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This blog is all about fly fishing for native trout. On it I cover trip reports, fishing tactics, conservation, the latest news about native trout species and much more. This site provides a companion to my web page nativetroutflyfishing.com.

Gary

Thursday, April 28, 2011

New piece of art work above the tying desk, a reminder and an event



As a parting gift from my previous job at the Gig Harbor Fly Shop to my new job as a Fisheries Biologist with WDFW, my good friend and the shop owner Blake got me an awesome replica of an Alvord cutthroat that I caught back in 2008. This extraordinary piece of art work was created by another friend of my Luke Filmer who runs Blackwater Fish Replicas and has never ceased to amaze me with the beautiful work that he turns out. I have to say that this is a very welcomed addition above the tying desk!
My new piece of artwork!

Also a reminder if you haven't already written a letter to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in regards to the remaining Alvord Cutthroat, please do so. For more information please follow this link.

Also the Wild Steelhead Coalition is holding an event on May 4th on the implications of hatchery steelhead on the native steelhead of the Skagit River watershed.
This event is bound to be a great experience for anyone interested in the plight of wild steelhead in the Skagit drainage will be held at the UW Arboretum in Seattle WA at 6pm.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Steelhead again... Yes I am addicted...

I have to admit it while I was slow to catch on, I have been seriously bitten by the steelhead bug. Everything about steelheading calls to me, beautiful fish, especially the remaining natives, beautiful and truly wild country and if you are willing to look for it solitude. So not to long ago I introduced my friend Colton to the addicting form of fly fishing. For our destination we headed to one of my favorite smaller rivers on the coast. One of my traditions with this river is to always fish at least one new stretch every time that I come so that I am always expanding my knowledge on the watershed. So after covering one of my favorite holes in the morning and only spotting a kelt and seeing another fish surface but no strikes we decided to do some serious exploring. We decided to put a little leg work in and check out the upper watershed and by doing so avoided seeing anyone else through out the day.

The upper river

The upper river had ton of beautiful water and within the first couple of corners we had spotted a couple of steelhead redds, but were amazed to not run into any fish.
Colton fishing a prime spot

With steelheading just because you are on great water, that doesn't mean you are always going to get a fish. However after the first few vacant holes I found great looking run and right behind a boulder where I would expect a steelhead to sit, the was one that seemed that to want to play and after a quick yet still heated battle I managed land a fish and did my duty to remove another hatchery steelhead from the gene pool.
Bbq guest...
Steelhead water... Anyone home...

Not far downstream I also found a beautiful little coastal cutthroat that proved to be a sucker for egg imitations and proved to have all of the spunk that I have come to expect from wild native fish.
Egg eating cutthroat

After covering 3-4 miles of new water, we found one of those spots that any steelhead in its right mind going to stop at. The only problem was the best spot was on the other side of the river and required a knarly ford. However no risk no reward and first cast into the hole I hooked into a nice native steelhead that absolutely went nuts before tossing the fly and giving me a good note to end the day on.
A great spot to end the day