflies have begun to show, so this river is likely about to move into the red zone on the Fish Fun Factor and should sustain straight through until mid-August.
Run-off is chugging along on the Madison, but it appears to be less spectacular than on most other rivers this year. Currently there are fish to be caught sub-surface throughout the system, with the upper of the upper being the hotspot. We think the Salmonflies are going to pop on the lower river in a couple weeks and hustle through that stretch, then onto the upper in the third or fourth week of June. Flows should be solid this summer, and if you miss the big bugs shoot for the spruce moth hatch beginning in late July.
The Gally is currently a bit high and muddy, but it should come into shape again by the last week of June, also with a nice salmonfly hatch to kick start the summer season.
Always the hardest to predict, and it has a ton of snow to melt through the system this year, so it will probably be sometime into July until this river is fishable again. Salmonfly hatch? Who knows - hopefully we'll get to catch it this year.
Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers
The westside freestones are all in full run-off mode right now as a record snowpack passes through the system and hopefully these rivers come back into shape near the end of the month, possibly in early July for full fishing effect.
The 'Horn has been running at about peak flow for a few weeks now and may continue to do that for the foreseeable future as the dam managers figure out how to handle an epic snowpack and subsequent streamflow. Nymph fishing has been strong, and it may be the only game on the Bighorn for a good while yet.
Paradise Valley Spring Creeks
You can set your watch on the Pale Morning Dun hatch, prime dates are from June 20 to July 10.
Yellowstone National Park
Walk wading classics like Slough Creek, Soda Butte Creek, the Lamar and Yellowstone Rivers should be good to go by July 15.
Check out this teaser from Running the Coast - easily the world's best documentation of the striped bass run and those that live for it. See more here: http://www.howardfilms.com/runningthecoast
When summer is over every year we yearn for cooler weather and water, bigger fish and our spey rods but at the same time we lament the idea it will be 8 long months before we get to be on our ...More
When summer is over every year we yearn for cooler weather and water, bigger fish and our spey rods but at the same time we lament the idea it will be 8 long months before we get to be on our local small streams.
Well those 8 months are over and it is time to dust off the 2wt and the glass rods, grab that small box of dry flies, spool of tippet and bottle of floatant and hit the trail. What Washington benefits from like very few other states are all the small streams littering our mountains, there are literally hundreds of them, nearly all filed with beautiful, native trout like this one. These finned participants are awaiting those willing to get out of their car and away from the beaten path in search of solitude and natural beauty.
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