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Name: Gringo Pescador Date: February 15, 2014 Rating:
 
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Between family time, a bout of Bronchitis, Sportsmens Shows and rib injuries I haven't been able to wet a line yet this year. The dismal river reports have helped to lessen the cravings but not eliminate them completely. I had kind of written off the winter and started focusing on honey-do's and preparing for spring fishing.

My buddy started texting me Friday that he was going up for one last cast Saturday and wore me down by Saturday morning. I got up and had a relaxed morning, showered, ate breakfast with the family, all those things I usually skip so I can get to ther river before sunrise. Threw my gear in the truck and headed up with the expectation of just enjoying being out and on the river for a few hours before the storm blew in.

As I drove through Gold Bar the wind was gusting pretty good - another indication that it might be a short and fruitless trip. Got down to the highway side of Reiter about 9am and started casting along with 4 or 5 other guys along that side of the river. There was about the same number on the hatchery side. Saw one bright, but small fish caught on the hatchery side but outside of that the reports I was hearing were pretty slow (as expected).

There was a couple guys at the top hole so I started downstream a little ways. After a bit of no action my bobber went down, I set the hook and felt a little tug (a VERY little tug) and ended up reeling in someone's lost leader with a 5" sculpin which had inhaled a yarnie on the end of it. Got the sculpin freed and the trash line put in my pocket and noticed the top hole was free. By this time the wind was going pretty good making casting a pain so I decided to try up there for awhile.

I also decided to change up my jig color to a new pattern I had tied up but had yet to get wet. I was pretty happy with it and thought it looked pretty fishy, but it is a color I haven't tried using yet, so didn't have high hopes.

I had a good feeling about a seam that is just outside of the pool but after a few wind-caught failed attempts I was getting discouraged. Finally everything lined up. A decent break in the wind, I was cocked and ready and let fly. Hit the seam I wanted, bobber traveled about 10' and down it goes.

A few good runs and tailed a hatchery buck about 8#. It was a little darker than I normally like, but I needed some smoker fish anyway and he INHALED my jig, so on the stringer he went. Never had a fish take a jig as deep as this one did. Guess my new pattern is a keeper.

No long after that the wind clicked up another notch and the rain started spitting, it was time to go. Timing couldn't have been better as by the time I got loaded, changed and in the truck the skies opened up the rain and wind were full tilt.

Nice way to end a slow season on the Sky.
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Name: GodMadeFishNotTofu Date: February 15, 2014 Rating:
 
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All In all it was a pretty good year. it started out for me on November 4th and was fairly good for me until about the last month and slowing considerably in the last two weeks. but finishing with the fish GOD smiling on me with a last day limit. I just wanted to put up a couple photo's
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Name: GodMadeFishNotTofu Date: February 15, 2014 Rating:
 
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I didn't see anything else caught while I was there but the fish God smiled on me. It was the last day of the season here. I started the Morning at 6:15 with glow gear to no avail. I saw two rise in the middle chases them with a spoon but couldn't draw them out. I went to a jig floating it about two feet of the bottom. Visibility was about 3 feet and smoky green.
I started My drift outside about 60 feet out, working my way in about 5 feet at a time. I got My first one when I hit the 25 foot plane at about 7:15. not a lot of fight the water was perty cold. I marked it off and popped my second one 2 casts later. I considered releasing the second one because it was so small but not seeing anything else caught by the other fisherman on the bank. I decided it was better to finish off the season with a limit.
I hung out with a few friends for about an hour still seeing nothing even hooked or hearing any anglers swearing called it a day.
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Name: cromedome Date: February 03, 2014 Rating:
 
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woke up bout 5 this morning with only 4 hours of sleep, but i was i determined today id hook into a steelie. got to reiter bout 730, floated some jigs then switched to a size 5 blue fox. nothing. about 10 or so across the hwy side i seen 1 landed. i was just about to head out when i decided to keep my ambition and tried a different setup. 4ft leader with a saltwater fly tipped with some shrimp. for all of those who've been to reiter know of the huge boulder smack in the middle of the river. anyhow i cast out bout 100 or so feet up stream and allowed my gear to float just along side the boulder and just about my second cast bobber gets just passed the boulder and sure enough bobber down. set the hook and start hauling her in. unfortunately i was reluctant to have a net otherwise i would of gave this report a 5. but i got the fish close enough to shore to look at it right in the eyes before it gave on more head shake and off she went. greatest feeling ever!!!! first steelie ive ever hooked and it was a moment never to forget but only fuel my ambition to finally land one. after today my confidence has grown not in my gear but in a tactical aspect. after about an hour or so more guys starting showing up so i hit a couple other holes upstream but nothing so i hit the wallace and landed quite a few cutthroat to relieve my anxiety of landing a fish. great day though good weather and all.


chromedome,
Tight Lines!!
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Name: Ripple Date: February 01, 2014 Rating:
 
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Hit the Skykomish river for my first time today. Got to Reiter about 10 am and hiked downstream throwing spoons and floating a nightmare jig w/prawn. No bites for me but a guy across from me landed hatchery steelhead on a jig, looked about 4-5 lbs. I left around 2 pm and headed up hwy 2 to fish the confluence of the north and south forks. There is a nice big hole where the forks come together and I caught the biggest bull trout I've ever seen using a #2 blue fox spinner weighted with some pencil lead. It was about 23~24 inches long based on my pole length and looked to be at least 5 lbs. I guess its legal to keep one over 20" here but I let this beauty go free.
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Name: HULI_ISDA Date: January 30, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished retier pond hatchery side on Thursday,got there around 6 found out not a lot of people out fishing on a rainy day.fish from 6 till 11, using my home made jig(pink marabou with uv dubbing),pink worm and piece of raw shrimp. Fished same set up the whole time. Around 9 am I thought I have a bite when my bobber starting to bounce weird but did a poor job on setting the hook,and missed it. Then few more cast later did same thing but this time I just adjusted the stopper on my bobber to reach a little deeper I thought I just reached the button but when I yanked it a little it start fighting then my heart start pounding blood raising adrenaline running I got a fish on.land that fish.and happy to know it was a hatchery one and she was a fatty and huge this will be my second steel for the season.bonk it and tag it then went back on casting. Hours later it got really cold so decided to call it quit. The next challenge is hauling that monster to the parking lot it sure did hurt my shoulder carrying that fish. Only saw to fish caught on is mine. I didn't get a chance to weight and measure it but I'm 5'4" so u guys be the judge on this one.
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Name: Bank drifter Date: January 27, 2014 Rating:
 
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Was heading to Eastern WA for work later in the day, figured I would make a quick stop up near Reiter. Found a beautiful spot and in 5 casts hooked two Bull Trout ( or Dolly) big flat mouths on both that extended past the eye, one was 19", the other closer to 22" but hard to measure since I kept them in the water and promptly released them. I knew I could have kept one, but was out for fun and targeting steelhead. So, I give today a 3 since I got to fight two nice fish, they battled like the 5-6 lb steelhead I have been catching and their coloration was pretty awesome . Both caught on spoons using a 9' 6" Lamiglas light spin.

Very little pressure out there, for good reason, gin clear , super low water and not a lot of fish! But sometimes not a lot of people is even better..
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Name: Sthao92 Date: January 26, 2014 Rating:
 
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Finally came around to get to this. Went fishing sunday morning and had the best day for my winter steelhead season so far. Went 2/4 on steelies and this would have been a 5 star day but one of the steelies i lost was a huge native. Would have loved to get a picture but he broke my leader 5 feet from the bank. I set the hook on that fish and it took off instantly to the other side of the river. Took me at least 20 minutes to get close enough to see its adipose fin and then one last head shake and it was gone. The other one i lost came unbuttoned as it gave me a good aerial show. However i did go home with 2 hens so i got some good eggs and a good dinner for couple days.
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Name: AJFishdude Date: January 24, 2014 Rating:
 
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This report is for Steelhead fishing on the Skykomish on Saturday 1/18 and Friday 1/24. On Saturday I headed up to Reiter Ponds and arrived on the hatchery side sometime in the early afternoon. I spoke with some of the guys along the bank and it seems that no one was having any luck. One guy I talked to said that he had hooked into one a few minutes before I got there but lost it. I ended up floating jigs for about an hour but left shortly after that. I then headed down to a spot near Startup and did some regular bottom drifting from the shore with corkies, yarn and yarn balls, all to no luck.

On Friday I got up early and headed up to Reiter on the hatchery side again. I was the second car in the lot and was fishing probably by about 7:15am. Floated jigs under a bobber for a little bit, and then started putting roe on the jigs as well. Sometime around 8:30 or so I got a solid bobber down (actually felt it in my rod tip) and got a quick hook set in but there was nothing on the other end. There were numerous other guys up and down the bank on both sides but I didn't see anything happening. Left there at 9:30 or so and went to Proctor Creek. This was the first time I had been there so I mainly tried drifting jigs at the top end of the big pool above and below the boulders. I also tried throwing a number of spinners in the pool where the creek comes in hoping that a Steel or maybe an extremely late Coho would pick one up. Nothing happening. I then headed to the boat launch under the high bridge and tried floating jigs and jig/roe combinations in the slower moving water with the big boulders just downstream of the launch and near the bridge legs. Nothing.

After that I got some lunch and hit up a bottom drifting run near the Needles by Startup. Did corkies and yarn in peach, orange and pink combinations. Again, nothing going on but I was at least able to scope out some new territory just upriver of where the Wallace comes in.

So, it was a pretty poor day as far as fishing goes, but at least the weather and scenery were nice. It was sunny about half the time I was there on Saturday and all day Friday.

Does anyone fish Proctor Creek much? It looks like some good water, especially for Coho, but I am not really experienced in fishing those deep pools from the bank. Anyone have some advice on fishing that area? Also, for next season, anyone have some advice on spots to fish for Coho? I never got around to fishing the Skykomish for them this year, but would like to do so next year. Thanks!
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Name: racfish Date: January 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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River was nice with good visibility. Three of us plunked Lewis Street with no luck. Nice morning
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