Friday, September 14, 2012

Big Push



After reading some promising reports of a big push of fish my friend Jake decided to make a day trip up to the Salmon River. He pitched me an invite and the rest became history…

I decided to use my 5wt Eagle Claw Featherlight Switch figuring it had at least a chance at landing a fish with the river flowing at roughly 200cfs. I rigged up with a 425gr Skagit head with a 10’ clear intermediate tip and went to work in the tailout of a large pool. Pods of fresh fish were moving through constantly all morning, the water level was so low in some spots that a fish or two would beach itself while powering through a riffle. As I repetitively swung the tailout I began to daydream of mudding carp and how much less casting was involved.

The first fish of the day belonged to Jake, soon after its release I connected to my one and only fish of the day. I managed to land the fish in under five minutes with the low water contributing immensely. Oddly enough after fishing the river for years it was my first ever Salmon River Chinook, Haha! I was so pleased I took the rest of the day off. As for my friend Jake, he puts salmon up on the same pedestal that I do carp…so he fished hard all day long and was rewarded, landing three more fish.  







It's not a carp...but I cracked a smile anyway


Black and pink marabou spey...FTW 


One is good enough for me...I spent the rest of the day taking pictures and dreaming of carp.




Salmon Essentials...
A box of big-nasties' and a Red Bull.


Adipose...









See you on the river...


7 comments:

James O Durbin II said...

Point: I have the same Confluence bag. You can put a 50ml camel back in teh large back pocket and run it through the front adjuster loops. Will keep water cold for three or four hours. Works awesome.

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

You had a lot of company it seems.

Lamprey Eel?

Mark

Gregg said...

I've no problems with the lampreys but the crowds would send me back to carp.

Gregg

Adam said...

- I've had that pack for years. The camel pack didn't last a year, it sprung a leak.

-- Haha! Oh the crowds on the Salmon River...

"Whats nine miles long and has an asshole every ten feet?...The Salmon River."

FlyGabeRiverrat said...

ok so that rod has been stirring in the back of my mind since you posted about it, I've been thinking about a switch, love glass, have 3 claws, 2 CGRs, should I break out the hacksaw?

Adam said...

If you never casted a two hander (spey style) before I would say keep the hacksaw in the tool box. I made that rod to mess around with. It does require a 6th sense while casting, with such a short rod you could easily take your head off if you don't modify your casting stroke.

Mr. P. said...

Beautiful Fish!