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9-29-02 - The weekend warriors are duking it out!

Rivers Fished: Pike River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 9-29-02
Weather: Sunny
Air Temp: pleasant
Water Temp: cooler..maybe 55-65?
Water Level: medium
Water Color: muddy
Fish Species: Chinook, Brown Trout, Steelhead
Pattern Fished: various, see below
Pattern Color: fluorescents
Fishing Quality: decent

Sunday, I figured there's some rain so perhaps the mouth of the Pike would be a good bet. Nope! Arrived around 2:00 pm to see that no one had anything and the rivermouth was again blocked off by the sandbar. After Saturday's depressing scene at the Root, I didn't think it was worth the effort, so I stuck around on the Pike. Figured I saw several fish coming in on Saturday, some must have made it upstream. Stopped at the bridge on Route A and it was a madhouse. Cars everywhere. Every sort of angler you could imagine was up here. Went back to trying my popsicle and globug dropper with a splitshot in-between the two flies. Was told red was the color of the day so switched my glo-bug to a #6 red. Saw several fish (a conservative estimate would be 50) pass by me throughout the course of the afternoon, including one 2 foot brown that, apparently at life's end, simply parked itself by my feet for two hours before finally moving to deeper water. Water was low enough (but still muddy); you could easily spot the fish moving upstream..and if you didn't see the fish, you could at least see its wake.

Nothing was biting, everything was moving upstream in a mad dash. Saw several fish pulled out (from memory, I'd say about 50% of the anglers walked out with fish). A LOT of snaggers by my observation.

As for me, I personally hooked up with one legal bite that lasted all of about 1 second. 2 snags, one that was stuck for a minute or so. But that's it. Even got desperate and tried my spinning tackle towards sunset (chartreuse Mepps spinner with spawn sac attached) but by that point the fish appeared to be done for the day. Of note, I noticed that the fish were traveling in small packs of I'd have a mad dash trying to put flies upstream of them and then no activity for 15 to 30 minutes.

Towards the later evening I did take a look around still further upstream; most of these spots were too small to allow any fish into them. So I'd say (from my novice's viewpoint) that you're probably best of concentrating at the Bridges on A and working your way downstream.

Saw a couple yearlings upstream for the smorgasborg, as well as at least one Steelhead making its way upstream, so I figure 1 brown, 1 steelie, and the rest were probably chinook. Apparently the rains had risen the water upstream significantly, but as mentioned prior, the flow at the mouth was low. So perhaps between now and Monday the mouth of the Pike will be open and allowing another run to come in.


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