Well, December is a few months away but I thought I had a few nice presents today as Mike R. and I busted out from the house at 4 am and made the drive out to the Oly Penn in search of Coho on the fly. Mike has never seen a Coho before let alone in its wild environment, so I shared with him my limited knowledge of their behaivour and what to expect.
Low tide was at 6:10 am, so I expected some fish to be shooting in with the incoming, as we finally made it to the water by 6:40. There was little activity, but I noticed that another fly fisherman had one on, so we decided to head down and see what the commotion was. Almost immediately, I picked off two hens, one about 8 lbs, the other around 6 lbs. As the tide came in, so did the fish. Two seals were around and they twarted the fish from progressing closer, so it was tough playing the waiting game, while watching the Coho splashing and running all over the bay.
Today I field tested the new G. Loomis Experience rod, that I picked up used, its a 9’6″ 3 piece 8 wt. Rio Clear Intermediate line, and Orvis Mach V large arbor reel. Good thing the rod was used and hopefully some good mojo, as it worked well for this mornings outing. I know I’ve been a good boy as Santa threw 4 Coho to hand, the largest was 12 lbs. Im gonna make dinner tonite with grilled Coho steaks, Roasted Red Potatos, and steamed broccoli. HO HO HO! This is like opening presents on the Christmas morning.
Mike R. and I originally planned to head out to the Oly Penn today but ended up being so wiped out from the day prior, that we decided to take it easy today, wake up late… for me at 4 am, and enjoy the sunshine. Since our plan was foiled for Coho, we leisurely decided to make another trek out to the Duwamish for some more Pink fun. Mike had a wonderful time the day prior and hooked his first salmon on the fly, so he was feeling the Pink Fever and was salivating at the idea of getting that pull like most addicts do.
We launched at 11:30 and got to our location by noon and set up and ready to fish. It was a slower start, but eventually the fish cooperated and it turned out to be another memorable day. The best part the day was when we returned to the launch and the guide from Three Rivers Marine asked how we did on the fly, since he and his client only had a few fishing buzz bombs. I said between 30-40 and he looked at us and drove off.
What else can I say, Im still loving this… and tomorrow we’re getting up at 3:30 and busting out for low tide and incoming fish. Stay tuned for the report. In the meantime, you can see how I like to fillet my salmon, butterfly style!