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Name: GTS Date: July 26, 2014 Rating:
 
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I've been fishing this river starting at about 5:00 a.m. several mornings and have yet to hook anything bigger 2"-4". I've tried a few different places along Ben Howard Road. The last few days the first big bend in the river south of Sultan. I've tried floating eggs and shrimp, I've tried setting eggs on the bottom with a weight. I've tried orange, green, and purple Blue Foxes. An orange, and a green, yellow, orange Kwikfish. a couple different spoons and have gotten my ass handed to me every time. Would sure love to know where these fish are or if they are all up river already.
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Name: kevin14 Date: July 24, 2014 Rating:
 
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Caught a nice summer run on the upper sky. I got it on a spinner it was an awesome fight!
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Name: Reel Priorities Date: July 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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Starting Time: 5:00 AM
Location: Skykomish River
Method of Persuasion: Spoons, Sand Shrimp, Prawn, Jigs, Corkies, Eggs, Pink Worm
Setup: Okuma Celilo 9'6" 4-8lb Rod, Pfluger Trion 30 Reel, 15 Pound Hydrofloat Mainline

It's cool when you receive an email in your inbox from an angler seeking guidance, become friends on Facebook (if you're not friends on Facebook, it's not real life...) and slowly build anticipation for your outing this week upcoming. This morning I had the privilege of working the water with single handed, fly fishing convert and Skykomish river local, George. No ordinary man indeed, especially when he replies that his favorite movie is "Talladega Nights" tells you not to eat certain berries off of plants on the walk down (epic fail, digestive system) and shares such an extraordinary life story with you. I've come to the conclusion that individuals who live off of the land are most likely trustworthy, and demand a great deal of respect from the community. As a QFC and Chipotle goer, George has my full admiration.

Today we worked systematically; I worked the bottom of the fishing line, George took front and center and Guide Trainee Seitz covered the top of each fishing hole. Starting at the tail out, Seitz tagged a trophy smolt. Along the way, we placed our floats, drift gear and spoons into every pocket and riffle we could find. After an hour of boulder crawling and precision casting work, we decided to relocate, down river. If any of you require education pertaining to the learning how to relax and on being "mindful," George is your guy. I'd say he taught me more than I was able to teach him this morning, and what a privilege it was to share reciprocal, hearty conversation with such an individual of such caliber. In this industry, you meet quite the colorful variety of individuals, and on some mornings, you're able to truly share an experience with an angler, and feel as if you're taking a "personal fishing day" rather than one that is guided; I'm proud to say that today was one of the former.

Right as Guide Trainee Seitz whipped his first casted into his first drift at the head of the pool, and before I could say "watch out for that snag," a most cooperative Steelhead managed to clamp down onto his eggs; yes, this one managed to escape, before a hook set. Now Seitz is one of the most consistent, powerful hook-setting anglers that I know, but today, this one got away from him. Steelhead: 1, Reel Priorities: 0.

Next, turning to George, I recommended he direct his cast into an upper pocket instead of straight out. I watched the whole process, from casting to watching his float "land" on top of the water. Strangely enough, his float never resurfaced... A solid 6 seconds later, squinting my eyes and scouring the water where the cast should have landed, I looked back to see George's rod doubled over, and then immediately go slack. Hook-set two, missed! It's a funny thing with Steelhead angling; some days, you get one float down, or one take on the drift, equating to one Steelhead landed. Others, you get multiple strikes, and bring nothing to the bank.

After working the whole stretch with spoons, drift gear, bait, jigs and the like (the fish were no longer biting out of hunger nor curiosity), tails between our legs, we walked back to head of the pool. "Have we tried the aggravation bite with the Pink Worm yet?" asked Seitz. Thankfully, we had not. So, on went the Pink Worm, and on came our third contender. Usually, it's a first cast deal, as a Steelhead will either destroy the offering, or leave the hole when then Pink Worm enters it's territory (yes, I've observed Summer Run in low and clear, interacting with my feminine looking offering). Just don't get the one with sparkles, and if you do, best you hide them from your wife and your daughter, lest you arrive in the morning a few worms less!

This fight was strange. Out of a 10 scale rating, I gave this Steelhead a 2 for poor work ethic, but a solid 9 for creativity. So, on the rod went George with this moody Hen. She ran straight in towards George. Then, she proceeded to fight in a circle (quite literally), not even diving into the boulders, attempting to saw off the monofilament leader. Since she still had plenty of juice left in her tank, and after a futile attempt to tail a "hot" fish, George had to drag her back and forth on the ultralight rod (manual fighting technique), to make sure there was nothing left in this fish. The landing portion is where most anglers fail; here at Reel Priorities, we still uphold a clean slate, with a 100% landing ratio; every Steelhead that has been on the line has been landed this season.

We all work so diligently, patiently awaiting the opportunity of a "take" from the Chrome Ghost. If you're disinterested in becoming like the other 99% of anglers who net their fish or throw them on shore (Natives included), continually go home skunked, choosing not to adapt to the conditions, and forego environmental stewardship (just look at the bank), come along for an adventure with Reel Priorities.

The path of a Steelhead Angler (not fisherman) is arduous, requires great discipline and consequently much heart break, but the reward surpasses all human understanding. I challenge you to utilize your gifts, skills and inherernt abilities, to maximize the potential of your life, on and off the water. Your success is my focus. Your wellbeing is my objective.

Rock to rock. Cast by cast.



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Name: fisherman92 Date: July 20, 2014 Rating:
 
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Got out late about 10am with mofishes on the upper sky. fished near the forks and at reiter. had one small trout on. mofishes had one bite and a whole lot of nothin out there. used corkies. sandshrimp. jiggs. eggs u name it. haven't had good luck lately. hopefully somewhere picks up. thinkin maybe rockport for steelies or dollys next time? I've seen other people on here having some luck. might have to get ahold of reel priorities. he seems to know what's goin on. better luck next time.
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Name: Reel Priorities Date: July 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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Starting Time: 4:00 AM
Location: Skykomish River
Method of Persuasion: Spoons, Sand Shrimp & Prawn
Setup: Okuma Celilo 9'6" 4-8lb Rod, Pfluger Trion 30 Reel, 15 Pound Hydrofloat Mainline

You're out camping; dusk has just settled in. Darkness engulfs your clenched fist, as you stare deeply into the embers of the fire; little do you know how deeply they emblazon this sacred time upon the tablet of your soul, for your lifetime to come. You know your inability to close your eyes and sleep is inherent, but you still go through the motions as if some supernatural force has bound you to this ritual.

The morning will yawn and the sun will begin the creep above the horizon in two hours. Your eyelids stick to the surface of your eyeballs, like the wet sand residual that's glued to your Simms Waders, after a day well earned on the river. Pushing back the overwhelming desire to slip back into your dreams aquatic, like a float slipping silently beneath the surface, you find yourself standing, two lug soles in the sand and embracing the crisp morning air. The river she beckons, and her call you have answered; congratulations, you have completed step one.

No, this is not the preface to some Steelhead "choose your path" novel that you read during the first 3 hours of your job at Desk Jockey University. No, you cannot have my free Chipotle Burrito Card (Thank you, Maria of Redmond Chipotle) that will sustain my river-worn body. Yes my friends, this is my day off; carefree, relaxing, quenching to an angling-thirsty soul.

It began this morning with an Olympic sprint down the winding trail to my official backyard on August 2nd (I've been offered the privilege of calling the cabin behind my favorite fishing hole, "home"). 23 "first" casts, fluttering one of Todd's 50/50 Rvrfsher Spoons through the head and tail of the pool produced no strikes; what discipline it must take for a lethargic fish to disregard a twisted piece of metal, buzzing past it's head at an unholy hour. So off I went, a few hundred yards upstream. Upon arrival to the end of the line, I decided to splice on a float, sit down on the shore, prop up against a rock and take a Reel Priorities nap; Sometimes I find it crucial to sit down, take a look around and reflect upon the purpose and path that lay ahead.

Energy reserves restored, I set out downriver and worked every seam, riffle and pocket with my homemade bead jig and Mottled TroutBead dropper, all to no avail. One thing I notice during the early portions of the Steelhead season is how uncooperative Steelhead are to the "egg" underneath the float. Some will, some won't, so what, next riffle.

Upon reaching my starting destination, my fishing instinct signaled it was the time to lay down cover first with drift gear. So on went the chartreuse bead tipped with sugar-cured shrimp, and *chomp* came the first bite from an ornery Steelhead. 9 casts and 9 snags in a row later (casting, rigging and re-baiting sucked up an inordinate amount of time) it was time to re-splice the white DNE, 20 gram float.

My second cast out on the edge of the riffle, armed with a hematite bead weighted chunk of Prawn, White DNE 20 gram dove beneath the surface; I always arise to the occasion of punching a number two size hook through the lip of a volunteer Steelhead.

He immediately ran towards the current with gale-force speed, head-shaking and whirling around like the prop of a Cessna 172. Desperation soon set in, and "Prawnphilic" ran right into the shoreline; thankfully, Reel Priorities does not succumb to the allure of the "early game changer," where 90% of anglers lose their wits to a thrashing Steelhead. After sending a few shocks down the line and hurling my body off of my boulder high vantage point, I was able to "pull" the remaining 3 runs from this Native fish; in retrospect, it looks like a poorly clipped, Hatchery Steelhead, which now makes sense do to it's inherent style of fighting, pathetically small Adipose fin and elongated head semblance it's Skamania strain cousins. A feeble attempt to break the leader by running through my legs and the second water swing landing attempt later, "Prawnphilic" lay dumbfounded on it's side, gasping for oxygen, peduncle (tail wrist) clenched tightly between the thumb and index finger of my landing hand (left side).

Today was one of perseverance, relentless pursuit and mutual respect, a day not well received by the faint of heart. Wen you're able to consistently pull a Steelhead or two, in face of dwindling conditions, you accrue a mutually feeling of respect for the 1% of Steelhead that survived the one-salt, 3 year return journey of life.

Never forsake that last cast, because more often than not, you're only an inch away from your next adrenaline release; you've already weathered mile marker 39 of 40. Forget patience; resilience is a virtue.

You have my hooks, spoons and compounded knowledge at your service. Tight lines, my fellow Metalheads.

Rock to rock. Cast by cast.



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Name: Salm0n Date: July 15, 2014 Rating:
 
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ARRIVED AT THE RIVER 6:00 THIS MORNING. 3 GUYS THERE INCLUDING ME. I PUT MY POLE TOGETHER AND FIRST CAST INTO THE WATER, QUARTER OF THE DRIFT "BAMM" FISH ON. FISHED JUMPED ONCE, AND PEELED ABOUT 15FT OF LINE. REELED IT QUICKLY NOT WANTING TO LOSE MY FIRST FISH OF THE SEASON. FINALLY AFTER ABOUT 8 QUICK MIN OF FIGHTING THE FISH, IT WAS ON TO SHORE! HURRAY! NICE CHROME HEN.
AFTER 2 1/2 HR OF FISHING WHEN THE SUN CAME UP, CALLED IT A DAY. 4 FISH TOTAL I SEEN LANDED (INCUDING MINE). 3 ON HATCHERY SIDE 1 ON THE OTHER SIDE.

OVERALL VERY NICE MORNING, AND A BEAUTIFUL DAY.
BEATS A DAY A WORK!
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Name: Reel Priorities Date: July 15, 2014 Rating:
 
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Starting Time: 4:00 AM
Location: Skykomish River
Method of Persuasion: Spoon, Shrimp, Jig & Egg
Setup: Okuma Celilo 9'6" 4-8lb Rod, Pfluger Trion 30 Reel, 15 Pound Hydrofloat.

Chipotle. Yes, the place you dine at and somehow manage to destroy your entire underwear collection, and then have this insane addiction to go back after persuading your best friends to go with you; if you have no reference point, please go watch a little South Park. Anyhow, this is the main reason why you find the latest report in front of you, like the Sunday Paper each week. To answer your questions like "where has Reel Priorities been lately?" and "who in the right mind goes fishing at 4:00 in the morning?" in all actuality, I haven't the slightest, other than drinking too much whey protein for my own good, and spending too much time around Gold's Gym.

Upon entering the drink section of Chipotle in Redmond, I received a tap on the shoulder from someone. "Why haven't you been posting lately on Washington Lakes?" To my surprise, someone was actually listening... Fox, thank you for the reminder to fight the good fight and continue to write the feed for our fellow weekend warriors and latent Steelhead anglers.

Gold Bar Park and Ride at 4 o'clock, 7 Rvrfshr Spoons, one spool of Maxima Ultragreen, two packs of barrel swivels and Matzuo Sickle Siwash hooks, check. This morning, I forwent my personal day of rest, in order to fill a short order for a Washington Lakes Report. So off I went down the trail, chucking bent pieces of metal through the light deprived, crisp morning air, deftly snagging all of the braid so gingerly placed on the river bottom. River: 2, Reel Priorities: 0. A special day indeed, as today was initiation for Seitz in to the "Bent Metal Club." Fellow spoon tossing Steelheaders, reunite!

After unsuccessfully covering a quarter mile of river bank with the spoon, Guide Trainee Seitz and I decided to work our way through the rapids, pocket water and sections of the tail out. Today, the Rainbows and Smolt were extraordinarily kind, laying waste to my sparse and carefully cured supply of Prawn. Now and then when you run out of bait, the bead ceases to work, and you've lost the desire to swing spoons through the current, the time comes to bring out the "big guns." So opens the jig box, along with the world of seemingly endless color combinations; wen in doubt, standard clinch something orange to the end of your line, and hold on tight...

The first cast out after a recommended color change, Seitz was greeted by a most welcome and familiar sight of a float sinking beneath the surface. By now, I'd already checked out mentally and I was off somewhere wandering in the bushes when I heard the faint cry of "fish on!" By the time I had scrambled out to the scene, Seitz' rod was doubled over, and a grin the size of Utah was slapped across his face. Finally, the Chrome Ghost had appeared.

She came in fast. Actually, she came in really fast, like 20 seconds fast. Now, this archetype of fish likes to take a single, breath taking 20 to 30 yard run right after the hook set, and then pretends to give up, much to the dismay of the angler once brought in too close to the river bank. It took a few "shocks" to force the last 3-44, 5 yard runs out of this hen, and a few "too close for comfort" aerial displays before I was able to utilize my Crawdad like grip to subdue our armored opponent. Pound for pound, she put up a very decent fight, got Seitz' adrenaline slamming, and gave up some killer underwater footage. In the end, everyone was happy.

A 30 minute nap on top of a 15 foot high boulder and 156 casts later, we bobbed happily up the trail, rod, reel and memories in hand.

You should enjoy all of your days off the way Reel Priorities does! After a long week of the sitting in traffic, balancing the check book and putting bacon on the table for the wife and the little drones, you deserve a fun day on the river, in luxury and relaxation, with Reel Priorities. Smiles, scent free hands and entertainment guaranteed; it's always an adventure when we're out on the river!

By the way, check out the new Facebook of Reel Priorities, and get the latest feed. Feel, touch taste and see the river bank, while enjoying the safety and security of your home from behind the comfort of your computer screen.

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Reel Priorities, out.




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Name: Hepker Date: July 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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got out to the sky at about 6:30am with tele_maniac and his brother. beautiful morning. a little bit of high clouds so it wasnt too hot. stopped at the hole by mccoy creek for a couple hours. we caught one undersize cut and only had a couple other bites. moved on up to the west side of the the river across from the mouth of the wallace and fished there a few hours. nothing much except a couple jumpers just before we left early afternoon. headed to the prison hole via backroads since Hwy 2 was closed due to an accident. another undersize trout and a few bullheads to tease with bait. no fish for the three of us but it was good to get out and explore a couple new holes for some of us.

we threw sand shrimp, roe, dick nites, yarn & corky and a couple spoons at em. floated. drifted and plunked. not much more we could have done except throw some dynamite!
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Name: FoxIsland Date: July 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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Hopes dwindling and patients running thin, I was thinking about calling it a morning and laying my head back on my pillow before it even began. This being my first summer fishing for Steelhead, I wanted to have the thrill of my first bobber-down so I got myself up.

After being skunked a dozen times this year I was not sure even sure if I remembered how to catch a fish. Anyways, I started fishing at 6:00am on the hatchery side. It was just another day on the river, other people were catching fish right in front of me and I was thinking I was going to walk out empty handed. Then at 6:45 I hooked into my first Steelhead, after 10 min of battling and 5 jumps out of the water I landed my first one. Nerves trembling from the excitement I rushed back out to try my luck again. About 15 min. later my fishing buddy asked, "how far out were you fishing when you hooked that last one?" In the middle of my drift I replied, "about 3 feet closer than... (bobber-down). Another great fight and landed my second of the day. Excited to finally mark up my card, and become a Steelhead fanatic. Hope there are more posts to come...
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Name: VinnyG Date: July 07, 2014 Rating:
 
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I was fishing from the bank at Al Borlin Park in Monroe. We got there pretty late, around 8:30 am but there were a few jumpers so we were optimistic. Fished jigs from a float for a while, then switched to small spoons with scent. No luck with that, so I fished a backbouncing rig through the deeper holes. Came up with nothing, left just after noon. I saw a few whitefish, plenty of little cutthroat but no salmon. There were a few other anglers fishing eggs from a float and they caught a few steelhead. Action hasn't really heated up on the Sky just yet. Probably better later in July.

Good Luck!
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