Before any of the fishermen showed up I spent a couple days hiking the river to find good crossing spots and to access the fishing. Naturally I hooked a fish that I never saw before it came unpinned
Rumor has it that the char can reach 5 pounds or better there and it acted like a char. They tend to hold tight to the bottom and run long but fairly slow. Whatever it was I picked it up on a Sculpin pattern swung behind a pair of spawning king salmon. Because the kings have turned quite red in color and even in 5 foot of water you can see them well. This fish I could not see...................
What I didn't do was to pound the water to see how much I could catch. I only fished enough to determin where the trout were present because every fish I would catch probably wouldn't take a fly from anyone else for a couple days. In this business of guiding fellow fishermen it isn't about what I catch but what they catch
Anyway here are a few pictures I took, some of the fish filled the net pretty well.
As far as I know the pictures are of different fish, they are all pretty healthy.
The little camera isn't much for long range zoom shits but I'm liking the underwater thing.
I remember this one, he flopped from the net after I removed the fly but I still snapped a pic.
Another underwater shot, pretty cool, no need to take them from the water.
Then came a few salmon.
A nice bright hen, not huge but a jumper released to lay those eggs.
You can see the Skykomish Sunrise in this ones mouth, good fly that one.
Another that took the fly......
I also caught some large fish that had some color and will post them later. Below are a couple shots I really liked when I saw them.
With the big salmon net lying in the background I photographed one of natures nets in the morning dew.
This is Terry (one of the fellows I worked for as their guide) he was fishing a good run where he caught about 5 salmon the previous day. The boat is mine and we were quite alone out there.
This is the same run in color.
Just to keep you from being skunked the river has about 250,000 Pink Salmon in it at this time. The fish below is the quintessential 'Humpy'
With a little practice you learn where they like to be and you then avoid them. Otherwise you will have one every cast because they become quite aggressive as they are spawning. The male pictured was one of many I failed to see coming and he was landed. When I was about to dump him from the net it dawned on me to lay him down gently and take a picture. I didn't have a picture of a Humpy, now I do.
You gotta love this one.
That's a male Silver Salmon munching on a Skykomish Sunrise as a quick snack. There was a real hard rain that brought the river way up and made the water very murky for a couple days. The fish were seeing the flies but it took a lot more casts to hook up because of the reduced visibility.
That's all for now,