9-12-03 - Canada, Part III - The Day of LOST FISH!
Waters Fished: Garden River
Fish Caught: 0 landed, one on fair
Outing Date: 9-12-03
Weather: Clear & Sunny
Air Temp: 70's dropping to about 40's - 50's at night
Water Temp: Didn't Take it
Water Level: LOW
Water Color: Clear
Fish Species: Pink Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Pinook (Chinook X Pink)
Pattern Fished: All Sorts - hot fly was the Satellite MOE in Orange
Pattern Color: orange was thte ticket
Fishing Quality: Poor but better than yesterday :)
So, after a day of HIKING, maybe we should fish
again, right? Well, we head upstream instead of down 'cause a couple
fish have been milling around camp in the early morning.
Upstream proves tough...many guys made it out before
us so some of the good runs with fish were taken. The rule in a
situation like this, keep hiking, you'll find fish.
Upstream was the ticket for Tim...he hooked up
with 2 fair Chinooks. The first was lost when some guys downstream
offered to net it on a run. First guy missed and almost busted the
fish off. Second guy is sitting there and goes "I got it"...whips
out a TROUT NET and tries to land a Salmon that's well over 10 lbs?!
Um, come on now...of course he broke Tim's fish off.
The second fish went for a long fight...get swimming
upstream. We're all watching this go on...every time it looks like
the fish has run out of room it just rockets upstream again! Well,
MS2 gets in line and ready to net the fish...and as it makes a turn
to swim downstream, straight towards Jim, he lowers the net. Somehow
he missed, but the upper fly in the two-fly rig catches on the net....tippet
pops...no fish for Tim. Jim felt really bad (still does) but in
all fairness, that was an honest mistake, ya know?!
We skipped out on Midday fishing, intsead tying
flies. All I can say is we had a LOT of fun. Fly swapping each night
was a great time too..I hauled in all sorts of good stuff!
Towards afternoon (maybe 4:00 PM) we headed back
downstream...finally the fish were moving in a bit. I think most
folks at least had one hookup over the evening.
My first came with a Chinook on the Atomic Satellite
Moe Fo...in Orange Roe. Put up quite a fight, unfortunately I think
it was foul. Regardless, the fly eventually came shooting out of
the water towards my fish...FISH OFF or as FAT says, "Air Fish!"
Not to be dismayed, there were more fish in the
pool, and I set back at it. My second was also a chinook, definitely
fair. Yet somehow this one two escaped. Didn't break off or anything...just
the fly got disconnected from the mouth. I think I have to switch
all my salmon hooks to Daiichi?!
Rich did far better, topping off the day with a
NICE Pinook to put the Fat Tribe back in the game. For over a day
I've been sitting in the lead with a 5" fish. I guess now is
the time to bring the A game?!