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Name: cxlumpy Date: January 15, 2017 Rating:
 
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Let me start off by saying what a cold cold day fishing. 24*f and freezing guides.

On my way to the river at 6am got my tackle bag nice and neat, all my rods ready to fish, and my eggs cured and ready to fish. Met with my coworker and another friend and put in at 730am, immediately heard a big splash and looked over again and saw another fish jump. I had it set in my head that today was going to be a good day. We started throwing spoons and a jig under a float right off a seam for about 5-10 minutes and decided to start floating down river. i kept throwing my spoon to hopefully get a lethargic steelhead to hit but no luck, after a few casts i decide to throw it by a log jam. Got my target set and went to go pitch the spoon and i get a rats net (baitcaster) shortly after hearing my friend say "ouch". Turns out i hook my friend with a rvrfshr spoon in the back of the head. After playing doctor for about 5 minutes was able to get it out.

Fast forward to actual fishing, side drifted eggs while my friend was using sand shrimp. I was getting use to my new IMX and was really amazed on how sensitive it was, felt every little rock on the river. Beat up a couples spots and nothing to show. After a striking out i picked up my centerpin with a 1/16th nightmare jig and a trailer bead. i saw a nice seam and progressively moved down stream, finally at the end of the seam bobber goes down! i set the hook to only find out i caught a trophy stick fish. Released my catch after measuring roughly 30". shortly after we started pulling plugs 30 minutes go by with no action. At this point i am feeling a little discouraged. Pulled the plugs up and went back to side drifting.

Floated down and saw some other anglers plunking they said they havent seen any action either. Two other boats floated past us and heard that they had one on but broke off at the boat. We got out and stretched our legs and i went back to casting my centerpin while my friend threw a spoon. 30 minutes go by and no action a few more casts and Im doubting we will get any fish. Switch back to plugs but changed colors hoping that would entice something to bite, but yet again nothing. We floated and asked how the group of guys were doing spey casting and heard all of them say "nothing"

After almost going through all my eggs we only had a couple left, decided to give it one last chance. We threw behind log jams, seams, riffles, and deep slots. I saw something that caught my eye in the water, it was a dead coho buck steadily tumbling down. At this point we all faced defeat, put all the gear away, and drank the rest of our beer.

I can say i had a good time hanging out with my friends and freezing my butt off. it would just be nice to have something pull on our lines. I try to take one thing away every time i go out and fish to make myself a better fisherman, one thing i took away from todays trip was i should of went to med school and became a surgeon.

steelhead you win today but not next time.

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Name: Ian Horning Date: December 28, 2016 Rating:
 
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"Getting Away" has been hard this year. With the season in full swing, the sky has become incredibly crowded regardless of when you fish. Everywhere you look, there are anglers in boats and on the bank testing their knowledge and luck against steelhead. I prefer to look to the fringes. It seems that when I see less people on the river, my success is improved exponentially. Funny how that works.

It comes down to pressure- and finding the least pressured water (that holds fish) possible. This is a heightened challenge with the year that we are experiencing. I have struggled with this lately; a few of my frequented spots are apparently now hit daily by several anglers. And to no surprise, every 5th day they'll hold a fish. Or less. I'm not one to play with the odds.

I ventured to the Wallace today upon seeing the sight at the Sky, and the Wallace was a zoo and a half. Not up by the hatchery, either.
A zoo for a river of its size, mind you, but still. I caught a 14" cutthroat, that was cool. He went back.

So, I took a drive and explored a bit. My day was five hours in with one non-target fish landed, so I just wanted to escape, enjoy nature, and catch something.

I put away my float rod altogether and ran light with my 8-foot UL.

First came a bull trout of 20", slim but aggressive. Up a couple yards I hooked and landed a semi-bright ~10lb coho. Two casts later I hooked a slightly darker coho and he abused a weak spot in my 8lb mono. First fish I've broken off in a long time.

Up a run, I landed a surprise 16" resident rainbow.
Then, this happened.

The next cast I launched out, and a savage strike followed. The fish stayed deep and had some weight, but didn't flop and spin like a coho. It took me four minutes to even see the fish apart from chrome flashes- I Id'd it a Native Steelhead. Six more minutes of being teased by her scarred sides, I was rewarded with tailing a large, scarred winter fish. I didn't measure or weigh it and it never left the water. Barbless hooks help. I was afraid mine would slip, but it held.

And then the next cast, I had an even more savage take and the fish immediately rocketed to the surface and went violently airborne... one, two, three, four times in quick succession. I had just landed my PB fish and then, the next cast, I hooked one even bigger. Again, the barbless hook held... and I managed to tail my second fish. Again, it never left the water, and aside from being momentarily immobilized for a couple of pictures, wasn't handled at all.

Remember that anywhere on the Sky or its tributaries, regardless of the season, you are in steelhead water. Please handle the water and fish with care, never take them unnecessarily out of the water, barbless hooks are preferred, and bait is discouraged.

So a banner day, two beautiful wild steelhead and a handful of other river friends.

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Name: riverhunter Date: December 26, 2016 Rating:
 
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Went out to see if the steelhead were biting. Arrive at about 645 and started fishing around 715. Started out floating jigs and a bead dropper. Hooked up twice shortly after with no fish to show for. After an hour of nothing switched to fishing roe. Only small trout and baitstealers so would switch between jigs and roe. Stayed until 1100 with no fish and only seeing one caught. I don't fish Reiter so not sure if anyone there got any.
Stay warm and tight lines!!

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Name: oakland84 Date: December 24, 2016 Rating:
 
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went to the Skykomish river today saw a couple caught. caught one myself off of a lime green and black 1/8oz jig with some tuna scent on it.

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Name: Ian Horning Date: December 15, 2016 Rating:
 
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Good results today but had to work for it.

I began fishing at daybreak on the upper reaches of the sky. Even away from Reiter their were a couple dozen anglers on this cold morning. I saw no action and had nothing myself despite how much I probed.

Floating jigs through countless seams and pockets turns tedious fast when leaky waders lead to frigid feet and the fish seem to be just as frozen. Four hours later, no takes, no fish seen, and feeling very cold, I took a warm-up break and moved away from the crowds.

Many miles later, I arrived to see more pretty water and hiked into the blue. It took only two minutes of fishing to hook my first steelhead, which hit an an inopportune time and dove at my feet before I got a good hookset. One fish lost.

Nothing more for a while, and another trudge lay in front.

6 1/2 hours, one fish lost. Quite disheartening really. Keeping going, I tossed my float into a deep, slow hole. Second cast, and the float tilted sideways and then shot backwards. A very aggressive float take by all means, and resulted in a nice 6lb hen.

No more steelhead came, but the coho did. Back to back, two 10lb fish. A fat 18" bull capped the day.

9 hours later, and it took 8 of them to land a fish. But, I found a good pocket of fish and they cooperated. It pays to explore.

Tackle: 1/4 oz cleardrift, 10lb Flouro, 1/32oz jig, dropper.

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Name: AncientBalance Date: December 14, 2016 Rating:
 
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Started the morning about 8am at Reiter Ponds. There were about 8 or 9 other people there fishing in front of the big bolder. None seemed to have any luck. Winds were strong making casting very challenging. As we left at 1030am, we did see one decent steelhead pulled out, but that was it. Still seems the run is late. Will have to try again this weekend or beginning of next week.

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Name: Bhomma Date: December 12, 2016 Rating:
 
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Slept through my alarm this morning so I got out to the river around noon. I parked at the train overpass pullout thats next to the big Bend gated community. I walked up river to the run I wanted to fish and began swinging away with a purple skunk to start things off. Worked my way about half way down the run and a nice pink faced steelies rose about 30 feet in front of me. Spent the next 3 hours fishing up and down the run throwing every fly I had at him but no luck. But it was good to finally see a fish I know they're there just need the right fly. If anyone has been hooking steelies on the fly I need some pattern suggestions.

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Name: Ian Horning Date: December 10, 2016 Rating:
 
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This report comes in a couple days late... Dec. 10th was the day I fished.

December is that magical time of year when the weather cools down, roads freeze, and the holiday spirit runs rampant through the crowds. It is also the time of year that hatchery steelhead begin to creep into the rivers' higher reaches.

I love winter. The snow is beautiful to me, adding a frosty cap to the slumbering northwest greenery. Now that the river flows are more cooperative, it makes my journeying more doable and the fishing more productive.

If you know where to look, it's hard to get skunked on a winter's day. Bull trout are abundant this time of year and are my most common catch in the river, and the odd coho still lingers here and there. Of course a couple of grey ghosts haunt the frigid runs of the rivers as well. Even when the fishing doesn't go to plan, carrying a variety of presentations to chuck at faces will help you find what fish are eating or keyed in on.

Jig color has never really mattered very much for me. I find that 98% of time, the fish will bite the first jig that swims past it's face. Rarely have I switched jigs in a run and caught a fish on the second, third, or fourth color.

Or, there's this example. A jig swims past a steelhead. He doesn't bite. Another less conventional presentation swings by him. He crunches is. The fish is fought for six minutes before brought to the snow-covered shore.

Sometimes the fish come in "odd" ways, luckily for the angler. When analyzed, these odd methods have a clear attraction to the fish.

The moral of the story is that some steelhead don't want to bite a small floating morsel. They need something to piss them off or get in their face in order to want to eat.

I haven't heard any glowing reports from guys, mostly just a fish here and there up by the terminal fisheries... a lot of people, not much being caught. Unfortunately we are in the midst of perhaps the dullest winter season to date.

Being the year of the cutback in plants takes place, all rivers suffered in the PS region. I have heard from reputable sources that 600 hatchery returns will be a good target... not what we want to hear. Other locals met on the river have told me the same story.

I was happy to happen into one fish today along with my other friends of the river, the Bull Trout and Coho Salmon.

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Name: Arcticrotwiler Date: December 06, 2016 Rating:
 
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A near perfect day of fishing! The weather was brisk, the sky was nearly cloudless, and the breeze was non-existent to slight; the other fisherpeople were courteous and polite; my guide/companion was excellent; and the fish...would make themselves known to be there as well. Arrived at the hatchery, at the crack of dawn, where I hooked up with my guide Ryan Hung of Reel Priorities. Plenty of space on the river where we floated jigs tipped with shrimp and picked ice out of the line guides on our rod. Ryan was fantastic company as he provided instruction and tips on how to fish this water and species, while exhibiting no signs of the patience he must have endured as I smashed his tackle against rocks, untangled line leader and terminal gear, and missed strikes from our quarry. I was saddened to hear I would be his last guide and hope to catch him on the river in the future. Near perfect?...well of course, a perfect day would have caught a fish...maybe.

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Name: chwong Date: November 30, 2016 Rating:
 
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Decided to fish the Skykomish since it was the last day open for Coho. Did not see one person fishing. I found a new spot on the Sky and it did not disappoint. I caught a beautiful bright hen that hit my jig on the first cast. She made a couple of runs and leaps out of the water, but didn't come unbutton. Also, to my surprise I caught a pretty good size Dolly that grabbed my jig as soon as it hit the water. I was sure it was another Coho because it was by a rock in the current ... Wrong! It was not a salmon.

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