|John's first Steelhead|
I fished the Methow the for 5 days over last weekend into early this last week. The water was real loowww and real clear but felt fishy. The fishing preassure wasn't bad at all if you float. Most days we were the only boat on our float. The weather was amazing, warmer than usual and with the fall colors and some sun it was absolutely beautiful. I would love to have a place over there some day.
Since I have been back I have been doing casting classes and schools. On the local scene fishing has been pretty good. There is a decent number of coho around and more chums showing up daily.
One of our guys on Wednesday class hooked a huge chum that fought like crazy. We were getting close to landing it when it made it's last run and the guy broke it off. He had only caught trout before that. Needless to say he was blown away by the fish's strength.
A good sized chum could keep you busy for a while not to mention wear your arm out.
I will be fishing locally for Coho, chum salmon and dollys in between trips to the Methow River for steelies. I do have availability for some of these trips if interested. I have a guy looking for a partner for Nov. 19th on the skagit for Chums/silvers/dollys.
I am also starting to book for the winter/spring steelhead season on the Olympic Peninsula and locally (when/if open). It would be nice if we could get our local wild steelhead runs back up in fishable numbers for a catch and release season but it looks like things are going the other direction.There is a push to shut our local rivers down 2 weeks earlier to the end of Jan. Some of my local gear friends may loose there sturgeon fisheries too. Slowly we get less and less. Instead of complaining I'll try to help. Here is a link to check out about a new political organization that will fight for anglers and our fish -
WACPAC is a recreational fisherman supported Political Action Committee that provides funding for candidates for state legislative and state-wide political office in Washington State. Recipients of PAC funds are selected based on their willingness to listen to our message and share our vision of Conserving our State’s Marine Resources. WACPAC is committed to making Washington a world class fishery by restoring our wild Salmon & Steelhead runs and protecting our sturgeon, bottom fish and crab.
Mike and Dennis Dickson