11-02-04 - MP Elects...to go FISHIN!
Waters Fished: Root River
Fish Caught: 3/5 if you count the brown smolt!
Outing Date: 11-02-04
Air Temp: 45F
Water Temp: 55F
Water Level: 30 cfs and rising
Water Color: Muddy, visibility about 6-9"
Fish Species: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon
Pattern Fished: Eggs
Pattern Color: Hot Orange worked; all others ignored.
Fishing Quality: Dare I say it was the precursor to the "call
in dead" day?
OK I first must totally thank Rich Brown for callin' me at like
6:30 AM and waking me up. I actually got up, and for once decided
I really, really needed a fishin' fix.
When it was all said and done, I was at the Root River around 8:15
AM. Only ONE angler was fishin' Lincoln Park up by the first bend...why
not give it a shot then!
I got down, and then two guys showed up only feet downstream. I
thought at first they were going to fish, but the had left limit
catches of cohos on stringers and were coming back down to pick
them up. I think I overheard one of them call a silvery fish a "steelie"...nope,
guys it was a fresh coho...the spotless tail was clue enough.
As for me, I was fishing while these guys were still taking pictures
with their fish; immediately I was hammered and brought in a 9"
Brown Trout...ah they've stocked the smolts now! Advice - if you
don't want to be hookin' all the little guys you'll have to upsize
Shortly after the brown I lost a thrashing small silver fish. It
was FAT and maybe only 14" or so...drat. Followed up with a
fouled buck coho in FULL stunning breeding dress...quickly got him
back on his way.
I kept swinging and drifting, covering every inch of the hole,
focusing on the seams. At the end of one drift / swing, I was about
to lift when a coho hammered my flies just inches from the surface.
The fight was on and this time I was victorious, a fresher female
coho was my reward for coming out!
I moved back and forth working for more fish...lost another buck
coho with a couple headshakes. This was followed up by a jack Chinook,
maybe only 15", who hammered my fly while it drift on the far
seam. I should mention, EVERY SINGLE FISH HIT the HOT ORANGE EGG
with a red dot; "muted" orange and cerise were completely
ignored. I would've gotten this jack's picture, but he actually
jumped up and snapped the line while I tried to unhook him!
I tried for a while longer, but the fish just seemed to have disappeared.
I had been keeping track, periodically a fish or two would move
up through the riffles and into the deep bend; out of play unless
you're stripping streamers.
When I looked again at a clock, I had only been on the water for
an hour; the first half hour (8:30 AM to 9:00) was great...the later
hafl...so so. It was really time to get going to work, but I figured
I should go look at the wier.
To my surprise, not only was the wier in operation, but there were
at least 10 folks actively processing fish, mostly cohos (did see
a couple smaller kings). I got a lot of cool shots and for those
of you with broadband, check out the 4 QUICKTIME MOVIES (yeah, they're
big files but really really interesting).
So this trip was definitetly worth getting to work a "little"
late...this was my first time seeing the Root River Steelhead Facility
in action...the video is a real treat. Enjoy; all the wier pics
and vids are below: