Coho (Silver) Salmon in Edmonds & Shilshole Bay, WA

We went Coho (Silver) Salmon fishing in Edmonds out of Shilshole Marina Sunday, September 23, 2012. Thanks to Chef Jose Chavez for the invite.
We hit the water just before sun up and headed straight to Edmonds. We fished the channel between the Edmonds ferry and the water plant on the shore, Maine area 10.
With three of us on board, we manged to hook 3 Coho salmon within the first 1 hour. The forth fish took a bit longer. After catching four between us in 3.5 hours we called it a day.
All were caught on topical spinners and flashers in depths of 80-150 feet of water. All fish between 8-12 pounds.

A very good day for fishing.

Gone fly fishing,

Madison River 2012 at Valley Garden – Ennis, Montana

Today was a banner day at Valley Garden on the Madison River near Jeffers and Ennis.
Even though we got a late start, the brown trout didn’t seem to mind. It was a 90° Montana scorcher in the midday. Fished 2 1/2 hours using Zugg bugs & lightning bugs.
Caught a nice 18-20″, one 12-14″ & three 8-10″. Of course all were released without harm.
Check out the picture of the nasty Madison beaver.

More to come

Gone fly fishing,

Russian River & Steelhead Park, Sonoma County / Forestville, California

My goal for 2012 is to fly fish at least one day each month. Of course, I will fish far more that 12 times, but the goal is to at least fish one day in each of the 12 months.

So, for February’s fly fishing day I fished the Russian River for Steelhead at Steelhead Regional Park in Forestville, California. This is a wonderful river to fish with a great deal of easy access that can easily be fly fished from shore or waders. This is a great location and a world class river right in the middle of Sonoma County wine country. There are several great places along the river in the area to fish, but with limited time I chose the highly reputed Steelhead Park.
The weather was typical early spring type in CA… 60 degrees and sunny. Fly fished for about 3 hours with various pink & orange streamers, articulated steelhead flies and an occasional double bunny. I saw only one float go down river, no waders and about 5-6 guys fishing with jigs and floats. I saw 3 fugly fish slowly swimming down river, even smacked one of them on the back without disturbing his oblivious travels. All three were certainly past their due dates. I could tell I had missed the run and read reports that fishing was better either several miles up river or closer to Bodega Bay. Being there for business I didn’t have a lot of flexibility, so this was as good as it was going to get. No fish caught today, but the good news is that it is quite easy to cheer up at any one of the 500+ wineries within a 10 mile radius or the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa & the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma. Highly recommended to all.

FYI: Do you like chowder? Try Spud Point Crab Company in Bodega Bay. It is without a doubt the best I have ever had anywhere on either coast. Well worth the 30 minute drive after fishing.

EQUIPMENT REVIEW: Today, I had much better success testing out the new Sharkskin Steelhead Fly Line. Check out the review on the EARTHangler fly fishing gear & equipment page.

Address: 9000 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436, USA
Time: Sunday, January 1, 2012, 12:45-2:30pm
Weather: 58-60 F
Water: 45 F, low, clear
Access: Great
Rig: Steelhead flies
Notes: This is a GREAT place to fish, the park has ample parking, BIG boat launch, picnic tables & nice public bathrooms

-gone fly fishing,

Fly Fishing Review – Sharkskin Steelhead Fly Line

EQUIPMENT REVIEW: 2/26/2012 – Scientific Anglers Sharkskin Steelhead fly line.

WEIGHT: WF-9-F (110ft-33.5m) Optic Green
PRICE: $99.99

I must say, the guy at Creekside Angling was right. The Scientific Anglers Sharkskin Steelhead tapered fly line sings and sings loud. Don’t get me wrong, I think the line is awesome and will choose it over my other lines. However, it does sing quite noticeably as it zings through the fishing rod eyelets & guides. I understand that that is because the line has microtextured surface like sharkskin. That aside, the line is very flexible and can easliy be shot accross a 40ft. wide river. It is easily placed with accuracy and speed. It can be pushed quite a distance with more accuracy that most other lines. It really has great shootability, less drag, virtualy zero water spray and floats very high. Of course, all this can lead to some sticky situations on the pickup & recast if you aren’t paying attention and are the slightest bit lazy on the back cast.

WARNING: It will shoot easliy where you thorw it. In other words, when you aim at that clump of washed out bushes on the opposite bank….don’t get upset when you hit the branches and then you have the opportunity to tie a new fly on your leader.

Overall, while at $100 these lines are expensive, they do perform better than my Rio Steehlead line & my Orvis Steelhead lines. I’m glad I have it.

Again, highly recommended.

-gone fly fishing,