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Name: Ian Horning Date: November 06, 2016 Rating:
 
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Well, the rain came, and the rivers rose, and I went fishing.

My favorite spots were all blown out along the river; either un-wadeable or un-fishable due to flows. I was very discouraged, knowing I would have to fish in places of less seclusion and more company, both good and not so good.

My spey flies looked great and swung well, but I got no takes. The issue wasn't so much the patterns, but that the fish were hanging out away from the swinging runs and tucked into small pockets.

So, I problem solved and switch tactics and locations. Upstream, chuck and duck, reach casting with no room to spare was the name of the game, using heavily weighted coho jig-a-buggers (heavy orange bead head, pink/white and black/purple)... and ended up getting it done. I hooked one and lost it a few short seconds later, nice and bright, heartbreaking.

My redemption came half an hour later on my last jig-a-bugger, hooking a bright 6ish-lb hen. I used a heavy tippet, 15lb, so I could horse these fish out of their snag-filled homes, and in the end, death-rolls proved to be her demise as she tangled herself in my line and I towed the beaut in.

This is keeping my third and final coho of the year, leaving the rest of the stock to do coho biddings and build our next generation. I'm glad that I was able to make something out of nothing and finding a fish or two in the process.

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Name: Ian Horning Date: November 04, 2016 Rating:
 
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I made some time to finally get back on a river and fish the coho run before it gets later and the majority of the fish turn.

My home system, the snohomish- where I learned to fish rivers, where I caught my first coho. Where my passion for the rivers of the Northwest developed, three short years ago.

This fall has not been easy, with river levels hovering above their mean discharge and blowing out every other week it seems. The Nookie, my closest river to my home at school, has been a mud river. A couple of nice rainless days let the rivers fall a bit, however, and I meant to take advantage of it while I could.

Battling high water and diminished visibility made the way of the river tougher and the way of the brambles a necessary hardship. Soaked early and scratched to bits, I began pestering some angry bucks.

It took very little time for the first guy to take notice- A firetruck that probably weighed around 13 pounds. He fought like a King- either not moving at all or moving at full speed.
The second came the next cast- a relatively bright jack which gave me my first taste of the coho death roll today. He was released in the hopes for larger quarries.

The third was a blushed hen of around 7 pounds who loved to romp in the surface film and tangle herself around the line. She also popped off at my feet, but that's okay. She was going back anyway.

Relocating was a smart move. After dinking around with some cutty buddies for a while and never hooking one of the stinkers, I finally had my next good take. Full of life, fight, and absent of fall colors, a 5lb dime-bright buck came out to play. I lost a good fish but half an hour later, another shiny buck of around 8lb jumped aboard and completed my 2-fish limit.

My return to my home river was just about all I could ask for. Tough; it usually is. But rewarding, always.

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Name: Protographer Date: November 02, 2016 Rating:
 
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S river trib. Haven't been out much this year but as glad to get this nice sized fish twitching a jig I tied. 10 minute + fight in some faster water. 10# mono. Couple other splashes but my only hookup in this 50 yd slot that was new to me.

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Name: LadyLarkin Date: October 24, 2016 Rating:
 
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We first tried from the bank of the Snohomish @Thomas Eddy. Access to the river was the big challenge because the water was so high and the access points from the trail is reduced due to downed trees (since the last time I was there). Drove to the other side and tried to get at it from Short School. No luck there either. Nice weather, good company, and pretty leaves made for a pleasant morning.

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Name: JoshR Date: October 23, 2016 Rating:
 
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Hit the Snohomish today around Lowell-Snohomish area. River is high. Left with no fish. Tried shrimp, spinners, and corkie/yarn. Left around 3.

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Name: dsek21 Date: October 11, 2016 Rating:
 
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So happy they opened up the Snoho for the rest of the month! Unfortunately haven't had any luck at all and that includes last weekend when it was open thru Sunday. Fished morning and evening at Thomas Eddy without any luck or even a bump. Throwing scented spoons and spinners at them and nothing. Had some fish finally moving last night, but none interested in taking anything. Did get to see some hot air balloon action tho! Pretty cool. Hopefully luck will change soon. Either way its fun being out on the river again. Happy Fall everyone and tight lines!

CLEVELAND dan

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Name: snatchinglips Date: October 02, 2016 Rating:
 
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So Its always a must that I fish the Samish AKA the Ditch, a twenty minute drive and fish on. While fishing this year I meet some new people. I wake up one morning at 3am so I can get a close parking spot so I don't have to walk to far into the river and out when I'm done. So I'm the first one to the spot that morning so I can fish where I want, while waiting I can see someone else heading my way. We introduce ourselves and I make a new fishing buddy Tim. So I promise time I would take him fishing since he is new to fishing in the northwest as he was a transplant from Minnesota. I call him Friday and give him the news that we are going on Sunday and meet me at 4am. Tim gets to my house right on time as I was raising the garage door, so I show him my collection of gear and drift boat parked next to it all. I gave him the rundown about everything hanging on the pegs, he say it's like a store. I let him know what works you buy when it's cheap and forget all the foo foo stuff at many of the stores. I hook up the she wooldrige and head for the river. We launch, set off stop to tie some gear and explain why we are going this early and where, because the fish in the snohomish head right up to the 522 because the water I low and they can get pretty far since its tide affected a long ways. We get to the bridge and wait to fish I put on the plugs I wanted to use. I showed him how far to let the plug out and just watch the rod you will know when a fish hits it. It wasn't 2 minutes after I set off in our first troll be says I have a fish on, he grabs the rod the fight begins. He says oh my oh my and I just smile while I take the boat out of gear and watch him fight this fish, 1 one the boat and it's a buck. Off we go again and wham he has another, this one is a hen, number 2 in the boat. We bonk her and bleed our second fish and in the box to join the first. About 1 hour goes by and more boats show up and we have out 3 fish as we go by 2 boars that is anchored up. As the sun comes up the bite slows as I figured it would we leave with 3. We split the fish, I gave him 2 and all smiles because I can't wait for the next time we go. I had some engine trouble because I believe my water pump is going out. I picked up a new kit today and plan to have that installed before the weekend since we only have 4 days left for now according to the wdfw.

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Name: snatchinglips Date: October 02, 2016 Rating:
 
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I met Tim while fishing the Samish so after taking for a while I learned that he is new to fishing in the northwest. So I promised that I would take him fishing on my sled to chase coho on the snohomish. I tried to take him on Saturday but that fell through because of work. So I said I would on Sunday early in the morning and I knew that fishing is much better at first light. He is at my house at 4am like we planned, we talked for a bit about all my gear, and drift boat and why I have a fishing store in my garage. We head to the river and was the first ones to the launch get the boat into the water and set off.. I stop to wait for a little more visibility and figure what and where we will fish. I decide to fish plugs and which colors, we head to the spot and I explain how far and just set the pole in the holder and watch it. I explain all the things to look for so that the rod is doing all the right things. We set off in our first trolling pass, maybe 2 minutes aren't that he says fish on, I watched for other boats and let the boat drift while he fights the fish. With one in the boat we set our again wham he has another fish on, same story I watch and net his second fish. We ended up with 3 for the day, we just couldn't seem to get the last fish for out limit so maybe next time

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Name: pblazer76 Date: October 02, 2016 Rating:
 
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It was slow on the Snohomish! Saw one fish caught all day. I caught a 10 hen on a green wiggle wart trolling.

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Name: Seattlesin Date: October 01, 2016 Rating:
 
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I was pretty hopeful to pull in some fish this morning. After hours and hours of trolling lake washington, days of failed attempts to hook a coho. Launched at Rotary Park. Boat was in the water just after 6am, lines in the water at first light. We pulled plugs, cast and reel #1 dick nite's, floated eggs, tossed some buzz bombs for fun. Not a single bite! I was marking them everywhere, didn't see a single one jump. I did see three seals roaming around rotary park, and as far as 522. I had the same report from the dozen or so fishermen I ran into. I love any day out on the water, I'm pretty happy just playing with gear and fishing. But goddamn, this is getting frustrating. Fishing within these guidelines and poor conditions. I guess it is, what it is. Lake Steven Kokane tomorrow morning to scratch my itch.

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