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Name: riverhunter Date: November 06, 2016 Rating:
 
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Went fishing with friends this morning. Me and one of my friends went 2/3 the other 1/2. All fish released today so no pics. We were fishing float and jigs they were barely tapping the jig today as we had several hits but only managed to get a handful of the bites. We would see the bobber barely move and had to set hook right away before the fish shook away. None were worth keeping as they were a lot of fire trucks out today. We both had a nice chrome fish on but took off running and spit the hook down river. All in all a good day.

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Name: cxlumpy Date: October 22, 2016 Rating:
 
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I got to the river around 745am and didnt get in the water until about 815am. Found the water to be high as expected but still gave it a shot. First started fishing eggs under a float with my centerpin and finally got the wallace cast down ( wallace cast on the wallace river haha) anyways, tried a couple of spots and maybe had 1 or 2 light take downs. still trying to get the hang of centerpin casting. after about an hour of nothing decided to move down river and met with a friend that i fished with before. decided to free drift eggs and 2nd cast fish on! It definitely wasnt the biggest fish but it was a chrome hatchery jack.30-40 minutes had 2 other fish on but didnt set the hook that well and they came off. 11am came around and started to notice that my leg was getting cold found a nice leak in my waders and gave it one more cast before i head home, just at the end of my drift felt a good take and another chrome hatchery jack. packed my gear and made it home.

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Name: strider43 Date: October 12, 2016 Rating:
 
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Fished the Wallace after work as I live right down the road. Using my last stash of eggs from last fall, I was hoping to catch a fat hen. I had two take downs where I saw an old King jumping and assumed it was the King biting. With my LAST cluster of eggs I wasn't very optimistic about getting a fish as my bait was gone and it was almost dark or I would have switched to a jig under a float. Near the tail out where the King was hanging out my bobber went down and I set the hook. Bam, fish on! A quick but valiant fight was put on by my quarry and as I pulled her up onto the beach I was delighted to see it was a fat hen. Slit her gills and packed my gear off home I went to filet and cure eggs. Tight Lines.

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Name: ncobble Date: February 12, 2016 Rating:
 
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So I went out on 2/5/16 to the Sky for the morning. Spent the whole morning walking down river from Reiter fishing from the bank. Had a take but didn't stick. 0/1 on the Sky. It was a gorgeous morning and the water was perfect. I was really hoping to hook into my first Steelhead but no such luck. Decided to move over to the Wallace for the afternoon. Started up by the hatchery and worked my way down to below the Highway 2 bridge. Caught a lot of whitefish but no luck on Steelhead.

Decided that since I had the morning off work this morning I would go back out for a last chance at local Steelhead for the year. I still have yet to catch one in two years of fishing the rivers so I knew that today would be very lucky if I was to get one just looking at the water levels. Once again....a few white fish but no luck on Steelhead. I guess I'm going to have to start retaining some white fish and smoking them since I just can't seem to get lucky with those metalheads...elusive bastards.

Maybe I'll hit one of the coastal rivers this year but it's looking like the season will have to be over for me this year.

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Name: SonOfOrion Date: December 23, 2015 Rating:
 
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My grandfather and I decided to head out to the Wallace and check it out, after hearing that river conditions were good and that people were beginning to catch some fish. We had never been to the river before, so it was more of a scouting day than anything.

We started off underneath the bridge at 363rd avenue and were floating jigs of both brighter and darker colors. We had no luck not a single bobber down, however some guy fly fishing did catch a large bull trout. We decided after about 40 minutes to head to a different spot, as the river here was swift and would be better with waders which we forgot to grab.

We then went to the highway 2 bridge, where the railroad and highway to cross at the same spot. The water was perfect. at least 2-3 feet of visibility, smooth and calmly flowing water, prime for floating jigs. we tried a couple different shore spots in that area for about 2 hours with no luck, even after switching to a dick nite. Not even a trout bite.

Seemed like we were just in the wrong spot, at the wrong time. Probably should have brought our waders. Water is great, and not to flooded yet.

Tight lines, and have fun!

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Name: Ian Horning Date: December 15, 2015 Rating:
 
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Back at it on the Wallace.
12/15/15
Lamiglas SI-IH 9'3" L
Okuma Celilo 8' UL

It was just another one of those days. I can't really say whether it was a great one or a really bad one. Probably a little but of both.

I began exploring water around 7:20ish right as a little bit of light was creeping over the valley. Immediately I encountered a bobber down that resulted in a snag and a loss of my bobber due to a branch severing my line. Luckily I was able to climb over the river and retrieve the bobber as it sat stuck on the limb.

So partial victory there. Re-rigged and kept moving. Plenty of decent water out there, it looked good today. Apparently Reiter is in shape too, but that combat fishing is not for me.

A beautiful, slow-walking speed run was covered most extensively by me today. I knew there was fish in there, and the prodding of water with my float soon resulted in a bobber down right as it went past an overhanging tree.

Aha! Fish on, right where he should be! Chrome sides flashed at me and the fish appeared to be of decent weight, but it soon became apparent that this wasn't a Steelie. Closer inspection revealed a late, relatively bright late run Coho. I unhooked and released him.

Soon another take. This one flashed red, and another coho had smacked my jig. This 7ish pound buck was a little more colored. He was released. Two casts later, another takedown, and a super spunky, dime bright coho flopped about on the end of my line. Brought in and released like the others.

I also managed to catch a bulldog, small rainbow and cutthroat,and a whitefish on jigs of various sorts. Literally everything but a steelhead. Oh well, I had a good time.

Until the end.

Right before I left I was talking to a fellow fisherman, and crossed the river and stood on a 7-8 foot high fallen log, and upon the dismount, one of the roots gave way and I fell the whole distance onto the cobble below. I am now quite immobile with a bone bruise on my knee (Rob Gronkowski?) But was able to hobble up the hill and all the way back to the truck.

Unfortunately, my 9'3" Lami snapped on the fall as well, losing 6-8 inches off the tip. That might be hard to fix. $450 fishing pole, snapped, again, the day after I got it fixed from it's previous break. My luck with that thing seriously.

So a pissed off, battered, unsuccessful, rod-less steelhead fisherman returned home with bruises on his arm and a bad one on his kneecap. The lack of steelies was fine; the other fish more than made me happy today. But the loss of my rod and knee really put a damper on the day.

I will be stuck at home for a couple days at least letting my knee heal up. As for my rod, goddamn I don't know. It was one that I built myself, put all of the guides and cork on and everything, so it's sort of irreplaceable. One misstep and everything went downhill.

Ian Horning, signing off. Take care of the rivers for me when I'm gone :)

Tight lines, and like I said in my previous report, USE YOU'RE THINKING CAP Y'ALL.

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Name: BrianfromSammamish Date: December 13, 2015 Rating:
 
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no grandois tales or fish photos on this post.

Hit the Wallace Sunday afternoon about 1:30. Hit a few spots, talked to several guys who had been there all day and no fish we caught by any of them. went to a another spot. no luck. it got dark. went home. had a beer.

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Name: Ian Horning Date: December 11, 2015 Rating:
 
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Braving the wind and rain in high hopes of chasing some icy chrome.
Wallace River
7AM-2PM
Cabela's WLGUL Steelhead Slammer, 8'3" M

Oh and my rod isn't an actual Cabela's product. It was originally an 8'6" M Pro Guide before the tip snapped (people need to watch where they step on the SnoHo- might just step on someone's fishing pole...) So now it's a shortened, ugly beast that landed well over 100 pinks this year along with some summer steelies. The moniker stands for When Life Gives You Lemons... seriously my luck with fishing poles and other anglers...

My 9'6" lami isn't in use cause it's in the shop as well due to another rod-tip break, this one my fault. But come on, I applied literally no pressure to it... Moving on.

Ah, the mighty Wallace River. Stained water, higher than normal, and dropping. Steelhead slammin' water if you ask me. I prodded some holes with a mighty 1/8oz jig under a cleardrift, and in the middle of one of the drifts, the bobber sank. Like a rock.

BOOM! Fish on! The cry reverberated all throughout the river basin as my rod was raised high in salute to the opponent that decided to do me battle. Then all the anglers around me watched as I reeled in a lovely whitefish. Chrome, but not what I was looking for.

But now I'm movin' on. Explorin' the river like a driftin log. Smell that chrome call me fish-dog. Cast into the pool I hook a hog.

Bars. Straight fire. Giving up fishing to become a rapper.

After that musical interlude, I decided it would be best to keep fishing instead of spitting pure gold into a nonexistent microphone.

It was one of those things. As soon as I saw the run, I was like "there's a freaking fish in there." It looked massively fishy. I applied bloody tuna to my jig and hurled it out, and sure enough on the second cast, my float sunk again into the depths.

This time, the hookset revealed a much larger chrome being on the other end. Airborne the steelie went, one, two three times, then running against my drag up and down the river. Jumping again, and again, and again. Playing it out, perfectly countering the movements of the fish with my rod. I felt like a freaking pro out there: Finding my own water, a mile in each direction from a fisherman, picking it apart, and executing a proper cast and mending rhythm that resulted in a beautiful winter run steelhead on the end of my line.

He was dead to rights. Tuckered out, beat. Done. I swung him over into my reach, and why not tail the fish? I grabbed the tail, but the fish resisted. An improper grab! Between my legs the fish went, wrapping around my feet. I danced a silly dance wildly trying to untangle the dude. It worked, but the lac of control let him go where I did not want him to...

The f****** thorn bushes. I hate those damn things. Line gets caught around every thorn and then embeds in the stems, resulting in a mess. He then proceeded to break me off. And then he swam away, and I watched my dream fade right in front of my eyes.

Luckily for that hatchery dude I made a really stupid decision to tail the fish instead of bring him to the bank like any smart, conservative angler without a net. And I paid for it.

Very, very irritating. Hours of pounding rainy, stained water, and just as all the pieces aligned, they crumbled. Oh well, a lesson learned and a mistake never to be made again.

But why couldn't I have learned that on a pink or something?

Tight lines. Use your thinking cap y'all.

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Name: BobberDownFishing Date: December 07, 2015 Rating:
 
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I have been Steel heading since opening day of summer run this year. Been about 8 times to Reiter ponds, and other places on the Stilly. Skunked EVERY SINGLE TIME!! Today I could just feel it, today would be my day. Took my little brother for his first trip ever Steel heading, both of our first time to fish the Wallace. We showed up around 7:15 am to the WA salmon hatchery. Made our way to the bank and followed the trail to an open spot pretty far down from "the pipes" as i heard it called. Waded in and started fishing eggs, then switched to a light pink/orange small aero jig. Was feeling good about the choice, still hadn't seen a fish caught yet. First cast with the new jig and long leader, watched it float by me and pretty far downstream BAM bobber down!!!! Adrenaline was really pumping but the fish spit the jig. Two casts later I landed my very first Steel head!!! One of the best feelings I've ever had, especially knowing that I learned everything and did it all alone. After nothing for the next half hour, we waded across the Wallace to where May creek dumps in, and fished the mouth of the creek, my brother got his first Steel head on the same jig, and I got one more on the same jig. Three really nice winter run fish on the same little pink and orange jig! Was the perfect cold, rainy day fishing. Cant wait to go for some more Steel head, but for now we'll have one for dinner. Other two are in some brine for the smoker!

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Name: fisherman92 Date: November 28, 2015 Rating:
 
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Went out for a couple hours saturday to check out the rivers. fished the sky near the mouth of the wallace for a bit then the wallace for a little while as well. hooked into one old chum on the wallace for a few seconds but that's all. saw a few beat up chum and lots of suckerfish but that's it. heard of one steelhead caught somewhere on the wallace in the morning but seems slow still. sky had decent visibility above the sultan river which was producing some really brown water. wallace river was clear as could be.II'm thinking the next rain should bring more steel up river. good luck out there

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