Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fishing with the boys – November Edition


Jonathan holds a brightly colored post spawn male Coho salmon that he netted for Ethan
The release
My oldest son loves to fish and has been chomping at the bit to get out on the stream this fall for some big lake run fish. Seeing photos of his little brothers fly fishing success while he has had to sit out, hasn’t helped matters any. But that is the reality of a busy extracurricular schedule.


This past week the boys and I all found some time to get out on the stream together…..finally!

Jonathan with his post spawn Coho salmon - Ethan on the net
The water levels have been very low and clear this fall season, which have made fishing conditions very tough. Salmon and trout migrations have been slowed to a trickle, and the fish that have made the push upstream have remained, for the most part, in the lower end of the system. There are a few fish that continue to move up further through middle sections of the stream, but they are few and far between, and require a lot of walking to intercept. And then there is the process of carefully presenting a fly to fish in skinny water. Light line, small flies and little to no weight added has led to some success, but even with those adjustments fishing has been very inconsistent.

But we don’t always have the benefit of picking and choosing which day or time we get to fish. So we make the best out of what we have been given.

Ethan with his Jack Chinook - Jonathan on the net
We didn’t find any fish at the first location we looked at. And at the second spot noticed a familiar car already at the pull off. After a quick phone call to confirm it was my good friend Jessie Hollenbeck of Wide SkyFly Fishing, and receiving some much needed intel, we made the decision to try a third location.

We spent the rest of the afternoon walking and wading. And as the day unfolded we were able to find some fish to throw some flies at and even connected with a few. The boys each took turns fighting some post spawn Coho salmon and a good sized jack Chinook. They helped net fish with our new Streamwalker net and then took the time to carefully release them.

Jonathan fishing a run
On our way back we told some stories and day dreamed about our next fishing trip.
Moon rise

Another great trip in the books!

2 comments:

Bob said...

Very nice Coho. Would be interested in how you like your new net.

Fly Fishing Sara said...

Really nice! Wish I would have had the chance to catch such fish that early in my life. Lucky boys!
At what age did they start fishing?

Cheers
Sara