It looked like the weather today was going to be a nice one, so I called up Jeff to plan an outing to fish. My first plan was to fish Nunnally based on the good reports, but I was on a limited time schedule and it usually takes a bit over 2 hours to get there and then another amount of time to dolly the boats in, so the fishing time would be seriously compromised.
I don’t usually fish Pass lake very much, but March and April are my favorite times as historically it signals the emergence of the big bombers, size 10-12 Chironomids in Olive and Black and catch the trouts attention due to their robust size and high caloric punch they give those Pass fish.
When I arrived at 10 am, I would be greeted with a brisk rush of wind in my face from the east as the wind was blowing consistently and causing some difficulty in rowing. I would meet up with Chuck Gold as well and his friend Jim who were anchored up in 17′ of water at the neck or point from where the rest of the lake turns to the East.
I distanced myself from Chuck and quickly caught up with him as we all looked like a squadron of fighter pilots stratigically positioned. That we were, lines were tight, fish with hooked, netted and released. Best flies for me were 16 Black Chromie, and my snowcone bloodworm, with the Chromie outfishing the Blood 2:1. I fished from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm with 15 fish hooked, and of those 11 landed. The planters are very strong and probably pound for pound the best fighting trout I’ve had the opportunity to play this year, they are sized 10-12″, but very fat, silvery, and feisty as all can be, I certainly didn’t expect that size of fish and could have been easily a third larger.
Two of the 11 fish landed were very nice rainbows which measured 18.5″ on my handle scale and the other one pushed 19″. Im not sure if I ever picked up that big of a trout at Pass lake, but it was beautiful to witness such a healthy and well fed example. The water temp ranged from 48-49 degrees, just perfect for a hatch that seemed to be work from 11-1 and then 3-4:30.
Since moving to Washington some 12 years ago I never had the opportunity to go Razor clamming so it seemed like a good thing to do since its a great family and friends activity and any reason to get away for the weekend is a good thing. We took the 2.5 hour drive to Ocean shores to dig the Copalis beach with a double whammy evening and morning low tides, which was ideal for getting a couple limits within a 12 hour period.
I did prep a little for the dig by picking up a couple of nice anodized aluminum clam guns from Outdoor Emporium, there were a little pricey at $40 a piece, but I think worth it as they are corrosion resistant, lightweight and strong with reinforced collars. They key was to find the depressions in the sand and once you found them it was easy pickings!
My sisters’ family joined in with my two nieces along with some of my wifes’ friends. It was the first time for all of us, with the exception of my buddy Sun who has been a vet. Our first dig was at the beach just behind the hotel, Quality Inn, it was tough… just didn’t know exactly to look for and was in the water too deep and I don’t think there were too many clams on that beach.
We were determined to get some clams, so decided on going to Ocean City which is a few miles to the north and proved to be the right plan as there were plenty of clams for all of us and then some! Razor clams are delicious eating, tasting, and cooking clams with a sweet soft texture that is similar to fresh calamari.
Will definitely plan another outing in the future, but will probably skip the clam festival which was nothing more than a glorified art and vendor exhibit. We had a few laughs with the silly T-shirt…
You lived a long and brave life Maddy! I am going to miss you dearly as you’ve been by my side through the past 17 years. You would have been 18 in April, probably the longest living Labrador that I’ve heard of making it to those late teen years. You were a rambunctious pup causing all sorts of ruckus when you first got spayed, you just couldn’t sit still and caused a seroma in your surgical wound, infecting it and having to go back in for another vet visit. But you grew up strong and loved to run, swim, hike, bike alongside me and fish, gosh you loved to fish!
You would instinctively know when my reel was singing that a fish was on the end of the line. I also lost many fish as you wanted to help land them. We put alot of miles on the pavement: CO, WY, UT, MT, ID, OR, CA… dog you been to alot more places than the average person. I’ll miss you dearly, the day after, I was looking for you in your normal place of slumber, but its was different, no Maddy, no big brown eyes.
Thanks for being a friend and my comfort when I was lonely and down, you always cheered me up and was there for me through the worst times and the best times. As I cleaned through the old photos, I found some that best serves as memory to your life. You will be missed Maddy, but not forgotten! Rest In Peace girl!