Met up with long time friend Ron and only took a light load of tackle with me....two lead core poles and one bag with tackle. He couldn't believe it! We then met up with Ron's employee Daniel and Ron's brother in law Jeff. Headed to Seven Bays on Roosevelt for an 8:00 AM launch. The weather was cloudy but warm at 43 degrees with light winds.
Started fishing just outside the buoy at the mouth of the marina. We put out two planer boards, and three downriggers. Ron ran a mixture of tackle on three rods on the planer on lead core on his planer and I ran two lead cores at three colors on my side starting with the orange Dick Night spoon from last week and a new fly I had not tried. We trolled at 2 mph plus with the iTroll handling the speed control for the kicker. We went out through the bay to the right and up the side towards the confluence. The Dick Night was the first to go off; wow what a nice fish! Lots of fight and you guessed it...seemed to have an extra fin and was safely released to swim another day. We proceeded to catch six wilds and three hatchery in the next hour or so and then things went quiet. The Dick Night and new fly were never touched again. Back in the box they go for another day.
Around 10 we decided to move up river to where Brisco and I caught fish last weekend. I put on an orange shrimp fly from Captain Dave along with an orange/black Kekeda. The fish liked both flies the best tipped with garlic bloody tuna corn in natural color. The captain Dave fly edged out the ever so great Kekeda this day but as many of you know that can change with the mood of the fish. The other winners for the day were a custom fly tied by Ron's son in olive with some white mixed in run at 25' on the downrigger. Another great producer was an orange Apex behind a sling blade dodger in UV and red herring bone pattern.
We end up around 2:00 PM with 17 of the twenty in the boat and plenty of lost opportunity to put the other three in for the limit. As always the fish are fat with red mead; great eats for sure!! Thanks Ron for another great day on Roosevelt.
Tight lines all - Alan
"The Experiment Must Continue"
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