9-29-02 - The weekend warriors are duking it out!
Rivers Fished: Pike River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 9-29-02
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 4-6...so 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.