Sunday, December 26, 2010

Swan Creek Recon

Check out these videos of Swan Creek about 3/4 of a mile before it runs into the Puyallup. I was amazed at how many Chum actually make their way up it.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Any Tips or Tricks?

Do have any tips or tricks for fishing the Puyallup? The river is now closing, but next year is just around the bend. Please feel free to post a tip or trick you've come up with.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Puyallup River Recon

Went down to check out the netting today. WOW! Some huge chum being netted, & a lot of 'em. I'm being told the chum run lasts into January.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

WInter recon

The beginning of next year, I'm going to go down on a little recon trip. Probably the 22nd or 23rd of jan or the 6th of feb., because the tide is going to be going out during full daylight & at around 3-4 ft. I'm thinking I'll be able to get a much clear view of what the river is like (deepest & shallowest areas) while the river is that low. I'm hoping it's cold leading up to those couple days, so the river level is extremely low as well.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Recon trip

Went down to the river to check out the netting at Clark's Creek. Not as many fish per net as there were three weeks ago. Looks like the chum run is winding down. One of the guys said it was gonna be about two week before they started seeing a good number of steelhead in the nets. I'll check it out.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Dec. 4 2010

More fun at the River

Wasn't planning on doing any fishing today, but the conditions were perfect. So at 2:10pm headed down to my favorite hold, and left at 3:30 with our limit. Lot's of bites. The crowd started showing up just as we were leaving. Go Dawgs!

Sat 44:42 AM PST / 12.29 ft9:37 AM PST / 7.44 ft2:34 PM PST / 12.13 ft9:58 PM PST / -2.62 ft7:39 AM PST4:20 PM PST

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Nov. 27th 2010

Had some fun at my favorite hold. Hooked into a couple nice chums, but was only able to land one....nice chromer, though. Got there about 8:45 & left about 11:00  Caught the chum around 9:30 on a pink corkie, extremely small amount of yarn, & anchovy scent. Water was pretty clear, & quite a few people there, so I used a ten ft. leader.


Tide table:
Sat 272:12 AM PST / -0.39 ft9:38 AM PST / 13.00 ft3:47 PM PST / 6.07 ft8:23 PM PST / 8.86 ft7:30 AM PST4:23 PM PST

Monday, November 22, 2010

There are fish in the river!

Check out the shot of this fish being thrown into the boxes. It's encouraging to see this many fish at a time every once in a while.....This is right across from Clark's Creek

Puyallup River Tribal Netting

Saturday, November 20, 2010

November fishing

I've been unable to go fishing the last couple weekends....friends wedding...etc, but i've been taking notes on when, and where people are catching fish on the puyallup. I'm planning on going on Thanksgiving morning, and possibly friday as well. 

Here's what has been happening the month of November. Early November was very spotty because the river level was so high 15-16 feet. Middle of November has been very good when people fish during normal river levels. 

11/11/2010 - puyallupino - Puyallup RiverPierce CountyWA
about 8 guys at 116th. one guy landed a camo chum (about 12 lbs.) i fished that hole and caught one too (possibly the same one).
11/13/2010 - chummer - Puyallup RiverPierce CountyWA
Fished the sewer treatment plant in sumner...killedem down there went 12 for 15 there are in thick hit it again corkies and 10ft leader 
11/14/2010 - ur-chummer - Puyallup RiverPierce CountyWA
We killem today best day I've seen since the silvers and a couple months ago when there was slivers and kings runnin got 2 bright chum today before the engines started there nets and trust I mean chromers with sealice

11/15/2010 - Bootstrap Ron - Puyallup RiverPierce CountyWA
Bootstrap here with a fine outing behind Safeway - 4 chums on green corkies and yarn. some stinky jelly anchovy is the ticket. Bootstrap out! 

11/16/2010 - FishFever - Puyallup RiverPierce CountyWA
Fished the Puke under 5th st bridge water was high and visibility low no fish...maybe next time 

11/16/2010 - offthehook - Puyallup RiverPierce CountyWA
fished puyallup at clarks creek fished about one hour nothing river completely blown out running 10,000cfm

11/17/2010 - Engine dat could - Puyallup RiverPierce CountyWA
Water high dirty. me and my broskey chilled out by Mamas. Tribal netting today and will be all week I heard. Guess we gotta hit up Minter with all the other great fisherpeoples. No chums rolling or seen all morning. only thing I reeled in was my corky. 

11/18/2010 - hookem good - Puyallup RiverPierce CountyWA
Water high fishin was good went 3 for 6 on bright was about 1lbs the other about 17 or 18...the bright ones smoke up good  

11/19/2010 - FishFever - Puyallup RiverPierce CountyWA
Went fishing in the Puke behind Fred Meyer killed em went 7 for 10 on some chromers kept my limit 

11/19/2010 - killedem - Puyallup RiverPierce CountyWA
Can't believe it only one at this spot and just killedem went home with my limit of chromes again

What does this mean?

If the river level is anywhere near 10,000, or 14-16 feet, the river is way too blown out. 
On the 20th of nov. the level is at 13 ft., so anywhere under 14, the river can be fished, but i think i'll be down more in the clarks creek, or fred meyer locations, becuase i've been to the mama's location, and at that level, the river is somewhat un-fishable there.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


The Puyallup re-opened November first, but I haven't hit the river yet. The river level is still a couple feet too high for effective drift fishing. Take a look at the hydro. Typically, I'm wanting the river level to be around 10-11.5 feet.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Puyallup River Closing!

Looks like this year can be marked up to a lot of learning. The Puyallup is closing this year due to lack of return to the hatchery by coho. Only ten coho have returned thus far, compared to 350-600 on a typical year. I guess the flood of 2008 wiped out the hatchery.

Anyway. I'm going on Sunday afternoon just because....maybe my tag car can have something on it!

I did learn a lot, & after Sunday's trip I'll write a summary of this year before I close it down & get ready for next September.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Next trip

Well, that was fun, but now I need to catch a fish. I'm learning a lot. This Saturday I'm timing it as the tide's coming in, so I'll be on the river from 3-5:30 pm. At least now, I feel pretty confident I'm fishing correctly, and at the correct time as far as hydro and weather are concerned. Now I just need to find fish.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Saturday At Sunrise

Going saturday morning at sunrise....everything is lining up perfectly.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Not happenin'

The water shot straight up all day yesterday....besides, Monday Night Football was on. It looks like I'll be waiting till this weekend to go.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I think Monday night is a go!

It looks like the puyallup should be cresting monday afternoon, so I'm planning on a fishing trip monday night. Yes...the river will be colored & somewhat blown out, but I'm trying to follow the system laid out in the book. I'll be probing the river in one-three foot interval depending on water clarity. This is what the graph looks like right now.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


I think I might have figured something out. I think my presentation was too large for the water I was fishing. The water was much clearer than I've ever fished on the Puyallup before. I typically use the double hook setup, with yarn on the bottom hook setup, with a size ten corkie. If I'd have used a one hook setup, with barely any yarn,  and still went with the size ten corkie, I think I might have hooked into something.
Probably a two foot leader being as a high pressure system drive fish down to deeper water.

I think the reason I didn't see any fish was because they were down towards the bottom.....i think.....well, I'm gonna figure this out at one point.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Skunked again

Skunked again this morning. As far as I can tell, all conditions were perfect. I'm not sure why, but I didn't see one sign of a fish in about three hours. I'm pretty encouraged though. My new spot worked out perfect. Not a blessed soul within three-hundred yards. Now I need to find out how to tell when fish will be on that particular stretch of river.....I'm working on it.

Water was emerald green, barometer at 30.(something) and rising, no wind, & sunny at times.

Monday, September 6, 2010

River Recon

So....I found my new spot. I think everything is lining up for a successful next fishing trip. It's a little hard to get to, but I know it's going to be worth it. This way, I can show up when the fish are telling me to show up, & not worry about them already being put off the bite by pressure.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Well...It didn't quite work out.

I guess there's a reason I labeled myself the ignorant fisherman. I arrived at the Puyallup at 116th st. at 6:20 am & was fishing by 6:30 thinking that this was the perfect time for the water to be peaking & falling.....well, after fishing for three hours, seeing fish jump all over the place, & wondering why they weren't biting, I got home & started researching. It looks like between 6:00 am & 10:00 am the water was going straight up, putting the fish off the bite. 
So here's my plan. It looks to me like the ultimate time for the fish to go on the bite, is more like around 10:30 am into the afternoon. Sounds simple - but here's my dilemma. If i were to go to most locations on the Puyallup (when there are fish in the river) the water has been pounded by fifty fishermen, which means the fish probably won't bite anything. When I left around 9:30, the crowd had already started showing up.   
Solution: Tomorrow, I'm going to do a little river re-con. I know of a place near where I was fishing that I'd really like to fish, but as of yet I haven't figured out exactly how to get there (in a safe manner). I'm hoping tomorrow, I'm able to find a way, so that I can get to this "secret hold" around ten & not be worried about seeing 20 other guys there. If it's this hard to get to, most people won't put in the effort.

Anyway, my brother did snag a silver, & had to land it in order to release it. I got the juices flowing for about 30 seconds! Enough to get me planning my next trip. Here's the video of when we figured out it was snagged, and the next video is the release. 

video video

Friday, September 3, 2010

Going Saturday Morning

So these are the conditons for saturday morning, as of friday night
Barometer 29.99 in an rising
Wind 2-3 mph
Chance of showers

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My Leaders

So...this is how my setup looks for this weekend.  I think I'll be going Saturday morning if everything lines up right.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Next trip

Just getting back in town from vacation. The Puyallup is closed for the next couple days, but the weather & hydrograph looks like they're lining up for good conditions next Friday or Saturday....I'm going to tie leaders, & get things ready while watching the Seahawks game, because this week of work is going to be extremely busy, & I want to be ready to go, when the fish are ready to bite!

New Mainline

So....this is the new mainline I finally decided on. It's supposed to be excellent for casting, & super strong. I asked one the guys at Sportco, & he showed me this line's diameter is comparable to most other line's 10lb test product. So I should be able get a nice far cast without throwing out my back.
I use a bright green/yellow line so I can see my line through-out the entire drift. - just like the book says.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

next tip

I'm going to start casting in a more accurate pattern.

I'll do either 1 foot intervals in a 9 foot square area, or two foot interval depending on water clarity.

Tips after re-reading

Just finished re-reading STEELHEAD & SALMON Drift-Fishing Secrets, while on vacation. Here's a couple new- "old" things I'm going to implement .

The length of my leader has been too long for the most part. Of course, when combat fishing, my leader length will reach all the way to six feet.

For the most part though, my leader length is going to be closer to the 2-3 foot range because I'm typically fishing while the water is muddy & that means the fisher move closer to the bottom.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


In suncadia for the week. It'll give time for the fish to come in. It's supposed to rain twice while we're out of town.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Went thursday night to white river area. No feast to speak of...ha..ha...To early in the fish in the river. Only heard of one report of someone with a small silver on. I'm going to wait until the beginning of Sept. Hasn't rained in about three weeks. Reading the reports, it sounds like it's just starting to pick up in point defiance. I don't think this means i'll never go this early in the year, but only if it's been raining enought to bring the fish in.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Thursday night looks like a go!

It looks like the river level will be falling or maintaining on thursday night. If the river level is rising, or has just leveled out, according to the book, the fish are "put off the bite." So that's why i"m posting a hydrograph image of the river level everytime i go.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Last year -- 2009

started out by catching tons of pinks then......

10-3-09/8.5 lb hooknose silver /full/ 29.83 / 6.1 ft leader/pink corkie & yarn/dbl. hook / showed up at six -- 15 min too early -- high tide at 5:03 am  caught around 7:00 / at peak of hydro

10-9-09/ skunked/ 60% /29.84/ don't go during low tide!/ high tide at 8:11/ started getting bites at 6:30 first two hours no water / hydro holding steady -low

10-11-09/ 6.5 lb hooknose silver/ 41% / 29.73 / 7.5 ft leader/ pink corkie & yarn/ dbl. hook/ hightide 12:27 pm/ caught at 3:00 / 9.61 & falling/ hydro falling

10-17-09/ falling 29.58/ 1% of new moon/
skunked/ water had just risen,  was beginning to rise again / fish were offf bite.


10-31-09/ rising 29-30/ full moon/ skunked --didn't fish much because water level was so high./ looked at hydro & thought water was falling, but when i got home, it had been changed & was rising & leveling out. water was at 15-16 ft.! Next time wait until water level is between 10-11.5

11-4-09 chum barley started coming into lower river according to reports

11-15-09 went to new location with john to test out...only for an hour...hydro had bottomed out & was rising....don't go while flow is rising!!! saw seal   no fish

11-21-09 went to mouth of carbon & mcmillin fish

on 11-18 -09 reports about people catching chum on carbon

11-28-09 fish for chum in carbon & puyallup --hydro graph great....don't go in november--if going in november or mainly early decem....go to clark creek

Friday, August 13, 2010

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