Daily Archives: September 6, 2009

A salmon birthday cake: 9/5/09

Today I celebrated the day that mom and dad gave birth to me a few years ago. As I look towards becoming a father myself, I wonder what the future beholds for our family. I only hope that our child will grow to love the outdoors and my passion for flyfishing. My wife asked me what I wanted to do today, and I said that I really wanted her to join me with some time on the water in the hopes of hooking into a few fish. I know fishing for someone who isn’t really into fishing can be perceived as boring, so I wanted to take her somewhere where I knew there would be plenty of activity on the water to even entice her to wet a line. Since my wife doesn’t really cast a fly rod very well, I rigged her up with a light trout rod with 6 lb test, a pink hoochie jig and a little instruction. I was proud of my wife, being in her 2nd trimester of pregnancy and feeling at times nauseous agreeing to be on the water on a cool day and not so nice conditions. She knows how much I love to fish, and it was my wish to have her out with me today.

Not more than a few casts, her rod was doubled over and she had her first fish on, a nice Pink buck. Turns out, that she landed the first fish of the day AND it was the largest! I was completed stunned, but elated to see the smile on her face. Oh, I did hear the comments on the way home about ‘catching the biggest fish of the day’ and ‘catching the first’.

These urban fish are plentiful, but they aren’t quite the biters that you would think. It took alot of changing up on the colors and patterns to induce the strikes. I started with the RIO versitip line with 15′ intermediate tip. I had ZERO hookups with this line, and changed flies several times. I decided to change the line to a full intermediate Orvis wonderline and put on my usual Pink Turd, cast after cast, nothing. I then turned to a black clouser, then things really heated up. Bam, grab, rip and bonked. A few boats came over to see what all the commotion was and some irrate gear fisherman asked me what I was using. I didn’t give up the color, but I said ‘Clouser’ as if it would have even mattered as they were throwing buzz bombs and pink spinner blades without any hookups. The guy looked at me with a puzzled look on his face wondering what a ‘Clouser’ was, one of his companions said ‘Clouser minnow’, he still had a blank look on his face. Im sure trying to figure out if they had any minnow immitations in their tackle box. They crept closer and closer to our boat, but that didn’t matter as those fish weren’t interested in anything Pink and big. Fish after fish I kept hooking and releasing, trying to select the brightest and freshest ones for the fish box.

Then the tide came in and it seems like the bite went off with my trusty black fly. I switched back to the Pink turd, nothing. Then decided to change up to a white Clouser with some crystal flash, first cast, fish. A few casts later another fish, but that was it. I decided that I’d had enough, as my wife was looking cold and hungry. I filleted the fish on board, stuffed a couple of crab pots and then had some fish and chips at the Alki fish and Chips stop. We ended up going to dinner with my parents at Jaks, had a great Ribeye and reminiscing of how lucky I am and how an awesome year its been for me.

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