Monday, October 31, 2011

How to fish dick nite spoons

Well. went down to the puyallup on saturday evening, & saw lots of fish jumping down by the white river...couldn't get any to bite which can get a little frustrating. They seem to like it right along the pylons there....they were surfacing along the opposite shore quite a bit.
I figuring that's their "travel" lane up river, and there just shooting straight thru. Couldn't get a blue fox to operate correctly except a little lower down river, and couldn't get my corkies to float straight along the pylons. Made me start thinking about plunking right in that travel lane.

I'm gonna try out a couple different things this weekend a little farther up river. Excited to try eggs in the upper river which i've never tried, and I'm gonna try some dick nite lures, which i just ordered a couple days ago.

This video is pretty's a fishing guide talking about dick nite lures, and how COHO LOVE 'EM...very informative.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mixed Reports...but they're in for sure

The Coho have definitely been in the lower river for at least a week and a half now.
I stopped on my way home from work & saw a nice jumper chrome! Couldn't get it to bite anything I threw at it, but I'll get 'em here a little farther up river next week :)

I've heard very mixed reports on the lower river...."all day fishing - not one sign of a fish"  -- "saw lots of jumpers & rollers"  - a wide range for sure!

Talking & reading, I'm hearing that the b-run of silvers don't hang out in the lower river as long as the a-run at all, and that sometimes people catch b-run silvers in the carbon with sea lice still on them, which means they move up river pretty quick!

I don't know if i'll be able to get on the river this weekend, but next weekend I'll be trying the upper portions of the river hoping to get into some nice silvers....hopefully the weather cooperates.

Here's a book I came across I thought someone may be interested in. I'm gonna get it myself. I guess this guy took all the state's catch cards & made a calendar about when & where the best fishing is in the state of Washington according to actual fish caught ....good idea - i'm hoping there's good info in it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Puyallup river water level

It looks like the river's almost back into shape. Look at the hydro from the last couple days..- what a difference!
Not quite sure how long it takes for the water's color to get back into the "green", but Im hoping it might be getting there by today. On friday night, the visibility was about 5-6 feet which is extremely clear for the Puyallup.
I'm going to try to stop off on my way home from work & give it a go.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fish ON!!!!

Phew....It looks like they're on their way in. Hooked this nice hen this afternoon in the lower Puyallup a bit up river from Freddy's, on a #4 blue fox (pink).

Hit it so hard, I thought my lure hit bottom.
I'm going to stay home tomorrow, cause it looks like the river is shooting strait up with this rain, but I'll give it a go on Sunday.

Puyallup coho Oct 21st 2011

puyallup Silver salmon on the grill

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Reports of silvers?!?

Hearing a couple reports of silvers making their way into the Puyallup, but it seems pretty hit & miss right now. I'm hoping they'll be showing up by this weekend.

I'm going to try a couple new things this week, because of the area I'm fishing. There's a hug back eddy, that I'm having a hard time drifting corkies thru, so I talked with Bill Herzog, and he recommended a couple lures for such an area. I'll let you know if I have any success with 'em.

I'm also going to try drifting eggs, which will be my first time.

Thanks for all the reports.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

When will the silvers be in the Puyallup? goes my longest post....

I talked with a man who's lived on the Puyallup for 30 years, and fishes every year; he told me this weekend should be the beginning of the b-run of silvers. I was expecting quite a bit earlier, but then I started doing some research to explain why this year would be so much later than in 2009 when I hooked a silver on the 3rd of October while I was not even expecting it (never saw any other silvers), and then saw, & had fish on the next two weekends....all down behind fred meyer.

Here goes my best explanation.

The high tides which bring in new fish in 2009 were about ten days earlier than this year.
So this weekend would be the very first signs of the b-run, and the next two weekends will be fairly good in the lower river, is what it think this means. I really have no way of knowing unless I put in my time, and log every trip.

I have to keep remembering my goal....the five year plan.....I will get this figured, even if it means, I know of certain weekends that are better off staying home.

Any thoughts on all this??? Am I just grasping at straws to explain a couple bad weeks of fishing??? Hope someone had more success than me.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Friday night?

Might be hitting the river right after work tomorrow on my way home, as well as Saturday. I'll let you know how it goes.
I just bought this book online....anyone have any other good recommendations? I'm thinking of having a page that lists the best books on drift fishing.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Netting the SIlvers in The Puyallup

Went down on Sunday to see what the netting was like. I didn't see a sign of a silvers all day while fishing Saturday, so I was wondering if I'd see tons of silvers being pulled in or not.
I followed the netting from Clarks Creek down about 1.5 - 2 miles of the river.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Rain moving fish up river?

I'm hoping these next couple days are bringing the river up to a normal level, and moving up the b-run of silvers.
Looking forward to hitting the river once the spike in volume levels out. I know from reading "the book" and personal exprerience, that fishing while the river is rising sharply is NOT GOOD (don't waste your time going tue afternoon - wed morn); but once it levels out and begins to drop, it's time to hit the water.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tired of Pinks!

Well...if you didn't waste your time going down to the lower Puyallup today, your were the wiser.

I pulled in a pink that looked "awesome" -- compared to the zombies floating down river :-)

I didn't even see a sign of silvers at the soccer fields, fred meyer, or 5th st.
I was fairly certain the b-run would be in the lower river for sure by now, but it's not so. I think this could be because the river level is so low, but I'm not sure. I'm going to try to make it down to see what's being netted tomorrow.

Anyone have any thoughts? I'm thinking next year, at this time, the last two weekends will be spent way upriver, while I'm waiting for the lower river to fill up. One thing that's nice it that the chum run is a great way to close out the year, but I've only landed on silver so far, & I'm determined to land quite a few more.

Friday, October 7, 2011

New leader holder

Thought I'd share this new leader holder my brother bought me. I'm going to use it on Saturday.

I pre-tie all my leaders, and make them shorter throughout the day. I use to use pipe insulation to wrap my pre-tied leader onto, but this should make it much more tangle free.

Good luck fishing.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Combat Fishing the Puyallup River

Well, combat season is over.....nice.

It's time to shorten up your leader, pay more attention to the effects the weather has on the river, and focus in on finding the fewer, bigger, nicer silvers running over the next month.

I've been re-reading the book Salmon & Steelhead Drift Fishing Secrets, and am always surprised to find new things I've been missing, or doing wrong.

This weekend, I'll be going to the lower river, hoping to land a couple silvers.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Mark this one up for learning

Went down this morning at sunrise. No luck! I saw two pinks landed, but not good enough to keep. The silvers must still be in the super lower river acclimating to fresh water, because I didn't even see a sign of 'em for the three hours I was there.

This is the kind of trip I take note of for next year. There's no point in repeating the same mistake every year. Next year I'll probably try either way down, or way upriver on this weekend.

Any success for anyone else?