afternoon I hit the Pike River about 3:30 after a day of tying
flies and a visit to BPS. Many areas of the river were iced
over pretty thoroughly.
to find a couple fish still in the river. This female coho hit
a great new pattern I tied up (a small Antron Bug variation).
This is arguably the largest Coho Salmon I took all season,
probably about 7 lbs. She was just starting to get "crusted
shot on the Pike, just upstream of 13th Street.
12-27-02 - The First of a 3 Day Weekend of Fishing!
Rivers Fished: Pike River
Fish Caught: 1
Outing Date: 12-27-02
Air Temp: 30's
Water Temp: cold
Water Level: low
Water Color: Pike = Clear
Fish Species: Coho
Pattern Fished: various
Pattern Color: various
Fishing Quality: poor
12-27-02 - Dropped my bro at Ohare in the am and
immediately my thoughts turned to fishing. I spent the early morning
and afternoon tying flies, left Chicago about 1:30 and made a quick
pit-stop at Bass Pro Shops to pick up some extra tying material.
Got to the Pike River around 3:30 and wasted no
time getting on the river. Much was iced over but it was thin; you'd
fall right through on just about all of it. I walked the area between
the footbridge upstream from 13th down to the split below the A
bridge 3 times. On one of my passes I spooked out a coho that was
hiding; presumably underneath the ice. I repositioned downstream
and let the fish settle, then started tossing. I used a mixture
of my "coho killer" wolley bugger pattern with a new pattern;
a variation of the antron bug (it'll be my pattern in my next FLY
SWAP folks), as a dropper on a 5X tippet tied to the eye of the
wolley. So this fish had its choice, and it NAILED the tiny size
12 Antron bug. And I mean NAILED it. This coho was thrashing, jumping,
then running deep under the ice, then back out, and finally just
sat in 2' water right in front of me. I very SLOWLY worked the fish
in close and with a swoop of the net she was on shore. After checking
this hen against all the other Coho pics, she indeed seems to be
the largest I've caught this season, I'm guessing about 7 lbs. Definitely
without a doubt a fair hook on the Antron pattern; right in the
TONGUE. After a few glamor shots I set her back in the river, and
she recovered quite quickly. Not bad at all for a 1 hour outing
on the Pike. I took a quick look at the mouth, just to see; it was
really frozen and barely flowing at all. Normally I'll sight at
least one fish down there; this time there were none.