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Name: SeatoSummit88 Date: September 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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Got to the river just as the sun was coming up. Started fishing hard with spoons and blue fox's. About a half hour in, I hooked into a small, but bright coho, probably around 4 pounds. Then after 2-3 minutes into the awakening fight, Slam! Came to an abrupt stop and then slack. Reeled in nothing but line. It must have gotten caught in some structure or I forgot how to tie my knots. After that, I switched to eggs and got nothing. It was really nice to see some fish rolling and hooking into one this high up river already. The fog rolled off around 8:30, and turned out to be a nice clear day. Left around 11.

Hooked the fish with a Size 4 Blue Fox: Chartreuse Color

I think this weekend I will head lower on the Snohomish. (Maybe Thomas Eddy?)

Has anyone used cut plug or whole fresh bait fish (herring/smelt, etc...) this time of year, and in the rivers, for coho ????


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Name: Reel Priorities Date: September 01, 2014 Rating:
 
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Starting Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Skykomish River
Method of Persuasion: Jigs
Setup: Okuma Celilo 9'6" 4-8 Pound Test Rod, Shimano Stradic 2500 Reel, 15 Pound Hydrofloat Mainline

When the breeze is light and you find the sun's tantalizing rays beating upon your granite rock porch -not to mention having your backyard be one of the most highly esteemed fishing holes on a river that has long captured your heart- it's time to go fishing. Long have been the days of shirtless rock hopping, wader free angling without a cloud in sight, nor thought in mind. This particular morning, I had the privilege of casting a line with my close friend and angling partner, Brad; though work sat thick upon his desk, and there were bodies in the gym that needed training, we both decided to clear out our calendars and make a day of it. So off we went, fishing equipment, a handful of jigs and GoPro in hand, eagerly seeking the adventures that the Skykomish had to offer.

It was more of a long, appropriately drawn out conversation rather than a fishing expedition of any sort, and one of the most enjoyable trips I've experienced for quite a while. Since I didn't have the chance to eat yet, I decided to bring Brad a little ways up the river in order to hit two birds with one stone, fasted cardiovascular work and the opportunity to cast a productive, low water fishing hole. I know that we're supposed to reach the target location prior to allowing out reels sing their morning chorus, but like so many times before, there were a few pockets that we couldn't resist the urge to let our floats dance through. What should have taken us minutia to walk turned into an adventure in itself! Brad, you surprised me with your innate ability to ruck through those boulders at such brazen speed in those fancy sandals.

Upon reaching our destination and armed for battle with our Drennan Pikers and Aerojigs (Nightmare & Black/Cerise), we slithered around a few more stones to prepare for our first few casts, little did we know we what was to come. I haphazardly tossed out my offering, averted my gaze and began sharing a few more words with Brad. To my surprise upon looking back, my float was nowhere to be found. After a sharp hookset and the click of the GoPro, it was "fish on!"

She shook her head like a Martini being prepared for James Bond. The flash of chrome from her side rekindled the Steelhead flame that burned deeply amongst the two of us. After thrashing for a good 30 second run, she sprinted straight to the inside seam of a boulder, in attempt to sever the 6 pound fluorocarbon leader that connected us. Seeing that the immediate run to shore was to no avail, she worked her way back and forth, weaving through the miniature boulder field that lined the lower portion of the run. At one point, I found myself pinned, line weaved neatly through some invisible crevice below the surface, but thankfully she gave in and managed to untangle herself. When push came to shove between continuing to fight thigh deep in glacial fed waters, barefoot in basketball shorts, and landing this fish, I chose the latter, and not a moment too soon as my legs were about to tap out. An honor and a privilege, today I christened my personal catch card with it's first mark, with my close friend and brother, Brad.

We Steelheaders are a different breed. While some of us live for the exhilaration of a Steelhead tugging on the end of the line, rod guides iced up and the chill of winter brushing our faces, others of our kind live for a sunny day, warm breeze and a blue sky backdrop peppered with rocky mountaintops. Fly or gear, swing, drift or float, we all pursue the prize alike.

With the Coho, Chum and Winter Steelhead preparing for their final run back home, we have some magnificent fisheries to look forward to in our near future. The rains will commence, the river will rise and the battalions of fish will swim up in their timely manner; nature is always on time. Have you any questions, you have my hooks, knots and rods at your service; I look forward to seeing you out on the river.


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Name: KarpKilla Date: September 01, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished the Sky near the mouth of the Sultan from about 6am to 10am. I was targeting trout, but deep in my heart I wanted to catch a Steelhead or an early silver. I started off drifting night crawler but that didn't work so I tied on a Castmaster. Like on the fifth cast I hooked and landed a really tiny jack king. I was maybe 14'' long and a pound in weight. Don't worry I didn't take it out of the water. About 5 minutes later my dad hooks and "lands" a little jack king, on a chartreuse Castmaster. I was using a brass one btw, not that it matters. Didn't see any other fish caught besides the usual 12'', football shaped, trout. Called it quits at 10, but decided to check out my home hole, Thomas' Eddy. I saw one gentleman, wading in the riffles on the wildlife reserve side of the river hook into something but then lose it, also two guys in a canoe left the little island in the middle of the river with a fish bag that appeared to have 2 or 3 fish in it. They seemed pretty happy as they left, so I'm guessing they caught something. I kinda wit=sh I went to Thomas' Eddy in the first place. Oh well.
Tight Lines to all, except snaggers!
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Name: kevin14 Date: August 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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Caught this awesome bright summer run probably around 10 pounds. He slammed a spinner.
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Name: hromine Date: August 07, 2014 Rating:
 
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Haven't posted in a while since I've spent the majority of my time fishing the more productive rivers, but since this one is the closest to home figured I'd give it a shot. I drifted from High Bridge to Sultan...water was pretty low and very clear. The drift is still very possible in a drift boat, I only had to walk through two sections. The most difficult part is right after the put in pushing through the boulders on the right side after the pool below Big Eddy. I stay river right and there is enough water to squeeze through there, maybe not a great idea if it's your first time on the sticks but not too bad....caught three nice cuttys in the hole below Big Eddy, one of them was 18+ in. C/R all of them. I watched one of them chase my spoon down from about 15 yards across the tailout before he slammed it. very aggressive behavior as he attacked it twice before he finally inhaled it. Fished bobber and jig, bobber and eggs, and sandshrimp through the next few sections. Picked up a few more trout with little size on the eggs and sandshrimp. Didn't see any steelhead in there. Finally got to the next hole with 10
+ feet of water in it. Lots of trout in there very willing to take spinners, but couldn't pull any steelhead out. After fishing it i drifted over and saw one lone steelhead sitting on the bottom, he was very skiddish and took off as soon as he saw the shadow of the boat. Fairly unproductive for the next mile or so. Finally got to a stretch of water where there was about 100 yards of walking speed river flow and 5+ feet of water. This was the best stretch of the day. Missed on steelhead side drifting eggs, then missed another on a spoon. The fish that took the spoon was easily 10+lbs. as he busted my swivel on the second jump out of the water. How depressing...the most solid hook up of the day and an easy fish to put in the boat, i'd just checked my leader, knot, and swivel before casting as i know this spot has produced in the past and just dumb luck that he got the right angle to bust the swivel... Drifted about another mile without any luck, water was pretty low and this is where i had to walk the boat over two shallow sections. Finally got to a two really long stretches at turns in the river with at least 15-20 feet of water underneath hard clay cliffs. saw 4-5 steelhead sitting in between the clay cliffs and had one follow a spoon out from one of them but couldnt get any to take it. Visibility was about 10-12 feet so you really have to leave yourself some space and make a long swing so they don't see you. Put my eggs in front of one of them i could see about 15 feet behind the boat, he wanted nothign to do with them and turned and headed downriver immediately...so much for an egg bite. that's about it...would be nice to get another rain but i'm not sure how many more fish will push into the river... tight lines.
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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.

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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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