10-06-02 - They're here...
Rivers Fished: Pike & Root River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 10-6-02
Weather:10-6-02, partly cloudy, rain from 5-6 pm.
Air Temp: variable - highs in the 60-70's, lows around 50.
Water Temp: cooler..maybe 60-65?
Water Level: moderate
Water Color: muddy, but clearer than previous weeks.
Fish Species: Chinook (aka. King Salmon)
Pattern Fished: various, see below
Pattern Color: mostly florescent orange and chartreuse
Fishing Quality: eh...moderate.
Another day...this time I figured I'd try the Pike.
Again to the bridge at A. Probably about 1:30, maybe 2:00. NOTHING
TO BE SEEN! The water level was significantly lower than the week
prior. Tossed for about 10 minutes and met up with a great guy from
Missouri. I decided it would be more fun to show him around and
perhaps scope out the Root some more...so we headed up there. First
stop was Brose Park, then up to the Weir to show G the madhouse.
Just as bad (if not worse) than Saturday. Counted at least 4 game
wardens out, so that was good. The fish were still stacked up, but
the weir was closed and the gates on the dams were OPEN...thus fish
were bypassing the wier...that means fresh, non-wiered fish upstream
today! Next stop was at the area at the back of Quarry Lake's parking
lot. This is NICE steam here, but you HAVE TO WADE. Saw at least
one Chinook pulled out in our 15 minute stop. Next stop, up to the
Day's Inn and the dam. Another Madhouse with Game Wardens stopping
snaggers but there were many more in the stream. This was arguably
the worst place on the river yesterday..it was more like a tailgate
party than anything else...shooting fish in a barrel. One more run
back downstream, this time to check out Island Park (hadn't been
there before either). It wasn't as crowded but the river was slow
and sludgy. Lots of debris on the bottom. I stopped here and tossed
a line for a good 45 minutes. This time tried a Wolly Bugger that
"G" gave me; chartreuse with an orange head. Used an red
glow bug dropper (size 6).
After a good 30 minutes I had one hookup, possible
fair. Only stayed on the line for a minute. "G" decided
he couldn't wait until tomorrow (and I can't blame him) so we grabbed
him a license at Dicks on 31 & 11 and shot back down to the
Pike. We had about an hour of legal fishing time left and we made
good use. "G" used a green wolly bugger with weight...I
stuck with my setup. We both got in above the riffles between the
bridge on A and the one just north of A + Y. "G" managed
to find a couple kings in the pools just below a fallen tree which
created a natural "dam" and hooked up within his first
5 minutes of fishing! Fish ran upstream, hit the dam, turned around
and charged. Salmon 1, "G" 0. I took a swim (unintentionally)
and ended up heading down to the bridge on A. Apparently some fish
are moving upstream in the Pike, as there was a good 6 or 7 holed
up just above the riffles under the bridge. Some moved upstream
and about every 5 minutes another would come shuffling up the riffles
to rest in the pool. Also happened to see a small Northern Pike
jumping out of the water...interesting. I guess there should be
Pike in the Pike River LOL! Well, I ended up striking out...no one
was interested in what I was throwing. "G" gave it a little
longer but didn't manage any better.
Finally as we were heading out (in my case muddy,
wet, and cold) we met up with another fly-caster who filled us in
on his luck...apparently several legal bites (he was fishing below
the riffles, other side of the bridge). He was using a black bead-head
So that's about it. I'll be out there every weekend
until I can tell you all I brought one to shore LOL!